On our recent road trip through Portland we had the great opportunity to visit Float On, the largest sensory deprivation floatation tank center on the West Coast. Sensory deprivation allows your mind to achieve a relaxed dreamlike state while floating weightless in complete darkness. By eliminating light, sound, and gravity your brain stops searching for outside information and switches from producing alpha waves to theta waves; this normally occurs right before falling asleep. We’ve been interested in floating for years, even debated about whether we could handle it or not, but we haven’t had the opportunity until recently.
Float On is located on Hawthorne Blvd in SE Portland. They have 6 tanks available in various styles including two large open pool style tanks. Everyone at the facility was super friendly and helpful and the place was very clean. They provided everything, including ear plugs, and a towel, and made us feel so comfortable.
The float itself was AMAZING. “It’s like relaxing in outer space.” The ninety minutes just drifted away. It was a beautiful relaxing experience. It’s a great chance to spend some quality time with yourself.
As far as the psychedelic state its concerned, I was expecting a much more intense experience than I achieved. I think with some practice it could be much more powerful. All of our debating on whether we could handle our own brains for ninety minutes seemed silly afterward; you’re in total control the whole time.
The after glow was nothing short of bliss. You feel INCREDIBLE when you come out of there. Your brain feels like you’ve been away on an extended vacation and your body feels so nice after floating weightless for an hour and a half.
We can’t say enough great things about float on. It was a much needed relaxation for our minds and our bodies. We had such a great time that we’ve already booked our appointments for our next floats. We’d recommend it for anyone.
For more information or to book a float, you can check out their icredibly informative website floathq.com