Isolation tanks are guaranteed make you crazy, reckless, violent and eventually break down your genetic material. That’s the philosophy put forth by Altered States. The 1980 film stars William Hurt as Eddie Jessup, who studies and experiments with different states of consciousness using an isolation tank. At first these floating sessions only produce hallucinations. Over time, and with the aid of hallucinatory drugs, Jessup experiences escalating side effects from the hours he spends inside the isolation tank. He begins to experience altered states of consciousness both inside and outside the tank. It starts with waking hallucinations and eventually turns into physical manifestations of his altered states of consciousness. Jessop undergoes genetic regression at the same time as a direct result of his floating sessions in the tank. First, he regresses to a sub-human hominid and then finally morphs into an unborn state of cellular ooze. At this point, Jessop barely survives his final session in the isolation tank. Even after being rescued from the isolation tank, he still experiences the waking hallucinations that plagued him before. He is only saved from his hallucinations and ultimately cured by the love and support of his wife. This film of course is a completely fictional account, but Hollywood gets isolation tanks all wrong. Isolation tanks do not have the negative and horrific impact that movies like Altered States want you to believe. Far from creating dangerous hallucinations, floating actually helps clear a cloudy mind and increase focus. Floating eases pain and aids in recovery from injuries. It frees the body and mind from the stress and trials of daily living. Floating is neither a calm nor tranquil experience for Jessup. He finds himself in a waking nightmare from his time in the tank. This is just nonsense. Floating in an isolation tank will not cause people violently hallucinate outside of it. Jessup experiences a physical change that breaks his body down and erases his humanity. The physical changes found using an isolation tank are positive. Salt water offers benefits to the human body and floating relaxes muscles. The weightless of floating eases stress on joints. Floating is one of the best ways to relax body, mind and spirit. If you are want to enjoy some rather strange entertainment on a Friday night, Altered States may be your answer. If you want a true depiction of floating, look elsewhere. The ideas presented here are foreign to anyone who spends time in an isolation tank.
After a handful of floats the surface of your water will probably have some residue, it’s just skin oils so no big deal. You’ll need to use a skimmer to clean it. This is the easy way, just pick up this skimmer on amazon and you’ll have it working in seconds. Check out the video. I’ve been cleaning up my water after the construction. Big Job.
It’s no secret that floating inside an isolation tank makes you feel better. Can spending time there also make you look better? The simple answer is yes. Floating can be a fountain of youth. It works better than applying facial masks and creams to recapture a younger and healthier looking face. Stress can age a person prematurely. The tension it creates in the muscles and joints doesn’t just result in stiffness and pain. It can also cause facial muscles to tighten and wrinkles to form on the forehead and around the eyes. Only a short time passes before stress takes a visible toll. The skin’s surface is covered with wrinkles. Visible aging only adds to stress. This in turn increases aging. It all turns into a vicious cycle that becomes nearly impossible to break. Floating in a float tank is the best antidote to stress and premature aging. The tranquility inside the tank relaxes the tightened facial muscles. It doesn’t take long before the skin looks and feels smooth again. People can take several years off their appearance after a few sessions. They feel more attractive and are much more energetic. This leads to increased confidence and makes it tougher for stress to come back and attack again. Beauty may only be skin deep. Still, there’s nothing wrong with making your skin look as good as you want it to look. Floating is a good tool for realizing that goal.