Sensory Deprivation Tank Science: How ‘Floating’ Works & Proven Benefits

Sensory deprivation tank - Dr. Axe

Whether referred to as sensory deprivation tanks, float tanks or simply “floating,” deprivation therapy treatments diminish nearly all sights, sounds, smells and touch, earning a reputation for naturally easing many ailments. Floaters report sensory deprivation tank benefits include insomnia cures and relief from chronic pain, anxiety, depression and even addiction. Perhaps the beauty in all of this is that these reported benefits are possible without a doctor’s visit, breaking a sweat or filling any prescriptions.

What does floating in a deprivation tank do — or feel like? Proponents of floating told the The New York Times that a session can make you practically feel like an astronaut, saying “it’s something you can never experience otherwise.” (1) Sensory deprivation tank float centers are popping up all over the United States and Europe, especially in urban areas where the demand for holistic healing surges. According to annual official Float Tank Industry reports, the U.S. was home to more than 300 float centers in 2015, up from about 85 in 2011.