HISTORY OF FLOATATION THERAPY
The following is an excerpt from Dr. Roderick Borrie’s website written on October 21, 2010.
Dr. Borrie is a licensed psychologist and an expert in REST.
Floating in a floatation therapy tank with warm Epsom Salts was invented by John Lilly in about 1964.
REST is an acronym for Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, a name developed in the late 1970s by Peter Suedfeld and Roderick Borrie.
In an analysis of well over 1,000 descriptions of the REST experience indicated that more than 90% of subjects found REST deeply relaxing.
By reducing both muscle tension and pain in a relatively short time and without effort on the part of the patient, flotation provides a dramatic demonstration of the benefits of relaxation. Relief is immediate and, although temporary, offers promise of further relief from REST and other relaxation-based strategies.
The data was supportive of flotation REST being useful in pain reduction, stress and tension abatement, and mood enhancement.