favorite floater

February Favorite Floater - Dann D.

Name: Dann D.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Length of time you've been floating at home:

I have been floating at home for 2 months now with dozens of home floats in my Zen Tent under my belt. My journey with floating started almost a year ago, with 100+ hours in various tanks and pods so far.

How did you first hear about floating  and why do you love it?

I encountered a float spa owner at a local small business event who introduced me on flotation therapy and sensory deprivation.  After further research and having been somewhat aware of the practice from listening to Joe Rogan's podcast I was increasingly intrigued .  

Having been a long time sufferer of anxiety and stress management, I have tried hypnotism, acupuncture,  prayer, meditation and medication, but still struggled; so I decided to give floating a try. 

After my first float I wasn't sure I did "it" right.  My mind was a ping pong ball bouncing from thought to thought.  Eventually having settled in to a comfortable position the thoughts blurred together and an overwhelming calm took hold.  Upon emerging from my float I found my 90 minutes soared by and felt aware of the same problems and thoughts I went into the tank with, only now I was okay with everything.  It was an amazing feeling, as I said before I wasn't sure I "did it" right, but I felt the urge to immediately return.  From here, each float got deeper and deeper and I started floating for 2+ hour sessions increasing to multiple times a week.

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?

As a User Experience Designer/ Digital Strategist and performing DJ, I float now before performances, presentations and before I work on my designs or music. I consume media and information constantly and floating has been the only tool to "turn it all off".  Before I owned the zen float tent I had been spending a good deal of time floating at the best local float spa, Flotation Philly. I began floating in the mornings going into the tank with design requirements and ideas....and things got deeper and deeper....this is when I knew I needed my own tank.

Dann getting ready to fill up his tent with 800lbs of epsom salt

Dann getting ready to fill up his tent with 800lbs of epsom salt

My Best Float Ever: 

Once during a time of extreme stress, feeling overwhelmed and suffering from total creative block, I embarked on a 4 hour float in a friend's escape pod.  During this session I had to emerge from the tank to sketch out the ideas and the list of "to do's" that magically seemed to surface in my head.  Design ideas I hadn't considered, people I needed to reach out to, where I misplaced several belongings I had been looking for...I had tapped into some amazing thoughts and the clarity flowed like a fire hose.  

I emerged with a goal of creating a variety of mobile and IT related tools to enhance the experience and progress of Floating for floaters of all walks of life, which I will be socializing with ZenFloat Co. and other members of the float community later this year. 

During this float I literally sorted and swiped through the thoughts in my head. Subconsciously I developed a business idea that I feel will be my calling or give back to the floating community and will help empower floaters to maximize their experience and journey in floating.  

Dann's Float Tent in his basement which he nows refers to as his "Zen-ment"

Dann's Float Tent in his basement which he nows refers to as his "Zen-ment"

Any tips, tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners. 

Try floating at a float spa first, and try it a few times.  At that point you'll have an idea whether this is a tool for you or not.  Worst case scenario you'll have some extremely restful nights sleep. 

If you find like I did, that you needed more access and flexibility to explore your thoughts, then the Zen Tent may be for you.  Shipping was easy, the team at Zen are really good people, and within a few weeks you can take floating to a whole new level in the comfort of your home.

The tent is not a mass produced Amazon item, but is of really high quality and the maker's care about their product and customers.  As a matter of fact, more care was put into the design of this product because its not such a mass produced item.  Set up from start to float was a weekend, overall the tent is pretty much plug and play, which is why I opted to by from Zen rather than build a DIY.  I advise taking your time and prepping your space accordingly so you can navigate around, clean, and maintain your tent with ease.  Plan it out correctly so your environment is as complementary to a float tank as possible...Mine is in my basement. which is my Zen-ment now!

Start slow... all of a sudden I had my own float tank!  It took a good deal of floats to settle into the fact that this was my tank, and not to be fixated on maintenance and adjustments.  The tent does require water maintenance and minor adjustments from time to time, over the course of your first several floats you feel safe, you feel secure, you feel proud of you tank!  That's when the fun begins!  I haven't faced any major concerns or negatives I can speak to.  

Experiment with float times - I have floated at literally all hours, but have found personally I am able to get the most benefit from my floats in the morning and early day before any coffee or much stimulus.  Night time floats often lead me to be very mentally alert after, but I have friend who feel the opposite.  I encourage you to find what works best for you.  I typically float pre-week to prepare, mid week to be alone with my thoughts and relax me, and end of week to review my week and set myself up for a more relaxed and productive weekend.

I agreed to be a favorite floater because this product is an absolute game changer and I highly recommend it and believe in it!  It has been the most amazing tool for self exploration and improvement.  I highly value the product and the team and often speak to them personally as they are very hands on and just great people who are into floating and care...I highly recommend floating and in particular the Zen Float Tent to offset the demands and overstimulate in  all of our busy lives.

Thank you Shane, Sean, and the Zen crew for all you have done for floating and for me personally!

@DJDannD

 

January Favorite Floater - George Gow

Name: George GOW

Location: Nanaimo, BC

Length of time you've been floating at home: Since May 2015

What made you get into floating and why do you love it?

I was a Police Officer for many years and with both work related accidents and sporting accidents, my body is a wreck.  Due to my conditions, my 62 year old mind is stuck in an 80 year olds body.

Prior to floating, I would get massages, acupuncture, and treatments of many other disciplines in regards to recovery/accident and I always found it cutting into my time.  But with the float tent, it is conveniently done at home and there is no driving back and forth.

I have not had any other treatments this year and that is entirely because of floating.


Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?

Within seconds of entry, I am totally pain free. And when I leave the tank I can feel good for hours. 

George's Zen Room

 

Any tips,tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners.

Try to use the tent as often as possible!

It has taken me a very long time to master relaxing for more than an hour. I was never able to meditate, and always found I was too busy...but it's the best feeling ever to hear ones' heart beat. 

It's funny that one can watch tv for hours, yet relaxing and meditating seems like a chore.

 

 

 

 

November Favorite Floater - Elbert Hartman

Name: Elbert Hartman

Location:  Longmont, CO

Length of time you've been floating at home:  Floating at home since October, 2015. Floating at float centers since January 2015.

What made you get into floating and why do you love it?  

The Week magazine featured an article about floating that intrigued me and so I sought out floating to restore myself emotionally through my current life stressors.  

Floating has exceeded my expectations and has become a facilitator in propelling my life forward at both an unanticipated rate and to a degree of mental/physical/spiritual/emotional health that I never imagined was possible.  Because of the amazing experiences that I had from the very beginning, I was immediately invested in making floating an integral part of my life and started a regular, twice a week, floating practice.

 

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?  

The most delightful experiences that I have had floating has been in the after effects.  While I continue to hope that I will have experiences like Dr. Lilly had, his experiences do not mimic mine at all.  Most of my floats are extremely boring by comparison.

At the same time, the effects that I have had are profound! The dreams that I have had reflect the tremendous, cataclysmic, psychological shifts that I have experienced through shedding unhealthy layers of myself and cultivating/re-connecting to other parts of myself. Since I began floating, I have lost over twenty-five pounds, resumed my long lost yoga practice and quit drinking alcohol completely. This is the first year that I have snowboarded in twelve years and I feel like a kid again, playing in this gigantic playground of life.  

My life has become extraordinary and I know that floating has played an instrumental part in allowing this to manifest within me.

 

Any tips, tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners?  

The only tip that I would share with others is to float, regularly. It’s too easy to make excuses and miss the opportunity to float today.  

Once I made floating a priority and scheduled it, so it was a planned part of my day, it became integrated into and enhanced the flow of my life instead of just being another box on my ‘to do’ list. In my opinion, there is nothing more important or divine than to connect with and become your ‘Deep Self!’

 

October Favorite Floater - Craig Crow

Name: Craig Crow

Location: Grass Valley, CA

Length of time you've been floating at home: 6 months

What made you get into floating and why do you love it?

I had been curious about the stress management aspects of floating, so I got into it about 2 years ago.  It does so many things for me, it definitely plays a meditative role in my life and recently I have enjoyed doing thought inquiry while in the tent

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?  

As far as cool experiences go, I think the deep levels of relaxation, stress relief, centeredness and opportunities for introspection are pretty cool.

Any tips,tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners. 

Floating is a practice, some take to it right away others need a few floats to realize the benefits, but the art lies in determining which conditions will facilitate an ideal float for you.  For example, water temperature, some like 93.5, others 94 or 94.5., figure it out for yourself.  Also stabilize yourself in the tub and DON'T MOVE, observe the anxiety and let it be.

 

August Favorite Floater - Christina McLean

Photo by Kevin Monko

Photo by Kevin Monko

Name: Christina McLean


Location: Collingswood, NJ. (Near Philadelphia)


Length of time you've been floating at home: Since January of 2015

 

What made you get into floating and why do you love it? 
I'm an Airbnb host. One of my guests in Spring 2014 went to Halcyon Floats in Philly. He brought me a brochure that inspired me to book 3 introductory appointments. I was hooked.

As a Vipassana meditator, I have meditated 1000+ hours in my life. It is hard! I have body pain. The float tent eliminates my pain from sitting or kneeling and lets me get into the Theta brain state more easily, more often.

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?
When I haven't had enough sleep or just feel fatigued, I find floating rejuvenates my mind and body.

Any tips,tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow Zen Tent owners?
– If you float often, find a short(er) hairstyle that you like. My hair used to be down to my lower back, but it took too long to dry.

– Get a bath mat, it can be slippery when showering afterwards.

– If your nose gets stuffy while floating, like mine, use a small amount of tiger balm under your nose. Float in Marlton, NJ gave me that trick.

I'm letting my friends use the float tent by booking here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7366469?s=Qp40

 

July Favorite Floater - Jeremy Lopez

Name: Jeremy Lopez

Location: Corpus Christi, Texas

Length of time you've been floating at home: Since December of 2014 

What made you get into floating and why do you love it?

It was on July 4th, 2008, My brother and I attended UFC 86 in Vegas. The night before the fight Joe Rogan had a comedy show. I didn't realize he was comedian. I knew him from the UFC and Fear Factor so we decided to go to his show.

Before the show my brother told me that Rogan was giving away this tank that he lays in on youtube. I was like whaaaat? exactly what does this tank do? My brother didn't really know either. So when I got home I started to Youtube research Joe Rogan and thats how I found out he had podcast.

Every podcast it seemed he would bring up this isolation tank and how amazing it was all the benefits and that nobody is doing it or talking about it.  After listening to him over and over then watching that one video that somebody made of Rogan explaining exactly what float tank is and does, I was like, "Okay, I have to try it. There is no way it could be that great." I wrestled professionally for 10 years from doing small shows, WCW and Japan. I have heard and seen a lot of BS. I figured the tank was just going to be waste of time.

Boy was I wrong. I picked a weekend and flew out to Venice Beach. I had my first session at Float Lab and after 2hrs and 40 bucks later I was like, "OMG now I understand."

Since then I have made floating a routine. I cant imagine not doing it. For me, not only do I feel amazing when get out of a session I feel like I reset my brain. I know that sounds weird but thats the only way to describe it.  Plus ,who doesn't want to go to space and fly through black holes and see the galaxy of stars? 

 

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?

Yes, my first two session at Float Lab were back to back. I did 2 hours on Saturday and almost 3 hours the next day. During this time I was pretty much done with Pro Wrestling and was working as a roughneck in the oilfield offshore. I had a schedule of 14 days home and 14 days in the middle of the ocean on a drilling rig. At work all I would do was eat, sleep, work. When I went home all I would do was eat and sleep. I was to lazy to do anything else didn't have energy to do anything. So, of course my bodyweight went out of control.

It was after either my first session or second that I would say I had an out of body experience. I remember I could see myself laying down and asking myself, "WHY ARE YOU NOT WORKING OUT ANY MORE? WHY ARE YOU EATING LIKE CRAP? WHY ARE YOU LETTING YOURSELF GO? YOU HAVE NO EXCUSES. YOU USED TO BE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE. YOU ARE GOING DOWN THE WRONG PATH. WAKE UP, GET IN CONTROL OF YOURSELF."

So, thats what I did. I remember Crash the owner of Float Lab saying that he gave me the sound to get out of the tank but I was so far gone that I didn't hear it. That session felt like I battled my ego and and somehow I traveled into another dimension that I didn't even know was possible to get to. I say that because you know how you see those tiny dust particles floating around in a room? Thats pretty much what I felt like. I had no sensation that I had a body, no sense of time, all I know is it was euphoric.

After that session I changed everything. I went from 225lbs to 185lbs in probably less than years time.

 

Any tips,tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners?

I recommend for your first time go to float center and book yourself 90min or 120min session. If you really want to explore you inner self it might be a bit pricey but 60 min to me is not enough time to get accustomed to the tank.

I tell people all the time dont worry about how much time you have left when you are in the tank or how much time has passed, somebody will come get you when your time is up. Also try to listen to heart beats see how slow you can get it. Concentrate on your breathing. First timers no music, no lights. 

Zen Tent Owners, we have the Tent probably for the same reasons: we can float when we want, there is no hourly price and thats awesome.  We used to have large participation on the message board not sure where everybody went. 

P.S Make sure you take a piss before you go in the Tank 

 

Make sure to check out Jeremy on Twitter! He's been doing live broadcasts on Periscope with his Zen Float Tent and is open to chatting about floating with others. 

 

June Favorite Floater of the Month – Lance Zonneveld

Name: Lance Zonneveld

Location: Fort Mcmurray Ab. Canada

Length of time you've been floating at home: 

I have been floating with my Zen Float Tent for almost three months now.

What made you get into floating and why do you love it?

My time with the Zen Float tent has been an eye opening experience.

I had originally bought the tent for the purpose of maintaining overall body health and recovery from my tough working schedule which it does extremely well. After spending an hour or two in the tent your body feels as if you just had 12 hours of sleep and has become completely rejuvenated and energetic, not groggy as when you get out of the hot tub or bath. But I now see that there are far more than just the physical benefits, the mental and spiritual growth far exceeded my expectations!

If you find yourself entertaining the idea of possibly buying one, you’re already more than half way there.
— Lance

Everyone should have one of these things! If you find yourself entertaining the idea of possibly buying one, you’re already more than half way there. Your body and mind are trying to tell you something and only when you hop in for the first time will you realize what the possibilities really are, and you may even ask yourself as I did “wow, if only I had introduced this into my life sooner, the course of change in my life would have been astounding. I can’t wait to having a couple years of experience with this powerful tool in my belt."

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share? 

Propelling, rushing and laughing. It was my first time in my Zen Float Tent and I already felt like a champion floater, something I didn’t expect from my first float. I was completely comfortable and totally relaxed. I was (what I thought to be) about 30 minutes into my float when I started to feel very euphoric and almost in a dream like state while I was so obviously completely awake. I couldn’t believe it when I started feeling this buzzing of energy in my chest. Much the same feeling as when your leg falls asleep accept this feeling was good... very good. I decided, rather than let this feeling distract me, possibly snapping me back to reality, I allowed it to come and I focused on my breathing. Instead of controlling, I let go, whatever was going to happen, let it happen. And boy did it start happening. 

Before I knew it my entire body started buzzing almost as if I was one of those Tesla Coils and the energy source was emitting these electric bolts from my body. It was incredible. My entire body was charged with energy. After what felt like 10 minutes of this the buzzing energy started to dissipate and I was in a total bliss state. I started to contemplate what had just happened and how amazing my first experience had been. 

But the tent wasn’t done with me yet. Little did I know one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in my life was right around the corner. I was floating there breathing deeply thinking about what had just happened when I started getting this feeling of happiness, and the happiness started growing... and growing... and growing. Bigger and bigger until I felt like my chest was puffed up and full just like if you were to take the biggest breath you can fit into your lungs. And then I felt the sensation of pure joy welling up inside me, more and more and more and more and more. I found myself floating there in an empty house, all by myself laughing hysterically. This feeling of joy that was somehow pent up in my body was releasing itself all at once and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I just kept laughing and laughing as loud as I could, all by myself.

After all this strange gut busting laughter, I had calmed to the point of relaxation again. While floating there I felt the need to stretch so I very slowly put my hands above my head and had what felt like the best stretch of my life and continued to relax in that position. After a while of lying there with my arm straight above my head I felt as if I was done with that position and proceeded to bring my arms down by my sides.

As I did this the most amazing thing happened... Picture yourself in a pool swimming on your back, you rise your arms to about shoulder height and grab all the water you can with your hands and push your arms quickly down to your sides propelling yourself through the water... this is the same motion I did in the tent except when I did this I felt as if I had propelled my body to an ungodly speed and there I was accelerating faster and faster through the water as if I was floating backwards down a rushing river going 50 mph . This feeling was exhilarating and extraordinary; I got the same rush lying there in the tent as I would have if I was actually speeding down a river faster than I ever dreamt possible completely out of control. This feeling of extreme speed lasted for what felt like 10 minutes and eventually the river slowed and I came to a stop. Of course the whole time I never even moved an inch.

When I finally got out, I went to have my post float shower. I figured I had been in there for an hour or more. Incredibly, to my surprise upon looking at my cell phone I realized only 35 minutes had passed.I looked in the mirror and the look that I had on my face was like I just got back from my favorite vacation spot. I was completely relaxed yet energetic with a twinkle in my eye. The feeling was completely incredible.

I was clearly in a place that I have never experienced before, floating there with no pressure anywhere on my body. The water was warm and comforting. Nothing was restricting my bones, joints and muscles from the ideal position of comfort. No sounds or smells. Everything the way it had to be to enable relaxation to my fullest potential.

May Favorite Floater of the Month - Garrick Valverde

Name: Garrick Valverde

Location: Lawrence, KS

Length of time you've been floating at home: Four months 

What made you get into floating and why do you love it? 

I got into floating through Joe Rogan and his many rants about its benefits. I feel like the busy life of a college student and athlete leaves me feeling very fragmented due to all the obligations. I love floating because it pulls me back together, and I just feel whole again after. 

 

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?

I use the Zen Tent primarily for meditation. I’m always astonished when my mind fully clicks off,  especially when it seemed it never would. There’s a wonderful sense of joy that accompanies that clicking off that’s difficult to describe. It’s as if I’m walking in on the most amazing feast where each breath I take and heartbeat tastes better than the last.   

 

Any tips, tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners?

In the beginning, I really wanted to have an awesome experience in the tent. What I found was that my desire to have those experiences was keeping my mind or ego (whatever you want to call it) engaged and wanting to control things. Because of this, I wasn’t able to fully let go. It wasn’t until I was completely content with not having an experience that I could fully let go, and then, of course, the experiences came.

 

 

April Favorite Floater of the Month – Carl Poston

Pictured is Ava Sobieszek, the girlfriend of Carl. 

Pictured is Ava Sobieszek, the girlfriend of Carl. 

Name: Carl "Blitz" Poston

Location: Perdido Key (Pensacola), Florida

Length of time you've been floating at home:

We (Ava Sobieszek [my girlfriend] and I) have been floating at home for 6 months now.

What made you get into floating and why do you love it?

We decided on purchasing the Zen Float Company tank because of the practicality, design, space requirements and affordability of it. It is located in our "Sun" room. We try to float daily as it is so relaxing, mind freeing, ache and pain relieving and allowing to "getting to know oneself better" that when we are unable to float, we miss it dearly. 

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?

In my opinion, one of the neatest things about "floating" is that time becomes almost non-existent and unless you set an alarm or have to use the bathroom you are in a timeless state of mind. Ava was very pleased with how soft her skin stayed all winter without having to use any moisturizing lotion due to the Epsom salts in the float tank.

Any tips,tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners.

We have placed a foil around the outside tank to keep the heat in, thus using less energy, when it is cool to maintain the temperature.

 

 

March Favorite Floater of the Month - Heather Hersey

Name: Heather L Hersey


Location: Beverly, MA 


Length of time you've been floating at home: 4 months


What made you get into floating and why do you love it?
I began floating about 5 years ago and have been all around the country experimenting with types of pods, tanks, rooms, and more…to FLOAT at home is totally awesome!!!  I LOVE it for so many reasons…

1. regular floating helps me align with healthy lifestyle, craving all that nourishes me in mind, body and soul… eating healthier, resting well, more energy to move through the day.

2. all aches and pains go away…arthritis, joints, anxiety, depression…whatever the ailment is, it seems floating is my “magic pill”

3. skin is glowing, so soft and never had dry skin this entire winter…it’s as if the PH of my body knows how to reset when I float regularly.

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?

Each time I float, there are cool experiences.  Generally I go into deep meditation, consciously aware of the journey and other times, deep rest and healing is where I go…each time is delightful.  When I least want to make time to FLOAT, I know that sounds funny, lol… it’s when i’ve had the most profound realizations during my FLOAT.


Any tips,tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners?

Keep on FLOATING!!! I prefer to use the ear plugs as being a frequent floater, I’ve noticed my ears can otherwise get blocked if I do not and I really enjoy the complete silence.

Other Comments:

The boy here is my son, Luke who also FLOATS and helped me set the thing up, that’s how easy it was.  He’s 10 and finds that when he floats, his performance on the basketball court is focused and his body recovers more easily. Oh, the powers of Epsom Salt, Magnesium and FLOATING :-)