Yearly Archives: 2018

Sensory Deprivation or Flotation?

Sensory Deprivation isn't the best term

Our own Joe Daniels explains why he's not a fan of the term sensory deprivation, “It sounds so negative.”

We prefer using the term Flotation, over Sensory Deprivation. Popularized by Joe Rogan and new Netflix shows featuring strange monsters. It's no surprise that negative connotations usually come along with this terminology.

We feel it's important to focus on the fact this is a stress reduction process for full body relaxation, this is not stress inducing.

Flotation over Sensory deprivation

Even if you are claustrophobic, you can float with the lights on and the door open. There is no 'right way' to approach flotation.

What does flotation look and feel like? Well, you don't have to take our word for it. How about you check out this article from Cincinnati Refined, talking about their recent experience in our Flotation Tanks. Not sensory deprivation tanks, because we don't have scary monsters or negative experiences here at Think Tank Flotation!

Is there a difference?

Flotation and Sensory deprivation tanks are similar in goals but can be different in how they're configured. Both seek to reduce sensory stimuli to achieve a greater state of relaxation. In our tanks or float pods, you lie down horizontally to reduce the vertical stress load on your entire body. This allows you to roll around, stretch, and try to work out any of the issues you can now feel in your body.

Sensory deprivation, isn't really flotation since we consider it a very positive experience. Plus, there is no single way to do flotation. You can have the lights on, listen to music, or go for no sensory stimuli at all. It's all a matter of preference, but we do recommend trying your float without any outside stimulation, even if it is just once.

Read on to find out more information about some of the benefits of sensory deprivation....wait, you mean flotation!

Benefits of Flotation

There are myriad benefits to flotation, which benefit you're seeking truly depends on your goals. All the way back in 1983, there was a study published in a medical journal detailing how flotation reduces the presence of the stress hormone, cortisol.

An additional study in 2006 found that the presence of stress reduction could persist for up to 4 months, if flotation was used over a dozen times in that period. The study went on to conclude that flotation tank therapy is an effective method for the treatment of stress-related pain.

 

 

Physical

  • Relief of back and muscle pains
  • Injury recovery and prevention
  • Enhanced Athletic Performance

Mental

  • Enhanced Creativity
  • Depression and Anxiety Relief
  • Help with addiction, PTSD, and body image issues

Spiritual

  • Enlightened consciousness
  • Meditation
  • Circadian Rhythm

Savasana and the Float Tank

Savasana and the Float Tank

My only goal was to write an article about how flotation is similar to Savasana. Being present is a struggle in 2018, but that's OK. Being mindful and present has been a goal of spiritual and meditation practices for centuries! If it was difficult to meditate during a far more simple time, adding the technological distractions of our generation makes it damn near impossible.

We love the practice of mindfulness at Think Tank Flotation! From Tea Ceremonies, to hand grinding coffee, to hour-long belly breathing sessions (aka a 60 minute float). Things just tend to be more enjoyable when you don't rush them.

It's Exhausting:

Unfortunately, it’s 2018, so not only is our default mode to do everything as fast as possible, but also with every distraction known to man trying to stop us. Even now, as I type, I’m being bombarded by external stimulation: I’m typing on a computer and see the Facebook notification beckoning me to check it, my fiance is ranting about one thing or another as I mindlessly respond “uh-huh,” Instagram is telling me that my video has been viewed however many times, and on top of that I have a “to-do” list 3 miles long that is taunting me from the “memo” list on my phone!

Some reflections on Savasana

The article that originally sparked my thought on how exhausting this all can get was written by Meg Agnew. She is a yoga and meditation teacher who explores how Buddhism and yoga compliment each other. Her article is titled “Starting with Savasana,” and it truly could have been written about floating. In fact, if you were to replace every mention of Savasana with “floating,” it would still make complete sense.

“Savasana is also a wonderful way to start each day. This relaxed lying back position is the one I assume in the early morning hours before I’m completely awake and my mind hasn’t had a chance to create a to-do list. Instead, I’m creating and participating in a form of the “beginning your day with clarity”

This practice that Phillip Moffitt describes in the book, "Emotional Chaos to Clarity."

"I take my pillow out from under my head so that my head rests heavily like it does when I’m floating in a body of water. Like when I’m floating, I relax and let my body feel completely supported. Today is a Sunday and I feel the day is also stretched out leisurely before me. I can give this practice some extra time and attention.”

Floating and Mindfulness

Luckily, flotation makes mindfulness all the more accessible. The whole environment was made for meditation. The water in the tank is the same temperature as your body so you aren't focused on being too warm or cold. The salt to water ratio allows you to float effortlessly so you aren't subjected to the effects of gravity (this allows our bodies to release muscle tension that is likely impeding our focus). Flotation tanks were truly MADE for meditation. Even someone like myself, an adult with an ADHD/PTSD diagnosis, is able to focus (or meditate) in a flotation tank.

Just try to be more mindful. The impact could surprise you.

Whether you try starting your day with Savasana or you want to give flotation therapy a try, I urge you to do something each day that forces you to be more mindful. It doesn't have to be a big hour-long meditation session where you find “enlightenment.” Being present can be as simple as buying loose tea instead of tea bags. This conscious decision forces you to pick the tea, measure it, smell it, wait for it. You could also just plug-in your phone in away from your bed at night. This makes your last moments before sleep peaceful (and less taxing on your eyes). Mindfulness can be anything that makes you focus on the now.

Then, when you are ready to try flotation, come unwind with us at Think Tank!

-CTB

Recovery, stress relief & recuperation

How floating can aid competition recuperation

Before the upcoming Flying Pig Marathon, Joe from Swing This Kettlebells joins Think Tank Flotation to explain how floating can assist runners with their marathon and half-marathon recovery programs. Recuperation programs are an essential part of all competitive sports and flotation can be a vital part of achieving your goals.

Any sport's impacts lead to a great deal of vertical stress to your body, even a runner. Muscle relief can be had by reducing your vertical load for a short time. That is why floating is one of the best ways to get your body horizontal and relaxed. Removing the vertical stack of your body mass can trigger the decompression you need for true muscle recuperation. Sensory deprivation tanks also can also increase your focus before your big competitive event. It will allow you to help visualize your goals, reducing your anxiety and increasing your overall focus.

Flotation is also one of the best options for adding to your current training regimen if you are looking for additional relief for stressed muscles and a nervous mind before competition.

Watch the video above on why your body may secretly crave floating!

Convinced? Then order your float package here.