Floating is a relaxation technique that employs the principles of Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). REST research has found that profoundly deep relaxation and improved thinking are achieved when outside stimuli are reduced.
If there ever was a place in which to relax, to set aside the cares of ordinary life and take pleasure in the extraordinary, this is it! Absolute quiet. Total (friendly) darkness. Soft. Warm. Serene. You float, buoyant and peacefully still, in a body-temperature silky liquid. This is privacy. This is you and the water. Period. Your mind is free. To explore, to pursue its own thoughts without distraction. To create. You restore your body and mind in the peaceful environment of The Oasis Relaxation System. You emerge renewed, deeply relaxed and refreshed.
In 1954, Dr. John C. Lilly, a pioneer in brain and behavioral research studies, began experimenting with the concept of restricting the amount of external sensory stimuli to the brain. When he built his first isolation environment, he was determined to prove that the brain, without environmental input, would simply go to sleep. Using his own being for experiments, he learned the opposite is true.
By removing all visual, acoustical, tactile and temperature stimuli, Dr. Lilly found that the brain continues to function independently and at an even higher level than normal. According to Dr. Lilly, the greatest benefit of the floating experience is the profound state of relaxation found through a stimuli-free environment. Dr. Lilly found that gravitational force on the body coupled with noise, light, and temperature variance, etc., utilized approximately 90% of the neural activity in the brain.
During and after floating, Oasis Relaxation Systems users report a tranquil, carefree, super-relaxed feeling, a light, happy exuberance, attended by deep calmness, and a sense of wholeness. Floating enhances recovery from illness and pain, and decreases muscle tension. It has been used to control compulsive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and overeating. By combining floating with the use of learning tapes, one creates an ideal environment for advanced learning.
The effects of total relaxation should not be overlooked. Most people never experience true relaxation. During a session, the body is completely suspended similar to zero gravity. Therefore, total muscle relaxation is possible. This promotes a sense of health and well-being that can remain for several days, at a minimum, and certainly long beyond.
In the floatation environment, the user has an excellent opportunity to explore his/her inner thought process in an environment where he or she is not distracted by external influences. All of the activity that occurs now is internally motivated. This method allows one to become free within a few minutes. Complex situations can be more readily resolved and put into order. The float tank is essentially a tool for development, not only a place to relax and escape the worries of the world.
We would like to point out that this is merely a thumbnail sketch of the wide number of benefits available. We would refer anyone wishing to know more to The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison. Michael explains the Seven Theories of Floating, based on a review of the research and application of the time (the 1980s). Although Michael’s book is still highly relevant (floating itself has not changed), the the Float Nation documentary provides an update and visual account.