Floating makes a real difference to our physical and mental health. That's why float centres are popping up across North America.
Floating is still new to most of us in Canada, but it is very popular in some other parts of the world. For example, Sweden is a country with only 10 million people, but it has over 120 float centres. The Swedish people value floating for its many health benefits. They have conducted much important scientific and medical research on floating for more than a decade.
In fact, float tanks started with research. In the 1950's, American physician Dr. John C. Lilly started his pioneering research at the US National Institute of Health. He wanted to discover what happens to the human brain when it is deprived of sensory stimulation. That is why float tanks are sometimes called sensory deprivation tanks or isolation tanks. And Lilly found that depriving our brains of external stimuli actually increases our brain's internal abilities to rest and recover.
Lilly's findings were so exciting that in the 1970's float tanks became commercialized, so people could experience the benefits of floating firsthand. Other scientists started research into Floatation R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy). They were keen to study the many therapeutic benefits of floating in a tank away from light, noise, movement, and even gravity.
Now, the research into floating continues. Its value is just too good to ignore. The Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma just established its own Float Clinic and Research Institute in 2014. It wants to study what floating can do to help those suffering different mental conditions. There seems to be no end to floating's beneficial uses.
Keep exploring our website, and you can read about many of the benefits of floating in one of our float tanks. You will be surprised.