Absolutely nothing. Beautiful, quite, nothingness. So quite you could hear your own thoughts. If you’re not familiar with sensory deprivation tanks, or floatation tanks i’ll give you the full run down. The tanks are full of an epsom salt solution (500kg Magnesium Sulfate), the second your hand touches the water it feels soft and almost slimy. Stepping into the water you’ll quickly find that your body floats effortlessly, I placed my hands above my head and just let my body lay. The water is set at the same temperature as your body, so as time goes on you’ll realise you can’t really feel your body.
You feel nothing.
At my experience with Rest House Float, there was initially glowing light beaming from the tank, you can choose to keep the light on or as I did, turn it off.
You see nothing.
It’s difficult to tell if your eyes are open or shut, whether you’re awake or asleep. You can hear very faint relaxing music, birds chirping, waves crashing. If you’re new to floating, music is probably best as it can be difficult to relax and stop your mind from racing. For the full experience I definitely recommend turning it off.
You hear nothing.
Your senses are gone and you’re left with an incredible state of calm. It is an incredible state that feels somewhere between conscious and unconscious, while your body soaks up minerals and releases muscle tension. Forced relaxation you might call it. Leaving the tank you’ll find that your body will feel restored in some sense of the word. Muscles that were aching will be barely noticeable. You’ll feel relaxed, but calm and focused. And most importantly, the effects won’t wear off in an hour. The nights following my float I had such deep and un-interrupted sleep I was truly amazed.
If you struggle to relax, have difficulty falling and staying asleep, are physically active or suffer from fatigue, allow yourself some time for nothing. Experience sensory deprivation.