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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > May 2017 > WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH… FLOATATION THERAPY


Lying in warm water with no light or sound, can apparently do wonders for both body and mind. healthy investigates

Words Laura Potter.

Photograph iStock


The first floatation tank was created by the American physician and neuroscientist Dr John C Lilly in the 1950s. It’s been adapted over the decades, and has recently gained popularity as we increasingly look for different ways to unwind. The idea is that by floating weightlessly in buoyant, salty water with no sound or light to distract your mind, you can completely relax into a nearmeditative state. In Sweden, patients can even be referred to a float tank centre by their GP or employer.

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Discover your #healthystressbuster of choice in our May issue of healthy, which features one of our favourite wellbeing warriors, Ella Mills (aka Deliciously Ella). We’ve rounded up 21 ways to conquer stress, including food to keep you calm and an exclusive feature on anxiety – take the quiz to find out how it affects you! Next up, give Easter a ‘bake-over’ with our inspiring recipe pages, featuring spelt hot buns and vegan ‘Snickers’ bars. Plus! We ask: do you need female Viagra? And are you born to be fat? Find out more in the brand new issue of healthy.