Floating Success Stories

Try Floating 3 Times, And Then Tell Me You Still Don’t Like It

I remember the first time I heard about floating. My brother described it to me by saying, “You lie in a giant bath tub and you can’t hear or see anything — it’s great!” ...Huh??

I thought he was crazy. In no universe did that sound enticing. Fast forward a few years and now my brother is running Zen Float Co. — an entire business developed around making float tanks. How is this working? Why do people like it so much they are willing to buy their own float tank? Still confused at why people enjoy this alien activity, I thought maybe I should try it.

Let me pause here for a moment and tell you a little bit about myself. I recently graduated from college and am working as a part-time yoga instructor. While I was in college, I had your typical existential crisis and was endlessly searching for my “purpose”. That is when I found yoga. It was a meditation that allowed me to look inward in a way that I never knew how to do. It built my confidence and developed a trust in myself, showing me that I do know what I want in life.

Why is this important? Because I thought I already had it figured out. My mental game was strong, I knew how to meditate and my anxiety was under control. I didn’t think I needed to float, I didn’t think it would bring me anything new. But considering my brother is a floating guru, I was urged to try it.  

So here I go, about to float for the first time. And I should mention — my brother made me promise him I would try it at least 3 times before I made up my mind about it. I rolled my eyes at him, “yeah, yeah, floating 1 time versus 3 times won’t make any difference, but sure”.  

So there I was, standing in the float spa, ready to go. Calming music played overhead, it smelled like essential oils, and the room felt peaceful and inviting. I was starting to like this place - it reminded me of being in an actual spa. So I stepped inside the tank and the water felt good. But then I shut the tank door. The light and music disappeared, I was left floating in this dark abyss, and I completely lost my mind. I became so disoriented, it felt like I was spinning and spinning and spinning in circles. Feeling trapped and lost, not knowing where the door to get out was, I felt the onset of a mini-panic attack. Quickly, I jumped out of the tank, my mind racing, I stared back at it trying to get my bearings.

After a few long, deep breaths, I regrouped and climbed back in the tank — this time leaving the door wide open. With the door open I could orient myself and got more comfortable in the tank, but I never got into any type of meditation.

Finally, my first float was over. I left feeling so angry and frustrated. Why wasn’t I able to relax? How is sitting in a dark, claustrophobic pod good for anxiety? I didn’t understand it, I didn’t connect with it, and I simply decided I didn’t like it.

I thought about the promise I made to my brother — I will go three times before I make up my mind about it. So I showed up to float a second time. I tried to keep an open mind, but was very reluctant to go as I remembered how scary it was the first time. I  thought to myself, “just get three floats out of the way and then you can be done”.

I climbed inside the float tank and didn’t even attempt to shut the door. I left it cracked, so only a little bit of light was shining through. And though it was a lot darker this time, I wasn’t completely disoriented. My body was able to relax and slowly my mind followed. I was able to get into somewhat of a meditation, but nothing profound happened, my life wasn’t changed. The float was over and I didn’t leave feeling completely discouraged. I just felt calm and pretty indifferent about floating.  

So now it’s my last time having to go. I was both excited to try it again and anxious to get it over with it. As soon as I stepped into the water, I knew it was going to be different. I felt instantly calm. I was immediately relaxed and all of my anxieties and stressors so easily melted away. I shut the door completely, so no light was getting in — and no disorientation! With all the noise and light that usually distracts me gone, I drifted off into another world. I got into the deepest meditation I have ever been in.

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I lost all track of time and don’t remember what happened between the moment I first stepped in and the moment I got out. It almost felt as if I was sleeping, yet I was fully aware and in tune. I didn’t feel any sensation, in my body or my mind. All of my worries and my thoughts disappeared. I was completely free — free of pain, free of doubt, free of worry, free of fear. And afterwards, I felt so light. I walked out of the building like I was walking on clouds. I was glowing and beaming, feeling so much joy within myself.

Now I understand why my brother made me promise to try it at least 3 times. Removing all of our senses that usually distract us from what is really going on inside can be scary. As all your thoughts and pains release, emotion comes up and it can be terrifying to become aware. But slowly, you get used to darkness and the quiet, and eventually you crave time that is free of all sensation.

To this day, I still float. It gets me into a meditation state that I am unable to access in any other circumstance - even when I am practicing yoga. My body feels better, my mind is lighter and I can think more clearly. It is amazing what you can achieve in one session of floating compared to hours spent on other forms of meditation. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t like you’re first time. And, from the wise words of my brother, promise me you’ll try it three times before making up your mind.  

 

 

Behind The Author:

My name's Monique! I recently graduated from college and am currently a yoga instructor who will complete a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in August 2017. I also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most badass life. 

Stephen Curry Teams Up With Kaiser Permanente To Promote Mental Health

How does an athlete such as Stephen Curry, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, cope with the stress of preparing for another championship? 

No doubt, it has a lot to do with the mental game, and he shares more about it in a new campaign that he created in partnership with Kaiser Permanente,  

As you'll see in the videos below, a big part of the campaign promotes Curry's use of a float tank. The first video of the campaign gives viewers a look into how Curry uses the sensory deprivation tank to calm his mind, focus, and visualize what's to come on the basketball court.

The campaign then follows with a set of Q&A style videos where Curry dives in deeper into training the mind, the benefits of floating, as well as the pressures and expectations he deals with as a professional athlete. 

Essentially the message is that life gets difficult but there are always things you can do to overcome it, and it all starts with training your mind. Hear below why Curry thinks that sensory deprivation is one of the best ways to do just that.

What did you think of these videos? Do you think this is an effective campaign to promote floating and mental health? 

 

Success Stories: How One Man With PTSD Found Hope Through Floating

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when a traumatic event is experienced in someone’s life. It can cause uncontrollable thoughts, extreme anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, and memory loss, which often last for years if left untreated.

It’s estimated that 7.7 million Americans age 18 and older suffer from PTSD. Today we’re going to tell you about one of them.

Michael Harding is an Australian veteran whose journey started in 2010 at the age of 21 when he was deployed to Afghanistan with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment. During his tour, Michael was involved in a firefight that lasted three and a half hours and resulted in the death of his section second-in-command.

Immediately after that Michael began experiencing full body muscular twitches. He was evacuated and diagnosed with Conversion Disorder, a form of PTSD with functional neurological symptoms. After being medically discharged in 2012, Michael returned home to his wife Bek a changed man.

Back at home, Michael started receiving treatment from veterans’ services that included exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a number of different medications.

“They only exacerbated everything,” Michael says. “Made my condition worse. The medication suppressed everything, and because I couldn't really feel anything emotionally, I was a zombie and wouldn't get out of bed before twelve.”

Frustrated and feeling hopeless, Michael then turned to alcohol. “I was just a mess,” he says, consuming up to a 750ml bottle of alcohol each day. Eventually Bek suggested that he needed to try something different and that’s when they started looking into alternatives.

The first real change they made had to do with nutrition. Since being discharged Michael had gained over 80lbs between the medications and alcohol. They started with a juice cleanse and during that time Michael was able to lose about 30lbs off the bat.

After the initial cleanse, they continued focusing on eating a plant-based, whole-food diet. They also tried medical cannabis, which is illegal in Australia, but they were willing to try anything and had read the studies being done in the United States about positive impacts.

A healthier diet combined with exercise inspired Michael to finally get off all medication. But as Michael describes it at this point, “things were alright.” He was still having a lot of night sweats and nightmares, and his twitches would still occur. He also had a lot of social anxiety.  

“It wasn’t until we stopped the with medication we started dealing with PTSD and Conversion disorder for what it really was,” says Bek. “The med’s suppress everything and they don’t allow you to work anything out at all. They just numb you out. Basically, it’s an unsustainable life. You can’t live like that or experience happiness when you’re on as many meds as Michael was on.”

During this time Michael also returned to his job, but he only lasted four months. No one else would hire him. He avoided large crowds and even family gatherings. He disconnected from his civilian friends, and most of his Army buddies didn’t understand what he was going through—although sadly, a few of them later learned firsthand as they had their own experiences with PTSD.

Bek continued to research alternative therapies online until finally one day she came across a video of Joe Rogan, former host of Fear Factor, talking about floating. She watched a few more videos and although she couldn’t find much research to support it at the time, she knew floating would be great for PTSD as well.

Michael on the other hand was was tough to convince. “I honestly thought it was going to be a waste of money,” he says. But for the next 6 months Bek slowly brought up the idea and after agreeing to pay for the float, she finally got Michael to agree to go.

At this point, he was only one week away from having to speak at a fundraiser for an event he had helped organize, so his symptoms were worsening with his stress levels. Bek and Michael traveled over an hour to visit the nearest float center and planned to do three sessions in one week as suggested by the technician at the center.

After just one hour in the tank, it was clear that Michael was hooked. “I hopped out feeling on top of the world” With a big grin on his face, he turned to give Bek a kiss and said, “Let’s book the next two sessions!”

His third session was on Friday, the day of the fundraiser. “I still had a lot of anxiety because it was probably about 150-odd people at the event, but it was a lot more maintainable. I was able to participate and help coordinate people.”

 Our cofounder Shane with Michael and Bek at the 2016 Float Conference in Portland, Oregon

Our cofounder Shane with Michael and Bek at the 2016 Float Conference in Portland, Oregon

During the Fundraiser Bek spent her time talking with veterans and attendees, telling them about their successes with natural and alternative therapies for PTSD. As she was explaining their newest adventure with floating to a friend, she heard something that brought tears to her eyes.

Michael was speaking at the fundraiser. Into a microphone. In front of 150 people.

“I instantly burst into tears,” Bek says. “It was the biggest turnaround because I honestly thought during the week that he wasn't even going to be able to make it to the event. He was that worked up and stressed out, and a lot of his symptoms had returned. So then to hear him get up and talk on the microphone, I balled my eyes out. It was even bigger and better than what I ever imagined. It was incredible.”

Both Bek and Michael spent the next months floating twice a week until they eventually purchased a reconditioned tank and set it up at home so they could float as often as they like.

Today, Michael is an advocate for the use of Integrative Therapies in the treatment of PTSD and other mental health issues. He also serves as a mentor in Trojan’s Trek, a peer-to-peer rehab program for veterans in South Australia, and speaks publicly as an active member in other ex-service organizations and charities.

Through the combination of a regular floating habit along with healthing eating, exercise, meditation, yoga, medical cannabis, positive affirmations, and peer-to-peer-rehabilitation, Michael has finally found his way back to a life that he loves.

 

Michael and Bek were also speakers at the 2016 Float Conference held annually in Portland Oregon. Check out the video below to hear more of his story first-hand:

 

Zen Float Co is proud to support Veterans and offers a discount for a home Float Tent purchase. To learn more information about our special pricing for Veterans please click here. 

 


 

Success Stories: How Floating Can Help Treat ADHD

A common source of internal stress is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Recent surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, 11 percent of children 4 to 17 years old were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, up from 7.8 percent in 2003.

Many of these children will carry the disorder into adulthood.

Essentially, ADHD is a problem of being unable to focus, being overactive, being unable to control impulses, or a combination of these symptoms.

The remarkable thing is that this this is exactly the description of the habits we are creating with our technology.

We are training people to have disordered thinking. Though not yet proven, many experts believe that technology has played a role in the rising rates of ADHD.

Think honestly to yourself…

How much TV do you watch and do your kids watch on a daily basis….can you really resist the urge to press the “on” button when you know a new episode of your weekly show is about to air?

What about when you hear your phone buzz...how long can you go without checking it? Most people would come in at five minutes tops. You might feel like you can control your behavior, but usually habits say otherwise.

While technology is convenient and may not be the cause ADHD, it could very likely exacerbate a problem that’s already on the rise.

 

Floating as a Treatment for ADHD

There’s one main reason that floating is an ideal solution for ADHD: It helps you stay focused, on task and present, no matter what.

There’s one main reason that floating is an ideal solution for ADHD: It helps you stay focused, on task and present, no matter what. And for people who deal with the very real symptoms of ADHD on a regular basis, a floating routine might have similar effects.

Spencer Fossier, owner of NOLA Float Tanks, first floated in 2014. Since then, he’s not only adopted a regular float schedule to deal with symptoms of ADHD and back pain but has also opened his own float center.

Diagnosed and medicated for ADHD in the fourth grade, Spencer spent years feeling hopeless and misunderstood. Now he says, “It has opened me up immensely.” His symptoms are alleviated, and he chooses to stay off medication.

However, things didn’t always used to be this way. When Spencer’s ADHD was at it’s worst he recalls fighting and screaming with his parents, punching through walls, and even failing classes. To other people it seemed like he was unable to control himself but to Spencer it felt like everyone was trying to control him to where he felt like he had no personal freedom.  

Spencer dealt with the symptoms of ADHD all throughout his childhood and into adulthood. It wasn’t until after college that he heard about floating through Joe Rogan and immediately decided to give it a try. Spencer now maintains a regular float practice and floats 2-3 times a week at his center.

 Photo from Nola Float Tanks 

Photo from Nola Float Tanks 

Besides helping Spencer with the symptoms of ADHD, he says floating also helped him come to peace with his diagnosis and the struggles he went through as a child. “Whereas before, I kind of was this angry little kid, was just frustrated that no one else got it and I was just a victim of situations. More than anything else, floating has helped me realize I'm just responsible for my own life and decisions.  And not only that, but I'm not responsible for the way that other people react to me.”

He says that regardless of why you’re doing it, you should keep an open mind and that every float is different, even for him. “Everyone needs to do it,” he says. “It's a life-changing experience. You will learn more about yourself in those forty-five minutes to an hour than most people have ever sat down to think about in their entire lives.”

Whether you suffer from ADHD or simply the disordered thinking of an overloaded society, floating can help you move to a more peaceful place.

 

 

Pieces of this story were taken from The Float Tank Cure and repurposed for the use of this post.

 

About Spencer Fossier

Spencer is the owner of NOLA Float Tanks, which he opened after floating at Float Houston last summer. What initially drew Spencer to the tanks was the alternative treatment for ADHD, which he had been diagnosed and medicated within 4th grade. After using the tanks to center his mental state, Spencer noticed that he became more balanced in his external musculature.

By the time of the conference, Spencer will be CHEK Golf Specialist certified which he is going to use to incorporate float tanks as physical therapy. He suffers from back pain like many others and would like to help himself and as many other people as possible to work through these physical symptoms of stress.

 

The Anxiety Podcast: Climbing The Anxiety Mountain & Floating Away

Hosted by Tim JP Collins, The Anxiety Podcast is a show to support everyone suffering with Anxiety, stress and panic attacks. Tim suffered with Anxiety and panic attacks and has changed his life to recover and now supports others in doing the same.

This unique show isn't just about coping, it's about moving past Anxiety and fear to live the life you were destined for. Each week Tim interviews people that have stories that you will be able to relate to.

The interviews are raw, real and vulnerable and people share what's really going on for them. Each week Tim will also share a personal story, skill or coping strategy for you to put into practice right away! 

In Episode #108 of The Anxiety Podcast our very own cofounder, Shane Stott, shares about his own personal struggle with anxiety and what he did to move past it.  He also talks about his journey and how he started a float tank business after finding it so beneficial. 

 

In this particular episode you will learn:

- How Shane drank heavily and due to that and lack of sleep began having panic attacks

- How Shane went to the church of scientology when he was desperate for help

- How guided meditation was very useful for Shane in terms of overcoming anxiety

- What Shane's experience was like trying to get off of his medication

- How Shane got involved in his family business and then started his float tank business

- How after putting float tanks online he got a following from others looking to build float tanks at home

- What a float tank does for people with anxiety

- We discuss how anxiety still shows up for us today

Listen to the full interview to hear all the details!

 

 

Do you struggle with anxiety and/or have a positive experiencing using floatation therapy? We would love hear from you in the comments below!

 

An Inspiring Story About Using Float Therapy to Overcome Writer's Block

Imagine a noisy classroom. The bell just rang as the students rush to their seats. It's a Monday morning so the kids have a lot to chatter about.

Today the teacher decides to play a little experiment. She puts on a calm, meditative audio in the mist of all the chatter and she asks herself, "how long will it take for them to hear the music?" 

Minutes go by and she watches the the evolution of the classroom chatter. You'd think the chatter would stop and the students would realize something different but to her surprise, they still don't amp down the chatter even ten minutes after the start of class.

As the minutes pass, some of the students closer to the speakers start to expend their built up energy and suddenly notice the calming music playing from the speakers. Unfamiliar to the students, the sound sounds interesting, foreign and undeniably therapeutic. One by one the students nudge each other and direct their classmates attention to the sounds. As each student tunes in, the once non-existent sound begins to crescendo into a loud harmonizing wave of peace.

She begins class and notices that those ten minutes of calmness led to a more productive hour lecture. The students she finds were more attentive and responded in a more center way, instead of their usual sporadic ways. 

Now imagine this classroom represents your mind. The students represent our daily mental chatter that often stops us from observing our surroundings more fully, each conversation distracting us from the peace that dwells within. The soothing nature of floating in a warm silent floatation tank can be related to the teacher who is trying to bring the classrooms attention to this wave of bliss.

You may be thinking, could one hour of my day lead to more production and energy for the next 15 hours you spend awake? From my experience, the answer is 100% yes.

At the time when I first decided to float, I was a 19 years old with years of anxiety. I was always very gifted in the creative arts but a string of life set backs had me with a lot of questions that I looked to my mind to solve.

During this period, it was very hard for me to come up with new lyrics, it was like the chatter within kept me from tapping into my creative source. I decided to try out floating and was lucky enough to get free float time for handing out flyers down the city blocks for an amazing float center named Halcyon Floats located in Philadelphia.

I floated in the tank for about 90 minutes but didn't really get settled until 60 minutes in. At that point I found myself hugging the warmness of the experience and basking in the space, very much in the moment. After hearing the music underwater, I said to myself, "was this really worth it?".

The moment I opened the door and stepped into the shower it was clear to me it was worth every second.

I noticed a fluid stream of observance emanating from my being and a calmness that rivaled nothing else. My heart felt lighter and my motions synched well with this feeling I had. After getting dressed, I went to the counter to talk to the owner of the center and noticed my anxiety levels dropped exponentially, something that no previous forms of therapy seemed to manage.

Now, here's the icing on the cake. As I drove back home calm and relaxed, in my mind I began to free verse and came up with a new song concepts and lyrics! This one session seemed to have a lasting after glow that stabilized my psyche for the rest of the work week. 

If had to sum up my experience in one sentence it would be, "Quiet down the classroom and tune into the the music in the background". 

April Favorite Floater - Mike Barcomb

Name: Mike Barcomb

Location: Plattsburgh, NY

Length of time you've been floating at home:  1.5 years 

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

Like so many others, I originally got into floating because I heard Joe Rogan talk about it on his podcast.  The closest float center to me at the time was in Montreal, so I made an appointment to float and made the trip to give it a try.  A year and a half after my one float, I heard about the Zen Float tank and bought one.  To this day, I’ve only had one float session outside of my home.  

I’m a Ph.D. student, business owner, college instructor, and father of two in a bilingual household.  Needless to say, it’s really important for me to take good care of my body and mind, and I’ve grown to appreciate the give and take relationship between the two.  Before floating, I knew my mind could strain my body, but I never knew how much the tension in my body was straining my mind.  I have found that floating hits the reset button on my body, which allows my mind to relax.  My relaxed mind then keeps my body relaxed, so, in short, I’d say the whole process is incredibly cyclical.  

Any cool experiences floating that you want to share? 

The first time I knew there was more to floating was when I went wakeboarding about five months after my first float.  When I fell, I felt like I was more comfortable in the water than I had ever been— I was able to just relax and enjoy being in the water.  Experiences like this have continued, and even though I don’t practice swimming, I somehow feel like a better swimmer than I’ve ever been.  In short, I am increasingly becoming aware of my coexistence with water, which I think is a pretty cool discovery at age 32.    

Floating for me really changed once I got over the “I’m going to have a psychedelic experience” view of floating.  It took me about 20 floats to get beyond this limited view, and the whole thing became increasingly expansive for me when I started viewing floating more like relaxing on a comfortable couch.  Similar to the rest of life, a lot of behavior has to be unlearned before true relaxation becomes a possibility.  In short, floating at home has helped me unlearn a lot of not-so-great tendencies I was completely unaware of beforehand.    

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

So many people get annoyed when they have weeds in their garden, but it’s all part of having a garden.  Over time, you start to appreciate weeds as part of the process.  Similarly, there are a lot of “weeds” when it comes to maintaining a float tank (e.g., water level, filter bag, H202, pH, temperature, etc.).  This was really frustrating for me at first, and I wished I had a more “hands-off” system.  

While it took me a little while to learn how to balance everything, I think my initial effort in learning how maintain my tank has made floating that much more in synch for me. Floating is great, but floating in the conditions that I crafted is even better.  

Lastly, my Zen float tent is part of my home.  My tank is always just out of the corner of my eye, whether I am teaching online, doing research, or writing.  Because I’ve experienced so many benefits, I hope to integrate floating into research and various learning environments in the future.  At this point, floating is completely integrated into my work and life, and I’d like to see others enjoy these same benefits.

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. 

 

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.”

 

 

Do you know any athletes, triathletes, or marathon runners who would benefit from floatation therapy? Share this article with them by using the links below or to the left!

 

To find out more about Yassine Diboun – Life On the Run please click here

 

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.

 

 

Floating For Athletic Performance: An Interview with NFL Athlete Marvin Jones

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Many of our worlds' biggest athletes today use floating for recovery and to enhance their performance.  They also find that it keeps them on top of their game and improves their mental focus.  This is the certainly the case with American Athlete & NFL Football Player, Marvin Jones, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.  

We were thrilled when Marvin recently reached out to us interested in getting a Zen Float Tent setup in his home so he could begin floating on a regular basis.  After hurting his foot in last year's training camp and suffering from a bunch of setbacks that caused him to miss the entire 2014 football season, he was ready for anything that would help him speed up the process of rehab and recovery.  

After helping Marvin setup his Zen Float Tent in his home he was nice enough to sit down with us for a brief interview to talk about his career and how he plans to use floating to prepare himself going into the 2015 season. Check out this video below that features our exclusive interview with him. 

In reference to floating: “Why not do it every day? If it helps my body, and my body is my job, why not do it every chance that I got?”
— Marvin Jones, Jr.

How exactly will the Zen Float Tent help athletes like Marvin Jones with athletic performance?

 

Relaxation/Stress Relief – With 800 lbs. of epsom salt in each float tent, blood flow is increased and your muscles instantly start to relax while a profound state of calmness is achieved.

Muscle Soreness/Pain Relief – Deep relaxation reduces pain by decreasing lactic acid buildup and increasing endorphins. Essentially, it's like a natural form of pain medicine. 

Increased Visualization – The float tent is great for In-tank visualization which improves overall coordination and performance skill.

With such dramatic benefits like these, we wouldn't be surprised if every single athlete were to get into floating whether it be to recover from an injury or just improve their performance on the field.

Marvin has been floating at home for a few weeks now and we can't wait to see how floating at home on a regular basis helps him in this year's upcoming football season. 

 

If you're interested in finding out more information about floating for athletic performance, please click here.   

 

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 :-)

February Favorite Floater of The Month - Justin White

We absolutely love our customers here at Zen Float Co. No really, we do. So much in fact, that we've decided to dedicate a new monthly segment on our blog just to brag about them.  Hence the name, "Favorite Floater of the Month."  

Each month our goal is to share a story from one of our Float Tent Family Members about how floating has changed their life, to hopefully inspire more people to give it a try and begin incorporating floatation on a regular basis. 

Our first February feature goes out to a special customer of ours, someone who has been a supporter of Zen since the very beginning.  His name is Justin White.  Check out our full interview with him below. 

 Justin about to hop in the tent and unwind

Justin about to hop in the tent and unwind

Name:  Justin White

Location:  Richmond, VA

Length of time you've been floating at home: 3 months

What made you get into floating?  The mental aspects, such as taking a break from our brains overdrive mode and unplugging.  Also John C. Lilly.

Why do you love floating? 

I have been floating once a week for 3 months now, and I was hoping to get more mental results from  floating, but so far the mental aspects have been lacking for me.  However the physical aspects have been amazing.  I feel super relaxed, refreshed, and recharged after floating, it is like relaxed state at the end of a Yoga session (shavasana).

Any tips or tricks you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners: Read the Zen Float Tent Forums (message board), lots of great information and ideas from lots of insightful forum members/tent owners.

Big thanks to, Justin, for accepting the challenge of our first Favorite Floater! Stay tuned to see who we get to brag about next month.