Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the states.
I want to ask about building a cost effective float tank. I'm talking about more than just a plastic tub, but something with temp control for water and good air while sealing out light.
I have a small budget, so it doesn't have to be ghetto-craft, but I'm hoping to build something sound proof. So what do you say DIY? Anyone one here ever try this?
I was looking to start with a tub like this, wrapped in insulation foam on the outside, but I really don't know anything about wiring a heating unit for a pool of water, or reappropriating a proper water pump for it. Any pointers?
... in fact, a large aquarium could probably do the whole thing. Heaters, filters, circulation, the works. The only trick is to keep the human occupant from kicking the equipment around, since they are much bigger than a fish.
Some guys who later made a float tank kickstarter had a DIY one that he covered in insulation bubble wrap to maintain the temp. The idea is that your body adjusts to the temp, which holds the same, and the Epsom salt in the water keeps you floating, and then you're only aware of your heartbeat and breathing. So water purity and temp are important.
It might have worked for Luke Skywalker on Hoth, but this looks less fun than relaxing, laying in salt water.
you an get polyethylene agricultural tanks that are big enough, and aren't expensive. $1000-$1500 or so.
you'd need them maybe 4 x 8 feet, and deep enough that you could have ~18 inches of salt water and still have room to climb in and out. so, maybe 3-4 feet tall?
the tanks are enclosed but they have an access hatch. or you could cut a bigger door if you wanted. you would be cutting holes for the heater and filter anyway.
you would need hundreds of watts to keep the thing warm at least. forget the aquarium heaters, each of them is like 10 or 15 watts.
also it ends up heavy. the tank has 800+ lbs of water in it, and then you mix in another 1500-2000 lbs of salt.
being soundproof is not that critical, since your ears are underwater anyway. and if you can afford to play with projects like this you probably have a house that is generally quiet to begin with.
I'm severely claustrophobic because I was stuck at an elevator for like an hour when I was 6.
The idea of this makes me shiver.
Anyone got any ideas how to effectively deal with this? All I read on the net is bla bla get an expensive therapy bla bla professionals.
>All I read on the net is bla bla get an expensive therapy bla bla professionals.
That's pretty much it. Were you thinking you could do some sort of dance in the woods and cure yourself?
>Anyone got any ideas how to effectively deal with this?
This is an emergency escape plan...just in case.
So I need to find a tank that can hold 10 inches of water, and a heating element to keep the water at a perfect 94 degrees: skin temperature. Any ideas hat sort of heating element I should search for?
I'm just throwing ideas out there but maybe something like this:
and then this:
Protip: Find a hot tub for free on CL and use the heater and pump from that. Just clean them first...
As was said before look at agricultural supplied for a suitable tank. You can find these for free sometimes in rural areas from farmers. Again, wash it first.
I'd also build an enclosure for the tank. Simplest would be a 2x4 and plywood enclosure. Then you can also surround it with polystyrene insulation to keep heating costs down.
Finally for a roof, simply attach some heavy duty hinges to a sheet of 1/2" ply and cover the bottom with mylar to help reflect heat. You might also want to add some sort of lift assist.
So... I'm not sure I get it. Is it just time to be alone and silent? There is a place that does this in Nashville, but it's fucking pricey.
Honestly, I think unless I got stoned first I wouldn't really enjoy it. I'd probably just get freaked out by my surroundings.
I think the idea is to deprive your brain of any outside stimulus. Since your brain is so used to having stimulus, it starts making up its own when its not getting any.
So in essence, you start tripping balls as your brain makes up shit.
I have only used them for sleep therapy. They basically make it a lot easier to wake up and get started in the morning; because they pass emp through the body. They have tremendous health benefits. All across the board.
The lack of breathing usually wakes you up. Also the amount of salt dissolved keeps you floating.
I used one once when I received a gift certificate for a meditation studio in a raffle. I'm not super into meditation or anything so I just went in and listened to music for a half hour.
It was super relaxing. Their main purpose is to make meditation easier. People also go in them stoned sometimes according to the guy working there. Some people use them for health reasons because it simulates a "womb" like state. I just think it was cool. I'd definitely use one but they charge a lot for the sessions and I live in a third story walk up. Plus I don't want to spend a grand or so on something that the novelty will wear off in a month.
Can anyone point me to a basic guide to plumbing a water heater & water pump? I want to try to build on of these. Pic related.
Posting some content for those who are interested.
Eh, If you're floating then even asleep your face'll be out of the water. When I used to work long shifts I sometimes fell asleep in the bath and as soon as you move, e.g. your hand drops in the water, or your start slipping under, you wake up. The only thing with high salt content is don't go on your front if you're weak, you may not be able to flip yourself back over and then you'll drown. At least that's what they say about the dead sea.