A Brief History
Float Tanks and floating has been around since the 1950’s. Dr. John Lilly had the idea that if we are able to give our physical body complete relief from all of the senses it will free our body from your mind and let your brain go to sleep. In fact it was able to do more than that even allowing us to access deeper levels of consciousness. Indeed Dr. Lilly was correct without the regular tasks of interpreting and dealing with all of the senses that we are faced with our brains are able to perform at a much higher level.
The benefits to the body were also profound. In a float tank there is no pressure on any joints or muscles at all and the body is able to repair itself fully. Elite athletes have been using float tanks for recovery for years and the Australian Institute of Sport employs many float tanks to treat their athletes and ensure that they are able to perform at the highest level.
The floatation tank industry has been increasing in popularity steadily since the 80s and more and more full service float centres are now available. The benefits of Float Therapy have been tested in large and small scientifically backed studies showing positive results, including reducing pain, reduced stress, better sleep, faster recovery, better memory (really!), and many more physical and mental benefits of regular floating.
We have many clients come into our centre that practice meditation and are using meditation to quiet the mind. Some of these clients are new to the concepts of meditation and others are veterans, in either case the float tank allows them to quickly enter a meditative state. Like a shortcut to accessing the mind, the float tank environment is the ideal place to mediate.