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Float History

1950's and John C. Lilly
By 1954 Lilly had built the first ever floatation tank in the National Institute of Mental Health Lab in the Virgin Islands. Research was done in the labs to discover the benefits of sensory deprivation on the mental and physical potential of the human body.
1970's and the 1st Float Centre
Lilly partnered up with Glenn and Lee Perry. He asked them to design a commercially available float tank so that people could experience the benefits. In 1973 the first Floatation Tank was up and running effectively starting floatation as an industry. It wasn't until 1979 that the first float centre was opened, a 5 tank centre in Beverly Hills run by Samadhi. This was met with immediate success, and was emulated all across the US.
Early 80's, The Boom
The 80's truly became a decade of growth for floatation. A wave of research began, testing the float tank's effect on anything from physical recovery to stress relief to smoking cessation to susceptibility to hypnosis. The tanks were drawing the attention of media. Celebrities started to use and buy float tanks (George Carlin described it as his " one true relaxation"). The world of floating was on the rise.
1990's, All Quiet
As the 90's progressed centres began to downsize and close down, the industry as a whole went into a state of dormancy. Places to float were limited to a handful of devotees who had a tank in their home and opened this tank up to the general public, less to make money, and more to share the experience.
2000's Resurgence and 2nd Boom
Every major float centre across North America had opened their doors. The float industry seems to be growing more rapidly than ever. For the last three years there has been an annual Float Summit aimed at bringing the international float community together. A new laboratory has opened up for further research!

Experience the power of REST.

The art of relaxation in today’s environment can be something of a long lost dream. Constant distractions from our phone, media, and to-do lists can be hard to get away from.

Often times we wish we could just slip into a deep sleep for a few hours with nothing around us, no noise, no lights, just quite bliss. Relaxation has become a thing of the past, something only one can dream of…. Something you can find nestled deep inside a float pod.

When you enter into the pod many say it is like instantly letting go of the old and coming out fresh and renewed. Pain is lessened, hormones rebalanced, energy uplifted, and your body has now started the healing process. When you remove the restrictions of gravity and external stimulus you free your system to do what it needs to do and heal what truly needs healing.

Once you enter into your personal pod your journey begins. Your body detoxes, your skin softens, your spine realigns, and your joints and muscles loosen. You can choose to float in pure and rejuvenating darkness or zone out to one of our calming colors, the choice is yours. For those experienced float enthusiasts we have complimentary sound therapy that can be used during your float. We host an amazing collection of brain entrainment tools that include guided meditation, binaural waves, intuition training, chakra healing, and simply Zen flow music.

So whether you are wanting to try floating to deepen your life experience, heal from an injury, manage your pain, or catch up on some Zzz, we over at True Float are always happy to see you and help you get the most from your float.

How it Works

Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain's normal workload is caused by the effects of routine environmental stimulation the combined effects of gravity, temperature, touch, light and sound on the muscles, nervous system and sense organs of the body.

The float pod filters out these external physical stimuli, creating a pure state of "sensory" relaxation. Under these unique conditions, your body has a chance to restore its natural ability of self-regulation. These effects result in shorter recovery times, lessened pain, and of course deep states of relaxation.

The temperature inside the room is kept at a constant 93.5 degrees F which is the natural state of relaxed skin temperature. As a result, the nerve endings which cover the surface of the skin no longer perceive any sense of separation between the skin and the silky mineral solution which surrounds it.

Free from all external stimulation, your body can achieve a state of relaxation, which is deeper, purer and more beneficial than sleep. With no body to look after, your mind can attend to other business.

The sudden de-stimulation of large areas of the nervous system triggers a spontaneous chain reaction throughout the body known as the parasympathetic response. Muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen consumption all drop dramatically. The whole chemistry of the body changes.

Blood vessels including capillaries dilate, improving cardio-vascular efficiency and increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to every single cell in your body. This is called the vasodilatory effect.

Stress related chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol, ACTH and lactate are removed from the bloodstream and replaced by beneficial endorphins. High levels of cortisol and ACTH are known to weaken the body's immune system and create feelings of depression, while lower baseline levels are associated with feelings of confidence.