Behavior: Off the Couch and into the Tub

Like the hero of Altered States, some people are trying flotation

The client sips a cup of peppermint tea, takes a shower, then pads along a plastic-covered carpet into a dim room lighted by two candles and filled with the soothing recorded sounds of wind chimes and bird chirps. He steps into a flotation tank and lies down in 8 in. of water laced with 800 Ibs. of dissolved Epsom salts and heated to 93°F. He glides back and forth once or twice, feeling weightless because of the high buoyancy, then settles back, secure in the knowledge that he is one of...

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