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The Science Fiction of Floatation Tanks in Altered States

Altered States

We all know that science fiction movies aren’t real. That’s the point, right? To explore imagined worlds and consider things that would be otherwise impossible.

No one would be tempted to call the 1980 sci-fi cult classic Altered States realistic. It rests squarely in the science fiction genre, with limited grounding in actual science. Nevertheless, Altered States was one of the first creative portrayals of sensory deprivation, making it an entry point into popular consciousness.

There’s a lot to critique (or even laugh about) in the films depiction of floatation. But despite its fantastic leanings, Altered States makes some interesting—and surprisingly accurate—points about the effects of floatation on memory, hallucination, and sensory overload.

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Northwest Floatation Center

How Floatation May Improve Cognition

Cognition

The brain is extraordinarily complex. Many researchers maintain that our unconscious minds process the equivalent of 11 million bits of information per second. Our central nervous systems coordinate the activities of every part of our bodies.

Given how much we expect our brains to handle, it’s no wonder we need to recharge. Sleep is one way to rest and regroup, but how else can we rejuvenate the brain?

More Restful Than Sleep

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iFloat

Free Your Schedule, Free Your Mind

free schedule free mind

Our society is filled with ideas around, “I can do anything,” and, “The sky’s the limit.” As a result, people are often running around trying to squeeze as much out of life into each day. They run around from one activity to another trying to “get the most” out of their life. However, sometimes people spend too much time on doing things instead of what is going on within themselves. They also do not always examine how their intensely booked schedule is taking a toll on them. Chronic fatigue and anxiety are rampant and our fast and furiously booked schedules contribute.

It is important to balance activity with non-activity. One can see this concept in the yin-yang symbol. The yang represents activity. The yin represents inactivity. They must be balanced in order for there to be harmony. In today’s world of busyness and speed a “discipline of slowing down” is required. Slowing down can come in the form of saying no to going out five days in a row after work and carving out a night to chill out at home and relax. It might mean saying no to the sixth exercise class that week and instead sitting at home enjoying a cup of tea with a loved one, or a gentle walk by the beach to be reminded of the beauty of nature.

Saying no to the overfull schedule frees up space in one’s life and it frees up space in the mind. It can allow deeper thoughts to come through. Those thoughts are important to express. It might result in you taking on a different point of view about your boss or child. The benefits of slowing down and taking on different points of view are enormous. Relationships are guaranteed to be enhanced and you are guaranteed to have more energy.

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Leah Pellegrini

Assuming the Position

assuming the positionFloating is not like laying down on a flat surface.  There is no pressure on the body, and nothing to push against mom and baby.  There are many reasons why normally pregnant women can not lay in certain positions.  Pressure can constrict the blood flow to the mother and/or the baby.  It can be physically harmful to health of the growing baby.

However, in a sensory deprivation tank she can lay down in any position she wants to!

While I was pregnant it was so comforting to relax on my back.  It was euphoric to recline on my belly.  No matter how big that baby belly gets, the Epsom salt water gently supports the body and the magic of buoyancy keeps you afloat.

I used to be a stomach sleeper.  So I missed this as a full term pregnant woman.  Once, while on vacation in Hawaii, (baby moon) my man dug a hole in the sand so I could sunbathe while laying on my belly.  It was so loving and wonderful.  The sensory deprivation tank was the only other place I felt safe laying on my belly like this.

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Caleb

Nothing is Everything

Nothing is Everything

It is not a difficult concept, but it is powerful...

Nothing is everything

There is no discernible difference between experiencing 0% of our universe and 100% of our universe. Frequent floaters and practitioners of meditation describe a glow that comes over them after their activity. That glow is described as a sense of peace, grounding, and the feeling that you can handle anything. A recent study shows that these practices even reshape your brain.

"...frontal lobes lit up on the screen: Meditation is sheer concentration, after all. But what fascinated Newberg was that Baime's parietal lobes went dark."

Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at the University of PennsylvaniaAndrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania

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