Are Sensory Deprivation Tanks safe?
Sensory Deprivation Tank provides many health benefits, one of which is deep relaxation. Floating is said to be very helpful to a person’s physical and mental health. The sensory deprivation tank was invented when a neurophysiologist, Dr. John Lilly studied the Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST), where he proved that when a person is inside the Tank, they will be able to release their stress and tensions. However, there are many questions on how safe is it to use the Sensory Deprivation Tank. Is it really safe for meditation?
Is it safe to use a Sensory Deprivation Tank? Yes, it is safe. The tank machine is designed in a shape and size for a person to lay comfortable while floating in the water. So, when it comes to design, it is very safe to use. The water content inside the Sensory Deprivation Tank would not drown a person, and it has a 30 percent solution of an Epson Salt or also known as Magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4) that allows a person to be weightless for them to float in the water and it assures them that they would not sink during the session. When the person is inside the tank, everything is blocked from the vision of lights and the noise from outside. What only matters are only yourself and your thoughts. Your body and brain will fall into a deep relaxation. The time your body and mind is relaxed, the Sensory Deprivation Tank works by making your blood circulates properly, it helps you achieved physical equilibrium (homeostasis), it also improved and balances your unbalanced neurochemicals that is caused by too much stress and tension and it also helps your cardiovascular system to work better.
Sensory Deprivation Tank helps you to improve your concentration and focus that can make you improved your thinking performance. When it comes to mental health benefits of Sensory Deprivation Tank, it helps a person treat and reduce their anxiety. It also very safe to use for physical purposes because studies proved and confirmed that it can relieve and treat muscle pains, joint pains and headaches. Sensory Deprivation Tank, is very safe to use for everyone. But for those women who are pregnant, epileptic, under the influence of drugs and alcohol and for people who has an infectious disease cannot be allowed to be inside the tank for some safety purposes. In addition, different studies shows that Sensory Deprivation Tank is very effective and safe for people with anxiety and stress related health problem such as hypertension, migraines, headache, insomnia and many more because it helps them to improve their mental health and for them to have an idea on how deal with it, and that is to relax and meditate themselves.
However, even though most of the studies show how effective and how safe the Sensory Deprivation Tank to use, it also should be used moderately and with limitation. Because too much use of it can cause Several unwanted Hallucinations.