Can You Defy Gravity Without Going to Outer Space


Imagine an environment that acts as a counterbalance to every other interaction we have with the world around us. The pursuit of pure nothingness. A place of environment that allows our bodies and our minds to sink away from the society around us, and turn our focus inwards.

This is no wonderland. This is the exquisite escape RelaxoPod offers.

And it’s not just the RelaxoPod, the magic is us. Our bodies have spent millions of years learning how to care of themselves, and RelaxoPod simply provides the optimum environment with which to do it.

RelaxoPod is more than a floatation pod ,it is an environment to soothe .Introduced for the first time In India, Float pods such as these come in a variety of shapes and are also known as Sensory deprivation tank ,isolation tank, floatation tank, floatation pod, sensory deprivation chamber etc.

A person lies on their back in the pod/ tank, their body floats on the surface, half in and half out of the water. The buoyancy has an incredibly rejuvenating effect on the human body through Sensory Deprivation technique. Also known as REST (Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy) The pod is sound proof and pitch black, creating a place for our bodies to be free from gravity and all stimulation from the outside world. You can also listen to relaxing meditational music. Besides you can reap added benefits of soft skin and hair along with detoxifying the body, and providing the magnesium most people lack through the Epsom salt.

The closest experience to this float pod is the Dead Sea, a hyper saline lake in Israel.

Relax, Meditate, breathe, chill, slow down, be yourself, cut off, switch off, me time etc….Are the buzz words in today’s fast paced, competitive world.

And here comes the RelaxoPod’s contribution towards taking you to these feelings of bliss, relaxation, stress free, completely me time without any external disturbances.

In fact, it is designed in such a way that all the external and internal stimuli which causes stress are minimised, so that a person can attain the relaxed state wherein all the senses are deprived ,so that there is no external stimuli to inner peace a person wants to attain. E.g. our ears are constantly receiving sound whether we like it or not, when we come in contact with another person we wither have to talk or listen to them, or our eyes are always seeing things unless we sleep of course. Our skin is exposed to various pollutants or along with good rays and light, it is exposed to UV rays as well which are harmful.

Relaxopod cuts off all these external stimuli which takes you away from your true being i.e. (The pearl you are).

Hence we invite you all to experience the relaxation, the sensory deprivation that we all long for.

So who all can benefit from it? Everyone without any exception anyone and everyone can experience such bliss. Of course it is very beneficial for these people who are constantly under pressure due to their work commitments or lifestyle.

It is also beneficial for those people who have to take extras care for their skin, as the salts use in the bath are very beneficial for skin.

All these experiences will take you one step further towards Experiencing Nirvana.

This unique relaxation and rejuvenation concept will help you breathe in the good things of life and find peace in the midst of chaos. It will help you let go of everyday worries and experience pure bliss. You can discover how a few moments of nothingness can bring a change to everything you feel and perceive. RELAXOPOD is available for floatation therapy at SHALOM FLOAT AND MIND SPA in Koregaon park, Pune India for which is also the franchise model of the company.

Here at Shalom Float spa, while floating in a RelaxoPod you get the opportunity to shut all external stimuli including the force of gravity to shift the spotlight within and bring yourself to light. A feeling of wellbeing stays for days.

It’s impossible to abolish our exposure to toxins, and if not flushed out, they remain in our system, an hours session in the Relaxopod at Shalom Spa is one of the earliest healing therapies that can be done to facilitate and enhance our body’s natural detoxification, which has numerous health benefits.

These floatation sessions at Shalom Spa will help achieve optimal health, through a wellness approach that encompasses living healthy in mind, body & spirit.

Mr. Binny Paul is the Founder Director and brain behind Relaxopod, also a Certified Water Specialist (CWS-1) who has been in the water treatment industry for the past two decades providing water treatment solutions across all sections of society and businesses through a sister concern known as BINNY BROTHERS.

When we first came across floatation, we wanted to introduce this powerful experience here in India. Months after searching the globe for the most advanced technologies available, we are confident to have found the most euphoric method of relaxation on earth. Many people fall in love with floating after just one experience in the pod – we're no exception to that rule. We then conceived, designed, developed and tested India's first floatation pod known as Relaxopod TM.

Relaxopod Systems India Pvt Ltd was formed to manufacture RelaxoPods which were designed and developed indigenously in India. The state-of-the-art filtration system for the pod has been exclusively designed and developed in house with multiple stages of filtration and disinfection to maintain the water in safe and hygienic condition known as IRDMS.

Two years later, we are opening one of the first float centre here in Pune and have plans to scale it up across India with existing spa centres as clients and exclusive franchisees.

Our motivation is articulated from our belief that floating- as a practice, can provide benefits to the majority of people who decide to lie down in a float pod.

Floatation is amazingly simple, very powerful and extremely versatile. People are drawn to floating to find relief from physical discomfort and stress, encourage personal development, or simply for some peace and tranquility. Inevitably, most people end up harnessing some combination of the many reported benefits. The most common testimonials are profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and heightened creativity.

Our master plan is to make floating accessible; to give everyone the chance to float, as regularly as they desire. We offer very competitive rates compared to a Spa industry and we'll have all sorts of programs which will allow more people to step into the comfortable stillness of the float pod. 

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Floatation Tanks, Three Powerful Healing Therapies in One!

Floatation therapy is similar in concept to the dense mineral saltwater at the Dead Sea in Israel. Multiple therapies are occurring when you're in a floatation tank. First and most obvious is the reduction of gravity. A 1/2 ton of magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is dissolved into a shallow pool of skin-temperature water to create this effect from floating, only deep sea divers and astronauts are able to enjoy this break from gravity's pressure.  The magnesium sulfate is a mild muscle relaxant, which contributes to the deep relaxation experienced while floating. When you float, your brain responds to this deep relaxation by releasing endorphins, which help to relieve pain, improve mood and boost T-cell count (improves immune system).

Lying back, you float effortlessly on the surface with all parts of your body firmly supported. Your muscles no longer have to fight against the constant downward push of gravity, the single greatest cause of wear and tear to bones, joints and body tissue. As muscle tension melts away, you find yourself floating weightless and free, like an astronaut in zero gravity conditions.

Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain's normal workload is caused by the effects of routine environmental stimulation the combined effects of gravity, temperature, touch, light and sound on the muscles, nervous system and sense organs of the body.

The float tank screens out these external physical stimuli, creating a pure state of "sensory" relaxation. Under these unique conditions your body has a chance to restore its natural powers of self regulation, while you simply lie back and rediscover the latent abilities of a deeply relaxed mind.

While you are floating, your ears are below the surface of the solution, cutting out external sounds. Many people, however, find that gentle ambient music accelerates and intensifies the relaxation process. The float tank's powerful underwater speaker system creates the feeling that you are floating in a sea of music, enhancing the rich dream-like quality of the experience.

"Most importantly, the float tank is not a hypothetical laboratory phenomenon, but a viable, proven technology"  
Dr Henry Adams, NIMH, Washington. The pleasures and perks of the modern float tank are based on a revolutionary scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short, first developed back in 1954 by researchers at the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) in Washington.

I recently read about the Dallas Cowboys using float tanks in the 1980's to enhance healing of injuries through a treatment that is free of gravity.  I tried the treatment several times and found each time to be refreshed, rested, I slept better and had more energy.

Floating creates a twilight zone of creative, inspirational thought processes, where your learning abilities are at their highest and powers of visualization and auto-suggestion are greatly enhanced. Measurements of the brain waves produced by experienced zen meditators in deep satori show large amounts of theta activity across the cortex. For most people, however, the theta state is almost impossible to enter without falling asleep. In the tank you enter this elusive state effortlessly and enjoyably, and stay in it for most of the float session. Time seems to vanish.

Third and most unique is the fact that floating quickly changes the brainwaves from beta to theta, which is where accelerated healing occurs. If someone suffers arthritis, migraines, chronic pain, hypertension or insomnia, they're probably not getting the benefits of theta when they're sleeping. This is the reason why many people claim that 1 hour in the float tank feels like 4-8 hours of quality sleep; they're enjoying the beneficial theta state in a fraction of the normal time needed.

The parasympathetic response is the body's natural mechanism for healing and regeneration. It can only occur during deep relaxation. Floating is the fastest, easiest and most effective way of eliciting this response and enjoying its dramatic health benefits. Floating "re-sets" the body's chemical and metabolic balance, strengthening its resistance to the effects of stress, illness or injury.

When you change your body, you also change your mind. The de-activation of the nervous system has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the brain's chemical control center.  Recent research has shown that internal events (thoughts and emotions) are then translated into measurable changes in body chemistry, and vice versa. The production of endorphins and the removal of undesirable chemicals during floating stimulates feelings of confidence, happiness and well-being, which helps you pursue your goals in life with maximum vitality and vigor.

FTA states,"Carl Lewis, said to be the world's greatest athlete, used in-tank visualization techniques to prepare himself for his gold medal long jump at the 1988 Seoul Olympics: the Dallas Cowboys, winners of the 1993 Superbowl, have been using float tanks since 1981 to develop the physical and psychological skills of their players; the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) has been using tanks to train their successful Olympic squads since 1983. In the words of Jeff Bond of the AIS: "The floatation tank represents a new dimension in sports training for the elite athlete".

Floating maximises the benefits of fitness training and work-outs. High intensity exercise stimulates the muscles to grow, but the actual growth and strengthening takes place during relaxation - usually 30 to 40 hours after the stimulation occurs. The deep relaxation of the float tank improves circulation and accelerates the growth and regeneration of muscle tissue.

Strenuous physical exercise can cause a rapid build-up of lactic acid (a toxic by-product of anaerobic glycolysis) in the muscles; this is experienced as pain, fatigue and cramps which can last for days; it is also linked to the feelings of depression and anxiety known as "post-game letdown", which can even affect recreational joggers. Floating is one method of reducing the effects of lactic acid and removing other waste materials from the body. This reduces the risk of over-training.

Most sports injuries are not contact injuries but are the result of inappropriate muscle tension. Floating has been shown to loosen the muscles and give athletes a greater degree of control over their autonomic nervous systems, reducing the risk of injury during training or competition. Even when injuries occur, floating speeds up recovery and the endorphin effect alleviates the pain.

Peak athletic performance depends on a combination of physical, mental and emotional skills. Modern training methods focus on helping the athlete to master "the inner game", to develop that cool synchrony of mind, body and emotion which is the hallmark of a champion. The most potent psychological technique for building up skill and confidence simultaneously is visualization; in the tank, an athlete can achieve the level of concentration necessary for visualization to have a dramatic impact on performance. This is one of the hottest new developments in sports science."

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The Escape Pod: Lincolnites venture into sensory deprivation tank business

On a typical workday, Jeremy Warner might find himself on the phone nonstop. Warner owns Red Dog Carpet Cleaning and serves as a dispatcher of sorts for the Lincoln branch, taking calls from customers and letting the cleaners know where their next gigs are.

Like plenty of jobs, his is filled with calls and texts and emails and stress. But Warner found -- and built -- a unique way to disconnect from it.

A few times a week, Warner will open a panel to a deep blue-colored steel box that looks like an industrial-sized version of the washing machine stationed across from it in his basement laundry room, and he’ll step inside.

His foot is met with a pool of warm, buoyant salt water inside of it. The solution of Epsom Salt and water in the tank, Warner said, is seven times as dense as the Dead Sea. It's perfect for a float in the pitch black chamber that can last hours.

It’s also where he came up for the name of Lincoln’s contribution to the burgeoning industry of sensory deprivation float tanks -- the Escape Pod.

The tank is an environment designed to stimulate thought by shutting off all else, Warner said. And unless you can score an invite to Jeremy and Karlin Warners’ home float tank -- in an effort to spread the experience of floating, they’ve hosted a few first-time and veteran floaters from Lincoln, Omaha and Iowa who’ve found them online -- it might be some time before you see an Escape Pod in Lincoln.

Warner said he would love to open a float center here, but doesn’t have time, since float centers and private individuals across the country keep ordering Escape Pods from him.

Nashville, Miami and Boulder, Colo., are a few cities where people can get away from it all in a Lincoln-made float tank. On Tuesday, Warner and his business partner, Rich Vest, are planning to drive a trailer filled with materials for four Pods to the Pacific Northwest, the epicenter of float tank culture in the states.

Made with sheets of steel fabricated at TMCO in Lincoln (“I think we are TMCO’s smallest customer by far,” Warner said), plastic panels made from recycled milk jugs at Sandhill Plastics in Kearney, insulation, high-powered water pumps and roughly 400 washers and 200 bolts apiece, the tanks they’re installing in Washington and Oregon next week will bring the total number of Escape Pods that they’ve sold to 10, and Warner said interest continues to grow.

“We got a shipping quote to Abu Dhabi,” he said, mentioning a potential customer for the $6,000 tank. “It wasn’t that bad! Seven hundred bucks.”

The concept of the tank is not new. Warner said many neuroscientists initially hypothesized that, if someone were floating in a sensory deprivation tank, the person’s brain would shut down.

“The opposite is true,” Warner said. “The brain is infinitely complicated.”

What the float tank instead provides is an opportunity to escape distraction and delve into deep thought. The credit for designing the first isolation tank in 1954 goes to neuroscientist John C. Lilly, whose research fueled continued interest in sensory deprivation and who also eventually experimented with LSD and communication with dolphins inside of one.

Warner’s tank experiences are significantly less out there than Lilly’s dolphin-talking or the “Primitive Man” state that William Hurt achieved in the 1980 isolation tank sci-fi classic, “Altered States.”

Inside the tank, adrift in thought, Warner has found a place where he can meditate or connect dots to solve business problems or simply cut off outside contact and float.

“It’s just nice to have a place where you can go and not have a cell phone,” Warner, 37, said. “It’s so nice to go in and nothing’s going to disturb (you).”

The sensation is difficult to describe, several floaters said, but they tried:

* “You feel really at peace, calm,” Warner said. “Your body disappears.”

* “It's just pure thought, the mind completely untethered from the body,” comedian Joe Rogan, who frequently extolls the virtues of floating, said on his podcast.

* “You just let go,” said Elizabeth Ashby, an Omaha native who tried Warner’s Escape Pod. “That’s totally the bottom line.”

* “Every float is a little different,” said Mark Chesshir, co-owner of Nashville Float and Massage, which opened last month. “Sometimes you’re in, you’re out (of consciousness). Sometimes … I got to see colors one time. It’s such an incredible thing.”

The name of a Las Vegas float center might sum it up best -- Lazy Yoga.

"You can meditate effortlessly without consciously trying," Ashby said.

Floaters say you've just got to try it, and more centers are opening around the country to offer customers the chance.

In Nashville, the lone two-tank float center stays open, and occupied, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the week, Chesshir said. On the weekends, they stay open until 3 a.m. Customers seem to enjoy the Escape Pod they bought from Warner and Vest for $6,000 -- a low-end price when compared with other tank manufacturers in the country.

“One, they love the color,” Chesshir said. “They also love to float in it. It’s a very, very comfortable tank.”

The Midwest, for the most part, remains bereft of float centers. lists three in Illinois and one in Kansas City, and there aren't many more around here.

“I’m hoping there’s going to be something of a moment where it enters the public’s imagination,” Warner said.

Author: Cory Mattson

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Glucose owns a sensory deprivation chamber! Find out how his day job alters his music

Glucose (aka Ben Gleason) makes hallucination-inspired music, so it's seems only fitting that for a living he owns and operates an isolation tank -- yeah, just like Altered States, only without William Hurt or the primal-DNA time portals. It's a job that leaves him plenty of time to work on music. He made a lot of the material for his new record during down time while people were floating in the tank.

Over the course of two EPs, Glucose has established a curious signature that involves sampling colorful sci-fi imagery and thought-provoking questions about the nature of the universe from Joe Rogan's podcast, best heard on tracks like "Technological Caterpillar" and "Telepathic Octopus." So it seems only natural that that same source of inspiration brought him to his chosen profession.

On his latest EP, Trust, his new tunes pick up stylistically where last year's Telepathic Octopus left off: blending Liquid Sky-era bass lines and chopped Amen break with more contemporary footwork and IDM nuances. We caught up with Glucose for a quick chat about the making of the new EP and how his experiences in isolation inspired his music and helped him turn around his life.

Westword: How did you start out with the isolation chamber?

Glucose: It all goes back to Joe Rogan, eventually. I started listening to his podcast, and he talks all the time about isolation tanks because he has one. He talks about the benefits and how it's changed his life. When I tried it, I was 300 pounds and smoking cigarettes and eating fast food and not living a happy, healthy life by any means. I tried it and really liked it. Throughout the course of my using it, I lost 100 pounds, quit smoking cigarettes, totally changed my diet and started exercising all the time. I really saw the benefits ... It helps you stay honest with yourself and see your life from a different viewpoint. After seeing how it changed my life, I decided that I wanted to help spread the good word and give that to other people.

It's actually your chamber?

Oh yeah, it's my business. This is basically what I've been doing for the past year. One of the things with running an isolation tank is that there's a lot of downtime because people are off floating, and you don't want to be in the room because that would be weird.

Do people know that you're sitting there making music while they're in the tank?

Yeah, I think so.

Do you ever play stuff for people while they're in there?

Certain people.

What's the response?

I can never tell. Usually when I play my music for people they're not like, 'Holy shit, this is sweet.' They're like, 'Whoa, weird,' which is sort of what I'm going for, I guess.

Is there a link between the aesthetic outcome of the music and the experience of the isolation tank?

For "Nootropic," the third song, a lot of that came from floating in the isolation tank. When you're in the tank, since you have no sensory input, your visual and audio cortexes will continue to display information to you whether or not it's present in this dimension; so you can have auditory and visual hallucinations in there while completely sober. A lot of that song in particular came from experiences inside the tank. I've found that I write a lot of music after I use the tank ...

When I'm floating in the tank, I'm recharging myself. When you come out, it's almost like a rebirth experience: You're coming from complete nothingness and then you open the door and there's light and color and people and cars. You get a new found appreciation for the world you've been living in because you can't take it for granted anymore.

You've spent this time in complete isolation with no input at all. Then you get input again, and it's so much more impactful. That experience has given me inspiration. So far as the sound of the music, that's just an expression of who I am and in the deepest parts of my soul, that's the music that's playing.

Do you go in there solo, or do you have to have someone out there while you're in there?

I go in there by myself all the time. It's like taking a bath. It's not an intimidating thing. It's an eight-and-a-half-foot long, five-foot-tall box full of water that you lay in.

Will you make an album that isn't influenced by Joe Rogan at some point?

There was only one song from Joe Rogan on there. Really, the music isn't specifically influenced by Joe Rogan -- the biggest influence on the music is probably stuff like Dave Tipper, old school drum and bass and a lot of weird footwork-style stuff. Machinedrum's last album was a big influence.

Also, having psychedelic experiences where you're really connecting with your own spiritual being; when you're listening to the sounds of what you are. The better you get at dictating the sounds you actually hear, the better the music actually becomes. I do have to sample Joe Rogan at least once an album, though. I think I found the one I'm going to use on the next album already. It's just so sample-able. I mean, 'technological caterpillars,' come on.

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Commandeering the Inner Space Shuttle: Silence and Ecstasy in the Sensory Deprivation Tank

I recently began a series of experiments with the sensory deprivation tank as developed by John C. Lilly, M.D., a device that most have heard of but few have tried. (Yes, that’s the one from the 1980 movie Altered States.) It took me a decade and a half of self-directed experimentation on consciousness to finally get around to using one. Luckily, when I was ready, I found that there was a facility five minutes from my workplace. I booked the time. I got in.

The sensory deprivation tank is exactly that — a large, soundproof, lightproof tank filled with shallow, warm, buoyant water, all designed to completely shut off all sensory input.

The tank itself is heated to exactly 93.0º, a temperature that feels warm without being intrusive, so that your body quickly tunes it out. The water — just shallow enough to lie in — is saturated with Epsom salt, which means that you float effortlessly on the surface. It also means any cuts or scratches that you may have gotten before going in will start viciously burning; for this Vaseline is recommended to cover over them and keep out the salt.

The inside of the tank is remarkably spacious — big enough to sit up in, even stand up while crouching. (The model I used was the Samadhi, the original developed by Lilly. There are other versions; tanks in Europe, apparently, are often much smaller and pod-like, offering very little room to move about in, limiting the size and weight of the occupant.) The inside of the tank is about three and a half feet wide; consequently, I spent a lot of time sliding from one side to the next until I figured out how to stabilize myself. (Hint: Stick your arms out and hold the sides until the water calms down, then hold yourself completely still and breathe slow and deep enough that you don’t disturb the water. Breathing slow, of course, will also help stabilize your body and mind faster.)

One’s experience in the tank, as I was told, is highly susceptible to suggestion. For this reason, the owners of the venue I visited told me they’re very careful about not telling people anything but the basics when they get in, in order not to pre-load their trip.

I found I had some of my own pre-loading to get rid of after getting into the comforting darkness of the tank. Foremost in my mind were the experiences of the tank’s founder himself, Dr. John Lilly: born in 1915, Lilly was raised on a rigid scientific track, developing the tank in the early 1950s while studying neurophysiology for the US Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Corps—work allegedly connected with the CIA MK-ULTRA program, though he broke with the US government almost immediately thereafter. His own experiences were nothing short of revelatory. He later went on to do research trying to communicate with dolphins while on LSD, became involved in SETI, and continued using the tank until his death a few weeks after 9/11.

Lilly reported some mind-stretching tank visions in his books. At one point he believed he had come into contact with extraterrestrials, or “Earth Coincidence Control Organization (ECCO),” as he called them. He also spoke forebodingly of a potential period in the future where “Solid State Intelligence (SSI),” an entity that he believed was composed of the entirety of electronics on earth, would take over and dispense with human life. (Facebook anyone?) But then again, Lilly wasn’t just going in cold: he extensively experimented first with using LSD in the tank, then with Ketamine, both substances he had easy access to as a member of the medical establishment.

These are the images I had swirling in my mind as I climbed into the tank; not surprisingly, nothing happened as long as I continued expecting fireworks on-demand. It wasn’t until I consciously let go and decided to see what the tank had to offer on its own terms that I started to get something. And at least for me, what I experienced wasn’t “psychedelic” at all—far from a mental experience, what I discovered was a drop into a deeply physical, embodied state; once this had happened, the boundaries of the body, tank and space itself just seemed to fall away. Thereafter I seemed to enter into a primal infinity, from which perspective I could comfortably see not just my rational mind but the entire mental bandwidth of Western culture as a tiny, almost inconsequential pinprick in a vast field of mystery. Not “the light,” not “the void” or other shorthands for the unthinkable… simply an endless mystery.

I’ve tried innumerable meditation techniques over the last decade and a half: I’ve learned to sit inhumanly still for hours, slow my breath down to one inhale/exhale per minute, learned the original kundalini yoga of the Himalayan adepts up at 13,000 feet in India, studied a bit of Zen and Tibetan forms of meditation like Samatha or “calm abiding.” But no matter how you twist, prime or calm yourself, the same problem always remains: the body just won’t go away. Even if you’ve “mastered” your awareness of the physical and can sit like a rock with little to no breath, you’re still going to have awareness of the body, and it will continually remind you it exists. Which gives you two options: suppress it as much as you can, or work with it.

But with the tank, the body is just so free of external sensation, and so contented with its literally womb-like surroundings, that it just kind of blips out.

Well, let me rephrase that. First, it fidgets insufferably. Adjusting to the tank can be so initially frustrating that the center I visited gives the first hour for free. Once you “get it,” though, your body remembers the right position and will enter that state rapidly every time you get into the tank from then on.

After the initial learning curve I ended up in place more relaxed, more contented, more free, more expanded than I have after years of meditation — in a few minutes. So much of the discipline of yoga and classic meditation manuals like the Hatha Yoga Pradpika is concerned with “turning the body off” with proper physical postures; a sensory deprivation tank does it almost immediately. The classic instructions for yoga all seem to continue to apply to the tank experience — stilling the body and breath, offering the in-breath into the out-breath, and so on — but one is immediately put into an ideal state physical state, the kind it presumably takes years of yoga practice to get to, if it is even reachable at all without the tank.  

For that alone, I’m a new convert. Take away all the spiritual woo, the promises of inner experiences, and at the very base level you have a tool for relaxing more deeply than perhaps previously thought possible, identifying and then releasing muscle tension you weren’t even aware was there. You feel it. And then you let it go, bit by bit. And then you float. The applications for health alone, when so many physical problems are caused by chronically holding tension, are obvious. Of course, as the physical tension goes, so does the mental tension. I found myself getting insights into, and letting go, of long-standing mental cramps, deep unsolved indecisions or confusions, that I’d forgotten were even there, as they had been embedded into the background noise of the mind for so long.

Of course, that was just the beginning. Beyond the relaxation of the body, I observed a secondary effect: the body enters what I can describe only as an orgasmic field. Here we enter into the domain of Wilhelm Reich’s orgonomy or even of mysticism but, put simply, the message was that nearly all mental and physical tension is the individual attempting to suppress its natural orgasmic state. By orgasmic I don’t specifically mean orgasmic release through sexual contact — I mean that when the body’s energy becomes unlocked it, itself, becomes all-over orgasmic. One releases into infinite “bliss,” the body-as-orgasm melting into the universe-as-orgasm.

Lilly experienced something similar, writing in his autobiography The Scientist (in third person) that “The tank experiences gave him new access to bodily pleasure which he found difficult to integrate with his rather… Calvinistic conscience. His conflicts with sexual expression, sexual transactions, took up a good deal of his time. The resting body accumulated positive energies that were expressible sexually to an almost intolerable level. He began to recognize the intrinsic nature of sexual drives. His parallel studies in neurophysiology revealed the sources of the sexual energy within the central nervous system. He began to see that these sources existed in himself, in his own brain.”

The next level was the seeming heightening of “psychic” phenomena such as telepathic communication (with people who could be dozens of miles away) and the intrusion of “energies” or imagery from the collective unconscious, or simply the individual unconscious depending on how much one gives credence to the idea of transpersonal mind. As these phenomena are entirely subjective, unverifiable and largely deeply individualized to those who experience them, I here pass over details of any specific content, leaving this to individual experience.

The usual tank session is an hour. One returns to “normal” consciousness immediately and seamlessly after exiting the tank. There is no hangover or disorientation. I found rush hour traffic while leaving the facility slightly more aggravating after the peaceful tank experience, but beyond that there were no noticeable side effects. More importantly, one feels as if one has just awoken from a deeply satisfying and relaxing sleep, even if one didn’t sleep in the tank, and even, as I experienced, if floating after a long and hectic working day.

It seems that, when separated from outside stimulus and given free reign, the bodymind knows exactly what it needs to do to restore health and equilibrium to itself, and goes about doing it, quickly and precisely.

For these reasons — and more I’m sure I’ve yet to discover — I recommend the tank to all.

It’s a technology that has largely fallen by the wayside, though it’s recently been making a comeback thanks in part to the highly enthusiastic publicity the comedian Joe Rogan has given it. I suspect that it probably has more to offer us now than it did when Lilly invented it. Silence is a rare commodity in our overstimulated world.

We owe it to ourselves to give ourselves back to ourselves.

Author: Jasin Louv

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