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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

 

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!

 
 

 

 

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.

 

 

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 :-)

My First Float Tank Experience and My Advice to You

I knew when I was first asked to join the Zen Float Co team that the unrelenting question would arise, "When are you going to try out floating for yourself?"  So, I'm here today to tell you about my first time floating and experiencing the world of sensory deprivation tanks. 

Months before ever going, I had researched floating non-stop. I was so excited to finally try floating for two main reasons:

- I needed a way to shut off my mind completely.  I've tried meditation, yoga, massage, and many other relaxation techniques but nothing completely shuts out all the thoughts that fill my head in a day or leaves me completely at peace. 

I was looking for an outing to force me to relax.  A few years ago I used to work at a massage place where I always took the time to pamper myself.  But since I quit I've barely been able to make time for me to go back and get a massage even once a year.  I never just take time to myself anymore. It's such an important thing to do and I've neglected doing anything about it for too long now.  

Image taken at Salt City Float Spa.  

Image taken at Salt City Float Spa.  

My First Float

When I arrived at the float center it was just as I imagined it to be in my mind.  I walked into a room surrounded in heavenly music, candles, and dim lighting that instantly made you feel calm and peaceful. After filling out some initial paperwork and waiting about ten minutes I was guided back to my room where I could see the light from the tank gleaming down the hall. When I got to the room I was instantly ready to hop in the tank and give it a go. I popped in my ear plugs, showered, and gently made my way into the tank.    

My first thoughts as I began to lay down were, "DO NOT get salt in your eyes, whatever you do just make sure you avoid getting salt in your eyes." I've heard a lot about how much that burns and didn't want my first experience to start off on a bad note.   

As I laid back and began floating I kept the lights on until I knew I felt completely comfortable inside the tank. I really liked that I had the option for music during my one-hour float where I chose to have it play for the first and last five minutes of my session.  The music helped a lot initially with making me forget that I was floating in an enclosed chamber and made me feel more like I was laying near the ocean on the beach.  By the time the music ended I already felt pretty comfortable so I reached over and pressed the button to turn out the lights and began floating in complete darkness.  

During My Float

The inability of me to turn my mind off was completely apparent right off the bat. Just like normal, thoughts were buzzing through my head.  I took the previous advice of my boss and started counting down slowly from 100 while also focusing on my breaths. It took me about 5 or 6 times of starting over for my mind to be able to focus and finally start to shut off. 

From there, I don't actually remember much other than being completely relaxed and feeling weightless. At one point I was trying to decipher what parts of my body were in the water or not but because it is the same temperature, you can't tell at all. I forgot at times I was even in water.

After a little bit I started to drift off for a moment only to wake up from a drop of salt water splashing onto my forehead. It was my mistake as I had previously touched one of the sides of the tank to adjust myself which then led to that happening.  Luckily, the salt water didn't roll into my eyes like I was fearing.

After that I shut my eyes again after what seemed like only a few minutes, the music came back on to alert me that my float was over. I was so bummed. Had an hour really gone by that quickly? I found myself wanting another 30 minutes to get back into the floating zone but I knew that I would have another chance soon. 

Post-Float Glow

jaymie salt city float spa

As I walked out of the spa to my car that day I could tell that everything seemed just a little brighter and I was truly refreshed and more energized than before I had went. I felt amazing and I could tell it was just what I needed. It only took about 5 minutes into my card ride home for my phone to start blowing up with phone calls and texts and it's in that moment I know for sure I'm back in the real world again.  

Days later as I write this post and I can report that I'm still feeling very refreshed.  All weekend long I had more energy than I can remember having in a long time and I was actually able to enjoy some time off rather than worrying about what I have going on that next week. 

If you're someone like me who is constantly on the go or struggle with shutting off your thoughts, floating can be a very beneficial solution. Plus, it makes you feel good too! I'm already craving another float session and I have a second appointment scheduled for this coming week.

So if you're reading this and are considering going to float for your first time, I want to lend you some pieces of advice that helped me to have a good first experience:

My Advice For Your First Float Tank Session: 

1. Prepare For Your Float Accordingly. I had ready many times not to eat right before your float but the day of my appointment I hadn't eaten much so I had a small snack shortly before I left. During the beginning of my float I could hear my food digesting in my stomach and it definitely took away from me getting to clear my mind sooner.  This could have been avoided if I had planned out my day a little better.   

2. Ask the right questions before you go.  A huge part of why my first experience went so well is because I knew exactly what to expect.  If my boss hadn't give me the advice to count down from 100 I might not have been able to relax very easily or as fast. Any questions that might have come up during the first few minutes of my float had already been answered so my mind was free to truly relax.  

3. Focus on relaxing your body as well as your mind. There were times at first where I would feel my thoughts clearing my head but I would then find myself tensing up certain parts of my body like my neck or even my jaw.  Take the first five minutes to really make sure that every part of you is relaxed, not just your mind.  

 

Ready to try floating for yourself?

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