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Sensory Deprivation Tank / Floatation Tank

What is a Sensory Deprivation Tank ?

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Sensory Deprivation Tank in India

Here is everything you need to know about sensory deprivation tank therapy in India.

A sensory deprivation tank, also called a float tank or isolation tank offers a distraction free environment that helps you experience a completely relaxed float therapy. It helps your mind and body to relax in a zero-gravity environment. Studies suggest that floating in a sensory deprivation tank helps in reducing stress and anxiety, muscle relaxation,better sleep and decreased pains.

A sensory deprivation tank is designed to be light-proof and sound-proof to provide a higher level of relaxation where you are free from any physical and mental strain. Your mind enters a meditative state where you can dissolve your stress, anxiety, panic, depression and reconnect with yourself.

Process of Flotation Therapy or Sensory Deprivation

Flotation therapy involves a sensory deprivation tank or float tank filled with lukewarm water and epsom salt. Our state of the art pool is filled with 800 kgs of Epsom salt and purified water to achieve buoyancy that enables you to float effortlessly.The temperature of the saline solution is set at your skin temperature so after some time you feel completely weightless. The divide between your body and water disappears and you become one thus experiencing 'Floating'. As you start floating weightless, your brain experiences a deeply relaxed state and your body can recover faster from injuries, pains and stress.

The float therapy room with a sensory deprivation tank has been layered and packed to make it soundproof. Minimal use of light (or the option of no light) has been provided to bring the mind and body to the state of stillness. It is in the ideal state that the brain produces theta waves, which are crucial for complete relaxation, healing and repair of the body, improved concentration and creativity.

Sensory Deprivation Tank benefits

During the float in a sensory deprivation tank, you experience a state of bliss and contentment, reawakening and recalibration, a journey into the zone of nothingness.

Depending on one’s individual experience, the benefits of floating sessions are numerous. While many use it as a physical therapy, athletes find it refreshing and relaxing for their tired muscles. In addition to these, some people also experience increased spiritual health which helps to overcome their fears.

Float therapy or sensory deprivation in India has many physical and mental benefits because it provides a higher level of relaxation. With the elimination of external stimuli, the central nervous system's workload is reduced by as much as 90%. This reduction draws a person's energy inward and promotes relaxation--also known as the parasympathetic response.

The parasympathetic response is the mechanism by which the body naturally regenerates itself and maintains chemical and metabolic balance. Old wounds and injuries get healed faster and increased T-cell production strengthens the immune system when you relax in the sensory deprivation tank in India.

This deep level of relaxation also benefits the cardiovascular system, known as the vasodilatory effect, the body's circulation is increased while the blood pressure and heart rate are reduced. Furthermore, floating in a sensory deprivation tank in India eliminates the gravity on the body allowing muscles and joints to release tension and heal more rapidly. For this reason, people suffering from musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions greatly benefit from sensory deprivation tank therapy.

Origins of Sensory Deprivation Tank

Earlier known as "sensory deprivation tanks," and "isolation tanks", Float therapy was invented in the United States in 1952 by Dr John C. Lilly, a neuropsychiatrist interested in the effects of sensory deprivation on the brain. Over the years, his design went through a series of changes. The first commercially available Float tank came into the market in 1972. It has grown quickly over the past two decades in Europe and other parts of the world.

Float therapy in India is based on a scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short. Floating in a sensory deprivation tank triggers a deep relaxation response, much deeper than normal sleep. It enables us to drift into the elusive Theta state, which is hard to achieve.

Couple Float Therapy first time in India

Salt World's Couple Float Therapy at Bangalore helps to reconnect with your partner, combining the benefits of deep transcendental meditation, contactless massage and retreat. Couples can unwind by floating together, hand in hand, re-bonding with each other in a couples float tank. At the end of the deeply relaxing floatation, couples can experience the benefit of a complete mind-body recalibration.

With the help of float therapy in a couples float tank, you can calm your overly stimulated system, restore the body’s chemical and metabolic balance and strengthen the mind-body connection.

Theta state with sensory deprivation or float therapy

Theta State is achieved when you relax in a sensory deprivation tank in India. Theta State is a gateway into the subconscious. It is the state, which one achieves just before drifting into a deep sleep. It is a potent state, which is used in hypnosis to administer suggestions and affirmations, which can truly influence your beliefs and your behaviour. Theta waves enhance creativity, evoke enlightenment and deep relaxation. In this state, one can also reduce pain, promote euphoria and stimulate the release of endorphins. Here, the brain waves are slowed down at a frequency of 4-7 cycles per second. Float therapy in India lets you attain the theta state so effortlessly.

For ages, people have practised meditation to achieve this absolute state of calmness- the state of oneness with the Universe. Float therapy is the best way to achieve nothingness, a meditative state that occurs when the brain is completely relaxed.


In this hectic and fast-paced world, where competition is the order of the day, we lose a bit of ourselves every day. Goals, targets, pie charts, PPTs, number crunching, expansion strategies occupy our minds not only during the day but also even in the night.

Though all of us crave this from within, normalcy, peace, content, stillness and quietness are now taboo words and frowned upon.

For most people, silence and inner reflection scares or bores them. With the over-stimulation of the senses through bright lights, constant din, exposed to radiation from gadgets and the restless further divides this connect. Severe neglect can lead to a nervous breakdown, mental disintegration or make the body prone to innumerable diseases.

This is where Float therapy in India comes into play - a series of floating session can help you in the following ways

Better physical form: Nagging aches and pain prevalent in conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia can be eliminated. Floating also helps in sports recovery and building endurance by strengthening and conditioning muscles.

Mental clarity and enhanced creativity: Float takes you to the blank zone, the state of nothingness which is so vital in improving concentration, mental alertness and creativity.

Initiate/ deepen your spiritual awakening: Float helps the brain achieve the theta state also known as the meditative state. In this level, one can achieve spiritual connect, reach a higher place of bliss, activate your chakra, each deep and profound wisdom beyond this dimension.

The highlight of float therapy in India is that you do nothing to achieve nothingness.


Like any new endeavour or experience that you try, the first float session in a sensory deprivation tank can be a bit unnerving, exciting, overwhelming or you may not feel anything. These are normal reactions to be expected and must not come in the way or deter you from completely surrendering yourself to the experience. It is also understandable if you are unable to relax or seem distracted during your first float session. During the course of the therapy, if you experience a surge or plethora of emotions like joy, sadness, confusion etc, please note you are headed in the right direction.

With continued sessions, you will gradually be able to relax completely and achieve the full benefits of the sensory deprivation tank in India.

We have an open wide pool to help you stretch out though there is no need for you to move around. The light switch and the panic button is placed inside the tub. It is recommended to undertake the float therapy in complete darkness. However, if you wish to leave the lights on, then do the same. You may also switch off the lights during the float when you get comfortable. In case of emergency, you can press the panic button and a therapist will be by your side.


At saltworld, a session in a sensory deprivation tank goes the following way

  • * You need to start the therapy with a quick shower. Remove all residues of body lotion, cream or hair products.
  • * Wipe yourself completely dry.
  • * Taking the support of the railing located on the tub, gently enter the pool.
  • * Plug your ear with ear plugs
  • * Lie on your back and stretch out
  • * Close your eyes and let yourself go.

Book you float session in a sensory deprivation tank in Bengaluru

Salt world offers float therapy in bengaluru where you can easily book your float session. Float Therapy in India provides you with a luxurious and relaxed experience of floating in a sensory deprivation tank.

Note: Float sessions are scheduled only through appointments. So kindly book your appointment here. For your first float it is advisable that you arrive at least 15 minutes early. You can also take the opportunity to discuss your doubt, concerns and health issues with the therapist.


Yes, float therapy can helps you achieve complete relaxation which in turn helps you reduce your stress levels. With an effective diet program, suitable exercise regimen and float therapy people suffering from High BP, diabetes, thyroid issues and other lifestyle diseases can witness a positive change in their overall health and wellness learn.

It depends on your comfort level and the severity of your condition. We have an open and spacious pool with sufficient ventilation. You have the option to switch on or switch off the lights. You may even listen to some music to help your settle down initially. We have an emergency button in the pool which you can use. A full time staff is always near at hand to help, assist, guide and even talk to you.

A light meal one hour prior to the float session will suffice. Coming in empty stomach is not advisable neither with a full stomach as it may hinder or distract you from completely enjoying the float therapy.

Studies have shown that regular sessions of float therapy can help with reducing stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, joint ailments and chronic pain body. It can cure insomnia, high blood pressure, fatigue, joint and even muscle pain.

For people with chronic, stress-related muscle pain and burnout-related depression, floating served as an integral part of pain treatment plans, in one study. Since floating oxygenates your body by promoting vasodilation — better blood flow to the brain, organs, and limbs — it serves to minimize muscular pain and even pain from degenerative disc disease or herniated disks.

Specifically floating provides significant reductions in pain, muscle tension, stress, anxiety, and sadness for those who suffer from fibromyalgia. Floating also increases feelings of relaxation, well-being, energy, and ease of movement in the same group of people.

There are literally no contraindications of floating. However, we wouldn’t recommend float to people with epilepsy, incontinence, recently undergone surgery, large open wounds, or severe psychological disorders such schizophrenia.

Yes it is extremely beneficial for pregnant woman. With the advancing trimesters, it becomes extremely difficult of the body to support the growing weight. It can put undue strain on the joint and the back resulting in continuous aches and pain, discomfort and increase in stress levels. Float therapy not only eases and heals them but also leaves you refreshed with a positive outlook which is crucial during one's pregnancy.

A typical float session lasts 60 to 90 minutes. You may experience restlessness in the tank on your first float, until your body and mind settle into the sensory deprivation. Some float studios have water-based speakers with guided meditations to help you ease into your session.

It is recommended that you visit the wash room before the session. To avail the full benefit of the session, it is important that you stay undisturbed in the float for the full duration of time.

Yes you may listen to soft and soothing music or a track on guided meditation in the initial session. But as you progress it helps if you can avoid any auditory stimulation.

The staff will take you around the float chamber and explain the process to you. You can use this time to discuss your expectations and also clarify any doubts or concerns.

Whatever is required for your float like towels, shampoo, conditioners, soap, ear plugs will be provided to you. If needed you may get your change of clothes or undergarments.

It advised not to wear contact lenses. During your float there could be a chance that the saline solution enters your eye which could ruin them. You may request our staff for a container and solution to place your lens.

Though our pool is large enough to accommodate two people, we recommend just one person float at a time as you are required to float in nude.

If they are old enough and comfortable enough they can sit in the reception or use our salt room to read their favorite book, watch TV or play with the board games and toys available. Click here to read more about Salt therapy.

Whatever is required for your float like towels, shampoo, conditioners, soap, ear plugs will be provided to you. If needed you may get your change of clothes or undergarments.

There are no dietary restrictions to be made. However, it is recommended that you have a light meal to avoid getting ravenous during the float therapy which can ruin your experience.

No - we do not change the water between every floater. It would be environmentally-unfriendly if we were to dump and replace the float tank water between each person. We take water maintenance very seriously to provide you with crystal clear, sterile perfectly buoyant water every visit.

Prior to every session, the water gets into 5 levels of filteration which includes ozone and UV ensuring that the water is sterile for every session. Sanitation and hygiene is taken care of.