What “Stranger Things” Teaches Us About Sensory Deprivation

Stranger Things

Unless you’ve been in, well, a sensory deprivation chamber, chances are you’ve heard rumbling about a little show called “Stranger Things” that’s becoming the binge-watching show of the summer. In case you haven’t caught the throw-back, sci-fi, psychological thriller, well, it’s time to pop some popcorn and clear your schedule for about eight hours. Not only is the show fun to watch, but we sure love the fact that a floatation tank turns out to be the means to making some pretty awesome discoveries.

Stranger Things

Since the show is set in the 80s, the idea of a sensory deprivation tank is a bit, well, out there. But the show also highlights some cool truths about floatation therapy – especially the mind-opening properties that come with sensory deprivation. Specifically, here’s what we learn about floatation therapy from “Stranger Things.”

The components are key.

Not to spoil the show for you, but for some quick context, the characters in Stranger Things, specifically Eleven, a young, telepathic, telekinetic girl, depend on a rudimentary sensory deprivation chamber in order to find their long-lost friend, who they fear has entered an alternate dimension. This is when things get fun for those of us in the floatation therapy world. As the friends strive to build an isolation chamber for Eleven, all the components of floatation chambers are there: you need an actual chamber (in their case, a kiddie pool, but we’ve got something a little more advanced than that), darkness (a school gymnasium at night seems to work for them), silence, and complete suspension – achieved in the same way we achieve it: through a water and Epsom salt solution. The show underscores the fact that we live by: sensory deprivation is pretty basic, but incredibly powerful.

It takes you to another world.

While you likely don’t want to enter the same “upside down” world that Eleven transports to (not to spoil anything for you, but it’s pretty scary), we like that the show highlighted the fact that sensory deprivation truly opens the mind and helps you see another world – even if that’s just a clearer, more stress-free version of your current world. Who doesn’t want to experience a life with less stress and more clarity than before? Trust us (and Stranger Things) on this: sensory deprivation is the key.

You probably won’t want to try it at home.

How does one go about creating a floatation tank at home? Well, if you’ve seen the series, it ain’t easy. The show’s characters turn to their science teacher, who tells them they need a pool large enough that a person can float free of bumping into any walls or other barriers. Additionally, they needed 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt. If you happen to have a half ton of salt lying around your home, then by all means, try a floatation chamber at home. But if not, it might be best to just make an appointment with us. Chances are, our tanks are darker, quieter and much more relaxing than that kiddie pool (and much easier for cleanup!).

It’s way easier in real life.

Sure, when your friend’s life is on the line, you’ll go to great lengths to try to contact him. That said, if you’re just hoping to decompress, clear your head, heal and revitalize your body, it doesn’t have to be so complicated – and no cleanup is required. All you need to do in order to experience the superb benefits of floatation therapy is call us and make your first appointment. We’ll walk you through your first session and make sure you’re getting everything out of your therapy sessions you’d hoped for.

Turns out floatation therapy isn’t really a “stranger thing,” but it is miraculous. Find out for yourself today!

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