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Floating to Sleep

Insomnia can feel like a waking nightmare. When you can’t sleep, everything else suffers.

Your brain can’t focus on simple tasks. You feel aches and pains in your body. You go from fun and happy to angry and depressed. In a nutshell, sleep is what makes a better you.

If getting enough sleep is a problem, floating is a great solution. Floating in an isolation tank offers a perfect time to relax and disconnect your body and mind from those external and internal stresses that are causing so much damage.

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Sound the Alarm! The Voice in the Float Tank is Yours

The purpose of this blog is to show some examples of how floating is a powerful tool for hearing the voice which we sometimes avoid… our own voice, ourselves.

Frustrated WomanLet’s say there’s a woman named Melissa. She is a successful businesswoman. She came into iFloat several months ago to inquire about floating. She sat in our lobby and asked questions. We showed her the float room. She looked interested. She then sat down again and began talking. “I’m frustrated,” she said, “My life is going well but I am having difficulty in my relationships with men. They just don’t last.” I inquired as to why. “They lose interest,” she said scornfully. She was still mad at them. I talked about the mind, and how much of what we do is below one’s awareness. “Do you know what your role was in their departure?” She quickly began talking about her parents. “They were bad role models she said. My mother didn’t love me or anyone. She told me over and over how men were not to be trusted.” I inquired, “Does she still say that?” She took a gulp and said, “My parents died in an accident ten years ago.” I expressed my condolences. We talked more and I explained how the floating might help her explore this more. She signed up for a float.

She came in a few days later. I oriented her and she went in for an hour-long float session. When she came out, she was very tense. I showed her the tea station and she went into the room. About five minutes later I came in to check on her. When I inquired about the session, she said, “It was awful.” She was transmitting a lot of tension and frustration. “What was awful about it?” I said. “My body was in pain. My mind was spinning. I kept breathing to calm myself down but everyvisit-floating-female time I did that I was just so angry. I don’t think this is for me.” I laughed a bit, not to make fun of her but to help calm her down. She was confused. “Look, what happens in the float room is you slow your mind down. It’s like taking an elevator eighty stories down into the parts of your mind you usually do not pay attention to. So as you breathed and as you stayed in there, your mind slowed. Here’s the thing: There is a lot of frustration way down there for you. And here’s the other thing: That’s your frustration. It belongs to no one else except you. In other words, you are the creator of that frustration.”

She did not like to hear that. “I don’t think that’s true,” she said. I responded, “No?,” I said calmly. “Can you explain what you mean?” She went on to explain how her mother made her not trust men, and how she is so angry at her mother. I listened and then responded, “I don’t know your mother and it may be true that your mother did not like men. But the reality is you put that idea in your head about men and it can be changed. Blaming your mother, who is no longer living, for your current life and reality doesn’t make much sense. No one was in the float room with you. It was just you. Therefore, it is your frustration. The voice of frustration is yours.” She then stopped and thought for a long while.

For those of you reading this, it is important to keep in mind that everyone who comes out of a float tank is in a slower brain wave state. It is a brain wave state that is slower than what people generally attain through meditation. More importantly, people coming out of a float room have just spent an hour or more in an environment empty of distraction. That is a big thing for people when they first start floating. The reason is there are no distractions and, therefore, no one or nothing to blame.

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An Introduction from Sweden

 

An Introduction from Sweden

Published by Anu Enok and Catharina Jacobsson on January 22, 2013

swedish-floatation-associationLooking back, I realize that I’ve been a ”seeker” most of my life. I have always ”wanted to know what to find around the next corner”, which means I have tried a lot of things. I have been mixing jobs and studies. I have studied different stuff like market economy, relaxation pedagogy, different kinds of handicraft. I worked as a teacher, a secretary, a silver smith, and a project manager at an advertising agency (in which I was also part owner). 10 years ago my ”seeking” partially stopped.

I ran into a friend who had been to Stockholm to float. ”What’s that”, I asked. She told me, and I got stuck. I quit the advertising agency and started my own business with two floating tanks. During these 10 years I’ve been one of the founders of the Swedish Floatation Association. Being a member of the board I also helped starting the first education in the world for the floating business. I’m definitely no expert on anything, but with my multicolored background, I can say I know a little about a lot, and after my 10 years with floating I hope to be able to contribute with my experience and the work we do within the Swedish Floatation Association.

I will discuss the different topics with Catharina and we will answer as ”one mouth”, as representatives from the SFA. Sometimes it might happen that I will give a personal opinion as well. 

I am an economist and wellness consultant with specialization in mental training. I have not managed to try as many jobs as my colleague Anu. Athletics and health have always been close to my heart. After having been a regular floating customer for many years, I decided to start my own business with the vision to combine floating and mental training, for those who wish, a way to achieve a better "flow" in everyday life or enhanced performance of athletes. 

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Floating Through Grief

Last week, my mother called me to tell me something about my father. She is his caregiver because he has Alzheimer’s. She called to tell me how she found him on the floor at 2 am, and how hard it was to get him up. He was really “out of it.” He was calling for the priest to come to the house because he thought he was dying. My mother and my brother thought he was, too. It turns out he was okay but it still scared us.

When I got off the phone, I was upset. “My dad is dying,” I thought. I knew he was getting worse, and the day of his passing was getting closer (maybe a few months or years). In many ways, we are all dying a bit every day. We never know how many days we have. But for my dad it is more obvious. His mind is failing. His body is failing. He is getting closer and closer.

I sometimes do not allow myself to experience the fullness of my emotions. I sometimes push things to the side. “I can handle it,” I tell myself.

The next day I floated. At one point, I just “dropped out” the way someone does when we almost sink into nothingness – no thought, no awareness. It is the kind of brain state in which one is not aware how slow they are until they come out of it. I generally enjoy being in such a slow meditative state. However, this day was different. When I realized how slow I was, I was nervous. I gripped on to the bar on the side of the room. There was no reason to grip, but I was afraid. Later, I looked at the experience more closely. What was I afraid of? Well, I was afraid of my dad dying. I was afraid of the emotions I was experiencing about his sickness, and about his impending death. I was afraid to lose control and just allow myself to grieve the passing of someone I love so much.

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