In the last days before the holidays, I decided to write such a “unloading”, easy post. It’s time to take a break from the informative, long articles and write a short review. Not so long ago, I visited the camera of sensory deprivation or float in a different way. I would like to write float tip, this interesting, unusual and enjoyable experience and give some advice in case you decide to go through this procedure.
The sensory deprivation chamber is a dark tank filled with water, which contains high concentration of salt. Neither sound nor light penetrates this camera. The high salt content allows fluid to hold the person on the surface of the water. Due to the temperature of this solution, which is equal to the temperature of the human body, a person placed in a chamber ceases to feel this water in his body. He seemed to hang in weightlessness.
The camera was invented in the middle of the last century by the representative of the American scientific counterculture, psychoanalyst and neurobiologist John Lilly. Lilly experimented with altered states of consciousness, tried to develop a language of communication with dolphins and studied the thinking of these aquatic mammals.
The sensory deprivation chamber was an attempt by a scientist to check what was happening to the human brain if he was completely deprived of sources of external influence. And interesting things can happen. Someone experiences unusual sensations, even visual, auditory and tactile hallucinations.
I first learned about the floating camera (excluding the Simpsons series) in a story by one of my favorite writers, Stanislav Lem. The story is called the “Conditioned reflex”; it enters the cycle of stories about the pilot Pirks. In the “Conditional Reflex,” the camera was used to prepare and test people who would take part in space travel. Students of the “cosmic” high school jokingly called the camera “crazy bathroom.”
The amount of time a student could spend in a crazy bath was a measure of individual psychological endurance. If a person could lie in a cell for 5 hours, then this indicated that he could withstand long journeys to the stars, passing alone, lack of entertainment and live communication.
The protagonist of this story spends 7 hours in a cell, experiencing the most borderline states. He ceases to feel the body, ceases to realize the boundaries of his ego, breaks up into a lot of I, falls into unknown space and, in the end, experiences such experiences that none of the existing languages can describe!
Perhaps the author, after all, exaggerated the possibilities of the camera. I think so, although I can not know for sure. One hour in the floating chamber passed for me without any “special effects”. This is probably due to the fact that my brain has become accustomed to the daily rest from external signals – meditation. And with the habit can be anything. When I first began to meditate, I saw some images during meditation. Then it stopped.
But everyone can have different things …
One session in the sensory deprivation chamber
I signed up for a session in one yoga center. I will not give advertising, everyone will easily find such centers in their own city, if they exist. Before the dive, the administrator conducts a briefing and suggests taking earplugs. After the shower, I got into the camera naked.
I could not relax for a long time. At first it is difficult to find a comfortable posture. A couple of times the water accidentally got into the eyes and nose – it was terribly pinched, because there is a lot of salt in it. Therefore, if you scratch your eyes or nose, scrub these parts of the body gently: keep your eyes tightly closed and do not open for a while until the water that has fallen on the eyelid from your fingers does not evaporate from its surface.
Do not be afraid to relax the body. The neck will instinctively strain to keep the head on the surface. Just relax it and lower your head completely. If there is enough salt in the water, then the head will not sink.
I admit that at first I was even a little worried. But I understood that the body had fallen into a somewhat unusual situation: it was placed in some kind of deaf darkness, as if a grave. The reaction of the body, responding to excitement, was quite natural. Of course, not every day this happens!
I did not drive the excitement from myself, I realized that it was not going anywhere, so you just need to “score”. What I did: my heart was beating fast, but my mind remained calm. I did not identify myself with my anxiety, realizing that nothing would happen to me and I had to stop paying attention to the disturbing signals of the body. After a while, the heartbeat became normal.
It was a great practice in controlling fear and anxiety. Many people who suffer from claustrophobia and other phobias may be frightened by this experience. But I would, on the contrary, advise them to float as a therapy. This is radical and requires courage, but it effectively eliminates the fear of confined space and other fears associated with darkness, being alone and alone.
Nothing will happen to you. Do not chase fear away, just stop identifying yourself with it. Just watch him.
Deep meditation session
Let’s return again to my feelings in the chamber. Some time after the start of the session, I still began to relax. The state has become similar to that which occurs during meditation. Calm and tranquility. I will not confuse this state with anything. Just concentrating and getting rid of thoughts was much easier than during meditation. It was happening as if by itself. This must be directly related to the fact that much less tactile signals enter the brain than during normal meditation, so it is easier to stop the flow of thoughts.
The relaxation was very deep and pleasant. The only thing that slightly disturbed the effect of the absence of external stimuli was that I still felt the water. A little bit, but I felt it and knew where the boundary of water and air passes. In general, the promised feeling of weightlessness was not as bright as I imagined it. Perhaps you will be better off with this: there will be another chamber and body temperature, after all, all people differ. But it was not a big problem for me.
The second is that I sometimes put my head or hand against the wall of the chamber. It also created unnecessary sensory signals. But it did not hurt much.
An hour later, I got out fresh and rested. Took a shower dressed and went out into the street. The state was very relaxed, like after yoga or meditation, only much brighter and stronger. This is a feeling that makes all problems irrelevant, and fears and anxieties are insignificant. This feeling of lasting inner balance and comfort. It seems that no event can shake this spiritual balance. It is filled with love for life. I want to keep such a feeling in me always, so that it penetrates every moment of life …
This state lasted for several hours before going to bed.
Sensory deprivation became for me, first of all, an excellent relaxation, high-quality rest.
If you have the opportunity, be sure to visit this procedure. But do not wait and hope for some very unusual sensations. If you float only for this, you may be disappointed. But if you want to relax, relieve tension, clear your head of thoughts, maybe come to some important life decision, then you will really like this procedure.
Floating is an excellent therapy for managing stress, but at the same time, this pleasure is not cheap. In Moscow, one hour costs 1500 – 2000r.! Not everyone can often afford to relax in the chamber of sensory deprivation. Fortunately, there are free, but equally effective ways to relax and get rid of stress, such as meditation.
If you decide to visit the floating, please write about your feelings in the comments to this article. Or maybe you already were there? Then it would be very good if you shared your experiences with other readers and with me in the comments.
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Basil, yes, I visited Prana =)
The photo looks like Prana, which is Embrio Floating, is that it? Itself was recently the first time there, an unusual feeling, but nothing special too)
I often try to float a camera in my own bathroom. His legs crossed his head put the water out of the water and watch how the buoyancy of the chest changes from inhalation to exhalation. If I practice in the pool, then I hold the breath on a half-exhalation and hang in weightlessness between the surface and the bottom, if I do it in the sea in the sunlight, then swaying in the water column from the waves and the play of light on the eyelids are added. In a state of neutral meltdown (half pry) (deep)
Nikolay, hello. Thank you for your great work. For the third month I have been reading your articles in order, started to engage in meditation. Every day is getting better. Before I started reading your articles, I despaired of my health and the way I live. In 2016, I had severe stresses all year round, and against this background, I began to stutter terribly, and my brain seemed to turn off. I could not live normally … My head did not think at all, it became almost impossible to communicate with other people! Even with relatives. But thanks to your articles and meditation I begin to slowly get out of this state. Once again, thank you very much! I want to share the experience of visiting float cameras. Today
Floating’s most important spiritual potential! It is a pity that little has been paid yet. For many people unfamiliar with Eastern practices, this is a great way to learn about meditation and understand what it is. Submission issue. I invite all those who are not indifferent to the community of Russian-language floaters vk .com / whatisfloating
Nikolay Perov, what can you say about the Ganzfeld method. What is it like in its effects on the brain? about the same as meditation and flotation?
The float procedure is not comparable with anything! If you want in one sentence, then for me it is: a long “full” meditation in a state of weightlessness.
Elena, for listening there are several articles in my group in contact (reads by one of my readers) but there is no book yet.
Nikolay, hello. Your articles are very interesting, I would like to clarify whether it is possible to purchase them on discs for listening, I also wanted to clarify whether it is possible to purchase your books, if any. Thank.
When I worked in the addiction treatment clinic, our patients visited flotation as an additional therapy. I myself also went through the course – after all, you need to know what you recommend to others) Floating, besides the psychological effects that you, Nikolay, mentioned in your review, carries another very important one – this is the only way of complete body relaxation to this day. We have muscles that are tense even when we sleep. And here they relax. A great way to relieve tension, to relax, to increase your creative abilities – you can’t list them all! The only thing I disagree with you is that using this method you can get rid of claustrophobia. With claustrophobia, this method is contraindicated. If this is really claustrophobic, and not just an unpleasant sensation, anxiety that naturally arises in some people when they are placed in a dark enclosed space. With claustrophobia, a person cannot enter there. Some with claustrophobia begin to choke, and the water in the chamber, and there may be fatal consequences. It can also simply lead to secondary trauma and aggravate the problem. If we talk about fear, not phobias, then you can cope with this fear with the help of this method – I agree. The camera has a button that you can always press, and the door will open. If a person has just fear, it will calm him down and help. And if a phobia – it will not save. He simply may not find a door in the dark and in the water, he will not orient in panic. It is quite simple to distinguish fear from a phobia: if a person is afraid to do something, but if it is necessary, he can do it with very great efforts, while he is experiencing very unpleasant (fear, anxiety), but generally tolerable sensations, and in life can not always avoid these actions, it is fear. If a person is so afraid that in principle it is not possible for him to perform this action, and when he performs it loses adequacy, panic or somatic reactions begin (asphyxiation, severe tachycardia, a person may go blind for a few seconds, etc.), and he ALWAYS avoids the conditions under which he has this fear, it is a phobia. If a person is afraid of heights, and there is a fire in the house, then if you fear, the person will jump out the window, but if you have a phobia, he will not. And a little about personal experience) The first time was very interesting, and the sensations are unusual. At the moment it seemed to dissolve and did not even feel its body. Then interesting thoughts began to come to my head, very much like deep meditation. After visiting, she wrote two verses in one evening, music was written by herself to one of them. The follow-up visit was not with such vivid effects. For 10 sessions, I managed to get rid of back pain, find an amazing balance and say goodbye to the creative crisis)
Thanks for the comment! I am interested to read your site. Good luck!