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An isolation tank is a lightless, soundproof tank inside which subjects float in salt water at skin temperature. They were first used by John C. Lilly in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Such tanks are now also used for meditation and relaxation and in alternative medicine. The isolation tank was originally called the sensory deprivation tank. Other names for the isolation tank include flotation tank, John C. Lilly tank, REST tank, sensory attenuation tank, and think tank.
Originally posted by wildtimes
Two or three years ago, my husband and I received a gift certificate to a local "upscale" spa. I did the hot-rocks-massage; he did the "saltwater tank".....just as you describe it.
He was quite relaxed afterward (we were both completely sober when we arrived)....(and when we left).....where I, after a generous hot-rock massage, was told by the masseuse that she'd not had time to "finish". I spent the next two days fighting off nausea.
I'd like to try one of these "tanks".
Originally posted by CaticusMaximus
Ive been wanting to try an isolation tank for a long time now. I hear nothing but good things about them!
Unfortunately, I have searched both high and low, and there is NOTHING even remotely close to me, which I would define as within a 100 mile radius. It seems there are hotspots of iso tank places, like in CA, and Ive found some in NJ as well, and FL. But where I am? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
I did find a place that had closed its doors, which the only one anywhere near me. Apparently its not so profitable.
And I have no where near enough money to just buy even a low end one, unfortunately, otherwise I definitely would buy one and stick it in the basement.
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Lilly was a physician and psychoanalyst. He made contributions in the fields of biophysics, neurophysiology, electronics, computer science, and neuroanatomy. He invented and promoted the use of an isolation tank as a means of sensory deprivation.
He also attempted interspecies communication between humans and dolphins. His work helped the creation of the United States Marine Mammal Protection Act.
His eclectic career began as a conventional scientist doing research for universities and government. However, he gradually began researching unconventional topics. He published several books and had two Hollywood movies based partly on his work.
SETI Lilly was interested in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project. In 1961 a group of scientists including Lilly gathered at the Green Bank Observatory to discuss the possibility of using the techniques of radio astronomy to detect evidence of intelligent life outside our Solar System. They called themselves The Order of the Dolphin after Lilly's work with dolphins. They developed the Drake equation to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy.