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Autism and REST: How Floatation Therapy Can Help

Autism and REST: How Floatation Therapy Can Help

Having a child with autism means thinking outside the box. Depending on the severity of the condition, children with autism suffer greatly from situations others handle more easily. Autistic children often respond differently to social stimuli. They may avoid eye contact, not respond to hugs or know how to ask for help, and seem unsure how to relate to others in a way that they’ll be understood.

Autism is defined by a spectrum of conditions. One thing all autistic children have in common is their need to be treated with compassion and understanding, like any child. Feeling constantly overstimulated can be overwhelming for anybody, but is especially necessary for a child’s positive development. Overstimulated autistic children may respond with yelling or become despondent and unresponsive.

Fortunately, there are ways to help autistic children get relief from being overstimulated by day-to-day life. One method that studies have shown to be helpful is REST. REST involves laying suspended in a dark saltwater tank. The tanks were originally called “sensory deprivation” tanks – so it’s easy to see why they may help autistic children who suffer from being overstimulated.

Dylan Calm

Create a Mini-Research Study and Market the Results!

While the float conference was chock full of exciting presentations, one in particular stood out to me for empowered float centers that were already open and running. Not only did the talk by Dr. Robert Schreyer give inspiration for float centers to perform small unofficial research projects, but he also encouraged us to use that knowledge as a marketing tool for our own businesses.

We all hear about the various benefits of floating from our clients. We start to see themes occurring and benefits that correlate with particular clients that come to our float centers. Sufferers of back pain are finding relief. People undergoing chemotherapy come out of the tank with more energy. Insomniacs are finally getting a full nights rest. The idea proposed by Dr. Robert Schreyer is that we take these themes of healing and base a research study off of it.

The premise as I interpreted it is like this:
Take any benefit you believe floating gives you or your clients
Acquire a collection of before and after feedback forms from clients
Organize data
Present findings served with side of crème brulee

There are a few basic rules that you will want to follow when creating your own unofficial study:
1. Do not edit your findings (If someone reports data that goes against the grain or your perceived outcome/hypothesis, you have to keep it!)
2. Do not pick and choose your test subjects. Get everyone that meets your criteria.
3. It is probabky a good idea to get a signature from them saying they agree to participate in your study and that their information and findings can be published.


Nothing is Everything

Nothing is Everything

It is not a difficult concept, but it is powerful...

Nothing is everything

There is no discernible difference between experiencing 0% of our universe and 100% of our universe. Frequent floaters and practitioners of meditation describe a glow that comes over them after their activity. That glow is described as a sense of peace, grounding, and the feeling that you can handle anything. A recent study shows that these practices even reshape your brain.

"...frontal lobes lit up on the screen: Meditation is sheer concentration, after all. But what fascinated Newberg was that Baime's parietal lobes went dark."

Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at the University of PennsylvaniaAndrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania


Reflections on the Float Conference

This past weekend I attended the annual float conference. People from all around the United States and from other parts of the world, such as Asia and Europe, attended the conference. I wanted to write about some of my reflections on the conference, and how it inspired me to look to the future of floating.

The first thing I want to share is there is a huge increase in awareness and interest in floating. Many of you may have noticed the presence of articles about floating in some major newspapers. For example. Slate magazine wrote an article about floating in the spring. Thousands of people read the article and began reaching out to float centers around the world. The Slate article was also picked up by The Week magazine, which further increased awareness. We had numerous calls from people who read those articles but never heard about floating before. Also, earlier in the year, the Wall St. Journal did a piece on floating, which also enhanced awareness and interest in this fascinating tool. Perhaps the person who has influenced the increased interest in floating is Joe Rogan. Thousands of people listen to his podcast every week and he often talks about its benefits. He has his own float tank in his house and he often encourages his guests on the podcast to float.

The question is, why are more and more people floating? Why is it becoming popular?

At the conference this year, there was a mixture of different talks. Some talks focused on the science of floating, while others focused on the creative and spiritual aspects of floating. In terms of the science aspects, Justin Feinstein, a clinical neuropsychology professor from CatlTech, enthusiastically spoke about the many benefits of floating. He demonstrated how floating reduces activity in the cortical regions of the brain, which frees up one’s energy to slow down, reflect within, and, most importantly, reduce anxiety. Dr. Feinstein was passionate about presenting at the conference because he believes floating is essential to reducing the most common psychiatric problem in the United States: anxiety. There are approximately 40 million Americans experiencing anxiety disorder today. I was surprised by that number. However, most people know someone who takes medication for anxiety. What if floating replaced all the medication?