Floatation Research & History

Floatation Therapy (also known as floating) has been around for over 60 years and it now enjoying more interest than ever before, with commercial centres opening up all around the world and the floatation tanks being used in small health centres or spas.

Floatation originated in the 1950s as part of the scientific research carried out by famous neuroscientist Dr John C Lilly. His goal was to explore the effects of (R.E.S.T) Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique on the brain.

NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) in Washington became interested in understanding how the human brain would respond to an environment devoid of outside sensory input. However, it was discovered that the brain did not shut down or lose consciousness, but instead became more open, creative and participants maintained full awareness.

In the 1970s Glenn Perry, along with his wife Lee, worked with John Lilly to develop the Samadhi Tank, the first ever commercial float tank. They have since been established as leaders in the float tank community. Since the development of the first Samadhi Tank, Glenn and Lee have continuously worked to push the world of floatation forward with their own unique brand – homing in on functional innovation and design.
Since then, interest has grown as studies continued to show more benefits for both the body and mind, and as it became more accessible, customers have had the opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of flotation for themselves.

Dr John C Lilly.

Today, ground-breaking research on how floating effects the brain is being carried out at Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research and we are seeing real, measurable benefits of the practice. Neuropsychologist Dr Feinstein has conducted the first study into the effects of floating on patients with debilitating anxiety, like panic attacks and PTSD.

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Published by Dr Justin Feinstein.
Clinically anxious people all reported significant benefits and improvements, confirming that floatation therapy is an essential tool for wellness.

The frequency of floating is also a matter of individual preference or requirement.
Individuals who lead high-pressure lifestyles such as athletes, business people, creative performers and other professionals – may wish to float at least once or twice a week to keep their mind and body at peace. Everyone has stress in their life – such as starting a new job, studying for exams, recovery from illness or injury, pregnancy, extra-long working hours, to name but a few.

Check out Michael Hutchison’s definitive Book of Floating which is widely accepted as the most reliable book that has been written on the subject.