The effects of short term flotation REST on relaxation: a controlled study.

@article{Jacobs1984TheEO,
  title={The effects of short term flotation REST on relaxation: a controlled study.},
  author={Geert Jacobs and Robert L. Heilbronner and James M. Stanley},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={1984},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={
          99-112
        }
}
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of restricted environmental stimulation using a flotation tank (Flotation REST) to the effects of a normal sensory environment on relaxation. All of the subjects were first introduced to a simple relaxation program to be used during the experimental sessions. The program consisted of guided point-to-point relaxation, breathing techniques, and visual imagery techniques. Subjects were then pre-tested on measurements of electromyogram (EMG… 

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