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The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea

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A thorough and absorbing summary of the healing and therapeutic uses of the floatation tank invented by Dr. John C. Lilli, the celebrated neuroscience researcher.
Paperback, 268 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Gateways Books Tapes (first published 1984)
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Jun 28, 2007 rated it liked it
A book on the uses of the floatation tank. Written in the 80's and you can kind of tell. Is more scientific and does not give you too many practicals or even real good science, but almost feels like a big ad on floating. Though I'll have to re-read now that I have a fucking float tank in my living room. It's almost as good as a time machine in my closet. Bonus points if you got that. ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, non-fiction
Sensory deprivation tanks are one of those strange retro things that never seem to go away. Invented in 1954 by the truly bizarre Dr. John C. Lilly, they experienced a surge of interest during the New Agey/human potential movement 70s, culminating in the sci-fi horror thriller Altered States. These days they're back, with cameos in the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. You too can try float therapy, with franchises and spas in every major cities.

As far as guides to floating go, this is apparentl
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting read for someone like me who loves floating. The first half is an examination of why floating feels so healing and positive in effect, and the author explores a lot of plausible theories and studies -- albeit since this book dates from the 1980s, none of it is current information. The next third or do of the book is chock full of very detailed and helpful suggestions about how to deploy floating techniques to do such things as conduct body and mental self checks, gain ...more
Aug 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
This is a book from the 80's. It is a lengthy commercial for the benefits of float tanks. If you saw the movie Altered States, that was a float tank. They are isolation tanks filled with 10" of heated water and epsom salts (for buoyancy) and a hatch that shuts out all light and sound. The book could have been a 70 page pamphlet. It repeats itself chapter to chapter. ...more
Alexi Parizeau
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about the effect of float tanks on the brain/body. This had quite a few ideas that I found insightful, so I'm glad I read it. ...more
Jun 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Didn't feel like the book was entirely based on facts that link to the floating tank. I feel like another book needs to be put out that is more so based on those scientific facts. ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up. A thoroughly comprehensive overview of the many benefits of floating. Hutchinson's enthusiasm for floating makes the book great, his endless hyperbole and bad science makes it tough to take seriously at times. I think this book would be best enjoyed skimmed. ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book to read before you get out there and hit a Flotation station.

Recommend it for anyone looking to Float for the first time, as well as those interested in the health benefits.
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