The history of flotation devices goes back to the 1950s, when American neuropsychologist and researcher Dr. John C. Lilly developed floating as a new way of physical and psychosomatic therapy. The “isolation tank” was invented to test the effects of sensory deprivation.Since then, there have been myriad studies and testing conducted in Europe and the United States to investigate the effects and values of floating.
Flotation tank therapy, as a form of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST), is renowned for its ability to cause deep relaxation, create almost instant pain reduction, and offer sustainable treatment for stress-related illnesses.
Key principles to flotation therapy:
Floatation Therapy works by shutting down normal responses the brain has for dealing with the stimuli in the world. The water saturated with Epsom salts and heating water skin temperature help you cut off from all normal sensory input, including the pressures of gravity. The lack of input allows the brain to slow down, re-synchronizing itself, and entering a deeply relaxed state, this state of deep relaxation is paralleled to deep meditation.