What I Learned From Floating 30 Days In A Row

After taking a two-year hiatus from floating, the stress of everyday life became too much. I am working multiple jobs and what normally serves as a time for relaxation — yoga — became just more work as I am getting my yoga teacher certification. I wasn’t able to sleep more than 5 hours a night, I had an eye-twitch that lasted more than two weeks, and my heart would start racing as soon as the alarm went off. I knew something needed to change as my body began to show the effects of too much stress and anxiety.

That is when I decided to float 30 days in a row.

Truthfully, the first day was difficult. I had a lot of expectations, it was hard to get comfortable in the tank and extremely challenging to shut my thoughts off. At this point, many people would feel discouraged and want to stop floating — which is exactly how I felt. But continuing on my 30 days I quickly discovered the cumulative effects of floating, and had to keep going because of the commitment I made. 

After the first week however, I saw amazing and lasting results. My seemingly permanent eye twitch had disappeared, my heart had stopped racing and I was able to get into a long, deep sleep. And, for the first time since I can remember, I was able to sit through an entire movie without checking my phone or getting up to pace around.

15 days passed and I was moving beyond the just the physical benefits and my whole life started to change. I used to live on fast food and starbucks. Rushing out the door every morning, I would stop and buy coffee, and not having time to pack a lunch, I would have to go get something cheap. But with floating, my body craved fresh, whole and natural foods. I no longer wanted to eat fast and on-the-go. Likewise, I was inspired to get a gym membership — and actually use it.

I had grown up playing many competitive sports but somewhere through the years I forgot that I liked to exercise. All of sudden, my body knew that it wanted to move again and I developed a weekly workout routine. My yoga practice also became much deeper. Because of floating it was easier for me to get out of my head and into the physical yoga practice, which led me to have deeper meditations. Finally, I began to spend my time more productively as books and podcasts began to replace tv shows and music.

By day 20 I was so clearly able to recognize what benefited my mind and body that it was easy for me to make to decisions that supported my growth, happiness and wellbeing. I was easily able to enjoy my free time, without worrying about my to-do list.  

When I finished the 30 days, my entire lifestyle had changed all because of floating. I started out overworked, stressed out, exhausted and ended up as a patient, content and truly happy woman.

Moving forward I do not feel the need to float everyday. I think going two times per week will allow me to maintain, but the accumulation of floating serves major benefits. I definitely needed that 30 day jumpstart to get to where I am today.

So, when will you start your 30 days?     

For a video recap of my float experience check out this video: 


About the Author:

My name's Monique! I recently graduated from the University of Utah and am currently a yoga instructor who will complete a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in August 2017. I also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most kickass life. 

Posted on August 9, 2017 .

How To Make A Float Tent Even More Affordable

Even though we make the world’s most affordable float tent, it can still cost a substantial amount initially. However, we truly believe your health should be an investment, not an expense.

How much do you spend each month on doctor visits, prescription medicine, pain relief, therapy sessions, gym memberships and all other health expenses outside of floating?

Developing a regular floating practice can reduce all of these costs, and it is much easier to create a floating habit when you have access to a tent 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Now imagine how much you would be spending on time, gas and float sessions at a spa to create a regular habit. All of these costs would be reduced in owning your own tent.

 

First, let’s calculate if owning a float tent makes sense for you financially.

If you go to our Float Calculator we can tell you how much money and time you will be saving by owning a tent. It will also tell you if going to a float spa is less expensive than owning based on how often you float. This will help you make the most informed decision and reduce expenses in the long run.

Even if you will save money in the long run, coming up with that much can be difficult. That is why we offer financing, to help spread out the payment over a longer period of time and reduce initial cost. We work with paypal to offer 6+ months of financing with 0% interest to make owning a tent even more affordable.

Ultimately, our goal is to make floating accessible and affordable for everyone. Let us know at info@zenfloatco.com if you have any other concerns or questions with owning a float tent.  

 

 

How to optimize your float time

People often wonder how to get the most out of their floating practice. We often get questions like when is the best time to float and how long should I float for? Some people prefer mornings and some prefer nights, while some like to float for 90 minutes and others 30 minutes. Really, it all comes down to personal preference and your lifestyle. Below are some tips on finding your optimal float time and how to utilize that to get the most benefit.

When is the best time to float?

  1. Early Morning - If you already have a morning routine or want to develop one, floating is a great tool to mix into that. Floating in the morning will set the tone for the rest of the day. It will help you get focused and mentally prepare you for any unexpected or upcoming challenges.

  2. Lunch Break Float - Many of us get the midday sleepies, and would love a nap after lunch. Rather than napping, a quick afternoon float session can restore your energy and give you the boost to get through the rest of the day with alertness and proficiency. 

  3. After Work Float - This is probably the most preferred time to float because it helps you relax after a stressful day of work. And because you have nowhere else to be, you can spend the most time in the tank at this point in the day.

  4. Stressed-Out Float - Sometimes life just becomes too much and we feel anxious, stressed out and overwhelmed. This can be one of the best times to float because it will instantly relax you and settle your mind. Often times, when we are too busy to float, that is when we need it the most. And even just 30 minutes in the tank will improve your well-being and productivity.  

 How long should I float?

  1. 30 minutes - depending on when you float and how often you float, 30 minutes might be all the time you have and all the time you need. If you float as part of your morning routine or during your lunch break, 30 minutes is a quick way to calm the mind, de-stress and refocus

  2. 60 minutes - One hour is usually recommended to those who are new to floating. It gives enough time to relax and find a deep meditation without feeling too long.

  3. 90 minutes or longer - Going for 90 minutes or longer can take you into a very deep meditative experience, if you are willing and ready. Usually recommended for experienced floaters or those suffering from pain. Alternatively, if you only float once a week taking more time in the tent can be bring you more benefit.   

What it comes down to is choosing a time that best suits your needs, which may take some experimenting. Email us at info@zenfloatco.com if you have questions other ways you like to float.  


About the author: 

My name's Monique! I recently graduated from college and am currently a yoga instructor who will complete a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in August 2017. I also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most kickass life. 

Posted on June 22, 2017 .

New Filtration System Q&A

As of May 2017 all of our Float Tents will have a new filtration system. This new pump will have one high-powered, 1,700 Gallons per hour (6,500 liters) pump, which will be replacing the previous 2 pump system. The goal was to work out any kinks we were having with the the old filtration system and deliver a more proficient product to our customers. 

This outlines the water flow of the new High-Powered Single Pump Filtration System

This outlines the water flow of the new High-Powered Single Pump Filtration System

To answer any initial questions we put together this Q & A style post:

  1. Why did we make the change? 

    We have always been searching for the highest powered submersible pump available. We learned early on that over-kill on pumps and cleaning is the way to go. Why not have the extra power? 
     
  2. How much difference will it make? 

    The previous pumps were about 500 gallons per hour, making a total of 1,000 gallons an hour. With our new single pump it's about 1,700 gallons per hour, so almost double powered. 
     
  3. Why submersible? 

    Since our goal is home floating we always keep space in mind. By having submersible pumps it cuts down the footprint of owning a tank. In may situations there is barely room for the tank as is, so adding an external pump would be too much. 
     
  4. Any change to the hoses? 

    YES! We switched to a PTFE hose which basically eliminates bacteria. This is because at a micro level there are no grooves for bacteria to grow. 
     
  5. Why is the pump at the front of the tank now? 

    We decided to move the pumps to the front for easier access through the door. The water is still sent down a tube to the other end of the tank, creating total water circulation.
     
  6. What's the "T" connector in the pipe for? 
    This adds an outlet for the water to jet out of, creating water movement. Water movement helps cleaning by mixing the surface water in. When the water is moving and mixing it can all go through the submersible pump and be cleaned. 
     
  7. Will the new filtration design work with old filter bags? 

    Yes. All filter bags still work with the new design. This is great if you're thinking about upgrading. 

 

I will say our new filtration system is OBVIOUSLY more powerful. You can see the water movement and the water looks fresher, faster. If you have any other questions, please email us at info@zenfloatco.com, and we'll add them to this blog.

 

Sharing our Favorite Books on Meditation and Wellness

For last week’s Facebook live we listed our favorite self-help and meditation books. We cover everything from creating habits to finding your path to living courageously + authentically.

Click the play button to watch + listen now. Plus, leave a comment and be entered to win our personal favorite book, The Float Tank Cure by Shane Stott.

Here is the list of books we mention: 

  1. The Compound Effect - Darren Hardy
  2. The Miracle Morning - Hal Elrod
  3. The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  4. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  5. The Better Angels of Our Nature - Steven Pinker
  6. The Yamas & Niyamas - Deborah Adele
  7. Daring Greatly - Brené Brown
  8. Wherever You Go, There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn
  9. Joe Rogan Video on Floating
  10. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

We'd love to hear what other books you like. Happy reading! 


About the Author: Monique Morrison recently graduated from college and is currently a yoga instructor who will complete a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in August 2017. She also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most kickass life. 

Posted on June 5, 2017 and filed under Health & Wellness.

5 Ways to Keep Your Zen While Traveling

It’s officially summer-time, which means lots of sunshine, lots of adventures and lots of traveling. Though traveling is amazing and opens us up to new experiences, a lot of anxiety can come up during a vacation. We can become stressed about travel plans, packing and where we will be staying. Traveling also puts us out of our routine and throws us into a completely foreign environment which can bring up anxiety as well. To help you stay calm and centered during your vacations, here are 5 ways to keep your zen while traveling:

  1. Plan a float before your trip

    To help start your trip calm and centered, plan a float session just before you leave. This will get you into the zen mindset, relax your mind and your body and prepare you for anything that may come up.
  2. Meditate

    During your travel time and while on your vacation, take time to meditate. This can be especially important to do as soon as you arrive at your destination so you can get yourself grounded in this new environment. Meditating will help calm your system and make apparent any underlying issues that are causing anxiety.    

  3. Looking up float centers

    If you have the time and want to find a deep meditation on your trip, you can look into visiting a local float center. Floating is becoming more and more widespread and most major cities have a floating center. This is also fun because it introduces you to locals that have similar interests and connects you with the community.    

  4. Journal

    Journaling is a helpful tool to reducing anxiety, in addition to meditating and floating. Journaling is very releasing and expressive, because it takes worries out of your mind and onto paper. By having to write through your anxiety, you may be able to identify a root cause of your nerves or come to a solution about how to fix it.      

  5. Float when you get home

    To decompress from your trip and avoid being overwhelmed when you get back to “real life”, schedule a float for when you get home. This will help you reground and get back into your daily routine.

 Being mindful and aware of any travel anxiety is one step closer to enjoying your vacation. By listening to what you need and taking proactive steps, you are setting yourself up for success.


About the Author: Monique Morrison recently graduated from college and is currently a yoga instructor who will complete a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in August 2017. She also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most kickass life. 

Posted on June 1, 2017 and filed under Floating Tips & Tricks, Health & Wellness.

6 Steps to Overcoming Claustrophobia and Enjoying Your First Float

When I tell people about floating I get one of two responses. One is people have no idea what I'm talking about.. Or, people immediately respond with, “I could never float, I’m claustrophobic”.

While that may be a true statement, claustrophobia should not deter you from floating. You may feel nervous in tight spaces and the first few times you float might be uncomfortable, but there are ways to overcome this and enjoy your first float.

Floating relieves anxiety, heals pain and will help you overcome fears. This first few times may be a little uncomfortable, but the more your float, the more comfortable you will become. And we are here to help you move through that initial fear.  

Here are 6 steps to overcome claustrophobia so you can enjoy your first float:

  1. Crack the tank door

    Being in total darkness can feel confining, overwhelming and disorienting, at first. And not being able to see anything (aka the door), you might feel trapped, like you won’t be able to get out. Leaving the door cracked so you can see where it is, will reassure your mind that you are not trapped and that there is a way to out.  
  2. Leave the light on

    Some float tanks have lights inside them. If you happen to be floating in this type of tank, you can leave the light on the entire float. While this may not be “sensory deprivation”, being able to see where you are can help you relax and feel comfortable in the tank, until you are able to turn it off.

  3. Place your hands on the wall

    To help orient yourself and trust that you are okay, you can stretch your hands out to the edges of the tank or lift them above your head, touching the walls. Being able to feel where you are in space can help you feel more grounded and calm inside the tank.

  4. Focus on breathing

    Floating is about meditation and calming your mind. When your thoughts or fears start to take over, come back to your breathing. Inhale for five counts and exhale for five counts. Focusing all of your attention on your breath will get your mind out of fear, help you relax, and propel you into a deeper meditation.

  5. Take a hot, pre-float shower

    Because you do shower and rinse off before any float — for sanitary reasons — use this time to calm down, relax and get in the right headspace before your float. Many of us rush through this step, because we are so eager to start floating. Instead, use this time to meditate. The warm water will help your body relax and intentionally calming yourself will relax your mind.  

  6. YOU ARE IN CONTROL

    This is perhaps the most important “step”. There is no right way to float. If you can’t go the entire time, step out. If you want a light, shine the brightest one you can find! Remember that you are in complete control in the tank, and you can do whatever feels right.

Use these tips and let us know how your first float goes at info@zenfloatco.com. Can’t wait to hear your stories!

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About the Author: Monique Morrison recently graduated from college and is currently a yoga instructor who will complete a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in August 2017. She also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most kickass life. 

Posted on May 18, 2017 and filed under Floating Tips & Tricks.

Try Floating 3 Times, And Then Tell Me You Still Don’t Like It

I remember the first time I heard about floating. My brother described it to me by saying, “You lie in a giant bath tub and you can’t hear or see anything — it’s great!” ...Huh??

I thought he was crazy. In no universe did that sound enticing. Fast forward a few years and now my brother is running Zen Float Co. — an entire business developed around making float tanks. How is this working? Why do people like it so much they are willing to buy their own float tank? Still confused at why people enjoy this alien activity, I thought maybe I should try it.

Let me pause here for a moment and tell you a little bit about myself. I recently graduated from college and am working as a part-time yoga instructor. While I was in college, I had your typical existential crisis and was endlessly searching for my “purpose”. That is when I found yoga. It was a meditation that allowed me to look inward in a way that I never knew how to do. It built my confidence and developed a trust in myself, showing me that I do know what I want in life.

Why is this important? Because I thought I already had it figured out. My mental game was strong, I knew how to meditate and my anxiety was under control. I didn’t think I needed to float, I didn’t think it would bring me anything new. But considering my brother is a floating guru, I was urged to try it.  

So here I go, about to float for the first time. And I should mention — my brother made me promise him I would try it at least 3 times before I made up my mind about it. I rolled my eyes at him, “yeah, yeah, floating 1 time versus 3 times won’t make any difference, but sure”.  

So there I was, standing in the float spa, ready to go. Calming music played overhead, it smelled like essential oils, and the room felt peaceful and inviting. I was starting to like this place - it reminded me of being in an actual spa. So I stepped inside the tank and the water felt good. But then I shut the tank door. The light and music disappeared, I was left floating in this dark abyss, and I completely lost my mind. I became so disoriented, it felt like I was spinning and spinning and spinning in circles. Feeling trapped and lost, not knowing where the door to get out was, I felt the onset of a mini-panic attack. Quickly, I jumped out of the tank, my mind racing, I stared back at it trying to get my bearings.

After a few long, deep breaths, I regrouped and climbed back in the tank — this time leaving the door wide open. With the door open I could orient myself and got more comfortable in the tank, but I never got into any type of meditation.

Finally, my first float was over. I left feeling so angry and frustrated. Why wasn’t I able to relax? How is sitting in a dark, claustrophobic pod good for anxiety? I didn’t understand it, I didn’t connect with it, and I simply decided I didn’t like it.

I thought about the promise I made to my brother — I will go three times before I make up my mind about it. So I showed up to float a second time. I tried to keep an open mind, but was very reluctant to go as I remembered how scary it was the first time. I  thought to myself, “just get three floats out of the way and then you can be done”.

I climbed inside the float tank and didn’t even attempt to shut the door. I left it cracked, so only a little bit of light was shining through. And though it was a lot darker this time, I wasn’t completely disoriented. My body was able to relax and slowly my mind followed. I was able to get into somewhat of a meditation, but nothing profound happened, my life wasn’t changed. The float was over and I didn’t leave feeling completely discouraged. I just felt calm and pretty indifferent about floating.  

So now it’s my last time having to go. I was both excited to try it again and anxious to get it over with it. As soon as I stepped into the water, I knew it was going to be different. I felt instantly calm. I was immediately relaxed and all of my anxieties and stressors so easily melted away. I shut the door completely, so no light was getting in — and no disorientation! With all the noise and light that usually distracts me gone, I drifted off into another world. I got into the deepest meditation I have ever been in.

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I lost all track of time and don’t remember what happened between the moment I first stepped in and the moment I got out. It almost felt as if I was sleeping, yet I was fully aware and in tune. I didn’t feel any sensation, in my body or my mind. All of my worries and my thoughts disappeared. I was completely free — free of pain, free of doubt, free of worry, free of fear. And afterwards, I felt so light. I walked out of the building like I was walking on clouds. I was glowing and beaming, feeling so much joy within myself.

Now I understand why my brother made me promise to try it at least 3 times. Removing all of our senses that usually distract us from what is really going on inside can be scary. As all your thoughts and pains release, emotion comes up and it can be terrifying to become aware. But slowly, you get used to darkness and the quiet, and eventually you crave time that is free of all sensation.

To this day, I still float. It gets me into a meditation state that I am unable to access in any other circumstance - even when I am practicing yoga. My body feels better, my mind is lighter and I can think more clearly. It is amazing what you can achieve in one session of floating compared to hours spent on other forms of meditation. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t like you’re first time. And, from the wise words of my brother, promise me you’ll try it three times before making up your mind.  

 

 

Behind The Author:

My name's Monique! I recently graduated from college and am currently a yoga instructor who will complete a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in August 2017. I also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most badass life. 

Stephen Curry Teams Up With Kaiser Permanente To Promote Mental Health

How does an athlete such as Stephen Curry, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, cope with the stress of preparing for another championship? 

No doubt, it has a lot to do with the mental game, and he shares more about it in a new campaign that he created in partnership with Kaiser Permanente,  

As you'll see in the videos below, a big part of the campaign promotes Curry's use of a float tank. The first video of the campaign gives viewers a look into how Curry uses the sensory deprivation tank to calm his mind, focus, and visualize what's to come on the basketball court.

The campaign then follows with a set of Q&A style videos where Curry dives in deeper into training the mind, the benefits of floating, as well as the pressures and expectations he deals with as a professional athlete. 

Essentially the message is that life gets difficult but there are always things you can do to overcome it, and it all starts with training your mind. Hear below why Curry thinks that sensory deprivation is one of the best ways to do just that.

What did you think of these videos? Do you think this is an effective campaign to promote floating and mental health? 

 

Dive In With Dann - Questions With A Zen Float Tent Owner

For this week's Facebook Live we decided to bring on our first ever guest to the show. Get ready to learn about Dann, a Zen Float Tent owner and avid floater from Philadelphia. 

In this video we ask Dann about how he got into floating, his practice, Dann's struggle with anxiety and how floating plays a role in his health and wellness routine. 

Click the play button below to watch and listen now.

Dann is a single father, UX design director, DJ, digital artist, and sensory deprivation enthusiast. You can learn more about him by following him on Instagram @djdannd

Posted on April 13, 2017 and filed under Behind the Scenes, Health & Wellness.

Success Stories: How One Man With PTSD Found Hope Through Floating

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when a traumatic event is experienced in someone’s life. It can cause uncontrollable thoughts, extreme anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, and memory loss, which often last for years if left untreated.

It’s estimated that 7.7 million Americans age 18 and older suffer from PTSD. Today we’re going to tell you about one of them.

Michael Harding is an Australian veteran whose journey started in 2010 at the age of 21 when he was deployed to Afghanistan with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment. During his tour, Michael was involved in a firefight that lasted three and a half hours and resulted in the death of his section second-in-command.

Immediately after that Michael began experiencing full body muscular twitches. He was evacuated and diagnosed with Conversion Disorder, a form of PTSD with functional neurological symptoms. After being medically discharged in 2012, Michael returned home to his wife Bek a changed man.

Back at home, Michael started receiving treatment from veterans’ services that included exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a number of different medications.

“They only exacerbated everything,” Michael says. “Made my condition worse. The medication suppressed everything, and because I couldn't really feel anything emotionally, I was a zombie and wouldn't get out of bed before twelve.”

Frustrated and feeling hopeless, Michael then turned to alcohol. “I was just a mess,” he says, consuming up to a 750ml bottle of alcohol each day. Eventually Bek suggested that he needed to try something different and that’s when they started looking into alternatives.

The first real change they made had to do with nutrition. Since being discharged Michael had gained over 80lbs between the medications and alcohol. They started with a juice cleanse and during that time Michael was able to lose about 30lbs off the bat.

After the initial cleanse, they continued focusing on eating a plant-based, whole-food diet. They also tried medical cannabis, which is illegal in Australia, but they were willing to try anything and had read the studies being done in the United States about positive impacts.

A healthier diet combined with exercise inspired Michael to finally get off all medication. But as Michael describes it at this point, “things were alright.” He was still having a lot of night sweats and nightmares, and his twitches would still occur. He also had a lot of social anxiety.  

“It wasn’t until we stopped the with medication we started dealing with PTSD and Conversion disorder for what it really was,” says Bek. “The med’s suppress everything and they don’t allow you to work anything out at all. They just numb you out. Basically, it’s an unsustainable life. You can’t live like that or experience happiness when you’re on as many meds as Michael was on.”

During this time Michael also returned to his job, but he only lasted four months. No one else would hire him. He avoided large crowds and even family gatherings. He disconnected from his civilian friends, and most of his Army buddies didn’t understand what he was going through—although sadly, a few of them later learned firsthand as they had their own experiences with PTSD.

Bek continued to research alternative therapies online until finally one day she came across a video of Joe Rogan, former host of Fear Factor, talking about floating. She watched a few more videos and although she couldn’t find much research to support it at the time, she knew floating would be great for PTSD as well.

Michael on the other hand was was tough to convince. “I honestly thought it was going to be a waste of money,” he says. But for the next 6 months Bek slowly brought up the idea and after agreeing to pay for the float, she finally got Michael to agree to go.

At this point, he was only one week away from having to speak at a fundraiser for an event he had helped organize, so his symptoms were worsening with his stress levels. Bek and Michael traveled over an hour to visit the nearest float center and planned to do three sessions in one week as suggested by the technician at the center.

After just one hour in the tank, it was clear that Michael was hooked. “I hopped out feeling on top of the world” With a big grin on his face, he turned to give Bek a kiss and said, “Let’s book the next two sessions!”

His third session was on Friday, the day of the fundraiser. “I still had a lot of anxiety because it was probably about 150-odd people at the event, but it was a lot more maintainable. I was able to participate and help coordinate people.”

Our cofounder Shane with Michael and Bek at the 2016 Float Conference in Portland, Oregon

Our cofounder Shane with Michael and Bek at the 2016 Float Conference in Portland, Oregon

During the Fundraiser Bek spent her time talking with veterans and attendees, telling them about their successes with natural and alternative therapies for PTSD. As she was explaining their newest adventure with floating to a friend, she heard something that brought tears to her eyes.

Michael was speaking at the fundraiser. Into a microphone. In front of 150 people.

“I instantly burst into tears,” Bek says. “It was the biggest turnaround because I honestly thought during the week that he wasn't even going to be able to make it to the event. He was that worked up and stressed out, and a lot of his symptoms had returned. So then to hear him get up and talk on the microphone, I balled my eyes out. It was even bigger and better than what I ever imagined. It was incredible.”

Both Bek and Michael spent the next months floating twice a week until they eventually purchased a reconditioned tank and set it up at home so they could float as often as they like.

Today, Michael is an advocate for the use of Integrative Therapies in the treatment of PTSD and other mental health issues. He also serves as a mentor in Trojan’s Trek, a peer-to-peer rehab program for veterans in South Australia, and speaks publicly as an active member in other ex-service organizations and charities.

Through the combination of a regular floating habit along with healthing eating, exercise, meditation, yoga, medical cannabis, positive affirmations, and peer-to-peer-rehabilitation, Michael has finally found his way back to a life that he loves.

 

Michael and Bek were also speakers at the 2016 Float Conference held annually in Portland Oregon. Check out the video below to hear more of his story first-hand:

 

Zen Float Co is proud to support Veterans and offers a 20% discount off of a home Float Tent purchase. To learn more information about our special pricing for Veterans please click here. 

 


 

Flotation Therapy For Rehabilitation and Managing Pain from a Broken Hip

Flotation therapy (also known as “floating”) is an amazing way of achieving the deepest relaxation and is now becoming recognized as an alternative way to manage pain following a hip fracture.

The experience of floating removes stimuli and reduces sensory input. The air and water are warmed to the exact temperature of the skin, making it possible to lose all sense of the body's external boundaries. With almost nothing to see, hear or feel - an hour in a flotation tank produces a deeply relaxed state, similar to the effects and benefits of meditation. In the gravity-reduced environment, the body is allowed to decompress, especially throughout the joints and the spinal column. As a result of the senses being rested, this process is extremely balancing and healing for those experiencing hip problems.

Rehabilitation

Flotation therapy has been known to successfully speed up rehabilitation and recovery by helping people to reach peak physical performance. Benefits include recuperation, rejuvenation and injury rehabilitation. For example, the floating effect loosens strained muscles and allows the irritated bones and joints after an operation to be immobilized, therefore, speeding up the healing process by encouraging more rapid healing.

Pain Relief

As floating aids blood circulation, it aids in relieving injuries and aches such as back pain and arthritis. Pain reduction is one of the most beneficial aspects of floating.  For example, for senior patients who have experienced the pain of a fractured hip, the effect of sensory deprivation reduces the stimulation of the nervous system enormously. This leads to larger endorphin production in the brain, resulting in a subjectively lower sensation of pain. Many users report a significant decrease in pain levels after just one float and a Swedish paper, ‘Social Behavior and Personality: an International Journey’ (Bood, Sundequist et al) found that as few as twelve sessions may be enough to notice a considerable difference in pain relief.

Flotation Therapy for the Elderly

Many elderly patients with chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis have reported that not only does floating leave them feeling in a blissful state, it also reduces pain and stiffness, helping them to remain more mobile.

Due to weakening bones and the onset of medical issues such as osteoporosis in senior citizens, the dangers of fractured hips in the elderly increase with age. Flotation therapy has successfully been used for the rehabilitation of the elderly who have sustained a hip fracture.

Flotation therapy is suitable for all ages - especially the elderly who at times, benefit more from less invasive treatments with fewer side effects. It promotes general well-being and provides many other mental and physical benefits.

 

Interested in learning more about the benefits of floatation therapy and how it can help manage pain? Start by signing up for our FREE Float 101 Email Course. 

 

Article written by: Jess Walter, Freelance Writer.

Jess is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.

[Video] - Watch Us Fully Assemble A Float Tank In Less Than One Hour

Most people don't believe that the Zen Float Tent comes in a box. 

What does that mean for you? No movers. No awkward angles up the stairs. No professional installation needed. 

Another thing that a lot of people don't believe is that the entire tank can be assembled in less than an hour. So for this Facebook Live video we're showing you exactly how it can be done. 

Click the play button below to watch us fully assemble a float tank in about 45 minutes: 

Posted on March 14, 2017 and filed under Zen Float Tent Resources.

Ready To Quit Smoking or Drinking? How Floating Can Help

The relaxing benefits and physical relief that can be achieved by floating is well known but did you know that floating can also be used as a therapy treatment for drug and alcohol addiction?

In fact, studies have proven REST to be very effective in helping individuals stop smoking. This is because when you float your brain produces theta waves, usually produced when someone is sleeping. And when you float your brain can access the theta state for a much longer period of time, which allows longer access to the deeper parts of your subconscious mind where addictions take root. 

Beyond that, floating also promotes the release of endorphins in the body which regulate your mood and creates the feelings of joy and happiness commonly associated with drug and alcohol effects. The feeling that you're left with is a natural high that is hard to achieve anywhere else. 

Now you might be thinking, "This sounds crazy! Are you really telling me floating can help me break my drug or alcohol addiction?"

While we can't guarantee anything and say, Yes 100% it will, we can speak for one of our float family members who it did, Elbert Hartman.

Elbert tell us, "Since I began floating, I have lost over twenty-five pounds, resumed my long lost yoga practice and quit drinking alcohol completely. My life has become extraordinary and I know that floating has played an instrumental part in allowing this to manifest within me."

Another one of our float family members, Ryan Lawson, says "Since owning a float tank I have made a breakthrough in my relationship with my wife. I also have been cutting my alcohol drinking tremendously. I don't even keep alcohol in the home anymore, its more of a social thing. No more bars either. We are saving so much money! I also quit an 18 year drug addiction!"

So as you can see, for some people, floating can be extremely helpful in not only breaking an addiction but helping to improve all other aspects of life!

Controlled studies have also shown that 25% of people who underwent REST therapy ended up quitting smoking and remained free of nicotine for up to five years. Plus, REST therapy combined with various other techniques like weekly support groups showed that 80% of study participants were smoke free for at least a year and a half. 

In order to benefit the most from floating sessions should take place on a fairly regular basis, allowing your body and mind a chance to replace cravings and anxiety with feelings of relaxation and peace. You can start by going once a week or more, depending on how you feel and how often cravings start to sink in. 

When used properly, float tanks can be an effective and safe treatment that anyone who wishes to break an addiction can try and benefit from. You never know how one float session just may change your whole life. 

 

Feeling inspired to schedule your first float session? Check out our friends at FloatationLocations.com to find a local center near you!

 

Posted on March 7, 2017 and filed under Floating Benefits.

[Video] - Unboxing The Worlds Only Affordable Home Float Tank

During one of our Wednesday Facebook Live Videos we thought it would be cool to unbox a Zen Float Tent, so you can see first-hand exactly what you'll get when you decide to invest in one of our home float tanks.

If you have any questions that weren't answered in this video, feel free to leave it in the comments below and we will get back to you with an answer ASAP. Click the play button below to watch now:

Posted on February 20, 2017 and filed under Zen Float Tent Resources, Behind the Scenes.

Don't Have Space For a Float Tank At Home? Here 5 Creative Ways To Make The Most Of Small Spaces

For some people 60 minutes at a float center just isn't enough. The thought of being able to float whenever you want, for as long as you want, and as often as you want, sounds like heaven and the only thing you can think about is whether to buy or build your own float tank so you can float from the peace of your home. 

Years ago the main issue would have been affordability, but luckily the Zen Float Tent has changed the game and made it possible for a lot more people. Even if you can afford it though, you've probably thought, "Where the heck would I even put a float tank?"

Obviously, the ideal location is in a spare bedroom or somewhere indoors near a shower but if you don't have this luxury almost any indoor space will work.Over the years we've seen our customers come up with some pretty innovative ideas, so we thought we'd share a few of them in this post. 

 

 

1. Your Unfinished Basement

No need to overhaul your unfinished basement when you can easily turn it into your private float room instead. Basements make good float rooms because they are usually more quiet than the rest of the house and away from the noise of street traffic.  

We highly recommend insulating underneath the tent if the area has cement or hardwood flooring. We'd also recommend the use of a space heater, especially in the winter when it gets cold since the ideal float room temperature is 70-78 degrees. 

 

2. Your Home Office

It may seem counter-productive to have a float tank in your home office but it can actually be a really good idea for a few reasons. For one, floating enhances creativity so it may help you when you're feeling stuck or have writers block. Floating also boosts your energy levels and improves your focus.  

 

3. The Garage

Garages can make excellent float rooms if you live somewhere tropical that doesn't get too cold in the winter. Many of our customers in California and Florida tend to go with an option like this. Again, we suggest keeping a space heater on hand for those colder temperature days. (And don't forget towels out there, too!) 

 

4. Your Kitchen

Let's just say we've seen it done. 

 

 

5. Your Bedroom

So you may not have an entire spare room but that doesn't have to count out your bedroom. On the bright side, with your tank in such close quarters you won't have a hard time remembering to hop inside often. 

The other upside is most bedrooms are connected to or near a bathroom so you can easily go from the tank to your shower and vice versa. 

 

These are just a few ideas to help you make the most of any small space that don't involve remodeling your entire home or getting rid of your precious man cave. But as you can see, with a little creativity even a dull garage can be transformed into a relaxing oasis. 

 

Ready To Make Your Dream Of Owning A Float Tank A Reality? 

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Posted on February 7, 2017 and filed under Zen Float Tent Resources.

3 Steps To Take Back Control When You're Feeling Overwhelmed and Overloaded

Today’s world offers countless conveniences, but sometimes all they seem to do is create more distractions, more stress, and less time for what really matters. We are over-connected and overloaded. With just one click of a button I can find out what my best friend from seventh grade had for lunch or how my mom’s cousin is treating her son’s skateboarding injury.

The opportunity to connect with loved ones is wonderful. The distraction that too much information causes in our lives is beyond ridiculous.

In 2010, CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, told crowds at Techonomy Conference that we create as much information in two days as we did from the dawn of man through 2003. The even scarier part is that rate is only accelerating.

Every day, it’s important to spend time working to intentionally shut out distractions so we can find peace of mind and focus on ourselves.  Here are some tips to get you started:

 

1. Have Confidence To Step Away From Your Devices

Because of cell phones and tablets everyone you know—and most of the people you have ever known—have access to you in some way, no matter where you are. Do you realize how many potential distractions and stresses that can create?

Think about it: Every time you stop to check the latest notification, how long does it take you to get back into the focused zone you just abandoned? Do you find yourself getting up for a snack, deciding to check email, or starting an entirely new task?

After you get back from your break or work your way back into the zone, tally how much time you’re actually spending on that interruption—is it five, ten, fifteen minutes? Just to check your phone. Or answer a question that could have waited until the next meeting.

Intake overload is inescapable unless you have the confidence to step away from your devices and disappoint a few people.

 

2. Set “Office Hours” that your family, friends, coworkers, and clients can reach you at

It’s okay to not be available 24-hours a day.

Your smartphone should have a feature that allows you to either put your phone in a do not disturb mode (iPhone) or blocking mode (Android) to reduce the number of interruptions you receive via phone and text messaging. You can also select to turn off notifications from certain apps.

These options won’t work for every person, but it's highly recommend that you at least take advantage of this option for social networks. Do you really need to know right away if someone “likes” the picture of your dog? You can still find out this information, but if you turn off notifications, you’ll be checking your networks on your own time frame and not someone else’s. Give some thought to the kind of interruptions that are worth spending valuable time on every day.

 

3. Use your free time to Relax, Recharge, and Rejuvenate

Many people underestimate just how valuable relaxation is to their well-being. In many ways, our society has tabooed relaxation. Most Americans have a certain degree of guilt when it comes to doing nothing.

Many people underestimate just how valuable relaxation is to their well-being. In many ways, our society has tabooed relaxation. Most Americans have a certain degree of guilt when it comes to doing nothing.
— Shane Stott

We know days of doing nothing feel great. We know a weekend with no plans revives us. And we know a vacation can make us feel alive and happy in the face of high levels of stress. Yet nobody seems to make relaxation a priority.

To really put relaxation as a priority in your life, you need to first pay attention and realize just how valuable it is. Next time you relax, watch what it does to you and make a mental note. The next time you have a relaxing weekend, journal about it. The next time you're flying home from a trip, spend the flight contemplating how you feel and why.

Then put those observations into action and make a point to schedule relaxation into your day, your week, and your month. Rather than allowing yourself to run from one thing to the next, always saying yes and never determining what’s really best for you, make sure to intentionally schedule down time.



In conclusion, external demands and distractions are only as stressful as you allow them to be. Take control of your schedule and your time, and you will probably find that some of your peace of mind naturally returns.

 

Snippets of this blog post were taken from the The Float Tank Cure: Free Yourself of Stress, Anxiety, and Pain the Natural Way. Click here to claim your FREE copy today. *While supplies last!

Posted on January 10, 2017 and filed under Health & Wellness.

[Video] - Why We Created the Ultimate Package

We recently rolled out a new offer to our customers that we like to call the Ultimate Package.  We're extremely excited to be able to offer this package to our customers in the Lower 48 United States because not only does it make the whole process of getting started with a home floating practice easier and more convenient, it makes it more affordable too! (Yes, Christmas came early this year!)

Before we created the Ultimate Package, buying a Float Tent and epsom salt and all of the other supplies you need to get started was kind of a pain in the rear. And we get that when you're ready to finally take the leap and buy a float tank for your home, the last thing you want is to have to scavenger hunt the internet for all the necessary supplies, costs, etc. 

To make your life easier, we've come up with a solution to this problem and we believe that the Ultimate Package is that solution. 

So what exactly is the Ultimate Package? We're glad you asked. 

The Ultimate Package includes everything you need to float at home for the first year, including a Float Tent, 1 Pallet of Epsom Salt, Supplies to get started, and Shipping/Handling. So the price you see is the price you get! There are absolutely no hidden fees or costs. 

Now we have to be honest, when we say "everything you need to float at home for the first year" we mean we got all the big items covered for you. You will still need to buy Hydrogen Peroxide to clean the water but it's fairly inexpensive and can be found at Walmart or on Amazon. 

We still haven't mentioned the best part about this package though. With all of the added bonuses , it includes over $350+ in Savings! Plus, we offer financing and the Veterans discount can still apply to this deal too. 

With that said, we thought it would be fun to create a Facebook Live video to show you exactly what comes in this package and why we created it. You can catch the full replay by clicking the "play" button below. (Please note: we had a technical glitch towards the end of the first video, so that's why there are two videos)

Keep in mind, this video was created live but if you have any other questions that aren't covered in this video you can leave a comment on this Facebook Video or this blog post and we'll make sure to get back to you. 

 
Posted on December 15, 2016 .