The NEW Zen Float Tank: Your Top Questions Answered

Three years ago we were just 3 guys with a dream, a dream to make floating affordable. When we realized that water could be held in flexible affordable materials, the Float Tent was born!

After a huge success on Kickstarter we began our journey as a company. We got a factory, a distribution center, hired a whole team and made it through 3 years of startup. It was not easy, but we made it. Now the new Zen Float Tank brings everything we've learned into one amazing product. 

Because of the huge amount of support we received on the Kickstarter last time, we thought it only made sense to come back and launch this new product on Kickstarter with the community that originally helped us get started. But we're not just back, we're back with the best thing to ever happen to the home floating market:

The NEW inflatable Zen Float Tank

 
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This new tank is going to revolutionize how people experience the benefits of floating from their homes. It takes on an entirely different design, made from state-of-the-art drop-stitch technology and it is fully inflatable, unlike the original float tent. 

Our goal with this new float tank is to make the setup process that much easier for owners, improve the durability of the tank and enhance the aesthetic of having a tank in your home.

With any new product, comes lots of new questions, so we compiled a list of FAQ's about the new tank to answer them all in one place. 

FAQ About The Zen Float Tank

 

Q: What’s new about this tank?

  • Design

We stuck with the original pyramid design for the shape of the tank because it allows condensation from the warm-water to run down the sides of the tank and back into the tub, preventing water from dripping off the ceiling and interrupting your float.

  • Material

The Float Tent was made from stainless steel poles with a vinyl cover while the new tank is fully inflatable made from drop-stitch technology — similar to inflatable stand up paddle boards and kayaks.

Drop-stitching combines tens of thousands of finely woven threads connecting two pieces of polyester fabric. Each thread is evenly spaced between the two pieces of fabric, locking the unit into place and creating a rock-sturdy and solid inflatable product.

This new inflatable design is also more insulated than the previous vinyl cover because of the all the layering, making it 40% more efficient. This will help keep your tank and water warmer, and allows you to put it in less comfortable places like a basement or garage.

  • Heater Pads, Temperature Controller, Filtration

The new version will use the same heating pads, temperature controller, and filtration system as the previous edition. Thus, if you already have one of the original Float Tents, you can keep those and just purchase the new tank at a discounted rate (see below for details on upgrading your old zen tent).

  • Size

The old tent’s dimensions were 8’ x 4’ x 6’, with a volume of 77 cubic feet. The new tanks dimensions are 9'9" x 4' 9 " x 6'2", with a volume of 99 cubic feet. This results in a 28% increase in space, with more head room and more room in the bed to float. 

 

Q: When does it launch on Kickstarter and what is the price?

Our Kickstarter officially launched, April 16, and will be running for 60 days. The Kickstarter prices run at a discount from what the regular price of the new tank will be. Below is a breakdown of the kickstarter pricing :
- Upgrade $2200 - only available for previous Float Tent Owners
- Earliest Bird Tanks $2,625 (-25%) - Sold Out
- Early Bird Tank $2,800 (-20%) - 20 available at this price
- Float Ready Package w/ Salt + Shipping (Lower 48 states only) $3,950 (-17%) - 30 available at this price
- Multiple Tank Purchase Specials: 2 Tank Special - $5,040 (-28%) & 4 Tank Special - $9,520 (-32%)
 

Q: What about if you are a current Zen Float Tent owner?


If you already own the first Zen Float Tent you will be able to upgrade to the newer version. This upgrade will be available through Kickstarter. You will keep your current filtration system, temperature controller and heater pads and send back everything else.
 

Q: Which countries do we ship to?  
 

During kickstarter we will only be shipping to the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. If you live in a different country and would like to purchase a tank, please email us at randall@zenfloatco.com  
 

Q: Is the tent still available? 
 

Yes, as of right now the Zen Float Tent is available, and will be until further notice. The tent can be purchased from our website at zenfloatco.com/shop

Ready to reserve your NEW Zen Float Tank? CLICK HERE to visit the Kickstarter page and learn more.

The Ultimate Guide To Buying A Float Tank

So you're thinking of buying a home float tank, but you're not sure where to start your search. To help make the buying process easier, we put together this detailed guide so you can learn what's involved with owning a tank and make the best decision when it comes to you and your floating needs.

Here's a list of what we'll cover:

  • Location
  • Budget & Financing
  • Types of Float Tanks
  • Necessary Supplies
  • Warranties and Support
  • FAQ’s

First things first… Do you even float?

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This might sound silly, but you would be surprised how many people hear about floating through a podcast, the news, or through friends and family and immediately jump on Google to go buy a float tank.

But that’s kind of like buying a car without test-driving it first. Heck, it’s kind of like buying a car without even having your learners permit yet.

We’re not saying you HAVE to try floating before you buy a float tank, but we HIGHLY recommend it.

Year’s ago, it might not have been possible to float a center near you because of the lack of availability. But these days, float centers are popping up all the time and it’s likely you have a center within a relative driving distance from your home.

Our good friends at FloatationLocations.com offer a free Float Center Map that can help you locate your nearest location.

**We recommend going at least 1-3 times before taking the next step to buying an at home tank.


Location For Your Float Tank

Before you begin shopping, it’s important to decide on a location for your float tank. Start by comparing the available rooms in your home or condo:

  • Which location is the most quiet?
  • Do you have the ability to close the room o from other rooms in the home?
  • Is there a room with less natural lighting than others?
  • How large is the room? (Most float tanks are at least 8 feet by 4 feet wide and you will need some room around the edges for maintenance)
  • Is there a grounded electrical outlet within reach?
  • Do you have control over the temperature of the room?
  • What kind of flooring does the room have in it?

Ideally, most people generally choose to use a spare bedroom, office, or basement room and a hard surface such as wood or tile is preferred over carpet. Although, you can always use a rug, styrofoam, or a vinyl mat to provide extra floor protection. In special cases we have seen people find creative and unique ways to setup a tank in their garage or sunroom areas. This may be a potential option if you live in a climate that stays warm year-round but it’s not suitable for everyone.

Finally, if you need to make any modications or renovations to your potential space, you’ll want to be sure to get that out of the way before you have your new float tank is delivered so when it arrives you are ready to set it up, fill it up, and get your float on.


Float tank Costs and how To Budget

Most float tanks you see at centers or on the news cost anywhere between the $10K-30K mark, with the least expensive costing $6,000. Currently the most affordable option on the market is the Zen Float Tent. For roughly $2,000 you can get an entire float tank setup shipped direct to your door.

In the past, it used to be that saving up enough money to buy a float tank was near impossible for most people. However, times have changed and the cost to get a float tank setup at home has decreased significantly.

You too, can now be like Joe Rogan, and float from the comfort of your home — without taking out a 2nd mortgage.

Just keep in mind while planning your budget that this is just the cost for the float tank setup alone. This usually does not include epsom salt, cleaning supplies, the monthly cost to heat the water in the tank, or any shipping costs. To be safe, we recommend planning at least $1000 dollars for all of this, with shipping costs and another $50-$100 a month in heating costs depending on your location.


Float Tank Financing

If your budget is a little tight it may be a good idea to find out which float tank manufacturers offer financing. This can help ease the upfront cost and can usually offer lower monthly payments within a reasonable budget.

Zen Float Co currently offers financing, which you can read more about here: www.zenfloatco.com/financing/


Types of sensory deprivation tanks

New float tank manufacturers are popping up all the time and they likely won't stop coming as floating gets more popular. Instead of going over features and benefits of all the different types of float tanks we wanted to break them down into the basics, that the average floater would care about.

 
Types Of Float Tanks Tank Features Pricing
Home Style Tanks More affordable cost and designed to fit in a smaller home setting. Can be shipped worldwide and installed easily. $2000+ and up
Traditional Style Tanks Rectangular shape. Hatch style door. Can be disassembled into separate pieces and usually have a liner system inside to hold the water. $6,000 to $20,000
Pod Style Tanks Sleek, futuristic design. Most common type of tank you'll see at float centers. Often have some fancier features such as built in sound and lighting systems. $8,000 to $40,000
Float Rooms and Pools Float tanks you can stand up and walk around in. Least likely option for most people’s homes because of size and price. $10,0000 to $50,000
 

Technically, any of these sensory deprivation tanks below can be a home float tank, but many times having a tank at home will come down to budget so we’ll start with the least expensive to most expensive:

 

1. Home style Tanks

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Right now the Zen Float Tent is the world’s most affordable float tank and the only tank on the market under $6,000. The patent-pending design is a huge leap forward in float tank technology because of it's vinyl canvas, which enables the entire unit to be shipped in just two boxes and set up in about an hour.

 

2. Traditional Style Tanks

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These tanks are designed like the original float tank by Samadhi. They are rectangular and have a hatch style door. They can be disassembled into separate pieces and usually have a liner system inside to hold the water. The industry was built on this tank design, it's functional, affordable, and time-tested. The range of these tanks are from $6,000 to $20,000

 

3. Pod Style Tanks

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These are the ones you often see pictures of spread around the internet. They look really cool, and they are based off of the first pod design by I-sopod. They look like a sleek futuristic space vehicle. Most of the manufacturers popping up nowadays are this style tank. They often have some fancier features such as built in sound and lighting systems. The range of these tanks are from $8,000 to $40,000.

4. Float Rooms and Pools

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These are getting more and more popular all the time but are probably the least likely option for most people’s homes because of size. Essentially they are float tanks you can stand up and walk around in. They are great for float centers and many floaters could appreciate the freedom to move in them. Outside of manufactured rooms there are pools built custom inside float centers that oer the same experience. The price can range from a $10,000 DIY
to $50,000+ for a custom designed room.


Necessary Supplies

In order to setup and maintain your float tank you’ll need a few extra things besides just the tank itself to get started:

  • Epsom Salt - Anywhere between 850 - 1000 lbs. depending on the type of float tank you choose.
  • Water Care & Cleaning Supplies - Water skimmer, 35% hydrogen peroxide, PH Up and Down, and Peroxide Test Strips.

Where do I find this stuff?

Finding bulk epsom salt that delivers to your area and at a reasonable rate can be a little tricky depending on where you may live but we do know of a few options and solutions:

  1. For customers in the lower 48 United States, Zenfloatsalt.com offers bulk float tank epsom salt that provides affordable home delivery.
  2. Another option would be to nd a local univar in your area by searching online that oers epsom salt in bulk. Be careful to make sure that it is USP grade epsom salt.
  3. Some online stores such as Costco or Walmart sell epsom salt in medium to large quantities.

Almost all water care & cleaning supplies can be found on Amazon or your local pool supply store.


Warranties and Support

Like most big purchases these days, having some sort of warranty or guarantee is important and expected. Not only should the manufacturer you plan to buy from oer some sort of long term warranty, but you also want to make sure your mechanical parts are covered for at least the rst year.

Operating a float tank and maintaining the water can be a little bit of work at first but over time it gets easier and becomes a habit. At any rate, it’s important to ensure that whoever you buy from has a dedicated customer service team to support you through your first years of owning a float tank.


FAQ's

1. I only float a few times a month. Will buying a float tank really be worth my investment?

A float tank is a bit more of an up front investment but ultimately it’s an investment in the healthiest way physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially to manage the challenges we have. In the words of Joe Rogan, “I think it’s one of the most incredible pieces of equipment for self-help and introspective thought that you could ever find… It’s been one of the most important tools for me in personal growth for understanding myself, how I am, and what effect I do have on other people.”

2. I plan to move in the next year or two. Isn’t it a huge hassle to buy a float tank and then have to move it?

In some cases, yes. Because the majority of float tanks are not designed to be portable, draining the water and then assembling/disassembling the unit would take a lot of time and a ton of effort. However, the Float Tent is a little easier to move from room to room because of the light canvas material. We wrote a good article about how to move the water in your float tank that you can read at: http://bit.ly/MoveFloatTankWater

3. Is it safe to place a float tank if I want to place it on a second or third story in my home or condo?

Yes, we’ve done it and seen it done many times. But we can’t stress enough to proceed with caution. Some float tanks weigh much more than others depending on the size and materials used. The Float Tent is the lightest weighing around 2200lbs. once filled with water, which really isn’t far o from the weight of a water bed and people have had those in their homes for years. However, if you want to be extra safe or happen to live in an older residence, the best decision would be to hire a structural engineer to come out and inspect the area before ordering a tank.

4. I’m interested in financing my float tank. What would my payments look like?

This all depends on how much you nance and how expensive of a float tank that you buy. But just to show you an example, let’s use the Float Tent: The Float Tent starts at $1,850 but let’s just say we factor in shipping and epsom salt too so now you’re looking at roughly $2,500. Divide that over 12-18 months of payments are you’re looking at roughly $150-$250/mo payments. Over the years this equates to hundreds if not thousands of dollars in potential savings!


If you want to download this guide in an easy-to-read PDF version, click below.

DISCLOSURE: Some numbers and figures used in this guide are solely estimates and do not reflect exact costs. This guide is intended to be used as a only as helpful resource and was not created to serve as legal advice

Health Benefits of Floating In A Sensory Deprivation Tank- Backed By Science

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There is a lot information about the benefits of float tanks and sensory deprivation. After floating people claim they are less stressed, sleep better, more creative and all around feel better physically + mentally.

Sure, some of these benefits are real. However, when you start to take care of yourself in a way that you haven’t before, you feel better all-around.

For example, if you get a new gym membership you may start eating healthier, sleeping better, feeling more confident. Some of these benefits are actual results from the gym, but some of these are rollover effects because you started putting energy into taking care of yourself.     

In that sense, floating also has a lot of cumulative effects but what are the real health benefits?

There is a lot of research on the benefits of meditation, and we have always considered floating to be meditation on steroids. So there should be some crossover, right? The scientific benefits of meditation include decreased anxiety + depression, increased compassion + emotional intelligence, helps with emotion regulation, improves focus, memory + attention, etc (Seppala).

To see what crossover between meditation + floating, and to start uncovering the real benefits of floating, we first turned to Dr. Feinstein.

Dr. Feinstein is a clinical neuropsychologist and lab director at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (http://www.laureateinstitute.org/justin-feinstein.html). His lab is dedicated to understanding how floating can help connect the body and the brain and reduce levels of depression, anxiety and anorexia, by using wireless and waterproof machinery to scan the body and brain during floats.

We had the chance to meet with Dr. Feinstein and his lab partners at the 2016 Float Conference, and listen to them speak at the 2017 Float Conference. They have tremendous amounts of research done on fear, anxiety, emotional awareness, memory and are continuously working to understand the biological and physical benefits floating has.

After looking at Dr. Feinstein’s research and other studies done on floating, we have compiled a list of the “scientific” benefits of floating:

 Want to learn more about the benefits of floating, where to float and how to get started with a regular practice? Start with our FREE  Float 101 mini course here . 

Want to learn more about the benefits of floating, where to float and how to get started with a regular practice? Start with our FREE Float 101 mini course here

 

Boosts Creativity

 In a study done by Norlander et al, two groups of people — floaters and non-floaters — were tested in visual logical puzzles, freeform brainstorming and standardized questions. At the end of the test it was found that the float group performed 50% more original in freeform brainstorming, but 30% slower in solving visual logical puzzles.


This suggests that floating may not improve one’s ability to think logically or problem solve, but the reduction in sensory stimulation can boost creativity by allowing your brain to full think freely. (Norlander et al)

Reduces Anxiety

Our bodies get an “anxious” feeling in response to our fight or flight signals. When needed, fight or flight helps us become alert, aware and on guard ready to protect ourselves from an outside threat. However, our world today has created a scenario in which many people’s fight or flight response is constantly running and people experience heightened levels of anxiety, panic and fear.

The Amygdala is a portion of your brain that responsible for controlling your fight or flight and your stress, fear and panic responses. Dr. Feinstein has done extensive research on floating affects the amygdala and found that, flotation and some anxiety medication have the same effect on the brain (Schumann).

Likewise, Psychiatrist Martin Paulus, president and scientific director also at the Laureate Institute, says “The amygdala is very reactive to things coming in from the outside—somebody looks at you funny, or you hear a sound that’s scary,” Paulus says. “That kind of stress is good when the guy looking at you is about to steal your wallet, but elsewhere it’s counterproductive” (Vigneron). This is partially a cause of anxiety and Paulus theorizes that floating reduces the reactivity of the amygdala.

Minimizes Pain

Floatation therapy has been studied alongside with fibromyalgia and chronic whiplash. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia, self-reported decreased pain for days up to weeks after one float tank session. Likewise, other people living with chronic pain disorders similarly self-reported reduced muscle tension and pain after a session in a float tank (Kjellgren, Anette, et al). To read more about fibromyalgia and floating, click here:

Patients suffering from chronic whiplash disorder tested out a sensory deprivation tank to treat pain, and it was found to be a meaningful and substantial tool for pain reduction (Edebol, Hanna, et al).     

Less stress

Not only does sensory deprivation therapy reduce the reactivity of the amygdala, it also lowers cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone produced by humans when they are under stress. However, many people experience adrenal exhaustion and cortisol is constantly being produced leaving one feeling constantly stressed, overwhelmed and anxious.

It was found that blood-cortisol levels were significantly and temporarily reduced after float tank therapy, producing a state of deep relaxation (Turner and Fine).
Because of lowered of cortisol levels, many people feel associated benefits to stress reduction as well, such as improved sleep quality and lowered blood pressure. 

Improves Athletic Performance

With many great athletes using sensory deprivation — Stephen Curry, Aly Raisman and JJ Watts — it is no wonder that floating has become a popular form of training and recovering for many other athletes as well. And good news, there is scientific evidence showing how floating can improve athletic performance.

One study found that based off judges opinions, athletes that floated performed better than those who didn’t amongst college basketball players (Wagaman, et al).

Mentioned earlier, Dr. Paulus believes this is because athletes that float have a less reactive amygdala allowing them to think clearer and stay more composed during high-intensity activity as compared to their peers that don’t float (Vigneron).

 

With all of the above mentioned benefits, that are real, what do you need more of in your life?

Looking to improve your own athletic performance? Want to reduce stress and anxiety? Still searching for the best method of pain management?

Why not try hopping in a float tank and see how it can change your life?

 

Want to learn more about the benefits of floating, where to float and how to get started with a regular practice? Start with our FREE Float 101 mini course here


Bibliography

  1. Edebol, Hanna, et al. “Chronic Whiplash-Associated Disorders and Their Treatment Using Flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique).” Qualitative Health Research, vol. 18, no. 4, Apr. 2008, pp. 480–488

  2. Kjellgren, Anette, et al. Effects of Flotation-REST on Muscle Tension Pain. Karlstad University, Sweden, Nov. 2000.

  3. Norlander, Torsten, et al. “Treating Stress-Related Pain with the Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique: Are There Differences between Women and Men?”Pain Research & Management : The Journal of the Canadian Pain Society, Pulsus Group Inc, 2009.

  4. Norlander, Torsten, et al. “Effects of Flotation REST on Creative Problem Solving and Originality.” Research Gate, Dec. 1998.

  5. Schumann, John Henning. “Floating Away Your Anxiety And Stress.” NPR, NPR, 16 Oct. 2017.

  6. Seppala, Emma. “20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 11 Sept. 2013.

  7. Turner, J W, and Thomas H Fine. “Effects of Relaxation Associated with Brief Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) on Plasma Cortisol, ACTH, and LH.”Research Gate, Apr. 1983.

  8. Vigneron, Peter. “Steph Curry's Secret to Mental Strength.” Outside Online, 14 Nov. 2016

  9. Vigneron, Peter. “Steph Curry's Secret to Mental Strength.” Outside Online, 14 Nov. 201

  10. Wagaman, Jeffrey D., et al. “Flotation Rest and Imagery in the Improvement of Collegiate Basketball Performance.” Research Gate, Feb. 1991

How To Find Space For A Float Tank When You Think You Don't Have Room

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Sometimes the most challenging part of owning a float tent or tank of any kind is figuring out where to put it in your house.

Often, we believe we need an entire separate bedroom just for the float tent, with special flooring, insulated walls and on the first floor.

However, we have seen some very creative spots that look great - a garage, an office, a kitchen, and even a living room.

To answer questions about finding a space for your tent and what the conditions of the room should be, we have the answers listed here. Or scroll to the bottom and watch a video with all the same information.   

  1. How much room do you need?

    Our tents are 8ft x 4ft which is similar in size to a twin bed. You will also need about one foot circumference around the float tent for cleaning + maintenance.   

  2. What kind of floor does it need?

    Our tent can be put on any floor; however some floor types may need more insulation - like concrete in a garage or tile in a kitchen floor. We recommend using carpet padding, pieces of carpet or rubber gym mats under the tent to help insulate the bottom and keep heat in.

  3. Does your carpet get wet getting in and out of?

    The water will not leak out of the tent. Our sensory deprivation tanks are welded together and tested by holding water for 24 hours before being sent out. This ensures there won’t be any leaks.

    Though, upon entering and exiting the tank we recommend putting a towel on the floor by the entrance and having an extra towel nearby to fully wipe down before going to the shower. Otherwise, water and salt will get on your floor.   

  4. How do you fill up the tank in your living room/kitchen/etc?

    You will run a hose from the nearest bath tub or faucet and attach the in line carbon filter (which is delivered with you tent) to the end of your hose to clean the water as you fill the thent.

  5. Do they every cause mold in the house?

    We have never seen molding. Our tents are completely self contained and welded shut with sealable doors keeping all moisture in the tent. The temperature in the room may increase, but there is no extra humidity in the room nor does the water evaporation leave the tent.

  6. How do you drain the water?

    The best way to drain it is to just use a pump and a hose. You can pump the water down a curb or shower drain, just don’t drain it into grass because it is salty. Also, if you stay up on tent maintenance you will only have to drain your tent every 2 years.


For more information on purchasing a home float tank, grab your copy of this free brochure.


3 Health benefits of adding a float tank to your cryotherapy session

 Photo taken from Forbes Magazine Article: " What's the cold, hard facts on cryotherapy? "

Photo taken from Forbes Magazine Article: "What's the cold, hard facts on cryotherapy?"

Today’s top athletes are developing better and better muscle recovery tactics to improve their game. But the popularity amongst cryotherapy and floatation therapy are increasing among wellness gurus, biohackers and everyday people who want their bodies and minds to feel better.

Cryotherapy essentially uses freezing cold temperatures to speed up athletic recovery and reduce pain in the body by freezing nerve endings and reducing blood flow to inflamed areas. The freezing temperatures help reduce pain, increase muscle recovery, increase weight-loss, improve blood circulation, eliminates harmful toxins from the body (Bleakley, et al.). To do this, one sits in a “Cryochamber” where temperatures can drop below -200 degrees fahrenheit. The beyond freezing temperatures.

Floatation therapy, on the other hand, allows you lie weightless in a bath full of body-temperature, epsom-salt water. Because of the high concentration of epsom salt, you float on top of the water and with no sound or light entering the float tank, your mind and body are able to fully relax.  

At first, cryotherapy and floatation therapy were exclusive to professional athletes and hippies, but now they have growing popularity among anyone seeking to improve their performance and well-being. All over the world there are cryotherapy and float spas opening up their doors. In fact, it is not uncommon to see cryotherapy centers also offering sensory deprivation, or float tank experiences, to their clients as well.

That’s because these two practices are a perfect compliment for each other. While they both give similar results such as stress reduction, muscle recovery, and pain relief; they are very unique practices and provide what the other is “lacking”.   

Here are 3 health benefits of adding a float tank to your cryotherapy sessions:

  1. Cryotherapy will leave you energized; Floating brings you peace

    Cryotherapy provides a burst of energy as soon as you step out, because the cold stimulates your system. This is beneficial in productivity; however, too much stimulation can leave you feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Floating, on the other hand, reduces sensory input and provides you with a sense of peace and calmness. After a session of each you leave feeling alert, but not overwhelmed, so you can have your most productive day.
     
  2. Cryotherapy reduces muscle soreness; Floating leaves you feeling weightless

    The extreme cold temperatures in cryotherapy reduce blood flow which then decreases inflammation and muscle soreness within the body. Floating takes all pressure off of your body by allowing you to lie weightless in a salt-water bath. The weightlessness of a float tank reduces everyday tension that is put on your joints, neck, shoulders, back, etc. In combination these two therapies take any physical pressure and tension of of your body, while effectively healing physical injuries.
  3. Cryotherapy has great physical benefits; Floating will take care of your mind

    Cryotherapy is a very physical practice. Yes, you have to find the mental strength to withstand such freezing temperatures, but at most you are in a cryochamber for only a few minutes. The real benefit of cryotherapy is physical — it decreases blood flow to injured areas, reduces inflammation, increases muscle recovery and relieves pain. Floating also provides some physical benefit, but it does much more for your mind. By reducing all sensory input, you are left in a deep meditative state which teaches you to control your thoughts and actions, enhances emotional intelligence, slows anxious thought patterns, helps you work through problems, and is a great space for visualization. Both of these together is a super combination that lets you master your mind and body.     

Cryotherapy along with Floatation therapy provide balanced care for your body and mind. To learn more about floating, take a look at our Float 101 Guide


Sources

Bleakley, et al. “Whole-Body Cryotherapy: Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Perspectives.” Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 20 Nov. 2013, doi:6 October 2017.


How to clean and maintain your float tank water

Does the upkeep and maintenance of owning a tank at home seem overwhelming or intimidating? Well, you might be surprised at how simple it really is to clean and take care of your water. 

In fact, we've made it as simple as possible by providing each of our customers with a Complete Water Care Guide that outlines all the details, and with a Quick Maintenance Guide for easy regular upkeep.

Weekly maintenance takes on average 15 minutes and if you do these tasks on a consistent basis your water and salt can last up to two years. 

Watch the video below to see a full demonstration of what goes into water care and float tank sanitation: 

Water Care FAQs:

How much water and salt does the Zen Float Tent hold?
The Zen Float Tent holds 200 gallons of water and 800 lbs of epsom salt. We provide customers with a package deal that includes 850 lbs. of salt so that you have extra to fill the tent as evaporation can remove water and salt.   

How often do I need to replace my tents water and salt?
If you regularly care for your water — which only consists of 15 minutes per week — the water and salt will last for two years. Because of evaporation you will have to fill up your tent with a little bit of water every month, and add new salt to increase the concentration. This is why we provide our customers with an extra 50 lbs of salt than what the tank holds — so that you have enough to fill up after evaporation, for the next two years. After 2 two years it is important to drain the water completely, clean the tent, and then refill.

What do you use to clean the water?
We use one high-powered, 1,700 Gallons per hour (6,500 liters) pump, which has replaced the previous 2 pump system. This pump cleans the water using a carbon filter bag and a UV light. Because this filter is higher-powered than the last filter, you may find you have to add more hydrogen peroxide than previous. This filter system It is located at the front of the tent, against the front wall, and is held down with magnetic strips, so not to bother you during a float session.

How do you heat the water?
Our tent is designed with two radiant heat pads that are attached to a temperature controller to continually monitor the water temperature. The heating pads are on the floor, under the water, to send heat up through the tent. You can easily set the temperature to whatever degree you prefer.

What does weekly water care consist of?
Weekly water care consists of measuring the Hydrogen levels, the alkalinity and the pH levels in the water. Bi-weekly it is important to check water levels and salt concentration. We make weekly water care very easy by providing you with an in-depth Complete Water Care Guide and a Quick Maintenance Guide to walk through the steps of caring for your tent. We also provide you with test strips and pH solutions to easily measure water levels and make adjustments.

For specific information on checking water, salt, hydrogen, alkalinity and pH levels click here.

Is it risky to have the filter submerged under water?
No.It is a submersible pump so it is made to be underwater.   During a float you will unplug the filter to remove light and calm the water. So the filter will not be a disturbance during the float.

Can you use chlorine in a tent?
No. Chlorine mixes with the oxygen and oxidizes the iron in the water causing your water to turn brown. All you need to keep the water and salt clean is hydrogen peroxide.

How do I clean the tent?
Diluted hydrogen peroxide makes a great cleaning tool. Use gloves and a sponge or towel to wipe down the inside of the tent walls to clean them. Be sure not to get any hydrogen peroxide in your eye as it can cause eye damage.

PRO Tip: Always shower before entering the float tent to remove loose hair and oil on your skin. This will prevent loose hair from getting caught in the filter and will help keep your water cleaner and lasting longer!

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.

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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.

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

 

So, when will you start your 30 days?

 Join us starting September 18th, 2017 for Free 30 Day Floating Challenge. Click below to get more details!


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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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!

New to floating? Start with our free Float 101 Mini-Course


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. 

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

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 discount for a home Float Tent purchase. To learn more information about our special pricing for Veterans please click here.