floating experiences

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.

 

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. 

 

Why One Man Floats to Prepare For 100 Mile Long Races

For most of us, running a 5k or even a half to a full marathon is a huge achievement. For Yassine Diboun, that’s just his warm up.

2013 Patagonian International Marathon 63k (Chile). "Running in quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever visited!" Photo by: TrailChile

2013 Patagonian International Marathon 63k (Chile). "Running in quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever visited!" Photo by: TrailChile

This American ultra marathon runner competes in races that range anywhere up to 100 miles at a time, all over the world.  And not just on roads or sidewalks, but he’s running these long distances up and down mountains and on steep trails.

It’s pretty much as intense as it sounds.

So how does a professional runner get to this point?

Yassine explains that he’s always been highly active since he was a young kid. His mom would constantly have to remind him to put his legs underneath the table because he would leave his feet out to the sides – always acting ready to go. Though he played some sports in school growing up, endurance sports never appealed to him until about a decade ago when he was 25.

Yassine heard about a local triathlon and decided to try it out.  One thing was obvious – he was okay on the swimming portion, okay on the biking portion but really good at the running portion. At that point, everyone encouraged him to improve on the other areas but Yassine decided to instead focus on the one area he knew he was good at, running.

Unlike other ultra runners that work their way up over time, Yassine quickly moved into ultra running after competing in just a few marathons. The average distances that he runs are 31 miles (50k), 50 miles, 62 miles (100k) but some distances as long as 100 miles. What he liked about ultra marathons as opposed to a typical road marathon is that the that the locations are usually in more scenic areas. In Yassine’s words, “Running through mountains and trails allows me to run in some of the most breathtaking beautiful areas of the world. It’s more sensory stimulating and there is something deeply embedded in our genome that feels good to be out in the forest and mountains.”

He makes a good point. But still, how does someone endure through these long distances both physically and mentally? For Yassine, the answer has been through floating.

It any sort of endurance sports, injuries are a regular occurrence. Yassine heard about floating through one of his friends who owns The Float Shoppe, in Portland, Oregon who recommended he try floating to help with recovery. Though he started out looking to reap physical benefits he now values floating for more for the mental benefits and overall well-being.  He explains that we live in an era of technology and for him to be able to unplug and not have his phone or social media, is such a beneficial thing. Physically recovery is just an added bonus.


“You can do all the physical training in the world that you want but if you don’t have the mental game, then forget about it.”

However, a huge part of the float tank for Yassine is mental preparation for his races.  He states, “You can do all the physical training in the world that you want but if you don’t have the mental game, then forget about it.” One thing that Yassine likes to do is visualize himself running in the race that he is preparing for at the time.  He’ll visualize himself going through different parts of the course and really doing well, running free and happy and crossing the finish line in good timing.

One memory for him stands out in particular from summer of 2013. Yassine was preparing for Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which is the world's oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race. Before his race in the float tank he was envisioning really finishing out the race hard, hoping for a place in the top 10. Since it’s usually during the last 20 miles that matter most, he kept envisioning himself having a lot of energy towards the end of the race and coming out with his physical strength very in tact.

2012 Western States 100-miler (California) Coming into the Foresthill Aid Station at approximately mile 62 with Neal Gorman (left) and pacers/crew Joe Kleffner and Willie McBride. Photo: Bob MacGillivray

2012 Western States 100-miler (California) Coming into the Foresthill Aid Station at approximately mile 62 with Neal Gorman (left) and pacers/crew Joe Kleffner and Willie McBride. Photo: Bob MacGillivray

Day of the race. He’s 17 hours into his run, mile 75 – and he’s ready to give up.  About 10 minutes later he sees the guy ahead of him walking and he knows he’s only in 13th place. A few minutes later he sees another guy ahead of him walking and another one laying down. He knew at that point he had to go for it.

His visualization from the tank came back and he was able to make the mental shift necessary at that moment. As Yassine describes it he went from feeling like the hunted, to the hunter. That mental shift was exactly what he needed to carry out the rest of the race.

Yassine finished the race that day in 9th place.

Now, floating once a week is pretty much dialed into Yassine’s schedule. Like with most things, he notices that when he floats more he reaps more of the physical and mental benefits so he tries to keep his schedule consistent.  

Though Yassine knows that floating is absolutely beneficial and necessary in his professional running career, he also uses it as a tool to be a better dad, husband, and person. “Floating really helps me to just calm down and live in the moment.”

 

 

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