History of Floatation Therapy
In 1954 a neuroscientist Dr. John C. Lilly, worked for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). His hypothesis was that mental activity would stop in the absence of outside stimuli. He discovered that his experimental subjects, his students, enjoyed the experience of floating and reached levels of relaxation only seen in deep meditation. Others have discovered the relaxed state was also a healing state for many conditions including stress, anxiety, pain, swelling, insomnia and jet lag.
The first float tank center was opened in 1973 in Beverly Hills, California. It spawned a surge in interest in floatation therapy and paved the way for new centers to open all around the world. For several years float tanks were solely used by researchers in universities, laboratories or by private individuals. In 1983 floatation therapy increased as more information was known regarding the benefits. Today, floatation tanks can be found in health spas, hospitals, fitness centers, and professional sports centers and are used for learning courses by universities.