Floatation therapy featured on Shark Tank, also known as sensory deprivation.

Floatation therapy + Shark Tank! Floatation therapy, also known as sensory deprivation was just featured on shark tank. We’re sure you have tons of questions – Here’s what you need to know.

What is floatation therapy (also known as sensory deprivation)?

Floatation therapy involves laying in a pool of concentrated salt water, typically in silence in darkness, though most facilities allow you to customize your experience with music and lighting options. Floatation therapy pods, tanks, or pools contain around 1500 lbs of Epsom salt, so the body will be completely buoyant.

What are the benefits of floatation therapy/ sensory deprivation?

The physical benefits of floatation therapy include decreased pain and inflammation, better sleep, and detoxification from heavy metals and other toxins. The salt contains magnesium, which is absorbed by the body and releases muscle tension. This is why many world class athletes use floatation therapy as a recovery tool. Other benefits of magnesium include an increase in serotonin productive and increased energy and stamina. Epsom salt has also been shown to help prevent migraines and improve nerve function.

The mental benefits of floatation therapy are reduced anxiety, stress and depression. In a sensory deprivation environment, the mind is also able to shift into a brainwave state that is both relaxed and creative, allowing for new ideas, vivid visualizations, and problem solving. Whether you are looking to do a deep meditation or just chill out, being in a sensory deprivation environment can help ease your mind.

Do I have to float in a float tank? And what if I’m claustrophobic?

The short answer is NO. Try a Float Room instead! There are lots of options here! Float rooms are the much more spacious option. Even better are open float rooms, which is what our facility at LifeFloat Seattle offers. And if you are claustropic, check out our post on floating and claustrophobia and let us help you put your worries at ease!

What’s the difference between a float pod and float room?

Float Pods & Float Tanks

Float pods (and tanks) are most commonly found in float spas.  They are free-standing, enclosed environments with a lid or hatch to drown out light and sound. Typically a more enclosed space than a float room, and because of this the air can feel a bit stagnant as well.

Float Rooms

Float rooms (or pools) are open-air, more spacious float environments that allow for the same sensory deprivation experience without the common concern of being claustrophobic. Float rooms are usually big enough to stand up in, and our open float room at LifeFloat are even more spacious than this.

Open Float Rooms


Considered the Rolls Royce of floating, open float rooms are the ideal way to enjoy your float. The air stays fresh, and you don’t have to worry about that lone drop of water dripping on your face or in your eye (yikes!), and ruining your whole float! One little drop of water might sound silly, but it can be a big deal when you are in a deep blissful floatation therapy session!
Open float rooms are exactly that, more open than pods or rooms, and are designed to make you feel completely at ease – no worries of ever having trouble getting out, (of course this is ever rarely an issue anyway), and no smells of stagnant chlorine water. Open float rooms that have a shower AND a bathroom are even better, making getting out of the tank to go to the bathroom soooooo much easier. Since open float rooms are the largest floating environment, they can accommodate just about any size person, with room to stretch out so you aren’t bumping into the sides and disrupting your float. (Hint: LifeFloat is the only place in Seattle with special open float rooms like these!) Find more info on pools vs pods here!

The LifeFloat Difference – A Luxury Floatation Therapy / Sensory Deprivation Experience.

At LifeFloat, we have only expansive open-air pools that allow you to stretch out. This is the PERFECT place for first-time floaters! Since there is no lid to shut you in, the air quality might feel less stagnant than in an enclosed floating environment such as a float pod, or float tank. LifeFloat not only offers a solo pool in each of our rooms, but guests enjoy an entire suite to themselves, equipped with a shower and toilet, for a completely private experience. Another way LifeFloat is different than other float spas is by using hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet light to clean our water as opposed to chlorine. We value our guests’ desire to be as natural and free of harsh chemicals as possible while maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness. Our custom-built, one-of-a-kind floatation therapy / sensory deprivation facility offers our Seattle community a unique experience unlike any other float spa in the country. We pride ourselves on being a local favorite and offering an intimate, boutique spa experience with exceptional customer service.