A lot of folks come into Easy Float to ask just what the hell is floating, and there are definitely a few ways to answer that. I prefer to go off on several tangents about hyper-connectivity in the brain because I read the book Stealing Fire and the Time article below and caught Dr. Justin Feinstein‘s talk at last year’s float conference and I only recently learned how to pronounce the word amygdala; but I always end with it’s just salt water and darkness. Obviously there’s a lot of super positive meditative type stuff going on while in a float, but really it’s just salt water and darkness, and the less you try, the further it will take you. Joe Rogan has been utilizing the float tank for more than a decade(I think), and has encouraged many people to give this float thing a try. Rogan is a float tank industry favorite and here’s why. Hey Joe, you should think about making it to the conference in August.
See answer to the isolation tank question above.
How About All That Floating?
Easy Float is Dedicated to Delivering the Absolute Best Float Experience, and it has been going great. We have had the pleasure of floating a bunch of very cool people in our first couple months and we are excited to continue providing flotation in Denver. We often have described the purpose driving the creation of Easy Float is to provide the Absolute Best Float Experience, and it is, but let’s talk about why we want to provide the float experience in the first place. Stress.
We fully acknowledge that stress is a necessary and unavoidable part of life, but we also realize that too much stress makes life miserable. Floating has many benefits and a lot of folks are utilizing flotation for a variety of different reasons, but we are excited to provide floating as a way to reduce stress. By going into a float tank for 90 minutes to have all the distractions of life reduced, we are able to take the adult time out, to get off of your phone, and hopefully slip into the Theta Brain Wave for at least a short amount of time. When you get there, it’s a great time out and floating into the theta state will hopefully get you a couple days of calm so that you can take on the stress of life. Basically, the benefits of floating are great, whether you’re into the physical benefits of being weightless and surrounded by Magnesium Sulfate for 90 minutes or you’re floating for the chance to take a look behind the door in you mind, we are here for you to take the adult time out that everyone deserves. Thanks for Floating.
There are so many excellent reasons to float and here’s one more! The Float Quote of the Month! We’re really excited to get feedback and love it when our float people let everyone know how excellent the experience is! Keep floating!
Insomnia. That was what took me from total skeptic to fervent believer in the benefits of floating. After trying everything from Valerian root and Melatonin to Tazodone, the isolation tank is the only thing that alleviated my ‘fall asleep, but can’t stay asleep’ insomnia. And it turns out I’m not the only one out there struggling to get their Z’s; according to sleepeducation.org, millions of Americans are experiencing a lack of quality sleep. Without getting the sleep needed, people suffer from fatigue, inability to focus, poor memory, and mood disturbance, to name just a few of the negative impacts from chronic insomnia.
CDC data suggests that about four percent of U.S. adults used prescription sleep aids in the past month. Like any other drug, sleep medications have side effects and risks.
The good news is that floating regularly can make a significant improvement to sleep, and also reduce blood pressure and stress. Easy Float was really created with one goal in mind, provide everyone the absolute best float experience. I know it sounds weird and that the thought of an isolation tank or sensory deprivation tank can sound just a little too out there for some, but floating is definitely a ‘don’t knock it till you try it’ type of thing. I was a huge skeptic, but getting amazing sleep after my first float has made me a believer.
Floating is making a massive comeback and there are a number of people utilizing isolation tanks for a wide variety of reason. The benefits from floating range from improved sleep and reduced stress to increased creativity and accelerated learning. High performance athletes are now floating regularly to improve focus and recover quicker. Navy Seals are utilizing sensory deprivation tanks in what they are referring to as a ‘mind gym’ to cut the time it takes to learn a language down from 6 months to 6 weeks.
There is also extensive research being done by Dr. Justin Feinstein at his Float Lab at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR). Featured in TIME, the work being done at the Float Lab in Tulsa is continuing to produce remarkable results. By utilizing EEG’s and fMRI machines, Feinstien and his team is finding the effects of flotation are resembling similar effects of SSRI’s, float participants are achieving a prolonged theta brain wave state which can reduce the hyper-connectivity where stress, anxiety, and depression reside.