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Floatation tanks were first introduced by Dr John Lily in 1957. The tanks were designed for used in Sensory deprivation experimentation. At the time, there were quite a few scientists doing experiments with sensory deprivation, and the effects on the human mind.
Dr Lily found that his test candidates actually came out of the tank feeling calm and relaxed after floating. The results of these experiments started a life long investigation into the benefits of floating.
Research in Floatation Therapy in the last 40 odd years has uncovered consistent results. These tests, involving EEG's, Brain scans, blood and hormonal samplings and a host of other scientific research methodologies - provide evidence of Floatation's benefits. Detailed analysis showed floatation produces important cardiovascular, cortical, hormonal, and metabolic benefits.
Dr Lily and his colleagues used the tank not just for relaxation and health, but to develop their spirituality, through meditation in the tank.
Today, floatation has become popular in places like Australia and the UK, where it is used for stress therapy, Olympic sports training, and as a health booster.
The effects of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (R.E.S.T.) have been researched and documented at Stanford, Harvard, Yale and countless other universities, hospitals and sports training facilities around the world.
Professional and scientific work with floatation tanks is coordinated by a body called the IRIS (International REST Investigators Society) in New York. The society holds a conference every four years to publish their findings.