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    Sensory Deprivation / Float Therapy

    this was personally recommended to me earlier this year, so i tried it, and i'm thinking about giving it another go soon.

    i was/am curious about the growing popularity of float therapy as a cultural phenomenon. it "makes sense" people would be seeking escape from an increasingly normalized climate of information overload which, imo, can make and is making people sick. that's only gonna get worse, so i wonder if sensory deprivation / isolation therapies are only going to grow more popular. (it's kinda fucked up, though.)

    basically, for however long your session lasts (usually it's an hour or two), you're in a light-proof, sound-proof tank floating naked on the surface of skin-temperature water highly saturated with epsom salts. the idea is to unplug from all distractions in your life and be completely alone with your thoughts. it's totally black and silent inside the tank and the risk of being interrupted by external stimuli is largely removed.

    a quick summary of the "benefits" many people have reported:

    + it's stress relief and anxiety therapy
    + it's good for chronic pain
    + it's like mindfulness meditation but extreme
    + one can get into a mental state that feels like "tripping without drugs"
    + epsom salt makes your skin softer (lol)
    + it's guaranteed alone time for however long your session lasts

    i'm going to avoid saying anything about my own experience in the OP so as to not influence anybody's perceptions.

    has anybody tried this? when (after how many sessions, or at what point) did you start experiencing benefits?

    any general thoughts on your experience? feel free to talk about it.
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    Sounds like a desire to return to the womb. I'd like to try it one day.

    I'm having trouble justifying paying to be naked and alone though. That's just a typical tuesday arvo for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kali View Post
    Sounds like a desire to return to the womb.
    it’s that and more. i think it makes sense to go during times when suicide sounds attractive. my first time was unexpectedly cathartic.

    the cost is also what’s preventing me from going back more but for me twice a year would probably be “sufficient.” i found a place where it’s $40 for two hours which is about how much i pay for a massage, and i don’t have trouble justifying that.
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    Brainwave entrainment audio (especially with Kasini glasses) is widely available, is cheaper or free, and can have similar effects.

    http://forums.intpcomplex.com/showth...l=1#post224240

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