The Mechanics behind Sensory Deprivation Therapy

The entire construct of sensory deprivation is so complex that it is often likened to the complexities of quantum physics due to the influence of the therapy on the human brain. The human brain is as complex as any organ can be based on the fact that everything we think about, each action that we take, every memory that we have, all the feelings and experiences we go through is produced by our brains.

Our brain may be just a jelly-like mass of tissue that weighs approximately 1.4 kilograms, but this jelly-like mass consists of a mind-numbing one hundred billion neurons or nerve cells that are constantly preoccupied with one thing or another. Most of our brain’s processing power is dedicated towards processing our sensory inputs or apparatus which includes vision, hearing, smell, temperature changes and gravity.

The brain is constantly scanning for sudden changes in the environments around us because it is ‘hardwired’ to keep us safe at all times and this means that the brain, just like our heart and other vital organs does not get much rest.

Unless an individual is savvy with yoga meditation techniques and has been a practitioner for years allowing them to ‘quieten’ the brain, most people do not have the luxury of doing so unless they decide to subject themselves to either meditation which would take years or try floatation therapy


In other words, float tank therapy is a shortcut to achieve the brain states that only those who have been practicing meditation for years are able to achieve with some plus points due to the magnesium sulfate solution used in these therapies which meditators do not get. At about now you may have started to wonder, how does laying in floatation pod filled with Epsom salt impacts the brain.

Well, the simple truth behind that question is ‘sensory deprivation’. As mentioned earlier apart from our brain is responsible for processing and storing thoughts, actions, feelings, and experiences, it has to beforehand process the inputs which are sent to the brain via our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, and instincts.

The amount of raw logical processing power that is needed to process the inputs from our sensory systems is so incredible that it would take dozens of supercomputers crunching numbers night and day for months on end just to get an out of what our brain does in a split second (yes, our brains are much more powerful than any supercomputer in existence).

So when a person is placed in a floatation pod, guess what? All that raw processing power that our brain uses for processing inputs just lay about and given the tranquillity that the brain experiences (quiet mind) during floatation therapy, the brain is able to redirect all this processing power lying about to handle other long-neglected issues ‘within us’.

From correcting chemical imbalances and inhibiting stress hormones and enhancing the production of ‘feel-good’ hormones to enhancing blood circulation and enhancing cell oxygenation, floatation therapy sessions does it all and the added infusion of magnesium from the solution that we float on through the skin is a bonus as magnesium deficiency is much more rampant than most people think!