Why Sensory Deprivation Tanks Are Inspiring

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Floatation therapy is heavily linked to creativity. The dominating school of thought linking creativity with floating argues that the meditative state floating provides brings an individual’s natural predilection for creativity to the surface.


Whether you’re an athlete recovering from a sports injury, or an entrepreneur looking for your next great idea, a floatation tank may be the key to unlocking your true potential. Consider these researched ways that sensory deprivation can enhance creativity:


  • Physical relaxation – When you enter a floatation tank, the sensation of weightlessness allows your muscles to relax completely. This facilitates healing and also relieves pain. Without the pressure of gravity weighing down on your body, the environment allows your mind to focus on other thoughts, sensations, and feelings.
  • The release of hormones – The pain-relieving effects of the floatation environment also precipitate the release of endorphins, making you feel happier, calmer, and more relaxed. In this state, you are more open to exploring new ideas and allowing your thoughts to wander.
  • Brain changes – Much like REM sleep and meditation, floatation tanks increase Theta waves in the brain. Studies consistently find this brain wave increase in those who regularly float. Research on Theta waves has been associated with lucid dreaming and other deep-sleep states of creativity.
  • Blood flow – The slightly elevated temperature of the floatation pool dilates blood vessels allowing for increased flow throughout the body. This reaction also facilitates your conscious state by providing better blood flow to the brain.


All of these chemical and anatomical reactions to the pool open the door for creative minds to explore an unprecedented level of creativity or inspiration. Since the floatation tank experience is personalized, every individual will experience something different when they go into a session. If you are looking for inspiration, a floatation tank may be your answer, but don’t expect the experience to feel like an epiphany or hallucination. In reality, the tank predisposes you to more creative thought patterns; it doesn’t create the thoughts themselves.


Try taking a journal with you to your next session. After you leave the tank, sit down in a quiet place and write or draw your experience. The exercise will help you remember your thought patterns during the float and may help you develop a new idea later that you didn’t realize during the session. Sketching or drawing after a session can also be therapeutic. Try different floating positions and times of day to see which experiences yield more inspiration for you. Contact Northwest Float Center for more information about floatation and creativity.

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