Contrary to popular belief float tanks are not in fact a new invention. Floatation has fascinated scientists and researchers alike for over 6 decades and since the 1970s have been of great benefit to many thousands of people with the emergence of commercial float centres.
So, how did someone come up with the idea for a float tank? Well, what actually happened was that in the early 1950s there was much speculation among neuroscientists as to the origin of consciousness. One such neuroscientist named John C Lilly needed a method to completely eliminate incoming sensory information to create a control group for his experiments and so the first float tank was created in 1954. What he actually ended up discovering was that sensory deprivation has a load of benefits that were far more useful than whatever wild experiment he was doing. By the 1970s, the tank design had evolved from Lilly’s original laboratory chambers to the comfortable commercial tanks that we have now. This means that you’re not submerged in the water with air tubes, you don’t have to wear a diver’s helmet with a black faceplate, and you don’t have to have experiments run on you.
Decades later and now enjoying more interest than ever, floatation tanks can be found in health spas, beauty farms, bio-fitness institutes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, fitness centres & professional sports clubs, and are used for “super-learning” courses by some American Universities. As of September 2016 they became available once more to the beautiful people of Newcastle Upon Tyne.