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Nov 09, 2013

flotation-tank-stress-relief-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationPhyllis Fong, Men’s Journal

Think of a flotation tank, and you’ll likely picture the scenario in ‘Altered States‘. In the 1980 Ken Russell film based on rebel physician and neuropsychologist John C. Lilly’s research into isolation tanks in the fifties and sixties, actor William Hurt devolves into a proto-physical, primordial mass of consciousness, among other extreme results (Lilly famously performed his experiments while under the influence of psychoactive drugs).

Fifty years later, some things have changed. For one thing, the language. Misperceptions surrounding the terms “sensory deprivation” and “isolation” have led to rebranding of the tanks as a type of REST (“restricted environment stimulation technique”), or the even gentler idea of “floating.” Portland, Oregon, an emerging capital of REST’s current iteration, hosted the annual Float Conference of research presentations and workshops this past August, and the city’s Float On center is the largest in the U.S., booking a thousand floats a month in its six tanks.

The audience has changed, too. Not just aging hippies, Float On’s fans (and founders) are mainly of the new breed: Techies and stressed-out city dwellers seeking to get away from their devices while, perhaps, approaching the theta brainwave state usually only achievable after years of deep meditation practice. Tapping into this half-waking, half-dreaming state can come with wide-ranging benefits, as claimed by both scientists and devotees.
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