Sensory Deprivation or Flotation?

Sensory Deprivation isn't the best term

Our own Joe Daniels explains why he's not a fan of the term sensory deprivation, “It sounds so negative.”

We prefer using the term Flotation, over Sensory Deprivation. Popularized by Joe Rogan and new Netflix shows featuring strange monsters. It's no surprise that negative connotations usually come along with this terminology.

We feel it's important to focus on the fact this is a stress reduction process for full body relaxation, this is not stress inducing.

Flotation over Sensory deprivation

Even if you are claustrophobic, you can float with the lights on and the door open. There is no 'right way' to approach flotation.

What does flotation look and feel like? Well, you don't have to take our word for it. How about you check out this article from Cincinnati Refined, talking about their recent experience in our Flotation Tanks. Not sensory deprivation tanks, because we don't have scary monsters or negative experiences here at Think Tank Flotation!

Is there a difference?

Flotation and Sensory deprivation tanks are similar in goals but can be different in how they're configured. Both seek to reduce sensory stimuli to achieve a greater state of relaxation. In our tanks or float pods, you lie down horizontally to reduce the vertical stress load on your entire body. This allows you to roll around, stretch, and try to work out any of the issues you can now feel in your body.

Sensory deprivation, isn't really flotation since we consider it a very positive experience. Plus, there is no single way to do flotation. You can have the lights on, listen to music, or go for no sensory stimuli at all. It's all a matter of preference, but we do recommend trying your float without any outside stimulation, even if it is just once.

Read on to find out more information about some of the benefits of sensory deprivation....wait, you mean flotation!

Benefits of Flotation

There are myriad benefits to flotation, which benefit you're seeking truly depends on your goals. All the way back in 1983, there was a study published in a medical journal detailing how flotation reduces the presence of the stress hormone, cortisol.

An additional study in 2006 found that the presence of stress reduction could persist for up to 4 months, if flotation was used over a dozen times in that period. The study went on to conclude that flotation tank therapy is an effective method for the treatment of stress-related pain.




  • Relief of back and muscle pains
  • Injury recovery and prevention
  • Enhanced Athletic Performance


  • Enhanced Creativity
  • Depression and Anxiety Relief
  • Help with addiction, PTSD, and body image issues


  • Enlightened consciousness
  • Meditation
  • Circadian Rhythm
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