As YouBeauty’s Happiness Expert, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to manage stress. Sometimes I come across a method that’s a little bit quirky. Case in point: the floatation tank (aka flotation tank, float tank, sensory deprivation tank).If you’re looking for an effective way to de-stress and you’re not afraid to try something a little bit different, this is for you. Although this might seem like the epitome of new age nonsense, past research shows an impressive array of benefits experienced by people who have used a floatation tank, such as stress reduction and pain relief*. In addition, floatation tank advocates also claim a number of other benefits including improved concentration, creativity and immune system strength. However, these claims lack substantial scientific support.QUIZ: Are Your Stress Levels Out of Control?So, what’s it like to use one of these things? To begin, the water in a floatation tank is a special solution containing 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. This ensures that you will easily float and that your eyes, mouth and nose stay above the water. In addition, the water is kept at skin temperature so that you don’t feel too hot or cold while in the tank. If you’re a bit claustrophobic, don’t worry. A typical tank is big enough to stand in (4 feet wide, 8 feet long and 7 feet high) and you can easily get out whenever you wish. The tank is designed to minimize sensory stimulation—it’s completely dark, you can only hear the sound of the water gently moving and you feel virtually nothing.