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Sensory deprivation treatment comes to Missoula

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A new wellness treatment is gaining popularity across Montana and one of the newest locations offering the service is on Missoula's Hip Strip.  (MTN News photo) A new wellness treatment is gaining popularity across Montana and one of the newest locations offering the service is on Missoula's Hip Strip. (MTN News photo)
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A new wellness treatment is gaining popularity across Montana and it's only fitting that you can find one of the newest locations offering the service on Missoula's Hip Strip.

The therapy offered by Enlyten Lab goes by a few names: restricted environmental stimulation technique therapy (REST), sensory deprivation, or floating.

It’s pretty simple in design. You just lie back in 12" of salt water, heated to the surface of your skin temperature and packed with about 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. Then, you just relax. You can tailor music and lighting to whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Floaters say this practice eases both mental and physical ailments.

Enlyten Lab owner Matt Gangloff says this treatment can benefit pretty much anyone, whether you're an endurance athlete, a stressed employee, or a veteran suffering from anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Gangloff is a veteran, which is part of what inspired him to open Enlyten Lab in Missoula. He was trying to find something to ease mental issues he was facing after more traditional approaches weren't providing the relief he needed. 

Now, he's working to fund a veterans scholarship fund that would cover 22 free float sessions for any veteran or their spouse.

"The reason that we chose the number 22 is because that's how many veterans across the U-S are committing suicide every single day. And so if we can do anything to stem that tide, that's what we are planning to do," Gangloff said. "There is great science coming out now for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain energy through floating, which is a totally natural thing. And that's the angle that I came at this from and so that's really where my heart is."

 Ariana Lake goes On Special Assignment during the Thursday 10:00 News and takes you into a float tank at Enlyten Lab for a first-hand look at how the treatment works and feels and who is finding healing through floating.

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