Float Science - The first flotation tank was developed in 1954 by the American neurophysiologist Professor Dr. John C. Lilly while working at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Together with his associate Dr. Jay Shirley, Dr. Lilly became intrigued by the question of the origins of conscious activity within the brain. The question was whether the brain needed external stimuli to keep its conscious state going.
Lilly and his associate set to work trying to devise a system that would restrict environmental stimulation as much as was practical and feasible.
By the early 1970s, Lilly had perfected the flotation tank in much the design used today. The Flotation tank which the neurophysiologist Dr. Lilly designed has not only been used by neurologists at university medical faculties. Scientists in other fields of research have shown increasing interest in the flotation tank and its effects on the human body and mind.
In 1983, floating Therapy increased in popularity as more became known about its effects. Today, floating is growing with hundreds of centers all over the world. Flotation tanks can be found in health spas, hospitals, fitness centers, professional sport centers, bio-fitness institutes, and are used for “Super learning” courses by universities.