Recover from strenuous exercise. Heal injuries. Reduce and eliminate pain. Improve sleep. Diminish anxiety and live a happier fuller life. FloatHub utilizes i-sopod flotation tanks to create an entirely you-centered environment free from external distractions, allowing your body to refocus its energy from processing the incessant, daily bombardment of sensory information into healing: increasing creativity, overcoming mental blocks, and arriving at homeostasis.
Practitioners experience reduced stress levels; stronger muscles, joints, and cells; enhanced brain activity; and overall increased well-being. Practitioners additionally use flotation to improve sleep quality and manage depression symptoms without the harmful and lasting side-effects associated with traditional medication. Athletes who incorporate flotation in their training regimes report playing their “A games” more frequently as the mind and body is rejuvenated after strenuous exertion. Through proper diet, exercise, and regular flotation, one can become truly limitless. What is floating? Floating in a flotation tank restricts external, environmental stimulation – the combined effects of gravity, temperature, touch, sight, and sound on the muscles, nervous system, sense organs, and brain. Unless you are an astronaut, this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is free from the harmful forces of gravity. Every single muscle in the body is allowed to totally relax, with ear plugs in, and, if you wish, the tank’s interior lights off, the quietness and the darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible. With 90% of central nervous system activity typically allocated to processing this bombardment of sensory information, the float tank may be the only time a person gets the chance to refocus one's energy toward healing, increasing creativity, overcoming mental blocks, and regaining homeostasis, ultimately leading to reduced stress, improved muscle, joint, and cell performance, and enhanced brain activity. Follow us on Twitter! @floathub
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Lots of new faces to the Float Nashville community. We thought it would be a great time to bring this article back to the page. An excellent read from Time about float therapy and mental health. Check it out!
"In an ongoing study, doctors used fMRI technology to scan the brains of 40 healthy, non-depressed people. Half the group floated in salt water for 90 minutes, the other half spent the time in another type of restricted stimulation experience, such as meditation.
When all participants received a second fMRI brain scan afterward, they also completed tasks to assess attention span, reward processing, and emotional reactions. One key takeaway from the second scan was a higher level of “interoceptivity,” or awareness of internal sensations such as heartbeat and breath, among the float group."
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"John Lilly saw the float tank as having two major uses. One is for individuals for whom the external world is the only reality, and for whom the internal world of imagery and fantasy is perceived as something unreal. If the individual is satisfied and content in this mode, the flotation tank can be used as a place to consider one's problems and work out solutions with minimum distraction. For another group of people, the distinction between external circumstances and internal processes is not so clear cut. They perceive both sets of phenomena as partaking of the quality of realness. These people may be interested in self-analysis, meditation, transcendental experiences, and altered states of consciousness. For them, the isolation environment is useful because it minimizes interactions with the external reality and allows the internal domain to be more fully explored. The picture above is not meant to imply that any of the 3 should be categorized in any particular group and not the other, they are just arguably the 3 most influential figures in spreading the word about float tanks in general."
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"I’m not really sure how it does it, but I do know that floating has allowed me to feel in a more confident, comfortable headspace," said PTSD victim Michael Harding after finding mental & physical relief through floating.
Do you feel "mellowed out" after a float? Read about the growing science behind it:
A lot of clients ask us if it is okay to float while pregnant. We recommend that you consult your physician before floating while pregnant but many women have found floating to be the most relaxing experience they had during their pregnancy. Check out this excellent article over at oGoFloat, "It’s ironic that I would avoid a tool to help me with my exhaustion, because I was too exhausted!"
We invited a local blogger whom suffers from the painful symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in to float last week, and this is what she had to say: "The dark, warm atmosphere of the pod eased and eventually stopped the pain I’ve been feeling for years. Eventually I could not even tell where my CRPS-affected arm was in space–I was that relaxed." Read her full experience by following the link below. And, if you know anyone suffering from chronic pain, do them a favor and tell them about float therapy!
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time.com This scientist thinks floating in salt water could treat mental health disorders
We share all kinds of media coverage on floating and most of it is very thoughtful and positive. We will also share other articles that aren't thorough and potentially even negative as in this case from the New York Times.
It's a good lesson in how to 1.) mismanage your expectations 2.) make the mistake of having expectations at all 3.) judge something based on your first time 4.) judge something with a closed mind
The comments after the article really are the most intellectual and valuable. Highly encouraged read!
Sensory deprivation, flotation or isolation tanks were first invented in the 1950s by neuroscientist John C Lilly, had a moment on the wellness scene in the 80s then almost faded out.
But they’ve had a 21st century upgrade and the new generation of tanks look more like space age pods...
Saltwater float tanks have been around since the 50s, when physician and consciousness pioneer Dr. John C. Lilly built one for the U.S. government to find a shortcut into the deep meditation known as the theta state. The tanks were dismissed as a hippie fad in the 70s, only to surface again in the 90s as researchers lauded them as an effective therapy for a variety of stress-related conditions, including chronic pain, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, anxiety and PTSD.
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Chicago Cubs put float tanks in at Wrigley Field, and this year they're headed to the MLB World Series for the first time in 71 years. Other early adopter professional athletes of float tanks: New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and the Golden State Warriors. Coincidence?
Float therapy originated in the 1950’s at the National Institutes of Health, where Dr. John C. Lilly developed sensory deprivation tanks. The practice fell out of popularity in the 1980’s, but now what is old is new again.
Float tanks are popping up all over the Northwest. You'll still hear these tanks referred to as "isolation tanks" or "sensory deprivation chambers," as they were called when neuroscientist John C. Lilly investigated their use beginning in 1954. "Float tank" is now the preferred and less alarming nomenclature, and these pods — in their various forms, but uniform in water depth and temperature — are popping up all over the Northwest.
Your mind is like the ocean. No matter how violent the storms on the surface get, beneath the surface it will always be calm and gentle.
Here’s 20 meditation techniques to help you dive below the surface and quiet the chaos above.
Neuroscientist John C. Lilly created the tanks to study the bat sh*t crazy things the human brain does when it’s left in the dar
Lilly had some interesting things to say about his own alleged experiences in isolation tanks, claiming that it allowed him to interact with interdimensional civilizations and creatures. Few others have reported these particular experiences during their floats — and they certainly aren’t advertised on any company websites.
Crash Hoefler, founder of Float Lab, at his original flotation center on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Hoefler has spent the last 17 years developing sensory deprivation chamber technology — he made float enthusiast Joe Rogan’s personal chamber — and is leading the charge to regulate the “float” industry as it grows (and he expands to a second location). He is an interesting dude.
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We`ve had the privilege to work with some of the best athletes in the world and get their feedback on floating. Representing the US Olympic women`s gymnastic team in Rio, gold medalist Aly Raisman has been using the float tank for recovery and performance and shared her experience.
Best of luck in bringing home the gold! 🏆
Sensory deprivation tanks (also called float tanks) block out almost all sensory input. The one in my biohacking lab is pictured below; human cloning experiments have been unsuccessful so far ;).
When you enter a float tank, you’re suspended in magnesium-saturated water that’s dense enough that it keeps you buoyant – minimizing your sense of touch. The water and air in the tank match your body’s temperature, and the tank is lightproof and soundproof. The tank is designed to take away all of your senses. You’re essentially left in empty space with nothing but your own mind as company.
Floating the ultimate technology and stimulation detox, and it comes with some big benefits.
mindbodygreen.com "Floating is like meditation on crack."
You can’t see anything while you float. But what Feinstein can see going on in your brain is astounding.
Feinstein and his team are more than halfway through the first experiment ever to combine fMRI brain imaging and float tanks. They’re scanning the brains of healthy people before and after they float, and by comparing the two images, they’ll see how floating changes areas of activation in the brain...
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If psychological training is the next big thing for elite athletes, floating is right on the cutting edge—even if it isn’t exactly new. Neuropsychologist John C. Lilly began experimenting with sensory-deprivation tanks in the 1950s, and in the decades following, a wide body of research examined whether floating could be used to treat a variety of psychological disorders. In the 1980s, Peter Suedfeld, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, found that isolation tanks improved athletes’ performance in basketball, tennis, and target shooting, possibly by helping them tune out distractions. “In modern society, we are subject to very high levels of stimuli, both physical and social,” Suedfeld says. “I think the levels people are bombarded by are higher than we have evolved to deal with.” Understimulation, Suedfeld says, gives people a chance to relax and process what’s happening internally.
reset.me Research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine explored sensory deprivation in a flotation-tank as a preventive healthcare intervention. The results showed significant improvements in stress, depression, anxiety, pain, sleep quality, and even optimism, proving that flot...
The flotation tank was invented in 1954 by the physician and neuroscientist Dr. John C. Lilly, whose work focused on consciousness; he basically developed the sensory deprivation tank because he wanted to see what would happen to the brain if...its senses were deprived. Research into sensory deprivation was mostly confined to academia for several years afterwards, but commercial floating experienced a surge of popularity in the late 70s. It was around this time that Dr. Lilly published The Deep Self: Profound Relaxation and the Tank Isolation Technique, which both explained his research and boasted a hodgepodge of celebrity endorsements from figures like the actor Burgess Meredith and the activist and "flashy 60s radical" Jerry Rubin.
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