Floating in a Sensory Deprivation Tank

What is the hype about the sensory deprivation tank?

I first heard about the sensory deprivation tank a few years ago in one of Joe Rogan’s podcasts, but an old friend kept telling me that I should try it out.  He said that he had done it about a dozen times or so and it really made him feel great.  Given everything I’ve read and all of the various other cleansing modalities, I decided to make my appointment to do my first float.

I looked online and found Be and Be WELL located in Ben Lomond, CA, owned by the husband and wife team Jai & Shanti Hudes. I was excited, curious, and even a little nervous.  I called the next day to book my first float appointment with Shanti who answered all my questions calmly and with lots of knowledge about flotation therapy (among many other healing modalities). Right away I felt at ease.

When I walked up the driveway the next day, the energy was amazing – it was calming, relaxing, peaceful and safe.  When I first met Shanti, I felt a certain poise and grounding energy surrounding her. We spoke of many things before the float. She was in no hurry to get me in and out of there and took the time to answer the many questions I had for her. I picked her brain because I wanted to know exactly what to expect.

After showering, Shanti showed me into a back room that was painted a beautiful blue color and told me how blue is the color we see while in the womb and that it is the color of the light in the soaking chamber.  I just had to undress, turn on a button and hop in.

She said I could leave the tank open if I desired, but I wanted the full experience.  I disrobed and stepped into this silver time capsule looking contraption.  I laid there for about an hour and a half.  Now I’m a pretty antsy can’t stay in one place to save my life kind of person; even my acupuncturist cannot get me to relax at times.  This was different.  I listened to my breathing thinking about nothing and everything.   I’ve made a few skydives and the sensation was similar to flying in the sky, which is something I really love to do. It was a very calming and peaceful sensation.

There was some light music on at first, but most of the time it was completely quiet which gave me the opportunity to focus on my breathing.  Given that I knew I was lying in over 850 pounds of Epsom-salt, I kept breathing in good thoughts and breathing out any negative ones.  I did this for quite a while in a deep meditative state.  It was almost as if I was sleeping lightly and felt super relaxed and comfortable.  It made me look at myself from different perceptual dimensions. The water supported me and there was no gravity.  When I heard the music return, I remembered that it was my indicator and my time was done.  I exited the tub and showered off.

Next I met Shanti in the room where the next client was preparing to go in.  He was a virgin floater and had a great energy about him as well.  He even articulated that it was comforting to know that Be and Be Well took the time to allow each person to enjoy the process.

Looking back, I don’t know if I was fully able to let everything go, but I do foresee the potential to go into a deeper meditative state in the future.   I was just getting acquainted with the floating therapy process, getting my toes wet (no pun intended). There is much more soaking can accomplish.   We are all just energy fields operating on different frequencies, so it is imperative that we all raise our frequencies.

I can already see and feel the benefits.  I have more energy, feel refreshed and vibrant!  I gained insights on personal matters and was able to let my body focus on nothing but relaxing and cleansing. We are all energy forces on this planet and it is a positive thing for us to take care of our bodies because we really only have one.  I left feeling a little more magical; everything was a little bit brighter. I even met some really amazing healers along the journey. I absolutely recommend Be and Be WELL for those wishing to indulge in a unique experience.


Aja Niemann is a writer, educator, dancer, activist, philanthropist and just launched her online brand management company called Reputation Responder.  She is currently taking new clients, so please contact her at

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