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Old 12-12-2015, 11:03 AM   #1
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Has anyone experienced a sensory deprivation tank?

There's a business nearby that offers this. Having done some deep relaxation exercises, for $50 an hour I'm thinking of giving it a try.
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I guess I'm still mentally scarred by that old "Altered States" movie and tales of John Lilly communicating with space aliens. Just stay off the Ketamine and you should be fine, I guess.
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I think a lot of us worked in what amounted to a sensory deprivation tank.


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I spent too much time in too many data centers that were that way. No clue what time or day it might be. Strange people and stranger rules.
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I think a lot of us worked in what amounted to a sensory deprivation tank.
Yup...I spent over seven years in Riyadh.
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There's a business nearby that offers this. Having done some deep relaxation exercises, for $50 an hour I'm thinking of giving it a try.
No way. Didn't you ever see that episode of Twilight Zone "Where is Everybody"? It'll drive you insane.
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There's a business nearby that offers this. Having done some deep relaxation exercises, for $50 an hour I'm thinking of giving it a try.
A facility near us is offering a deal on GroupOn we've been looking at. Also thinking of giving it a try.
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Not me, lived that way for over forty years and am going to stay retired.
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John Lily and LSD .. I would like to try it, because sense deprivation can increase your sense perception beyond the physical states. You may experience extra-sensory perception on the astral level and contact other beings. I've have psychic experiences and clairvoyance visions in the past. I'm going back to opening my third eye once I retire. I closed it since it can be a distraction, especially if you see headless ghost floating around.


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I think a lot of us worked in what amounted to a sensory deprivation tank.
Oh, yeah. I once worked on a massive, immersive software/hardware project, the sort of thing where one starts dreaming in code and running simulations in ones head. Induced number-form and grapheme-color synesthesia were the fun results.

I'm better now. I retired.
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I want to do it! If you go, let us know how it is. I've looked at the place nearest to me, but too chicken to pull the trigger. It sounds way cool!!
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I guess I'm still mentally scarred by that old "Altered States" movie a ....
Hah! That movie is the first thing I thought of! One of my all-time favorite movies, but I'm certain most people would hate it. I was just in the right frame of mind (that might mean 'stoned' to some, but no, I saw it straight/sober) at the time, and it just struck me a certain way.

There was just something about getting totally in touch with your primal being that I though the movie portrayed pretty well. Also scared the stuff out of me - I can't imagine tripping on mushrooms, let alone combining that with a sensory deprivation tank.

So if anyone is interested, see if you can find the movie on Netflix or somewhere - but don't blame me if you hate it, you probably will! You've been warned!

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I spent too much time in too many data centers that were that way. No clue what time or day it might be. Strange people and stranger rules.
My career was on the opposite end of the spectrum, stuff going on all around me. So after retiring I started looking into yoga and meditation. I probably should have done it 20 years earlier -- it would have taken a bite out of my liquor bills back then.
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My career was on the opposite end of the spectrum, stuff going on all around me. So after retiring I started looking into yoga and meditation. I probably should have done it 20 years earlier -- it would have taken a bite out of my liquor bills back then.
Actually I like the notion. Please post your experience if you decide to check it out.

We're enjoying the new found benefits of healthy diet and exercise, wish we'd done it years earlier. Amazing how many illnesses we don't have anymore.

I'm probably at the point where meditation might be an interesting venture. I am pretty sure I wouldn't have gotten much out of it before as I was wound much too tightly.
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If I understand correctly this is what is also called a float tank. They come into and out of popularity from time to time. I first used one in the 70s. They are fun, though I came to wonder just how good the filtration and cleanliness were, mostly from stories a woman friend told me.

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Can't you just pop some LSD and skip the tank?
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Taking acid does not result in sensory deprivation! Or so I've heard...
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Floated a bit in the 80s. Tried it again last year. Two target customers, the 'explorers' and jocks in physical training looking for deep muscle relaxation. It's amazing when I hear a noise and figure out its my eyelashes. And my body would unwind and relax muscles I didn't know were tense.
Try it, you need to go two or three times to get past the initial boardom .



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Have done it several times and would welcome the opportunity to do it again. If you have a meditation practice, or want to jump-start one, it's especially ideal. You're floating in only a few inches of water (with hundreds of pounds of Epsom salts in it) at body temperature in total darkness, so there's a sense of your body just "dropping away" which makes it easy to focus on mental activities. That's why elite athletes often watch videos while in these tanks to train in techniques for their disciplines, but inventor John Lilly (yes, he of "Altered States") intended them as a tool for inner exploration.

Lilly did indeed drop LSD inside said tanks, but not recommended unless you have his background and training (and probably not even then). A wiser idea is to float and then have a massage right afterwards. Your body will already be more relaxed than after a typical massage just from being in the tank.
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Thank you Kevink and yakers. The tanks are indeed filled with a high-salinity solution to increase buoyancy. I was thinking about trying it for the deep relaxation but I could also see where it could enhance visualization. Glad to hear your experiences were positive. I think I'll set up an appointment this week.
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