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Introduction to Floatation Therapy

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Basics of Floatation Therapy – Who, How, What, and Why?

Who and How?

Floatation therapy first was developed by a neuroscientist and psychologist named Dr. John Lilly. Dr. Lilly was studying consciousness and the effect of sensory deprivation on the body in 1954. Today, Floatation Therapy has been studied extensively in Sweden, United States, Canada, as well as other countries. Currently Justin Feinstein (clinical neuropsychologist) and his team are researching Floatation Therapy at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Excerpt from The Laureate Insititute for Brain Research’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LIBResearch/?fref=ts
“This Land Press, a quarterly magazine based in Tulsa, OK, has featured Dr. Justin Feinstein’s research at the LIBR Float Clinic and Research Center.

“Our world, he [Feinstein] says, is experiencing an anxiety epidemic. He suspects that the constant barrage of tweets, emails, voicemails, notifications, and our ever quickening pace of life is to blame. ‘Giving the brain a chance to disconnect and take a respite from reality can be so beneficial,’ he said. Feinstein hopes to document this relation with scientific rigor.”


It’s clear that there is a correlation between improving health and floatation therapy, it has thankfully given the scientific community a place to explore further for the benefit of everyone.


Floatation Therapy consists of a closed room with an enclosure that has a pool of water with 1000lbs of Epsom Salt dissolved into it. This amount of salt dissolved into the water creates an extreme amount of buoyancy, allowing anyone to float effortlessly on the water. While floating, the room is entirely dark and quiet. The temperature of the air matches the salt water which is calibrated to be the optimal temperature for the body as well.
Floatation devices are also very clean. All floatation devices should have a filter unit to filter out any debris or contaminant left by a previous floater. Most devices are equipped with a UV ray disinfectant and also have safe chemicals that protect the floaters health, very similar to a swimming pool. The water clarity should be see-through as well. This is a basic measure of water cleanliness and safe chemistry.


Floating offers everyone a perfect opportunity to give their body much needed attention in a short amount of time. Whether it’s to reduce physical pain, reduce stress, be a little more creative, to meditate, or to just relax; being in a floatation device is definitely one of the best places to be.
Welcome to the world of Floating!


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