The History of Float Therapy

A Peaceful State

When one or more senses are restricted,
the sensitivity of the other senses is expanded.

While various forms of sensory deprivation have been used for thousands of years, for purposes of peace, pleasure, meditation, relief from stress, relaxation, enlightenment and just plain fun, it wasn’t until the early 50’s when an American neuroscientist and psychoanalyst, Dr. John C. Lilly used sensory deprivation to study the origin of conscious activity in the brain. He concluded that the best way to approach the study of the brain/mind and the origins of consciousness was to isolate the mind from external stimulation, a technique called R.E.S.T (Restricted, Environmental, Stimulation, Therapy).

By the early 70’s, Dr. Lilly had perfected the float tank as a way of creating an environment with limited or no sensory impact. After installing a number of these tanks in his home, he invited influential people to experience sensory deprivation by floating in his tanks.

Many of these people had experience with meditation. They knew that reaching deep levels of meditation took much practice, repeated and sometimes frustrating efforts to shut out environmental stimuli. They discovered that the tank eliminated these distractions; this enabled them to enter deep levels of meditation very quickly.

Many of Dr. Lilly’s guests emerged feeling that they would like to repeat the experience every day. They were eager to obtain tanks of their own.

About that same time, a young computer engineer, Glenn Perry, came to one of Dr. Lilly’s float sessions. Glenn was able to overcome a problem with acute shyness after his first float. That experience motivated him to put his engineering skills to work to design and build a tank that was inexpensive and relatively easy to maintain.

Glenn met and married Lee Leibner, an educator who had for several years studied floating as a tool for helping hyperactive and learning-disabled children. They merged their talents to create the first home/commercial float tank named The Samadhi Tank.

With the explosion of popular interest in floating, more and more universities and research facilities have acquired tanks to study the beneficial effects of R.E.S.T. Flotation has proven to be a technique with predictable psychophysiological effects and powerful clinical and performance applications. In recent years there has been intensified research with tanks in fields such as biochemistry, electromagnetism, brain waves, sleep, behavioral change, suggestibility, reduction of blood pressure, self-regulation, and healing. All reported positive results.

The advanced engineering of today, has made it possible to design state-of-the-art, fully computerized, egg-shaped, luxurious float tanks. These tanks are equipped with ultraviolet and ozone filtration systems that comply with the most recent federal safety regulations.  Float therapy today, is natural, effective, safe and proven to give multiple benefits.

Come to Cocoon Float Spa, to have your very own experience with this incredible method of relaxation and revitalization.

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