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Which Sensory Experience is Better, Weighted Blankets or Float Tanks?

Which sensory experience is better, weighted blankets or float tanks? 

Have you struggled to identify sensory items that are best for you? 

What if in theory, you could identify what works for you without investing money in the experiences beforehand? 

If you fall into this category, I have some good news for you. You can identify what works best for you by taking an assessment!

What are float tanks? 

Floatation tanks, or otherwise known as sensory deprivation tanks, are usually individualized. 

These tanks are used to help people meditate by leaving noise and other distractions outside. 

Some individuals boast about the positive benefits of floatation tanks, including relieving aches and pains, easing arthritis, releasing endorphins (the body's natural ability to be happy), increasing circulation and energy levels, improving concentration, and regulating sleep. 

Most float tanks consist of water and salt and have the temperature of a heated swimming pool. 

Some float tank facilities suggest not shaving at least 8 hours ahead of time (the salt can sting the skin), not drinking caffeine beforehand, and that clothing is optional. 

However, what about some of the individuals who state that floatation tanks are terrifying? What if you are one of those people? 

What are weighted blankets?

Traditionally, weighted blankets are associated with individuals who have autism as it helps with sensory deprivation. 

However, individuals suffering from anxiety can also use weighted blankets to alleviate anxiety. 

Experts state that weighted blankets can help with sleep, as the pressure helps to stimulate serotonin and melatonin levels in the body. 

It also promotes relaxation. 

The deep pressure touch helps individuals to feel safe and secure. 

However, if individuals go this route, they will need to identify a weighted blanket that suits their weight and size. 

Not all weighted blankets are created equal. The weight of the blanket will depend on how much you weigh. 

Which one to choose? 

Well, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing which one would be helpful for you, including sensory things that you prefer and like to do. 

If either one of these options makes you feel more panicked, it is probably not the best option for you. 

Take a quick test to find out which one would be the best for you!

Still Need Help?

I know that some of you may be thinking that all of the freebies and skills are just not doing it anymore. If you are at that place, please be brave and reach out to meet with me. We can navigate this together. We have a variety of ways to work with you, including 1:1 coaching, 1:1 individual therapy, and various programs. You don't have to do this alone. 


Creative Space Online Counseling and Coaching

Barbara Maulding, NCC, LCPC