About The Float Tank 

 (also known as sensory deprivation)

Our float tank is a solution of approximately 900 lbs of the purest quality salt & 200 gallons of water. Due to the salt content, you will be fully supported and will expend no physical energy to maintain your position in the water. The solution is kept at skin temperature of 94.5 degrees. For maximum comfort, our float tank is located in a private room with a shower.

For your protection, the water in the float tank is completely filtered through a high-tech filtration system following each float session & throughout the day. The cleaning process includes 1 micron filtration, Germicidal UV lamps, and an Advanced Oxidation Process, making the water more sanitary than any swimming pool or hot tub.


Conditions Known To Be Improved By Floating:

  • Stress / Anxiety Relief

  • Muscular / Joint Pain 

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Rheumatism

  • Chronic Pain

  • Sleep Regulation 

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Migraine / Headache

  • Jet Lag

  • Athletic Performance

  • Depression

  • PTSD

  • Creativity

Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities after floating.

Arthritis, back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, bursitis, inflammation, and psychosomatic pain relief have all been documented via tank use.

The tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system which when active produces our fight or flight response. And it then activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation, healing, replenishment, etc. Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, and increased endorphins.

Immune function is enhanced by suppressing stress hormones which not only weaken the immune system but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decrease insulin sensitivity

Floating increases circulation to extremities, promotes greater elimination of metabolic byproducts, decreases the forces of gravity to help promote greater muscular relaxation, and it can prevent adrenal fatigue.

Floating decreases chronic muscle tension and creates greater awareness of less noticeable areas of muscle tension and imbalances.

Although floating is not zero-gravity (like outer space), the density of the Salt solution does create the maximal amount of the forces of gravity to be dispersed across the greatest surface area of the body. Rigid postures and chronic muscular tension from daily life can cause ailments such as lower-back pain, neck pain, shallow breathing, high blood pressure, etc. The anti-gravity environment of the float tank disperses forces to the smallest amount and thus decreases the source of gravity-related stimulation to the minimum possible value providing relief to these specific areas

Regular floating can alter the set-points in the endocrine homeostatic mechanism which can cause adjustments such as a lower adrenal activation threshold. This means that we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern urban settings and modern lifestyles and literally we have a physiological higher threshold. The modern urban life-style wont affect our stress response as much.

Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed; presence. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep. Floating may induce an altered state of consciousness.

The tanks environment eliminates as much external input as possible. It lets your nervous system have a break. In a city with a constant buzz or hum, our systems rarely experience (if ever) the isolation and silence that the tanks environment provides. Having this experience can be very refreshing, nourishing and healthy for our bodies and minds. We are well adapted for acute stress, however, for chronic stressors such as noise and air pollution; business, social, and family pressures; war; unemployment; street crime fear; general antagonism between the sexes; we are not well adapted and have been cited to be a cause of several forms of disease.

Floating is a great way to bring greater awareness to various patterns of behavior. Floating has shown to have beneficial effects such as decreased anxiety and depression; increased calmness or sense of well-being; it has shown fantastic results towards anti-smoking assistance as well as positive effects on weight-loss programs.

After settling into the floating experience research has shown greater hemisphere synchronization (promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes; the majority of people are left-dominated. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.

The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, the tank can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Mental rehearsal research has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.

Some of us are known as introverts while others are extroverts. Introverts who float can gain a feeling of safety and security, they often enjoy the break from constant stimulation in which they are usually hypersensitive to. No person or thing will disturb you while in the tank. Extroverts can develop greater internal sensitivity from floating, typically they are always seeking extra stimulation and paradoxically through depriving the senses the nervous systems response is to (turn up the volume) to try and feel more. Since minimal input is coming in they are able to develop greater sensitivity to their internal reality and over time they may not feel the need to be constantly stimulated; i.e. it may heighten their (dulled) senses, and wont need to be constantly stimulated.

From managing chronic stress and inducing a natural calm, to facilitating introspection and identifying various less-serving modes of thinking, many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities. The change in your physical state and your mental outlook may provide you with a healthier perspective in which to put your body and mind to rest much easier each night if sleeping is an issue. Also, 60 minutes in the tank can feel like 6-8 hours of sleep. It is extremely therapeutic, refreshing and rejuvenating. So if you pulled an all-nighter, suffer from insomnia or have a baby who never lets you sleep the night through, floating can help make up for any lack of sleep you may be experiencing.


The history of floatation begins in early 1950s. In neurophysiology, there had been an open question about what keeps the brain going and the origin of its energy sources. One hypothesis was that the energy sources are biological and internal and do not depend upon the outside environment. It was argued that if all stimuli are cut off to the brain then the brain would go to sleep. John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuropsychiatrist, decided to test this hypothesis and, with this in mind, created an environment which isolated an individual from external stimulation. From here, he studied the origin of consciousness and its relation to the brain. The first isolation tank (float tank)was built in 1954 in the US National Institute of Mental Health. After 10 years of experimentation without taking any psychoactive substances, he tried floating in combination with a psychedelic agent. He found that floating alone, without taking any substances, was a much better experience because of non-disturbed consciousness. Floating remained exclusively in the laboratory setting, until 1972, when Lilly partnered up with Glenn and Lee Perry. The first commercial float tank was developed a year later.

Peter Suedfeld and Roderick Borrie of the University of British Columbia began experimenting on the therapeutic benefits of isolation tanks in the late 1970s. They named their technique "Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy" (REST). The 1980’s truly became a decade of growth for floatation. The research was continued by testing the float tank’s effect on anything from physical recovery to stress relief to smoking cessation to susceptibility to hypnosis. The new chapter for the float tank industry began again in the early 2000's offering the highest technology float tanks promoting the utmost relaxing spa experience.

Float Tank Etiquette

                                             RULES AND REGULATIONS

    1. Reservations are highly recommended.

    Please refrain from scheduling your appointment if you have any of the following            conditions:

  • Have colored or permed your hair recently

  • Have a spray tan

  • Infectious skin or respiratory disorders  

  • Open wounds  

  • Incontinence   

  • Epilepsy or any mental conditions   

  • First trimester of pregnancy / or a high-risk pregnancy

  • Under the influence of any drug or alcohol

    2. You must be 18 or older to use the Float Tank (13-17 with parental presence or written permission).

    3. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive late, your session will end at the originally scheduled time, so the clients following you are not penalized.

    4. No electronic devices are recommended in the Float Tank room. The Salt Barn is not responsible for any damaged items.

    5. Do not apply any products/treatment to your hair/body on the day of your appointment.

    6. Do not shave shortly before floating.

    7. Do not eat a big meal or drink caffeine within two hours of float appointment.

    8. Remove jewelry, contact lenses, accessories, etc. prior to floating. We are not responsible for any damage to personal items.

    9. Please use the restroom while waiting to avoid any delays to your service.

    10. Make sure your cell phone is off and feel free to lock your door.

    11. Please take a quick shower to remove the oils from your body.

    12. DO NOT apply any conditioner/treatments to your hair, body or the float tank itself before floating.


    14. Turn off the lights in the room to gain the full relaxation experience of your float.

    15. Take a quick shower where hair and body products may be used after your session.

    16. Please remember that we have other scheduled sessions following and we ask you to keep this extremely timely.

    17. Get dressed and collect your belongings then proceed to our powder room if needed.

Please remember to drink lots of water!  



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Hours of Operation

Monday -  Saturday: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

10579 Cedar Grove Road

Suite 150

Smyrna, TN 37167

Tel: 615-984-4730 

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