Floating Tips & Tricks

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!

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

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

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:

7 ways to make your post-float glow last for longer

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. You may even want to consider incorporating some yoga or stretching into your routine 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). 

Related Blog: 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 Tank, 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 everyday life. 

 

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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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Finding Your Float Habit (A Sneak Peak Into Our FREE Float 101 eCourse)

How does anyone know how much they should float? It's a common question that we get A LOT.  

Once a month? Once a week? Once a day? 

Let's just say, there are many variables and many different reasons to float. In this post I'm going to break down the different reasons to float, and explain good frequency to float in each.

 

Finding Your Float Habit

 

1. Spiritual Exploration

What can I say? As often as possible. The majority of home floaters are after this benefit, and they float multiple times a week. This is too personal to offer a frequency, you'll just know.  

 

2. Stress Relief

I float for stress relief and I find that twice a week is a great frequency. I float Monday mornings to start my week on the right foot, and Friday to wrap the week up and wind down for the weekend. This could also be situational, so if you find you're going through a stressful time you float more, and if things are peaceful you can back off. 

Also read: Figuring Out Your Optimal Float Time

 

3. Physical Pain Relief

Two things here. First if you're floating for relief from an injury you can float as needed, much like you would see a chiropractor. When the pain resides, you could quit floating. Second, if you're floating from chronic pain or a disorder like Fibromyalgia, you're going to want to float as often as possible, or as often as needed. Because chronic pain is so personal, it's hard to give a frequency. 

 

4. Improve Sleep 

If you're looking to improve your sleep through floating you can do it with the MED (minimum effective dose). If you can get the sleep you want by floating every other week, do it. You may get better at the relaxation response and find you don't need to float to keep the skills you've learned. Or you may find yourself so worked up that you need to float weekly to keep that good sleep. Whatever the habit it, just shoot for the MED. 

 

5. Anxiety Relief 

As often as possible and then some. I battle anxiety and although it's not a big deal right now for me, it has a way of creeping up. You'll need to float as often as possible until you find relief, and then get on a maintenance program. So many times with anxiety I've started to feel better and quit my healthy habits only to wind back up in a panic attack. Always maintain with a regular float even if you feel  you don't need it. Maybe that's weekly, or monthly, you will know. 

 

6. Depression Relief

Floating will not cure your depression, it will only aid you in relieving it as a healthy habit, that is why having a regular float is a good plan. Shoot for at least monthly, hopefully more. There are other huge factors with depression like eating, staying fit, healthy relationships, and a healthy psychology. You will need to dive into each, and mix floating in where you feel the need. Floating can be a powerful tool to help you. 

 

7. Athletic Performance

This would definitely fall under the as needed column. You may need to float to recover from a long run, to ease your muscles from weight lifting, or to relax after a hard game. Either way, you will be floating as needed. Same goes for visualization, go as much as you need to for what you're after. You will be your own floating expert. 

 

8. Intake Overload

This has the same prescription as stress relief. I find that twice a week is a great frequency. I float Monday mornings to start my week on the right foot, and Friday to wrap the week up and wind down for the weekend. Keeping the habit even when you feel good and not overloaded will be the key. 

 

Note: I am not a doctor, you must seek out professional advice for any new health practice. I am speaking from experience with anxiety, depression, stress, and overload. These are my opinions. 

Note 2: If you're floating more than a few times a month, having your own tank could save you TONS of money. Just calculate the amount of floats you will likely have per year and times by 50. This will give you your yearly spend on floating. If it's over $2,500 and you want a tank in your home the most affordable option is the Zen Float Tent. 

 

This post was taken from our Float 101 eCourse: a 10-Day Email Course about all things floating related. Click below to sign up for FREE today!

Community Post: My Best Advice For Someone's First Float

When it comes to floating for your first time, it may not be as relaxing for you as it is for others. A lot of this comes from fear or discomfort with the process and it's completely normal. Not to mention that if you do a search for "sensory deprivation" online, it can return some surprising and even frightening results. 

So, we asked our community of floaters, home floaters, and float centers what their best advice would be for someone's first float. Because you can't knock it until you try it. Here's what they had to say:

My best advice for someone's first float is________________.Comment with your best advice and tag someone you that you think might benefit from floating! #WellnessWednesday

Posted by Zen Float Company on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Responses from our community:

"Leave your ego, expectations and desires behind. Know that floating is like any other worthwhile mode of self care - you get better at it with time. Your first float may be amazing, or it may just be something you need to get out of the way. Even if you don't enjoy your first experience at all - give it a second and third chance. The tank will win you over in the end, and the benefits are worth it." -Fadeaway Floatation Center 
"Pee! Even if you don't think you have to! I also recommend starting with a shorter float until you get used to it. 90 minutes was too long for me." -Lauren Acklin 
Since most first floaters will be skillfully instructed by a float center staff member 1) listen to all of their advice and, I agree, 2) go in with zero expectations...just "be" and consider that simple act a success after your float...anything else that comes along for the ride, is just a bonus to be grateful for. Oh yes...and your first float doesn't really count as a float attempt...you haven't truly floated until your 3 or 4th....so 3) be sure to book them before you leave. wink emoticon. And once you're hooked....4) visit Zen's site, hook yourself up with your own on-demand, at-home float and save money on float center visits. gas, and time." - Tim M. Hoefer 
"Spend some time figuring out how to get comfortable. Do not worry about achieving anything on the first float." - Caleb Fawkes
"Go the the bathroom first, even if you don't think you have to!!!" -Randall Peterson 
"Don't touch your face! Ever!" -Blake Norfleet 
"Dry your face before you get in the tank after you shower." -Chris Coyle 
"Leave your expectations in the shower." -Nicholas Trietsch 
"Let GO and surrender to what happens next." - Benny Kong 
"It's okay to be curious about your 'self'" -Bryan Phillips 
"Let go" -Michael Musa 
"Relax the neck, be water smile emoticon" -Gaynor Longden 
"No shaving of any kind prior to. I don't consume any fluids an hour prior and make sure I go to the bathroom just before getting in regardless. And for me I also don't consume any food at least 2 hours prior. That works for me." - Joe Roberts 
"I agree with making sure you pee before going in! Also...float 1 is throw away, don't judge floating on your first float. It takes a few to let the darkness and water relax you, replenish you & show you the way. Never touch your face, but if you do just grab that water bottle ASAP to spray the salt away." -Wendy Kesinger Kuhn 
"Have something in mind to think about. Then the tank will laugh at you and show you what you really should be thinking about." -James Miller 
"I agree with the Don't touch your face, 
2. Don't go in with too much expectation of yourself to come out with some great revelation or life changing moment, just let those expectations go and see what happens
3. Journal about it afterwards
4. Relax your neck, it's ok to let it go, your head won't go under!"  -Sara Lord 
"Don't expect anything. The float will give what it wants.

Or

Don't touch your face" -Dustin Mark Dee 
"No expectations, everybody is different! Don't take anything in but curiosity and a sense of wonder at the prospect of feeling weightless! Bliss!" -Lynn Taylor 
"Trust the water" -Donavan Suwanapal 
"Bring neck support." -Darcey Olsen 
"Be yourself" -Cari Klenk 
"Surrender.

Surrender your body by relaxing every muscle and letting the water take all of your weight- especially around your neck and shoulders. Feel that you are fully supported. 

Surrender your mind by allowing thoughts and memories to drift through like clouds, without expectation, resistance, or attachment." -Michelle K Lange
"Give yourself time after the first float to come back to earth. Thankfully, my sister (who commented above) was a pro so I was able to talk to her afterwards. Also, its ok if it takes time, like 30 min, to slow your mind. Be patient with yourself and relax. Its like a womb of joy and relaxation that you never want to leave. -Jenny Kesinger-Patton 
"No expectations." - @richypocket
"Keep your face dry. Be still. No expectations." -@floatuniverse
"Every time you feel like getting out don't. Force yourself to stay in and focus on your breathing. Slow it down, in and out of your nose into your lower belly/diaphragm. This will help you disappear and quiet yourself to another level." -@handsomhairless
"Trust the water. Relax into it as if you were trying to sink into your bed. Let go with every muscle. -@pismokitty
"Make sure you keep your helmet on, otherwise you may run out of oxygen. KIDDING! Everything above plus if your neck starts to ache, make sure you push it back so the water nears your brow line, stretch it, use your hands as a pillow (or use pool noodle/neck pillow). Enjoy the amazing instant experience of the water supporting you and as it's your first float, play. There are no rules." -@cocoonfloatation

Big thanks to everyone in our community for their participation and feedback! We got tons of great advice that hopefully will help newbie floaters have a better first time experience. 

 

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5 Mistakes Rookie Floaters Make and How to Avoid Them (With GIFS)

Floating is an art just as much as it is a science. Which means, you often aren’t going to become a pro at it right away. Even if you have floated 1, 2, 3, or 10 times, there are still mistakes that you might be making in a float tank. Here are the most common mistakes that we find rookies make while floating:

 

Eating or Drinking Too Much Beforehand

It’s a common mistake, especially if you plan a float for later in the day, to drink caffeine in some form beforehand. Try to avoid coffee, tea, or soda at all costs–and stick to water or juice if you can.  The same thing goes for eating before a float. We recommend eating at least an hour before or waiting until afterwards. Eating or drinking too closely to the time of your float could cause you discomfort inside the tank, it creates the urge to need to use the bathroom in the middle of your session as well as the inability to fully shut off your mind.

 

Touching Your Face

I swear, as many times as you can tell someone “DO NOT touch your eyes or face” during your float session, there is always going to be someone who fails to listen. This often happens at about twenty minutes into your session. You start to get hot inside the tank and next thing you know, sweat is running down your forehead. So what do you do? You use your hands to wipe it off and then, BAM! Salt everywhere–in your eyes and on your face–it stings massively and now your whole float session is ruined.

Most float centers provide towels that you can use in case you get any salt water in your eyes or on your face. If you’re floating at home, we recommend keeping some small wash cloths close or hung up inside of your tank so if this happens, you’re prepared and can get right back to your float.  

 

Over-Thinking

 

You know when you tell your mind to not think? And then you realize, that’s still a thought, and it causes you to keep thinking. It’s a never ending process!

Instead of telling your mind not to think, focus on your breathing or counting down from 100. You’ll usually lose track of your thoughts well before you count down too far.  

 

Not Fully Relaxing

Relaxing while laying in water is actually a little harder than it sounds.  The most common mistake people make is trying too hard to float. Don’t do this! You will float. Seriously, it’s pretty much impossible to drown in a float tank because of all the buoyancy from the epsom salt.

The most common area of tension is in your neck and upper back. Try floating with your arms above your head to ease tension on your spine and back. Also, some people like to use an inflatable float pillow while they are in the tank. Sometimes a slight change of positioning is all your body needs to help your body relax into an even deeper state.

 

Floating Without A Purpose

Some people float simply to meditate and calm their minds. However, it's also common to float for mental aspects such as increasing focus or personal optimization. If you desire to achieve these types of results, its important to set an intention for your float. 

Before you hop in the tank, decide is today’s float session going to be for relaxation, or boosting creativity or visualizing an upcoming event that you are preparing for.  It’s a simple act of saying to yourself, “I’m floating today to help me with _______" but it will make all the difference each time you float.
 

What other mistakes have you made while floating that might help rookie floaters have a better experience? Please share your suggestions with us in the comments below.  

 

4 Ways Keeping a Journal Can Enhance Your Float

Journals and other methods of record-keeping are an ancient tradition, one that dates all the back to at least the 10th century. The act of began as a simple method of recording in written form one’s meaningful thoughts and feelings.

Now, journals are not only used for personal record-keeping but recording in a journal is proven to help with many aspects of your mental well-being such as reducing stress, helping you solve problems more effectively and providing clarity.  In addition, there is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on your physical well-being.

When you write you use the left side of your brain, which is the analytical and rational side.  At this time that your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. Basically, writing removes mental blocks which then allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Combine these benefits with the benefits of floating and you’ve got yourself a first-class seat to deeper, more meaningful understanding and higher levels of consciousness.  

Here are 4 ways keeping a journal can specifically enhance your float:

1. Keep Track of Progress

Each time you float it’s like moving up a level in a video game. You become more relaxed, your mind can more easily shut off, and you deepen the journey within yourself as if you’re getting closer and closer to reaching the highest level of the game. But sometimes, floating can still feel like trial and error. You might have the best float of your life and the next time not be able to relax at all. As you experience this progress it’s helpful to keep track of it so you can better note what works and what doesn’t work for you.

2. Journaling is Very Relaxing

Journaling might sound like it’s some work but it’s actually really relaxing. By journaling before and after your float you’re helping your mind to slow down and focus in on your thoughts. Acknowledging these thoughts before your float allows you to get them out of your head before you try and shut off.   Journaling after your float also keeps you in a relaxed state of mind before immediately exposing yourself back to the sounds and distractions of the world.  

3. Harness Creativity

It’s been well documented that keeping a journal enhances your creative ability, memorize important information, and brainstorm new ideas. Writing about your experiences not only helps you process them, it helps you see opportunities that may not have been apparent at first glance.

4. Reflect on Results

By keeping record of your float journey it’s easy to go back and reflect on the results you have achieved. It might surprise you how looking back you had different stresses or issues that now no longer affect you. This also serves as a reminder of how far you have come so you can continue moving forward. After 5-10 float sessions or beginning a regular routine at home, you’ll likely be able to notice measurable results.  

 

How to begin:

  • Never wait until you feel like it. That time may never come. Just begin. 

  • Starting with a notebook that will be dedicated to your floating experiences. It’s easier if you separate your float journal from your everyday journal if you have one.  

  • Begin by writing down your thoughts or feelings briefly before your float and then a little more in depth after your float. This will help you define issues in your life or areas of struggle that you may be dealing with. 

  • Write quickly, as this frees your brain from over processing your thoughts or thought-blocks.
  • Stick with it! Just like a floating practice, you must stay fairly consistent before determining whether it is helpful to you or not. 

 

Looking for the perfect Float Journal? We've got you covered!

 
 

 

 

TFTT Episode 11 - Personal Optimization

Floating has many uses but one of the most popular is for personal optimization.  The float tank can help you mentally prepare for an event or big speech, recharge faster and perform better overall in your life. Watch this week's Tales From the Tent episode to hear more about using an isolation tank for personal optimization in your daily life.  

Do you have your own ways of floating for personal optimization? Share your story with us by leaving a comment below!

TFTT Episode 10 - Knowing When to End Your Float

A question we get all the time: how long do I float?

This episode of Tales From the Tent dives into all the different answers to this question. Basically, there is a short answer and also a long, philosophical one.  Watch the video below to find out more. 

 A good reminder: there are no expectations and there are no rules for a float. There is nothing you need to float for specifically. You're going to find rhythms and patterns you like, but just float for whatever feels right for you.  Float for as long feels right for you. 

Do you have your own way of determining when to end your float? We welcome you to share your tips with us below!

 

Introducing Zen Academy: Online Float Education

It's no secret that the internet currently lacks enough available information about floating. Even with how much the float industry has taken off within the last couple of years, there still are only a handful of places online where you can go to learn about all the facts or latest tips. That's why we created our first Online Zen Education eCourse: Float 101, and it officially launched today! 

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Float 101 is a Free 10-Day eCourse that will teach you everything there is to know about floating. During the first few days we'll teach you what floating is, how it started, where you can go float and tips & tricks from the experts. The last half of the course will dive into the specifics of types of float tanks, water care, finding your float habit, and much more!  Finally, at the end of the course there will be a Final Exam and we will be posting the best scores on our site each month. 

The great thing about our eCourse is that you can complete it at your own pace, on your own time! Plus, our courses are designed to cater to both new and experienced floaters. Whether you're trying to get more comfortable with your float or just crave more knowledge of the industry, Float 101 can be a helpful course for you.

Float 101 will be the first of many online eCourses from Zen Float Co. You can keep up-to-date with our latest ongoing courses here.

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Why You Should Consider Stretching Before & After Your Float

Think back to the last time you dedicated part of your day just to stop and stretch out your muscles? I’m not talking about the slight stretch you feel when bending over to pick up something off the floor, or a quick reach of your arms up in the air when rising out of bed.  Think yoga-type stretching. 

If it was just recently I’m willing to wager that, like most people, it was probably before or after you did some sort of physical activity. Whether that be running, working out at the gym or playing basketball with some friends. That’s because most of us (including myself) usually associate stretching with fitness and we often overlook the other physical and mental benefits that can come from introducing stretching into our daily lives.  

It's easy to overlook but stretching is very important to your health.

It reduces tension and also increases energy levels (and I know we could all use a little of that.) But also, stretching provides relief from pain, increased flexibility, better range of motion of the joints, greater circulation of the blood, stress relief and improved posture.  It seriously improves your overall well-being with long term effects.  

Now that you’re probably considering adding stretching into your daily activities, let me also tell you why you should stretch before and after you float. Fortunately for you, it should only add about 10-20 minutes to your normal routine.   
 

Pre-Float Preparation

Stretching is just one method to get you into the floating zone.  Think of it like pre-workout for floating.  It gets you into the right mindset and allows your body to mentally and physically prepare for relaxation. Plus, stretching almost guarantees that you'll be less tense from the moment you step into the tank, making it easier to relax and let go. 

Stretching before your float also acts as a time to reflect on your day and overall thoughts and then use that to find a focus or set an intention for your float session.  Just like in floating and meditation, deep breathing is vital during stretching so you do not get injured or pull any muscles. So, this is a good time to practice those deep breathing skills of yours too.  

 

Mind Body Connection

I know when I float, my mind wonders for at least the first 10 minutes but stretching allows me to really focus in on my muscles and bring my attention back to the body.  Therefore, further connecting my mind and body before hopping in the tank.  

 

Reverse Mental-Shift

When your float session is over, it’s extremely useful to end by reversing the process, coming out the same way you went in.  The warm salt water dramatically aids in muscle relaxation so you should feel more flexible after your float. You won't need to take as much time to stretch after your float as you would beforehand, but it's still a good practice while you're "coming back to earth" after a float session.   

 

A few more tips:

  • For best results, stretch and float around the same time every day.

  • One minute rule: Always stretch for at least 1 minute. Even if you “don’t have time” that day. One long, focused stretch is better than 5 quick stretches.  

  • Find a place to stretch that you feel comfortable in. You can either stretch in the tank or outside before and after getting in.

**Please note, no stretching is required to float but is recommended to be used in conjunction with each other.  


Exercise or not – float or not – stretching is a good thing to consider adding into your daily routine. Luckily, anyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Over time it will begin to come more natural and who knows, it might even start to feel good. 

 

Have you had a positive experience using stretching with floatation? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

 

TFTT Episode 9 - Customizing Your Float

This week's Tales From the Tent episode is one for all home floaters.  Customizing your float; It seriously doesn't get any easier than in the Zen Float Tent. 

3 things discussed in the video:

  1. Water Temperature - Completely customizable up to .1 degree. Some floaters are more cold blooded and like their water temp higher around 94 or 95 degrees, while other floaters prefer the water colder on the 93 to 93.5 degree range. 
  2. Air Temperature - The ideal room temperature for floating is about 75 to 78 degrees but in some cases, you might not have a lot of control of the room temperature where you are floating. An inexpensive portable heater will easily take care of this problem and can be used for other cold rooms in the house as well.
  3. Music - The new My Zen App we recently released now allows you the ability to add music fade-in/fade-out tracks during your float.  Try using it with your favorite song or a relaxing zen track to enhance your float experience.  

Q&A Recap - December 27th

Every other month we host a live Q&A session for our current and prospective float tent owners. This is a chance for our customers to directly interact and get all of their questions answered by the creator of the Zen Float Tent and also DIY float tank expert, Shane Stott.  

Please visit our Youtube Channel to find out when the next Live Broadcast will be taking place. 

Our Q&A's cover everything from basic setup questions, to water maintenance, to opinions on different floating related topics.  To make viewing easier, we have included bookmarks to the different questions asked in this session.  You are welcome to watch the full video or just tune into the answers you are looking for below.  

1. How do you move a float tent? 0:33

2. Are there any kind of upgrades you guys are planning on releasing such a stronger filter, etc, etc. 1:51

3. Are there extra parts available to do repairs? 3:01

4. How long does it take to filter the water in a float tent? 3:30

5. Where are most people buying epsom salts? 4:36

6. How to set up condensation flaps? 5:35

7. What have been the nature of damages needing repair? 7:48

8. Where do you put the temperature probe for proper placement? 10:15

9. Where is the best place to put your float tent? 12:01

10. If I want a tank in April, when is the latest I should place my order? 13:18

11. What is the accuracy of the temperature regulation on the heating pads? Can you manually adjust on the fly? 14:23

12. I have issues with the clicking GFCI, any suggestions? 15:51

13. Are the tents capable of muting out all distractions? 17:18

14. Some people are saying the UV filter sits on top of the water and doesn't stay on the bottom of the tent. Does this affect the filtering of the water? 18:17

15. Where can I get the Zen Float App you were talking about earlier? 20:04

16. When I go out of town for a month can I leave the heating pads off and pump off, or keep them on?21:20

17. Any problem using Reverse Osmosis (RO) water to fill the tank? 24:39

18. Is it safe to setup my tank on the second floor of an apartment building? 26:20

19. Was there any thought of using Ozone like with your tank in the basement? 28:24

20. What are your feelings for using the tank for commercial use? 30:18

21. Have you ever ready any of Dr. Lily's books? What do you think of ECCO? 31:43

TFTT Episode 8 - Wrapping Up Your Float at Home

Many of us are experienced floaters but do not know the first thing about what actions to takebefore and after your float.  In our latest Tales From the Tent episode we show you some suggestion on how to wrap up your float at home.  Some tips discussed in this week's episode are: plug in the UV filter so your water is clean for your next float, wash your ears out of any salt water, and also write down any ideas or creative thoughts that might have occurred while in the tent.  Check out the full video for more in depth detail.  

What other things do you do before getting ready to end your float session?  Please share your tips with us in the comments below!

TFTT Episode 7 - Creative Floating

In this week's episode of Tales From the Tent we dive into the topic of Creative Floating. Float tanks increase Theta brainwaves which are linked to vision and creativity.  Many floaters use the tank as a place to support and even enhance their creative ability.  Check out the video below for three different ways to enhance your creativity thinking during your float.  

How else do you enhance your creativity while floating? Please share your tips in the comments below!

Why You Should Commit To At Least 3 Float Sessions Before Deciding If It's For You

What it is about something as simple as floating in a tank of warm water that makes some of us want to run and hide? No matter how much research and studies there have been proving the mental, physical, and emotional value of floatation therapy, there still seems to be an even greater number of people who refuse to give it a try.  

It might seem odd to sit there listening to your own thoughts while lying in water and epsom salts and staring at darkness.  Fully relaxing and shutting off your mind can certainly be a challenging thing to do and even more so if we are putting thoughts of uncertainty into our minds before trying it.  

It’s time to get those thoughts out of your head though.  If you want to give floating a fair chance, it’s important you go not just once but at least 3 times. Yes, three times. You may think, “What if I don’t like it my first time? Why should I have to go again?”  I’m here to tell you why:

Most first time floaters will typically fit into one of two categories: Type-A, you love it and couldn’t get enough of it or Type-B, you hate it and are unsure if you could fathom another hour long session in a tank.  I was definitely a Type-A kind of floater. During my first float I didn’t have some crazy out of body experience and I barely made it to the point of complete physical or mental relaxation but after one session, I felt so good that it kept me eager to go back and give it another go.  

My second time in the tank proved to be an even better experience.  Largely due to the fact that I was much more at ease going in knowing what to expect. I decided to use the float pillow provided and found that it took a lot of tension off of my neck and upper back and overall helped me to get more physically relaxed.  Within the first ten minutes of my float I started to drift in and out of consciousness.  There were even times that I felt like I was laying right in my own bed and I almost started to forget that I was laying in a bed of water in float tank instead.  This time I decided to try a morning float instead of a night time float and I also could tell how much more it made a difference in my ability to relax.  

With how good things were going, you’d think my third float would go along with the common saying, “third time’s a charm.” However, this couldn’t be more far from true.  

Knowing that I was more of a morning floater, I made sure to schedule my third float for 9 a.m., the first appointment of the day.  I arrived and started as usual by undressing so I could shower before getting in the tank.  However, as soon as I got undressed I looked down to grab the ear plugs (I like to put them in before I even shower) and realized there were none in the room to be found.  Not only were there no ear plugs, but the usual face towel and neck pillow were also missing.  Frustrated, I quickly re-dressed and walked out to the front to grab the missing items from the receptionist.  I decided I wasn’t going to let this ruin my float.  Instead I got undressed for the second time, showered, and hopped in the tank to maximize my hour float time.  

In the past, I had chosen the setting to have the music fade in and out during the first and last 5 minutes of my float.  This time, I opted in for music during my entire session to see if it would make my floating experience more or less enhanced.  It certainly made a difference, but not in a good way.  The music was playing way too loud inside of the tank. Instead of relaxing me like it usually does at the beginning of my float session, it was practically hurting my ears by how loud it was blasing. Luckily, I was in a isopod with music and light controls, so I turned on the light and found the control button for the music and shut it off immediately. 

In turning the lights on I began to notice something I had never seen before, tiny salt crystals floating on top of the water all along the edges of the tank. A clear sign of an over saturation. Then after just five minutes in, I was dying of too much heat.  Naturally, my body temperature is a little low so having the tank water warmer isn’t a problem for me.  In my previous float sessions I only had to crack the door once because of too much heat, and that was almost 45 minutes into my session.  So how I was sweating after just 5 minutes this time? My only conclusion is that the tank had to have been heated up too hot.  Closer to the 94 to 95 degree range, instead of the 93.5 like I am used to.  

Something was clearly going wrong here.  I couldn’t even make it more than 20 minutes through my session before I had to hop out and shower off.  I was over heated, my skin was plastered in salt and I did not feel relaxed one bit.  

The point of this story is not to scare you off from floating or trying it out. The point is to say that sometimes things can go wrong that are out of your control and it’s okay to feel uncomfortable. If I hadn’t previously tried floating before this experience, I would have had no idea otherwise. I would have also become a Type-B hater and probably never tried it again.  

Think of it like trying to get into fitness and working out for the first time or maybe just the first time in a while.  You may feel awkward doing it your first, second, third, or even fourth time.  However, eventually, it becomes a natural habit and you start to feel like the expert in it.  Floating is the same way.  Commit yourself to at least three float sessions for you to be able to know for yourself.  

 

TFTT Episode 5 - Getting Comfortable With Your Float

In this week's episode of Tales From the Tent, we dive into the important topic of getting comfortable with your float.  Because the more comfortable and relaxed you are, the more you will feel the benefits of your session.  Three things that are outlined in the video are adjusting your water temperature, tensing up and relaxing, and using a float cushion for possible relief.  Watch the full video for more insight.  

Floating As a Cold Remedy This Winter

With the cold and flu season underway, it's never too early to start taking extra precautions to avoid getting sick. But before you head to the store to grab some expensive over-the-counter medications, how bout' first floating in an isolation tank. 

Epsom Salts and Health

Research has indicated that epsom salts help to detoxify your body, increase your white blood cell count, and speed up the healing process during a cold.   In fact, doctors say it can help ease aches, calming the body as it fights the symptoms of a cold or flu. Floating in warm epsom salt water is also good for helping break nasal congestion.

Floating in epsom salts is so effective is because our skin is our largest organ for elimination of toxins and waste.  "Getting a virus is the body's way to force us to detoxify, and an Epsom salt bath is one of our favorite recommendations for a gentle detoxing," as said by Dr. Margaret Philhower. 

So what's the best way to absorb all that epsom salt? A float tank, of course.

The Zen Float Tent contains over 800lbs. of epsom salts. So, the next time you start to feel a cold coming on,  just hop in your tank and get ready for some instant cold-relief.   The heat from the water helps the skin to push out toxins from the body and epsom salts add magnesium and sulfur, both of which are supportive of the healing process. 

 

"This little guy is the answer to all my prayers. For the past 3 years I've gotten sick...so this  year I've decided to kick this damn colds ass before I get something serous again. Beyond grateful that I get to float daily in my apartment and rest my body, and also call it a job."     –Kelsey Beerthius, owner of Liquid Floa
 

What other natural cold remedies do you use during the winter time to avoid getting sick? Share them in the comments below!