What is floating?

Video about floating in the Float Spa Premium Floating Tank System

The concept of the float tank, or isolation tank, was devised by American neurophysiologist John C. Lilly, who conducted research in 1954 on the effects of sensory deprivation. He built the first float tank to prove this, using it to observe the connection between the conscience and the brain. His theory – according to which if all stimulation is withdrawn, all external environmental effects are eliminated, the human brain goes into a so – called THETA state, which directly precedes sleep under normal conditions was confirmed. The beneficial effects of floating therapy – called REST – Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy – have been confirmed by many experiments and measurements. REST has similar advantages to relaxation training, hypnosis, meditation, yoga and massage, both from a psychological and physical perspective.The primary result of floating – which forms the basis of the entire system – is that theorganism is spared from the effects of gravity on our bodies. Our muscles and joints (support muscles, skeletal muscles and locomotor muscles) are relieved of their load and thus relax completely. The body is in a state of weightlessness, and the cabin blocks all noise and light, thereby creating an atmosphere of total relaxation. The basis of floatation is the high salt concentration water in the float tank, allowing the body to float on the surface of the water.

To sum up, the main feature of sensory deprivation is to exclude the effects of both gravity, light and sound on the brain in a state of floatation. Following John C. Lilly’s experiments, research into the effects of floatation continued in universities, health centres and hospitals, resulting in the creation of a global organisation, IRIS (International R.E.S.T. Investigators Society).The doctors and researchers of IRIS regularly publish their results, which form a body of pioneering work in the field of modern medicine.

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