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Stress Mastery: The Art of Coping Gracefully by Ph.D. LAUREL BRUCATO, Ph.D. DOMINIC BRUCATO, Ph.D. JUAN R. ABASCAL

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Flotation Tanks

Another method for inducing profound relaxation involves the use of sensory deprivation. This is based on the discovery of the Ganzfeld effect, whereby individuals exposed to an unvarying visual field (such as in a white-out produced by a blizzard) enter an altered state of consciousness and begin to experience a wealth of internally stimulated visual imagery. The most effective application of the Ganzfeld effect involves the use of flotation tanks (Hutchinson, 1984).

The Float Experience

A float tank is an enclosed container roughly the size of a large bathtub with a lid. Inside is ten inches of warm water, heated to a constant temperature of 93.5°F (equal to the temperature on the surface of your skin) and inundated with Epsom ...

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