Floatation has been around longer than you think. Now enjoying more interest than ever, floatation has proved a fascinating topic for scientists and researchers for over 60 years and has benefited people all over the world since the emergence of commercial centres in the 1970s. It really is about time it came to the UK's most vibrant city, Manchester.
Floatation originated in the 1950s as part of the scientific research of John C. Lilly M.D. who designed his own floatation environments to explore the effects of reduced stimulation on the brain.
The original premise was that by shutting down outside stimuli one could shut down brain function. However, the initial surprise was that the brain did not in fact shut down but instead became more open, creative and (some would say) more powerful without the need to process external stimuli.
This created a field of scientific study around the numerous effects and benefits reported which continues to this day and led to a refinement of the floatation tank design to what we have today.
It wasn’t until the late-1970s that the first commercial centres opened. Since then, interest has grown as studies have continued to reveal more benefits for body and mind and customers have had the opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of floatation for themselves. Now it’s your turn, Manchester!
There are now annual global floatation conferences and new floatation centres opening all over the world with as many as 700 centres now worldwide as the need for mental and physical relaxation in our hectic modern lives grows ever more necessary.
With advances in technology, floatation tanks are now state of the art, sleek and spacious and at Float Level, we have the most advanced floatation pod available for you to enjoy: The I-Sopod.
Scientifically referred to now as REST (Restricted Environment Stimulation Technique), the focus of floatation research shifted in the late 1970s to
- its therapeutic use for psychological and physiological ailments
- its use to increase cognitive performance and creativity
- its ability to elicit a uniquely deep relaxation response
This research has continued to this day with hundreds of articles and papers being published on the subject.
Below are just a few examples of the summary findings of recent scientific research into a handful of areas: