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Floating, your health, and COVID19
Hello friends and guests,
Here is more information on COVID19 and what we are implementing at our center during this time.
This information is from a microbiologist in the recreational water industry. Dr. Roy Vores has presented at several Float industry conferences in the past.
While you already know we are incredibly diligent at cleaning our space, float tanks, and showers we are going to be taking extra precautions during this time. This may set our schedule off by 5 to 10 minutes here and there but were sure you can understand and appreciate why.
Along with us sanitizing along every often touched surface and the interior of the tanks between floats, please use your due diligence to help us maintain a clean space as well.
That would include:
- washing your hands
- rescheduling your float if you show any flu like symptoms
If you don't feel well, a float isn't going to be good anyway. We will not charge you a late cancellation during this time it is more important to be safe if you aren't feeling well.
On a maximum capacity day we will have less than 20 people in our business over the course of the whole day.
Everyone takes a shower before AND after they enter the tank.
We will do all we can to maintain the cleanliness you are accustomed to in all areas of. If you are getting anxious and stressed over things please make sure to take time in your day to eat healthy foods and, focus on calming breathing just like you do while you float. You can do this anytime you are feeling stressed.
Thank you for your support! The entire Think Tank Flotation Team,
-Joe , Taylor, Alex, Sarah, Jasmine, Wesley
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Singing Bowl Cermeony
We love the practice of mindfulness here at Think Tank Flotation: from Tea Ceremonies, to hand grinding coffee, to extra long belly breathing sessions (aka a 60 minute float). Things just tend to be more enjoyable when you don't rush them. Unfortunately in 2019 we're out here trying to do everything as fast as possible, 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 but noticing the Facebook notification beckon me, my partner 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 everything I have a “to-do” list 3 miles long that is taunting me from the “memo” list on my phone.
It. is. Exhausting.
It’s exhausting and all I’m trying to do is write an article on how floating is similar to Savasana. Being present is a struggle in 2019, but that's ok. Being mindful has been a goal of spiritual and meditational practices for centuries! If it was difficult THEN, adding the technological distractions of our generation only makes it harder.
Luckily, THIS is where flotation comes in. I think one of the biggest detriments to the practice of floating was the phrase “SENSORY DEPRIVATION”. Deprivation has an immensely negative weight associated with its use. Deprivation implies a want and need for something, but you are being denied. Being DEPRIVED food, water, sunlight when you are in dire need of it. This is NOT how floating feels. Floating has never felt like deprivation, in fact the opposite. Floating allows certain EXTERIOR sensed to be diminished, so that our more INTERNAL senses can be heightened. It is 60 minutes of peace and quiet that we will never passively happen upon. We have to start actively making time for it.
So, here's how flotation works: The water in the tank is purposefully the same temperature as our bodies, that way we aren't distracted by it. The salt to water ratio in each tank allows us to float effortlessly so we aren't subjected to the effects of gravity (this aspect allows our bodies to release muscle tension that impedes our focus and relaxation). Flotation tanks can also be made completely dark to cut down on visual stimulation! This space was truly MADE for meditation. Even someone like myself, an adult with an ADHD diagnosis, is able to focus (or meditate) in a flotation tank. Something I had never been able to do before.
I read an article written by Meg Agnew, a yoga and meditation teacher who explores how Buddhism and yoga complement each other. It is titled “Starting with Savasana.” If you read it and pretend she's writing about flotation, it makes just as much sense. In fact you could replace every mention of Savasana with “floating,” it would really detail the practice of meditation in a float tank:
“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” practice that Phillip describes in 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.”
Try starting your day with Savasana; it's incredible how the act of doing nothing (mindfully) can change the outlook of your day. Try 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. Conscious decisions. Pick the tea, measure it, smell it, wait for it. Try plugging your phone in AWAY from your bed at night. This makes your last moments before sleep peaceful and less taxing on your eyes. Finally, come float. Dedicate an undistracted hour to your brain and body. Our society as a whole could use a little slowing down and some deep breaths.
Try meditation floating the next time you are here, we think you'll have a refreshing different float!
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.
- Relief of back and muscle pains
- Injury recovery and prevention
- Enhanced Athletic Performance
- Enhanced Creativity
- Depression and Anxiety Relief
- Help with addiction, PTSD, and body image issues
- Enlightened consciousness
- Circadian Rhythm
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!
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