The History of Floating
Salt Water Floatation is an ancient practice. From the sea side baths of the Romans to the travelers floating in the Dead Sea, the healing benefits of floating are well known. The "sensory deprivation" float tank takes this practice one step further. In the tank you feel weightless, the water is about the same temperature as your skin. The tank is dark and you wear earplugs so that the entire world is blocked out and your mind can rest.
Originally created by John C. Lilly in 1954, the float tank was designed as an experiment to discover if consciousness remained after all outside distractions were removed. "It was argued that if all stimuli are cut off to the brain then the brain would go to sleep. Lilly decided to test this hypothesis and, with this in mind, created an environment which totally isolated an individual from external stimulation. From here, he studied the origin of consciousness and its relation to the brain."
The floatation tank pictured below (right) was a gift from John C. Lilly to Timothy Leary. It was sent to ease Leary's end of life suffering. The tank sold on Ebay in May of 2012 for $6,700, with all proceeds benefitting MAPS research.
We have come a long way from Leary's back yard tank. Our state of the art system has high ceilings and openness that allows you to fully relax with a state of the art filtration system and fresh air circulation.