Are Immersion Tanks Worth Trying?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

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The Claim: Drifting around in a flotation tank — a dark, soundless pod (about 8 feet by 4 feet) filled with warm salt water — creates a " sensation-free" experience that helps you relax fully and free your mind.

Oz Says: These tanks can provide a break from a go-go-go life and might help lower your blood pressure. I liked the feeling, but some people get claustrophobic or uncomfortable with the weightlessness. And there are cheaper ways to get those benefits. (Tank sessions can cost between $60 and $90 an hour.)

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For instance, you can try mindfulness meditation in your own home, says psychology professor Shauna Shapiro, PhD, coauthor of The Art and Science of Mindfulness. Sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breath. Don't expect to shut your brain off; just observe your thoughts, then return to your breath. That's where the calm is.

Can't quite get it? Try an app that guides you through the process, such as Headspace, Meditation Studio, or 10% Happier. Both offer free trials.

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The Verdict: Skip It

This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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