Sensory Deprivation: Tanks for the memory

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Synopsis

Comedian Joe Rogan and Hamilton Morris travel across the United States seeking new heights of sensory deprivation. The best way to eliminate all sensory input is to step inside a sensory deprivation tank.

The float tank is a light-proof, sound-insulated capsule which contains a shallow pool of saturated Epsom Salts solution, some five times denser and more buoyant than sea water. 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.

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 National Institute of Mental Health in Washington.

In this documentary Joe Rogan talks about what happens to the mind, body, and spirit while inside the tank. While Hamilton Morris spends five hours inside a tank only to come out with more questions than answers. They head to Isolation Floatation in Colorado to learn more.

VICE correspondent Hamilton Morris tests the Rolls Royce of sensory deprivation tanks at Cloud nine Float Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Floating is a personal experience. Considered an alternative medicine, some of the benefits using a sensory deprivation tank include: stress relief, nervousness, anxiety, jet lag, insomnia and muscular aches & pains. It can also improve your concentration and memory. It can give you extra energy and make you feel dynamic. While for some, flotation is used to stimulate creative thinking and to solve problems.

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