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Leah Pellegrini

Assuming the Position

assuming the positionFloating is not like laying down on a flat surface.  There is no pressure on the body, and nothing to push against mom and baby.  There are many reasons why normally pregnant women can not lay in certain positions.  Pressure can constrict the blood flow to the mother and/or the baby.  It can be physically harmful to health of the growing baby.

However, in a sensory deprivation tank she can lay down in any position she wants to!

While I was pregnant it was so comforting to relax on my back.  It was euphoric to recline on my belly.  No matter how big that baby belly gets, the Epsom salt water gently supports the body and the magic of buoyancy keeps you afloat.

I used to be a stomach sleeper.  So I missed this as a full term pregnant woman.  Once, while on vacation in Hawaii, (baby moon) my man dug a hole in the sand so I could sunbathe while laying on my belly.  It was so loving and wonderful.  The sensory deprivation tank was the only other place I felt safe laying on my belly like this.

Leah Pellegrini

Pampering the Pregnant Woman

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I called it “Pamper Me Friday”.

Acupuncture, massage and floating.

Every Friday afternoon I would get acupuncture, then a float and finish it all off with a massage. Sometimes the order was changed, sometimes I couldn’t manage all three, but for the most part, this trinity of therapies was where it was at! What more could a pregnant woman want? An occasional mani-pedi… Breakfast in bed… Sure. But the holy trinity kept my body in check and present and as comfortable as possible.


Military Vets with PTSD: Floating Can Help You

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Last year I heard a story on the radio of a young man named John who recently came back from the war in Iraq. When he left for the war he was a cheerful, outgoing guy. When he came back something was different. He was withdrawn and depressed. His family did not know what to do about it. They were confused. Where had their son and brother gone? He was a different person. When the story aired, the young man was in counseling. John is a classic case of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from military service.

PTSD occurs when someone experiences the trauma and they continue to react to the trauma months and years later as though it is still taking place. What happens is people unconsciously decide things during the trauma. Whatever they instruct their mind to do (“The world is scary,” “I am helpless,” or “I am a bad person”) gets lodged in the unconscious part like a looping tape that plays over and over without them realizing it.

Mindfulness practices, such as meditation, have been found to improve PTSD. We have observed clients reduce their PTSD through floating. The reason is because floating frees up a lot of brain circuitry and it helps people amplify deep meditative brainwave states. It takes them out of the “flight or fight” response pattern and to a non-emotional state. In this state they are training their mind to calm down. They are also freeing up circuitry to eventually identify what they put in their mind.

Jim Hefner

The Journey to Here

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By: Annalisa Hefner, Co-founder Just Float, Inc.

It started with a miracle. Eight months pregnant with our long-awaited first baby, we sought out our first float. I emerged from a dream. I’d been weightless for over an hour and had somehow heard a sweet duet of my baby’s heartbeat and my own. Jim emerged into a dream. A lifelong entrepreneur with an amazing business partner, he immediately resolved to open a float center.

We thought we’d be open by her first birthday. In reality, it took a year just to find the right building. The vision was always to build a float center that would revolutionize the experience and the industry. That started with the perfect location: easy access, stress-free parking, one-story and few windows to create a true, quiet sanctuary. The building we found was perfect, but the chopped-up maze of offices and storage rooms meant we had to demolish everything and start over.

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