“Back in the late 80’s my kitchen crew and I used to float all the time. There used to be lots of 24-hour sensory deprivation centers and we’d generally go after work, when we were bone tired but still flying on adrenaline. An hour in the tank and I’d come out relaxed, rested, my back feeling amazing, and in good shape to interact with normal, non-restaurant people.

Interestingly, I found that for a day or two after floating, my experience of colors and flavors would be much more acute and intense. Reds were redder, blues brighter, and the taste of food more explosive. Lying in the tank, I’d feel like I was moving through space, my brain speaking to itself in an unfamiliar language. I miss the tanks!”~ Anthony Bourdain


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