R.E.S.T. or reduced environmental stimulus therapy was first developed in 1954.

John C. Lilly, a psychoanalyst, physician and biophysicist designed the first sensory deprivation tank or “float tank” as a means to observe human consciousness. His pioneering work has inspired many scientists worldwide to research the vast potential of R.E.S.T.  

Learn about John Lilly’s fascinating life.




“The Book of Floating” was written by Michael Hutchison.  It offers a thoroughly researched look at the history of floating, current applications and the research done on floating.  As a journalist, Michael set out to debunk “floating “.  He expected to find that floating was a hyped up trend without any substance. Instead, he discovered, through his own float experiences, through testimonials of regular “floaters”, and through worldwide research on R.E.S.T. (restricted environmental sensory therapy) that “floating” works on multiple levels to heal and inspire people. His book includes “The Seven Theories of Floating”. 

Learn more about the seven theories.   

Lasting Impressions   Research published in the International Journal of Stress Management (May 2006) shows floatation therapy is an effective treatment for chronic stress related pain, depression, anxiety and fatigue.  The researchers found that 12 floats were sufficient for 78% of patients to report either a complete recovery or a clear improvement of their chronic symptoms. The positive effects were gratefully present four months after the treatment period.

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