By DEZRI ROCHIN/Montana State News

The floatation, or sensory deprivation, tank at Sea of Tranquility, which opened locally in January.

This environment gives the occupant complete buoyancy and a complete lack of outside stimulation or distraction.A floatation tank, or sensory deprivation tank, is 8 feet long by 5 feet wide by 5 feet tall and is filled with 10 inches of water, 800 pounds of Epsom salts and is heated to 93.6 degrees – skin temperature.

Once settled in the tank, one’s mind is free to wonder or achieve deep meditation. Research shows that two hours of floating is equal to eight hours of full sleep and rest.

According to the Sea of Tranquility website, floating induces the brain to release beneficial endorphins resulting in pain elimination. Also known as the body’s own opiates, these can also induce intense feelings of well being and euphoria.

Becky Kronske, the wife of co-owner Josh Kronske, says, “People come out and they have just this huge smile on their face. They get immediate feelings of just being relaxed and peaceful. This lasts several days.”

Research has shown that floatation not only rapidly reduces stress and anxiety by sharply lowering levels of biochemicals directly related to stress and tension, such as cortisol and adrenaline etc., but actually increases one’s tolerance to stress.

Becky Kronske, who is also a licensed councilor, recommends floating to her clients who suffer from anxiety as well as those interested in “super learning.”

Sea of Tranquility opened Jan. 1 and is co-owned by Josh Kronske and Becky’s brother Justin Gorgol. It is located on the corner of 7th and Griffin in Bozeman. For more information or to make an appointment call 406-585-3053.

Edited by Randi Tyler.

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