"Most importantly, the float tank is not a hypothetical laboratory phenomenon, but a viable, proven technology"
Dr Henry Adams, NIMH, Washington
"Second best thing to being in Heaven"
Richard Jones, Australian Senator
The Apollo float tank is a light-proof, sound-insulated capsule which contains a shallow 30 cm pool of 25% saturated Epsom salts solution - five to seven times denser and more buoyant than sea water. Lying back, you float effortlessly on the surface with all parts of your body firmly supported. Your muscles no longer have to fight against the constant downward push of gravity, the single greatest cause of wear and tear to bones, joints and body tissue. As muscle tension melts away, you find yourself floating weightless and free, like an astronaut in zero gravity conditions.
The pleasures and perks of the modern float tank are based on a revolutionary scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short, first developed back in 1954 by researchers at the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) in Washington.
During the past 30 years the remarkable effects of the float tank have been systematically studied and applied in such areas as health care, medicine, fitness training, sports science and education. Meanwhile, floating has caught on in America, Australia and, more recently, Europe and Asia as a powerfully productive and creative form of recreation in its own right.