NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - It's called sensory deprivation and it changed Gina Antioco's life. She teamed up with David Leventhal to take it mainstream with Lift Floats in Brooklyn.
The isolation technique dates back to the 1930s. Scientists have used it to study brain activity. Now it is commonly used to treat stress, chronic pain and athletic injuries.
The high salt content makes the body buoyant and after an average hour-long float. Most clients walk away with serenity and clarity. But in extended sessions, some experience vivid hallucinations.
My tank was a kiddie pool of sorts. I controlled everything from the pretty lights to the soothing music. I felt weightless, like a feather. I turned off the lights and disappeared.