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Float Tanks Solutions

Back to the Basics

Published by Ashkahn Jahromi on October 07, 2013

I arrived in Paris a few days ago for a little workcation. Naturally the first thing I did was hunt down a float tank center and book an appointment. Surprisingly, floating seems to be almost entirely missing in France: noticeably more obscure than in Germany, Spain, the UK and almost every other European nation in every direction.

However, everyone I talk too seems genuinely excited by the idea. My conversations have consistently led to people wanting to fly out to Portland just to try it. After we discuss all the logistics and benefits of floatation, people always seem to reach the same question, “Why isn’t this more well known?”

I arrived for my float today and began to get the spiel from the woman at the front desk. Apparently the only way to book the float tank (which is delightfully enough called a “cocoon of floatation”) was to book the entire spa room, which includes a vibrating water massage bed and an acoustical therapy chair in it as well. You can book the room for up to 3 people, so all the services can be used simultaneously.

Now I suspect if you have been through the process of soundproofing your float center, this will set off the same alarm bells for you that it did for me. Vibrating water massage bed? Acoustical therapy chair?! We have enough trouble keeping out the vibrations of passing cars, and here was a giant 2-ton machine designed to fiercely shake itself sitting just feet away from the float tank.


Being One with Darkness

Have you ever been afraid of the dark? Do you know someone who is afraid of the dark?

Floating is a tool that uses darkness to help people find resolutions.

I once had a client (we’ll call him Max) talk about a dreamlike experience he had when floating. Max heard a woman’s voice several times while floating and the voice yelled his name several times. It diving into the darkbothered him because it seemed so real. I explained what he experienced was an auditory hallucination. People often think of hallucinations as visual. However, people can also have auditory or somatic (body) hallucinations. When the mind is not receiving stimuli, it projects stimuli out into the darkness in the form of sound, images, and sensations.

Hallucinations are generally pointing at something going on in the unconscious part of the mind. In a night dream, the characters in the dream are usually not about the people. If someone dreams about their boyfriend, for example, the dream is usually about what the boyfriend represents – not the actual boyfriend. In the case of Max, I pointed out how when one dreams of a woman it sometimes can mean the desire for some feminine part of themselves to be expressed. When I said that, he stared at me stone cold. He said, “How did you know?” I asked him what he was talking about. Then he went on to talk about how he had been wanting to apply to nursing school so he could care for people in hospice centers, but he had been procrastinating it. I said, “Well, it looks like that part of you doesn’t want to be pushed away anymore, don’t you think?” He nodded.

Dylan Calm

My Second Float

I had been working in IT for about 5 years and was absolutely sick of it. I would listen to podcasts throughout most of my day to stay sane. One of those podcasts was The Joe Rogan Experience. Joe Rogan would talk about this sound and light isolated “float tank” he owned that was filled with salt water. It sounded amazing and the introspection that he got out of his experiences sounded like something I wanted for myself.

I looked online to see if there was anywhere in Portland that had a sensory deprivation tank. I found one gentleman named Chris who had a float tank in his home. He let people float in his tank for a small sum of cash, so I called him and booked an appointment. When I told Sandra about getting naked into a float tank all by myself in someone else’s apartment, she basically told me that it wouldn’t be happening. I cancelled my appointment.

What seemed like just a few weeks later (it may have been months now that I think back on it) Sandra surprised me with several Groupons for floats at an official float center called Float On. We scheduled our appointments and took the plunge. I’ll save you from the story of my first float, as it was actually not very special. In fact, it was actually largely disappointing. “Well” I thought to myself “that was a lot of hype” and was done with it. What I hadn’t realized was that Sandra had bought about a dozen Groupons and really wanted to try it again. Eventually she convinced me to go in for a second attempt, and that float changed my life forever.

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A painting Sandra made after her second float.

Kane Mantyla

The Art of Managing Expectations

By Kane Mantyla, Float Matrix 

There once was a plumber who was excellent at what he did. He knew everything there was to know about plumbing, did good work, and the people loved him. After many years of working for a company, he decided to go to work for himself and opened his own plumbing business. It was shortly after opening his doors that he came to the realization that his job was no longer that of a plumber, but rather an entrepreneur, and that he had to learn an entire new set of skills to be successful.

Float Matrix has been in operation for over 6 years and I have come to learn what it means to be an entrepreneur. There are many skill sets that I have learned and many more still to learn. One area of the business that required a great deal of understanding was how to handle clients before their first float. When I first opened, I really didn’t know too much about floatation, other than the fact that I absolutely loved to float and had a deep desire to share it with others. I had worked in hospitality, so I knew customer relations, but I didn’t really know how to prepare the client for that first experience. I gave them basic instructions and let them go. This worked reasonably well but, over the course of several months, I began to notice something. 

 People tend to come in with different expectations for what their first float is going to be like and their expectations influence their appreciation of the experience.