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.

Now Reserving Zen Float Tents For May Delivery

Due to high demand, Zen Float Tents are currently out of stock! 

This is a good problem we have. It means more people are realizing the benefits of floating. They also want to do it with a low budget monetarily as well as time needed and also being able to do this privately in the comfort of their home. The Zen Float Tent has become a No Brainer!

More inventory is on its way to us from where we produce the tents. However, due to demand we anticipate every single unit that arrives in May to be shipped to its new owner. We are still taking orders and have a Reservation list that is already filling up at a pace that looks like will be entirely reserved before our next batch arrives! 

With the finite number of tents arriving in May will be shipped on a first come first serve basis. Once May's list is full we will begin taking reservations for the next set of inventory expected to arrive in August. 

We are investing heavily in our production line to be able to keep pace with demand. For now and the foreseeable future, we are encouraging our customers reserve their Zen Float Tent by placing their order NOW to avoid an even longer wait for delivery.  

For those of you who may still be on the fence and want more details or even if you just want to learn more about floating with no strings attached. We invite you to visit the resources page of our website by clicking here: http://www.zenfloatco.com/floating-resources/

At any point you can submit your info on this page to arrange for a Float Specialist here at Zen call to do a consultation with you at your convenience!

Whom ever said good things only come to those who wait, was right which is why we encourage you to claim your Tent by ordering today which will get Your Zen Float Tent Reserved and shipped in May which as of now we still have a units waiting for you to reserve them!

Good things do come to those that wait, but why wait longer than May?!  

 

Posted on March 4, 2017 and filed under Zen Float Tent Resources.

[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 at 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, you've probably though, "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.  You'll just want to make sure to insulate 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 a 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. 

 

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. 

 

Grab a Free copy of our simple and printable guide that takes you through every stop of shopping for a home float tank! 

 
 
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 .

From 1st Float to 10th Float - What Happens Once You Begin To Create a Regular Practice

Just like leather or wine, some things only get better over time. And we'd like to think that floating is one of those things too.

However, for a lot of people, floating is something they only try once or twice before they automatically throw into the "it just wasn't for me" category and really give it a fair chance. Or they wait months and months inbetween float sessions so it's hard to really feel the mental, physical, or spiritual benefits.

But if you're willing to get past the initial float jitters and can make the commitment to go weekly or monthly, not only will you see a huge change in your health but you will see a huge change in your every day life too! To keep you motivated as you start down this journey, here's a list of some benefits that you'll start to experience as you float at home or at your local center:

 

1. You're able to let go right away

We always preach that if you're going to give floating a fair shot you have to try it at least three times. This is because for most people it usually takes the first couple of sessions to get past the initial frustration of bumping into the walls, fully relaxing your muscles, and truly quieting your mind. But by your 4th or 5th float, it's usually much easier to hop in and immediately tune out. And this is when the magic really starts to happen! 

 

2. You discover your floating habit

Because we all float for different reasons it's hard to say exactly when someone should float and how often. However, the more you float, the quicker you'll discover what type of routine works best for you. Night floating vs morning floating. 60 minute sessions vs 90 minute sessions. Weekly vs Monthly. 

>>Learn more about finding your float habit by reserving a spot in our FREE Float 101 Course today! <<

 

3. Meditation becomes easier and more powerful

Many people find meditation frustrating because they don't know if they're doing it right or they just have a hard time quieting their mind for a long period of time. But the nice thing about float tanks is that they create the perfect meditation environment and are designed to help induce deep meditative states. Therefore, floating not only complements your meditation practice but it enhances it too. 

 

4. Time doesn't matter as much

Once you've floated a good handful of times and are comfortable with letting go right away, the actual time inside the tank becomes of less importance and each float session becomes more about going with what feels right. 

 

5. You become more in tune with your body and mind

Developing a regular floating routine is one of the best self-help practices you could incorporate into your life as it helps you become more in tune with your mind-body connection. From the second you lie down in the water, you can feel the areas where you hold the most tension or can recognize the thoughts that seem to be reoccurring the most so you can begin to work through them.  

 

6. You begin to see changes in your personal life too

When you practice operating from a calmer, less stressed state of mind, everything in your life also becomes calmer and less stressful. Your mood is better, relationships begin to improve, and things that once got you worked up and upset now have no effect on you. 

 

Think owning a float tank may be right for you? Floating at home is the best way to commit to a regular float practice and it can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year!

Download this guide below to see if buying a float tank makes sense for you...

 

Are you an experienced floater? Share how floating has changed your health or life with us in the comments below!

 

 

Posted on December 12, 2016 and filed under Floating Benefits, Floating Philosophy.

5 Costs to Consider Before You Buy a Float Tank

Whether you've been floating for years or just heard about it recently and have only experienced it one or two times, it's pretty easy to become hooked on that post-float feeling after you get out of the tank. Your mind is calm and quiet, your skin is softer, your body feels almost reborn again, and every ounce of stress, pain, or tension you were once feeling is now completely non-existent. Sound familiar? 

So now you've only got one of two options. Pay to visit a float center in your area (if you happen to even live near one) or really take your float practice to the next level by buying a float tank for your home. 

Buying a float tank is sort of like buying a car. You don't just buy a car and then never put another dime into it again. You have to pay for gas, regular oil changes, monthly insurance and every so often you're required to invest in a new set of tires or brakes. However, we typically justify paying these costs because of the convenience of having your own car as opposed to taking public transportation or the freedom that having your own car gives you to go where you want and drive yourself or whomever you please. 

The same concept applies to buying a float tank. At first you might think, "Wow, isn't this a huge investment just for my health and well-being?" but in the long run, owning your very own float tank also gives you the ability to float whenever at your convenience. 

As you begin the hunt for the perfect float tank, it's important to consider your budget and the real costs that go into becoming a float tank owner. Below are the five main costs to be aware of before you can set your budget and start the processing of choosing your perfect float tank for your home setting.

Ready to learn ALL of the considerations that go into buying a float tank? Access your FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Float Tank by clicking below and take the next step in your health and wellness journey. 

Ready to learn ALL of the considerations that go into buying a float tank? Access your FREE copy of The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Float Tank by clicking below and take the next step in your health and wellness journey. 

 

Five costs to consider before you shop for a float tank

1. The cost of the float tank itself 

This is the most obvious cost to consider when searching for a sensory deprivation tank but it can also be the biggest cost difference depending on what type of tank you choose. Most float tank manufacturers should offer pricing right on their website but some may require you to fill out a form with your name and email. 

Expect to pay anywhere from $1,850 to $30,000+ depending on the model you choose. 

 

2. The cost to ship the float tank to your home 

Usually when it comes to this cost you will have to contact the float tank manufacturer directly. Mainly because when it comes to shipping the price can vary a lot depending on where you live around the world and also the weight of the actual float tank itself. While some tanks like the Zen Float Tent are designed to be light and easily shippable in two boxes, more commercial type models will require the tank to be delivered on a truck and professional installation

Expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1000+.

 

3. The cost of the initial order of epsom salt 

Most people assume that buying a bulk order of epsom salt is going to cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. When in fact, epsom salt has become a lot more affordable to ship in bulk over the last couple of years with the rise of the float industry. Some websites offer live freight quotes while others will require you to fill out a form or order by phone to calculate shipping rates to your area. 

Expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $800.

 

4. The cost of necessary water care and maintenance supplies 

When it comes to storing 200+ gallons of water in your home, there is going to be a certain level of water care required in addition to the filtration system included with your tank. The main supplies you'll need are a hydrometer, PH Up and PH down, Hydrogen Peroxide (preferably 35%), test strips, and a water skimmer. The nice thing is that all of these items can be found online, some through Amazon, or at your local pool supply store and some may even be included with your float tank purchase. 

Expect anywhere from $50-$100 a year.

 

5. The ongoing costs 

Last but not least of costs to consider are the ongoing costs. What makes owning a float tank nice is that after you've invested in your initial setup, there are only a small amount of ongoing costs to maintain it. In a lot of cases, you will even recoup your initial investment within the first 1-2 years of owning a float tank if you happen to already be floating at a center more than 3-4 times a month. 

The main ongoing costs are going to be the electrical costs to heat the tank as well as buying and replacing the epsom salt every 2 years or so. We already reviewed the cost of epsom salt above, so now we'll dive right into monthly heating costs. While we can't speak for every type of float tank, we can provide a the costs of running a Float Tent in Utah, so you can get a basic price range in your mind. 

To find this out, our team dropped the tank water to room temperature which turned out to be 61 degrees (water is colder than air at room temp), and then proceeded to heat it back up. The ideal floating temp is 93.5 F, this is because even though your core temperature is 98.7 F, your skin isn't. After plugging a handy dandy electrical meter into the wall and plugged in my heaters. Here are the results: 

• It took 30 hours to raise the temp 30 degrees. We designed the heating system to be affordable, and always on.  This means it's not about speed, it's about efficiency. 

• It took 23.9 Kwh to raise the tank 30 degrees.  In Utah it's 8.8 cents per kilowatt.  Just over $2.10 to heat up. 

• Temperature maintenance has come in cheaper at about $1.20 a day in Utah. Keep in mind I keep my float room at about 78 F . If your tank is in a cooler room it will affect your daily cost. When the air temp is 78 F, it makes it so that the air being drawn into your tank while floating will feel like the water temp. 

This is rough estimate because electricity rates can vary so much between country to country and even state to state, but expect to pay anywhere between $50-$100/month to heat your float tank. 

 

Now that you know your budget line items, it's time to figure out what to look for when deciding on the type of float tank you will purchase. To help you with your decision process we created The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Float Tank. Access your FREE copy today!

[Video] - How To Take Care of the Water In Your Float Tank

So you've got a float tank setup at home with over 200 gallons of water and 800lbs of epsom salt. But now what? How do you honestly keep that much salt water clean and sanitized?

When it comes to float tank water care, it's not as hard as a lot of people to believe it to be. But it's kind of like maintaining a car. If you wait until your tires are bald or forget to upkeep on your oil changes, it makes it a lot harder to get things back on track again.

If you maintain a regular cleaning schedule from the get-go, keeping your float tank water clean and fresh is easy-peasy. Check out the video below to learn more:

In this video our team discusses:

  • The 6 main aspects of water care
  • The difference between the quick water care guide and complete guide 
  • Where to find cleaning products and tools
  • Tips + tricks for easier water care maintenance

Other Resources:

Link to Quick Maintenance Guide 

Link to Complete Water Care Guide

[Video] - How To Fill Up A Float Tent: Part 2

This is the second video in a two-part video series showing you all the steps that go into filling up a float tent, installing the pumps and cover, and getting the Float Tent ready for your first float. 

In this video our team covers:

  • How to install the filter pumps, tubes, tent cover and door poles.
  • Tips and tricks for the best home install
  • The main differences between the v1.0 and current 1.5 new and improved model of the Float Tent
  • What to do if your tank gets a leak or tear 
  • Tricks for sound-proofing
  • Post-Float relaxation tips

 

Are you ready to improve your home and life with a Float Tent? Start by requesting a complimentary shipping quote here. Save hundreds of dollars over floating at your annual center and join hundreds of others already enjoying the benefits of floating from home. 

    [Video] - How To Fill Up A Float Tent: Part 1

    Have you ever wondered what goes in to filling up a Float Tent with 200 gallons of water and 800lbs. of epsom salt? Surprisingly, it's easier than you think and can be done in about an hour! 

    To give you a visual idea of what goes into the process, we did a Facebook LIVE broadcast and filmed our team filling up a Float Tent for use at the new Zen office. In the video, we answer questions live from our audience and also give away some our most valuable tips and secrets. Whether you've been on the fence about buying a Float Tent or are just curious after watching an episode of Netflix's 'Stranger Things', this video is worth checking out. . 

    View the full replay by clicking the play below button below. 

    In this video, our team covers:

    • Tips before getting started
    • Why we include an inline water filter with your purchase
    • Things to consider when choosing the placement of your tank
    • The best ways to mix up the epsom salt
    • Different ways to insulate the bottom of the tank 
    • Where to purchase epsom salt 
    • How often you need to purchase and replace the epsom salt 

    Are you ready to improve your home and life with a Float Tent? Start by requesting a complimentary shipping quote here. Save hundreds of dollars over floating at your annual center and join hundreds of others already enjoying the benefits of floating from home. 

    Two New Products to Enhance Your Float At Home

    If you're signed up to receive our monthly newsletter you might have heard that this week we officially launched two new products to enhance your home floating experience. One is a physical product and one is digital product, both highly requested from our customers and floating community. 

     

    Introducing, the first guided meditation audio made specifically for floaters. This 30-minute guided meditation is perfect for anyone new to floating, meditation, or if you just have a hard time quieting your mind. And the best part, it's completely Free! Give it a listen and be sure to leave us your feedback. 

    But what good would a guided meditation for floaters be without some way to listen to it underwater? Introducing our other newest product, Float Buds: underwater headphones. For those times when silence is not golden, enjoy the combined benefits of floatation with guided meditation, relaxing audio, and binaural beats.

    Float Buds are 100% waterproof and even act as earplugs during your float. Learn More and Shop Now!

    Here at Zen we're constantly working to improve the Float Tent and your home floating experience and we hope these two items help you to achieve deeper, more meaning floats and enjoy your time in the tank even more than you already do!

     

    If you have any suggestions or ideas or items that you would like to see us offer in our online shop we welcome your feedback by leaving a comment below or sending us an email at info@zenfloatco.com. 

     

     

     

    Success Stories: How Floating Can Help Treat ADHD

    A common source of internal stress is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Recent surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, 11 percent of children 4 to 17 years old were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, up from 7.8 percent in 2003.

    Many of these children will carry the disorder into adulthood.

    Essentially, ADHD is a problem of being unable to focus, being overactive, being unable to control impulses, or a combination of these symptoms.

    The remarkable thing is that this this is exactly the description of the habits we are creating with our technology.

    We are training people to have disordered thinking. Though not yet proven, many experts believe that technology has played a role in the rising rates of ADHD.

    Think honestly to yourself…

    How much TV do you watch and do your kids watch on a daily basis….can you really resist the urge to press the “on” button when you know a new episode of your weekly show is about to air?

    What about when you hear your phone buzz...how long can you go without checking it? Most people would come in at five minutes tops. You might feel like you can control your behavior, but usually habits say otherwise.

    While technology is convenient and may not be the cause ADHD, it could very likely exacerbate a problem that’s already on the rise.

     

    Floating as a Treatment for ADHD

    There’s one main reason that floating is an ideal solution for ADHD: It helps you stay focused, on task and present, no matter what.

    There’s one main reason that floating is an ideal solution for ADHD: It helps you stay focused, on task and present, no matter what. And for people who deal with the very real symptoms of ADHD on a regular basis, a floating routine might have similar effects.

    Spencer Fossier, owner of NOLA Float Tanks, first floated in 2014. Since then, he’s not only adopted a regular float schedule to deal with symptoms of ADHD and back pain but has also opened his own float center.

    Diagnosed and medicated for ADHD in the fourth grade, Spencer spent years feeling hopeless and misunderstood. Now he says, “It has opened me up immensely.” His symptoms are alleviated, and he chooses to stay off medication.

    However, things didn’t always used to be this way. When Spencer’s ADHD was at it’s worst he recalls fighting and screaming with his parents, punching through walls, and even failing classes. To other people it seemed like he was unable to control himself but to Spencer it felt like everyone was trying to control him to where he felt like he had no personal freedom.  

    Spencer dealt with the symptoms of ADHD all throughout his childhood and into adulthood. It wasn’t until after college that he heard about floating through Joe Rogan and immediately decided to give it a try. Spencer now maintains a regular float practice and floats 2-3 times a week at his center.

    Photo from Nola Float Tanks 

    Photo from Nola Float Tanks 

    Besides helping Spencer with the symptoms of ADHD, he says floating also helped him come to peace with his diagnosis and the struggles he went through as a child. “Whereas before, I kind of was this angry little kid, was just frustrated that no one else got it and I was just a victim of situations. More than anything else, floating has helped me realize I'm just responsible for my own life and decisions.  And not only that, but I'm not responsible for the way that other people react to me.”

    He says that regardless of why you’re doing it, you should keep an open mind and that every float is different, even for him. “Everyone needs to do it,” he says. “It's a life-changing experience. You will learn more about yourself in those forty-five minutes to an hour than most people have ever sat down to think about in their entire lives.”

    Whether you suffer from ADHD or simply the disordered thinking of an overloaded society, floating can help you move to a more peaceful place.

     

     

    Pieces of this story were taken from The Float Tank Cure and repurposed for the use of this post.

     

    About Spencer Fossier

    Spencer is the owner of NOLA Float Tanks, which he opened after floating at Float Houston last summer. What initially drew Spencer to the tanks was the alternative treatment for ADHD, which he had been diagnosed and medicated within 4th grade. After using the tanks to center his mental state, Spencer noticed that he became more balanced in his external musculature.

    By the time of the conference, Spencer will be CHEK Golf Specialist certified which he is going to use to incorporate float tanks as physical therapy. He suffers from back pain like many others and would like to help himself and as many other people as possible to work through these physical symptoms of stress.

     

    Posted on August 22, 2016 and filed under Floating Success Stories.

    6 Signs That It's Time to Take a Break

    Ever heard the saying, "Listen to your body, it's smarter than you."

    Well, there's a lot of truth behind this simple phrase. While your mind is not always the most honest with you, your body is stays truthful and cannot tell a lie. 

    When we need to sleep, we yawn and feel tired. When we need to be refueled, our belly growls and we feel hungry.When we need to recover, our body aches and we feel stiff. 

    Same thing goes for when your body needs recharging–it lets you know. Here are 6 clear signs that it's time for you to relax and give your body a rest: 

     

    1. High anxiety

    Anxiety comes in all different forms but racing thoughts, feeling distracted, and lack of sleep are just a few of the common side affects. When you're anxious, it's simply a sign of your body telling you that you need to calm down. While meditation can be an easy and accessible solution to this, it sometimes feels impossible to focus your mind when you're anxious. This is why floating in a sensory deprivation tank is so powerful, because it creates the most ideal environment to achieve deep levels of meditation and relaxation.  

     

    2. You're feeling stuck creatively

    Struggling to get your creative juices floating? Whether you're working on a post for your blog or just helping your child with their upcoming art assignment, lack of creativity can often be a sign that you have too much on your mind. Sometimes all it takes is an hour to disconnect with the world and reconnect with yourself to get the creativity flowing again. 

     

    3. Distracted or restless

    We've all had those days at work where there's a big project that needs to get done but you just can't seem to stop pacing around the office. You're restless, and antsy, and nothing can get you to focus. It's okay to be distracted every once in a while, but if you've found it happening more than usual it may be time press pause and reset your mind. Float therapy is a excellent technique that many have found to improve concentration because it forces you to literally focus on one thing and removes all possible distractions. 

     

    4. Your muscles are tense

    When the body is stressed your muscles can become tense. It’s an automatic response and your body’s way of guarding against injury and pain. While it's most common for your muscles to tighten in your upper back, neck and shoulders but it could happen in any parts of your body and is a sign that those muscles need some extra care. And what could possibly be better than soaking your muscles in 800lbs. of epsom salt?  

     

    5. Lack of motivation or negative thinking

    If you find yourself sinking down in the dirt, there's no better time to (literally) float it out. The primary cause of unhappiness or negative thoughts is never the situation itself, but your thoughts about the situation. Often times you just need to take a step back in order to shift your mindset into the right place and the elimination of external stimuli in a float tank it produces chemical changes in the body that allow for clarity of thought. 

     

    6. Fuzzy memory

    Like a plane needs fuel, your brain needs sleep, and neither will run for very long on empty. Studies show that among other things, your body uses sleep to stabilize chemical imbalances and to process the memories and knowledge that you've gathered throughout the day.  If you're having trouble remembering details it could be a sign that you need to rest your mind. While it may be hard to squeeze in a few extra hours of sleep, it's been said that floating for one hour is equivalent to four hours of sleep. 

     

    Learn more about how float therapy can help you relax, refresh and rejuvenate in our Free Float 101 Online Course. 

    Posted on August 17, 2016 and filed under Floating Benefits, Health & Wellness.

    The Anxiety Podcast: Climbing The Anxiety Mountain & Floating Away

    Hosted by Tim JP Collins, The Anxiety Podcast is a show to support everyone suffering with Anxiety, stress and panic attacks. Tim suffered with Anxiety and panic attacks and has changed his life to recover and now supports others in doing the same.

    This unique show isn't just about coping, it's about moving past Anxiety and fear to live the life you were destined for. Each week Tim interviews people that have stories that you will be able to relate to.

    The interviews are raw, real and vulnerable and people share what's really going on for them. Each week Tim will also share a personal story, skill or coping strategy for you to put into practice right away! 

    In Episode #108 of The Anxiety Podcast our very own cofounder, Shane Stott, shares about his own personal struggle with anxiety and what he did to move past it.  He also talks about his journey and how he started a float tank business after finding it so beneficial. 

     

    In this particular episode you will learn:

    - How Shane drank heavily and due to that and lack of sleep began having panic attacks

    - How Shane went to the church of scientology when he was desperate for help

    - How guided meditation was very useful for Shane in terms of overcoming anxiety

    - What Shane's experience was like trying to get off of his medication

    - How Shane got involved in his family business and then started his float tank business

    - How after putting float tanks online he got a following from others looking to build float tanks at home

    - What a float tank does for people with anxiety

    - We discuss how anxiety still shows up for us today

    Listen to the full interview to hear all the details!

     

     

    Do you struggle with anxiety and/or have a positive experiencing using floatation therapy? We would love hear from you in the comments below!

     

    Posted on July 26, 2016 and filed under Floating Success Stories.

    An Inspiring Story About Using Float Therapy to Overcome Writer's Block

    Imagine a noisy classroom. The bell just rang as the students rush to their seats. It's a Monday morning so the kids have a lot to chatter about.

    Today the teacher decides to play a little experiment. She puts on a calm, meditative audio in the mist of all the chatter and she asks herself, "how long will it take for them to hear the music?" 

    Minutes go by and she watches the the evolution of the classroom chatter. You'd think the chatter would stop and the students would realize something different but to her surprise, they still don't amp down the chatter even ten minutes after the start of class.

    As the minutes pass, some of the students closer to the speakers start to expend their built up energy and suddenly notice the calming music playing from the speakers. Unfamiliar to the students, the sound sounds interesting, foreign and undeniably therapeutic. One by one the students nudge each other and direct their classmates attention to the sounds. As each student tunes in, the once non-existent sound begins to crescendo into a loud harmonizing wave of peace.

    She begins class and notices that those ten minutes of calmness led to a more productive hour lecture. The students she finds were more attentive and responded in a more center way, instead of their usual sporadic ways. 

    Now imagine this classroom represents your mind. The students represent our daily mental chatter that often stops us from observing our surroundings more fully, each conversation distracting us from the peace that dwells within. The soothing nature of floating in a warm silent floatation tank can be related to the teacher who is trying to bring the classrooms attention to this wave of bliss.

    You may be thinking, could one hour of my day lead to more production and energy for the next 15 hours you spend awake? From my experience, the answer is 100% yes.

    At the time when I first decided to float, I was a 19 years old with years of anxiety. I was always very gifted in the creative arts but a string of life set backs had me with a lot of questions that I looked to my mind to solve.

    During this period, it was very hard for me to come up with new lyrics, it was like the chatter within kept me from tapping into my creative source. I decided to try out floating and was lucky enough to get free float time for handing out flyers down the city blocks for an amazing float center named Halcyon Floats located in Philadelphia.

    I floated in the tank for about 90 minutes but didn't really get settled until 60 minutes in. At that point I found myself hugging the warmness of the experience and basking in the space, very much in the moment. After hearing the music underwater, I said to myself, "was this really worth it?".

    The moment I opened the door and stepped into the shower it was clear to me it was worth every second.

    I noticed a fluid stream of observance emanating from my being and a calmness that rivaled nothing else. My heart felt lighter and my motions synched well with this feeling I had. After getting dressed, I went to the counter to talk to the owner of the center and noticed my anxiety levels dropped exponentially, something that no previous forms of therapy seemed to manage.

    Now, here's the icing on the cake. As I drove back home calm and relaxed, in my mind I began to free verse and came up with a new song concepts and lyrics! This one session seemed to have a lasting after glow that stabilized my psyche for the rest of the work week. 

    If had to sum up my experience in one sentence it would be, "Quiet down the classroom and tune into the the music in the background". 

    7 Ways to Make Your Post-Float Glow Last For Longer

    Ahh. That's exactly what I needed.

    Like a cold beer on a hot summer day, the effects of floating can satisfy both your physical and emotional needs. But how frustrating is it when you can feel your tension and anxiety start to return the moment you get done and step outside the tank? 

    All it takes is one annoying email from your boss to stress you out and raise your blood pressure - which is what you just spent an hour trying to bring down. 

    The next time you decide to invest an hour of your time to yourself, take these simple steps to ensure that your post-float glow will last as long as possible:

    1. Schedule Post-Float Relaxation Time

    Although sometimes the only hour you may have is during your lunch break at work, scheduling even an extra 5-10 additional minutes after your float to let your mind refocus can make a huge difference. Instead of rushing off to your next task, let your mind ease it's way back into the real world by giving it just a few extra minutes after each session. 

     

    2. Ease Back Into Technology

    The last thing you need after an hour of relaxation is to read about your neighbor's latest drama on Facebook or listen to radio clip about our failing economy. When it comes to technology immediately after your float, either shut it off or turn the volume down. 

     

    3. Stay Hydrated & Watch What You Eat

    Floating is not only therapeutic but it's also a great tool for detoxifying your body. Drinking water helps to continue flushing out any toxins in the body. Also, try and avoid drinks such as coffee or soda, which can actually dehydrate you more. 

    Then there's the saying, "you are what you eat." Therefore, after a float when you are feeling refreshed and energized it's best to eat healthy foods that support your mood, rather than eating a candy bar that's filled with sugar and is bound to make your mind crash and body feel sluggish. 

     

    4. Avoid Strenuous Activity

    For the next day to two, try and take it easy to preserve that energized and refreshed feeling. If possible, avoid hiking or long distance running and instead try incorporating some yoga or stretching to reconnect with your body and mind. 

     

    5. Journal and Take Time to Reflect

    It's important to acknowledge and write down how you're feeling for the next couple of days after your float session. Maybe you finally got a good night's sleep for the first time in a while, or you've noticed an improvement in your overall mood. Taking time to journal and reflect on your feelings will help you determine what's working in your floating routine (and maybe even what's not). 

    Check Out: 4 Ways Keeping A Journal Can Enhance Your Floats

     

    6. Build On Your Momentum

    Learning to calm your mind and let go is a discipline that takes time and practice. By combining floating with other relaxation techniques at home such as deep breathing or guided meditations, you can begin take your relaxation to the next level and may even be able to achieve a feeling similar to a float outside of the tank. 

     

    7. Invest In More Regular Floats

    With the availability of float centers and the Zen Float Tent, there's no excuse not to incorporate floating more regularly into your routine.  Not to mention that the effects of floating are cumulative — the more often you float, the better it is for you!

    We hope these tips help you to extend your post-float bliss, allowing the wonderful effects of floating to carry over into your every day life. 

     

    Interested in taking your float practice to the next level? There are already thousands of people seeing incredible results from floating more regularly at home and you could be one of them too! Download a copy of The Ultimate Float Tank Buying Guide and learn about all the considerations that go into buying a float tank for your home. 

     
    Posted on June 15, 2016 and filed under Floating Tips & Tricks.

    6 Myths About Floating That You Should Stop Believing Right Now

    Just hearing the words "sensory deprivation" or "isolation tank" is all it takes to make some people instantly break into a cold sweat and with all the misrepresentation about it in press and media, it's no wonder why so many people have misconstrued ideas about the world of floating. 

    Today, we're here to put all those misconceptions to rest. Get it? (R.E.S.T. = Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, the clinical term for floating.)  Because floating is one of the greatest tools that exists for relaxation, pain management, and overall health & wellness and we truly believe everyone deserves to soak up the benefits of the tank. 

     

     

    Myth #1 - "I can't swim, so I definitely can't float"

    According to TIME Magazine about 50% of Americans don't know how to swim but the great news is that 100% of people can float. Here's why: 

    Float tanks contain anywhere between 800 to 1000 lbs. of epsom salt but are only filled with about 10-12 inches of water. The density of the water creates a uniquely buoyant environment that makes it pretty much impossible NOT to float, even if you were to fall asleep mid-float. Floating is safe enough that kids can float as young as ages 10-12 with parental guidance. 

     

    Myth #2 - "Sensory Deprivation is used for torture"

    You know how there's good pain and bad pain? Good pain like when you're sore after a nice workout? Well, the same thing could be said for deprivation therapy. 

    There's the good kind like you see in hundreds of float spa's around the country and hear Joe Rogan raving about on his podcast. Then there's the bad kind that involves being locked in a dark room for weeks or months on end, which is actually meant to be torturous. 

    If used for the right reasons, sensory deprivation can be one of the most therapeutic and relaxing experiences for both the mind and body. 

     

    Learn more about the health and wellness benefits of floating by reserving your spot in our Free Float 101 Email Course today! 

    Learn more about the health and wellness benefits of floating by reserving your spot in our Free Float 101 Email Course today! 

     

    Myth #3 - "Floating in a tank isn't any different than floating in my bathtub, pool, or the ocean" 

    Technically, you can float anywhere there's enough room and water. However, the hard part is recreating a true sensory deprivation environment. 

    Even though the ocean contains salt water, it's not nearly as saturated as the water in the float tank. Meaning, you can still float but not nearly as easily or peacefully. It's also hard to completely rid light and sound in anywhere other than a fully enclosed environment, which is necessary in order to shut off your mind. Last but not least, it's hard to regulate water temperature in any other environment but a float tank and half the magic lies in having the your skin disappear into the feeling of the water. No hot tub, pool, or water formation can compare. 

     

    Myth #4 - "I can't float if I'm claustrophobic/have a fear of the dark"

    Doing something for the first time (and sometimes even the second time) is always a little nerve racking, especially when you're in a new environment. However, the important thing to remember is floating in a sensory deprivation tank is completely safe so it's up to you to approach each float session with an open mind

    It's completely normal to float with the light on or with music for the first 1-5 sessions until you feel comfortable enough to truly relax and let go of control. But never forget, YOU ARE IN CONTROL the entire time. Can't handle the entire 60 minutes? You are welcome to hop out of the tank at any point. Prefer to float with the door open and cracked and the lights on? That's totally okay. 

    They say life begins at the end of your comfort zone, right? Don't afraid to step outside of your comfort zone a little and step into the tank. 

     

    Myth #5 - "Float tanks aren't very clean"

    There are several different types of float tanks on the market, all of which come with some sort of filtration system to keep the water sanitized. Our Float Tent, for example, uses two filters that clean the water with UV light and filter out any debris, hair, etc and is always running when the tank is not use. On top of this high concentration hydrogen peroxide is often used to help sanitize the water inside of float tanks along with regular maintenance and cleaning.

     

    Myth #6 - "People see things inside of the tank/hallucinate"

    Though you may hear of friends or people online that claim to have hallucinations inside of the tank while being sober, it's unlikely that you will experience something out of this world. What does happen is that during a float your brain enter's into the Theta state, which takes your mind into to a slower, almost dream-like state. This state is commonly experienced by the average person just before they drift into a deep sleep. 

     

    So, now that you've cleared up your fear or misconceptions about floating, are you ready to learn more? Discover all the What, How's, and Why's of floating in our FREE 5-Part Float 101 Email Course. 

     

     


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    Posted on May 17, 2016 and filed under Floating Philosophy, Floating Tips & Tricks.