Isolation Tank

Floating with Duncan Trussell

Photo by  DeviantArt

Photo by DeviantArt

The Duncan Trussell Family Hour is a weekly podcast where comedian Duncan Trussell explores the outer reaches of the multiverse. Visit his website and listen to his podcasts in case you want to discover out more about what his shows entail. Duncan is also a frequent guest on the Joe Rogan Experience and is a regular home floater. 

Recently, Duncan had Shane on his podcast to talk float tanks and it was such a powerful episode we wanted to share it with all our friends and readers here on the blog. We've highlighted the best parts of the show below for you to listen to. Enjoy!



Highlights:

0:58 – Intro: Duncan introduces Shane to the show and gives his testimonial on his Zen Float Tent

19:36 – Duncan asks Shane, "What is your theory about what is happening when a person lays in a float tank for an extended period of time?"

21:37 – Shane talks about what it feels like once you get out of a float tank after a session.

22:53 - Duncan and Shane discuss the history of John C. Lilly, inventor of the first float tank

28:07 – Duncan asks Shane if he's ever felt a presence in the tank with him.

32:33 – Duncan and Shane discuss the effects and benefits of floating once you float for longer than hour.

38:05 – Duncan admits his most intense and strange moments inside of a float tank.

44:41 – Shane talks about the importance of floating more than once to really get the full effects of the experience. 

46:12 – The state of float.

51:03 – Duncan talks about John C Lilly's book, "Tanks for the Memories,

53:17 - Duncan talks about how he used floating for mental visualization and help him through a stand-up comedy performance that he was nervous about performing in. 

107:13 – Duncan asks Shane where he foresees the floating industry heading in the future. 

117:13 – Duncan asks Shane if he plans to make commercial or higher grade versions of the Zen Float Tent.

 

Takeaways We Enjoyed

We love how Shane compares your body to a running phone or computer. "It's like our bodies have all these apps open and running all the time. Floating is like closing all the apps so you can run at a better speed.  It's a powerful place to be. "

Another great point is that, "Most of the benefit of floating comes from outside of tank - once you get your float habit your life starts to change a little bit. You approach life from a calmer more relaxed place and therefore it makes your life a calmer and more relaxed place."

Floating is like riding a bike, you just have to let go and trust, and learn to do it. You won't be great at it the first time but each time you float you get better and better at it.  

 

Notes

Duncan Trussell Family Hour Website

Duncan Trussell on Twitter

Shane's New Book on Floating: The Float Tank Cure

 

CALL TO ACTION:

- Have you ever felt a presence in the tank like Duncan and Shane talk about in this episode?

- How many float session did it take for you to let go and really relax? 

- What part of the show did you enjoy listening to the most? 

 

Share your answers with us in the comments below!

 

Affordable floating for sports rehab

Floating is tailor made for athletes looking to repair their bodies and minds.

Nothing bugs an athlete more than being on the bench or sideline instead of playing in the game. Sports injuries can keep an athlete out of action and force them to watch others make plays.

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Floating is a tool that can help an athlete deal with sports injuries in a better way. Spending extended time in an isolation tank can help a person rejuvenate both their mind and body.

Even one floating session melts away stress and promotes peace. You can feel it in your muscles and joints. For an athlete recovering from an injury, this type of relaxation can promote faster healing and give them a better foundation for strengthening those important muscles and joints. Floating can truly help their body feel like new again.

Taking time out to go to the spa and take a dip in the float tank isn’t always feasible or practical. The good news is now you can do floating on your own terms with the Zen Float Tent.

It is the next stage in floating. The Zen Float Tent brings the isolation experience directly to you. It is lightweight and does not take up a ton of space. You can set up a float tent in any average sized room.

What this means is that floating is available at any time and for any purpose. There’s no reason to spend tons of money on regular floating sessions elsewhere. If you are an athletic trainer, you can buy a Zen Float Tent, set it up and make it available to athletes you are treating. It delivers the whole floating experience at a fraction of the cost.

This is great news for an athlete looking to rehabilitate an injured ligament or tendon or strengthen bones or muscles after an injury. Just like a regular isolation tank, the tent uses warm water infused with 800 lbs of Epsom salt to provide a true floating experience. It is composed of lightweight and durable materials that are completely leak proof.

Sports injuries do not need to be an obstacle to athletic goals. Floating can help heal your body and mind so you can get back in the game on your timetable. There’s no better time than now to turn to the Zen Float Tent and start on that road to recovery.

Our Kickstarter is running until May 29th 2014. Here’s a link FloatAtHome.com

John C. Lilly: Floating Pioneer Timeline

Exploring our minds only works when we know where to start. John C. Lilly did more than anyone else to give humans the perfect mental compass.

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No single person had a greater impact on our understanding of the powers of floating than Lilly. He was a pioneer in researching floating and developing the modern isolation tank. Lilly was driven to peer deep inside the human mind and see what made it tick. The isolation tank became his tool for opening the door to that unexplored frontier.

It is impossible to condense Lilly’s life and work into a single blog post. But it is also important to gain a better understanding of his contributions to the development of floating.

Enjoy this timeline exploring Lilly’s life and his development of the modern isolation tank:

January 6, 1915 – Lilly is born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

1938 – Graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a degree in physics and biology.

1942 – Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a medical degree.

1951 – Published a paper at the University of Pennsylvania after extensive research on the physical structures of the brain and consciousness. Lilly showed how to display patterns of electrical brain activity using electrodes inserted into a living brain.

1953 – Lilly took a job studying neurophysiology with the US Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Corps

1954 – Working with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Lilly devised a prototype isolation tank. He created it through a desire to isolate the brain from external stimulation. Lilly was the first subject for his research. The original tank required masks for breathing underwater, which was later eliminated through modifications.

1958 – While floating in his isolation tank, Lilly communicates with two other beings monitoring his evolution on a subconscious plane. This is the famous First Conference of Three Beings.

Late 1950s – Lilly established the Communication Research Institute on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. It was a facility devoted to fostering development of communication between humans and dolphins.

Early 1960s – Lilly published several papers revealing that dolphins could mimic human speech patterns.

1960s – Lilly experiments with LSD while floating in the isolation tank. The results cause a greater fear and a greater bombardment of images and ideas than he had ever experienced.

1972 – The US Government passes the Marine Mammal Protection Act, making it illegal to kill dolphins as a result of Lilly’s research.

1980s – Lilly directed a project which attempted to create a computer language dolphins could learn and use to speak with humans.

1990s – Lilly moved to Maui in Hawaii and continued his research from the island during the remainder of his life.

September 30, 2001 – Lilly died in Los Angeles from heart failure. He was 86 years old at the time of his death.

Date Night Floating and the Benefits For Couples

Floating is a perfect bonding activity for couples.

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Picture the perfect date night: dinner, shopping, a movie, a concert or something as simple as a walk in the park. For extra romance, a date night may even include a couples’ massage or a night’s stay in a hotel.

Now you can add floating to an already perfect date night mix. It may seem counter-intuitive at first, but floating really can be a perfect activity for couples. Floating sessions are an individual activity, of course, but two tanks can equal a perfect date night activity.

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Many couples will schedule a couples’ massage to relax and connect through a shared experience. Floating can produce the same relaxing effect and offer the same avenue for connection through a post session discussion.

Every couple faces stress from work and home. Often stress found in work and family life creates roadblocks for a couple trying to have fun and relax. It can magnify problems and create friction and fighting in a relationship. Floating may not repair a relationship, but it does offer therapeutic effects. This can be in the form of both positive mental and physical energy.

Floating sessions calm frayed nerves and harried thoughts. Floating sessions relax tired bodies and minds. People will come out of the floating sessions calm, relaxed and refreshed. The rest of the night can be freed from stress and the couple is liberated to enjoy each other and to build their relationship.

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Floating can also be a good activity to add to a girls’ day out. Many women already go to spas and undergo different treatments like massages, facials and body wraps to rejuvenate their skin and body. Adding a floating session to regular spa activities will create the ultimate girls day out. A floating session is also a perfect way to start out the weekend. Doing a Saturday morning floating session, for example, allows people to recover from a work week and start out the weekend with their batteries recharged.

When it comes to floating the possibilities are endless. Floating has so many health benefits, that it is really the perfect fit anytime someone needs to rejuvenate their body and mind.

Mainstream media vs floating

Media promotes inaccurate stereotypes about the nature of floating. 

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What do you see in your mind when you picture an isolation tank? What words enter your head when you think of floating?

If popular culture exerts a powerful influence in your life, there’s a good chance those thoughts and words are not positive. Mainstream media has never approached floating or float tanks with an open mind. The whole concept is treated as mysterious, dangerous or odd.

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Floating traces its roots to ancient cultures and has improved the lives of thousands of people all over the world. Such a rich history does not seem to matter in mainstream media. You rarely see floating portrayed in a positive light.

Two viewpoints usually emerge when floating is discussed. It is mocked and dismissed as a bizarre new-age ritual by some critics. Other critics shroud it in fear and mystery and work hard to dissuade people from giving floating a chance by convincing them it will cause negative changes to their personality and character.

These stereotypes paint an inaccurate picture of the true effect floating has on the mind and body. Spending even an hour inside an isolation tank produces a multitude of positive changes.

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A person who floats feels better. Stress melts away. Pain decreases. Learning increases. New thoughts and ideas emerge from the unlocked subconscious mind. The best part is it feels good because it is natural to who we really want to be deep down.

Isolation tanks are not objects to be feared or ridiculed because of a lack of understanding. They can serve as the greatest tools for unlocking the mind and healing the body. A person who gives floating a chance can truly impact their own life in positive ways.

Media reports that fail to capture what the true essence of floating is have missed the point of why people do it in the first place.

Athletes and floating

Floating is like an extra practice for athletes, strengthening body and mind.


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Athletes spend countless hours shaping their bodies into a precision tool. It’s one reason they can do feats – like dunking a basketball or throwing a long touchdown pass – that are out of reach for the average person. Getting physically fit helps athletes sharpen their natural skills.

Mental fitness is just as important of a component in creating athletic success. An athlete who lacks confidence or plays with fear will take themselves out of the game. They will make avoidable mental errors that cost their themselves or their team victories. A lack of mental focus can also lead to serious physical injuries.


Floating can be a good tool for mentally strengthening an athlete. When they spend regular time inside an isolation tank, they can come away feeling better both on a physical and mental level.

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Athletes can use floating as a time to visualize success. They can contemplate on a big game, meet or race ahead and imagine how they will approach it. This is a perfect time for an athlete to build a positive attitude on a subconscious level. They can let things play out in their mind and envision how they will come out a winner.

Floating helps an athlete to feel more relaxed. Negative thoughts are cast out and their mind grows more calm. Their body begins to relax and they begin to understand what they need to do unlock their natural abilities.

On a physical level, floating in water filled with Epsom salt helps an athlete’s body bounce back from the aches and pains associated with competition. Salt helps the skin, muscles and other tissues absorb important nutrients. It also aids in flushing out harmful toxins and reducing inflammation.

There’s no reason why floating can’t be part of an athlete’s preparation for competition. It will do enough for them in mind and body to give them an edge over competitors.

Children and Floating

One of the questions we are frequently asked by our customers is, can children float?

The answer is yes! Children as young as 9-years old can float with a guardian present. 

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In fact, floating in a sensory deprivation tank is perfectly safe for older children. The water is shallow and salty, so it poses little danger of them drowning in the tank. Many tank models function on a water depth of just 10 to 12 inches. Still, it is a good idea to monitor your children while in the tank so that you can be there to help them as needed.

Other benefits of floating for children

Childhood can be a time filled with innocence and happiness. It can also be a time ruled by irrational fears. Common childhood fears, like a fear of monsters hiding in the closet or under the bed, can make life difficult for a child. They sleep less. They adopt poor eating habits. Their mood goes from happy to depressed. Being inside a dark enclosed space like a sensory deprivation tank can help children address these fears in a controlled environment. They can see what is causing those fears and become empowered through discovering solutions on their own.

Spending time in floating can also help children fit in better at school. Floating sessions allow for changes in learning habits and social behavior. If a child is struggling to make friends or having a difficult time getting good grades, a few hours in a sensory deprivation tank each month can give them a chance to unlock their mind and learn how to overcome those obstacles.

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Giving children the chance to float makes it easier for them to be happy and healthy in every sense of the word. It will help make their childhood a time filled with pleasant memories instead of crippling fears.

In summary, enjoying time in a float tank is not an experience meant to be reserved for adults. Many children can draw benefits from spending time floating. It opens the door for them to solve problems and cope with fears just as much as it does for an adult floater.

If your child has tried floating and has had a good experience, we would love to hear about it in the comments below or privately in an email. 

Does floating equal brainwashing?

Floating and brainwashing have some unusual historical connections.

Will floating open the door to brainwashing?

Seems like a crazy concept at first thought. Brainwashing conjures up all sorts of negative imagery. The concept of brainwashing is associated with spies, assassination plots and other sorts of intrigue you would find in a good political thriller. Is it that true to life?

Early uses of flotation tanks did include brainwashing experiments. Fears spread during the Korean War that North Korean and Soviet communist leaders engaged in brainwashing captured American soldiers to embrace communist propaganda. This sparked an interest in the U.S. Government finding ways to control a person’s brain to counteract such brainwashing attempts.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) first used isolation tanks forbrainwashing experiments in 1954. People participating in these experiments were submerged in sensory deprivation tanks for extended periods of time. The results were startling.


Participants reported experiencing everything from vivid hallucinations to blank periods where they were unable to form cognitive thoughts after less than two hours in the tank. Depriving them of senses for longer periods boosted their cravings for any form of sensory stimulation. These desires made them more willing to mold their behavior to get what they wanted.

NIMH researchers concluded a person who underwent extensive sensory deprivation could be influenced into making profound changes in their values and behavior. Essentially, an isolation tank could be used to strip a person of free will for a short time.

It sounds scary. The good news is that such forced changes were temporary. A person changed back to their normal personality and behavior once returning to their normal environment. This made the idea of using isolation tanks for long-term brainwashing impractical and the concept was abandoned.


There is nothing sinister about floating these days. Regular sessions in an isolation tank can be quite therapeutic. Floating can help people find solutions to many problems affecting their lives. It has been used by people who are looking for ways to treat anxiety, depression, stress and even curb addictions to drugs or alcohol.

Brainwashing isn’t an appropriate concept to associate with floating. Nothing about floating is predicated on a loss of free will. The brain can be changed through doing it, but the changes are through a conscious choice made by the floater.

Joe Rogan takes on floating

Rogan uses floating to unlock incredible mental journeys. 

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Joe Rogan knows floating. There’s no celebrity who has devoted more time to unlocking the secrets of what an isolation tank can do for the human mind.

Rogan made a career out of pushing ordinary people to their limits on the popular NBC series “Fear Factor.” Each episode featured contestants facing their deepest fears through completing physically or mentally challenging stunts. They learned more about themselves through facing and conquering the fears represented in those stunts.

Rogan has applied the principle of testing limits to his own life. He has given many interviews in recent years chronicling the metaphysical journeys he has undertaken while experimenting with floating in an isolation tank.

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For Rogan, time spent in an isolation tank is time devoted to evolving one’s mind. He described it in one video interview as “the most bizarre physical experience I have had in my life.”

During each floating session, Rogan spends 20 minutes experiencing a life review. This gives Rogan a chance to see what issues he needs to resolve in his life and which of his choices are correct. From there, he lets go of his thoughts and enters into a state of pure relaxation.

“Your body gives you amazing energy,” Rogan says. “The tension release you have in your body from a couple of hours in the tank is incredible. You feel lighter. You feel like more oxygen is in your body. You feel more vibrant. And it’s because somehow you have calmed the tension.”

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What happens next to Rogan feels like it could be ripped from the realm of science fiction. He describes losing his feeling of boundaries. The feeling of the water, the air and his skin all vanish and evaporate like a mist.

Rogan eventually reaches a point where he passes through all physical boundaries and feels like he has become a being of pure energy. He is truly at one with the universe.

Rogan equates the mental effects of floating in an isolation tank with an onion. Each session peels back a new layer in his mind.

“Everybody should do the tank,” Rogan says. “You will learn more about yourself than any other way.”

That’s advice no one should be afraid to follow.

Floating and Your Brain, Part I: Theta Waves

Nothing is more fascinating than the human brain. It possesses a capacity to learn and grow that cannot be duplicated – even by the most complex computer. If a person could spend an hour observing a human brain during a floating session in an isolation tank, they would witness firsthand just how much that brain is capable of changing and adapting to its environment.

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Floating in an isolation tank promotes relaxation. The effects are immediately felt throughout the body. Muscles relax. Blood pressure drops. Breathing becomes less labored.

In these relaxed moments, the brain generates alpha waves and theta waves. It feels like a door is opening and letting our creative side enter. Theta waves promote vivid memories, creativity, inspiration and a feeling of serenity. This state is commonly experienced by the average person just before they drift into a deep sleep.


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It feels different for a floater. They remain awake even while  they experiencing waves of theta waves. The floater remains aware of all the images and thoughts passing through their mind. Their brain continues to produce an abundance of theta waves for several weeks after a floating session. For a person who participates in regular floating sessions, theta waves can boost their creativity long after they exit the isolation tank.

This offers insight into why floaters love spending time in a flotation tank so much. Feeling more creative energies surging through your body can make it easier to find solutions to problems and deal with the pressures of everyday life.

 

Did you enjoy this post? This is the first article in a three-part series. Click here to read Floating and Your Brain, Part 2: Left Brain vs. Right Brain

No Fear in Floating

There is no denying that floating has a powerful impact on the mind. Studies have shown that brain waves are altered in significant ways when a floater spends significant time in an isolation tank.

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Is floating dangerous? That’s a common question for many people who are unfamiliar with how an isolation tank works. They hear crazy rumors and start to think that floating in a tank will simulate the high experienced on drugs like LSD.

Popular culture helps perpetuate this myth. Movies like Altered States portray characters devolving into lower life forms and losing their humanity as a direct result of sensory deprivation while floating. Such a concept might make for an entertaining movie, but it is far fetched.


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It is true some people see certain images and hear certain sounds inside an isolation tank. Nothing about the experience endangers the mind. Quite the opposite is true.

Floating impacts your five senses in positive ways. You see, hear and feel things that heal your body and your mind from the damage caused by the outside world.

Mental benefits associated with floating are almost limitless. A floater can experience rejuvenation on so many levels. Regular floating sessions help them experience enhanced memory, concentration and creativity. They sleep better. Many floaters find chronic pain and stress that normally holds their body hostage dissipate.

In essence, they feel like a new person because they are a new person.

Floating is nothing to be feared or dismissed through ignorance. It is a vehicle for rejuvenation and relaxation. Mind-blowing hallucinations associated with certain types of drugs are an exception in defining the floatation experience.

Spending time in an isolation tank is a gateway to peace, not fear.

Floating away arthritis pain

Arthritis can affect your quality of life in so many negative ways. This chronic pain attacks your joints and causes enough inflammation to make it tough to do simple tasks like opening a jar.

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The good news is you don’t have to live with these problems. Beyond simply taking medicine for the pain, you can use floating sessions in an isolation tank to get you feeling whole again. Floating is an effective tool for counterattacking many symptoms of arthritis.

Epsom salt is one reason why floating is good for treating arthritic aches and pains. It has been used as a pain reliever for hundreds of years. The water used in an isolation tank has a high concentration of Epsom salt. 

Epsom salt serves as a natural muscle relaxer. It also alleviates pain from tendinitis and sprains and promotes quicker healing in joints.

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Floating puts the body in a weightless environment and takes pressure off the muscles, bones and joints. These vital parts are allowed to relax in the water. The saline water is absorbed by the skin and it improves the condition of the muscles and joints.

Research suggests that Epsom salt can help a body to heal more quickly from physical ailments than simply taking medicine alone. Many people who suffer from chronic pain turn to floating as a solution because they know the whole experience makes a significant difference.

It doesn’t make sense to live with arthritic pain when solutions are available to treat it. Floating in an isolation tank is one such solution.

Floating and Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be gruelling on a woman’s body. For the bulk of nine months, they are dealing with nausea, weight gain, mood swings and all other sorts of things calculated to increase stress. Spending time floating can feel like heaven during pregnancy.

An isolation tank can be a blessing for a pregnant woman. Floating in warm saltwater can ease the daily stress of pregnancy. And it offers some specific benefits, including:

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  • Stress release: Once inside the tank, the tension on muscles and nerves can melt away. This helps both mother and baby become calm. Some women can actually use this experience to help their baby kick and roll around with reduced frequency. 

  • Taking weight strain away: Floating is offers a semi-weightless environment. A pregnant woman can find relief from the strain and weight of carrying a baby. 

  • Relaxation: Pregnancy can make it hard to get a good night’s sleep and can make the entire act sleeping uncomfortable. Floating lets a woman relaxing inside the isolation tank. The pain and pressure on her joints eases and she can feel as rejuvenated as she does with taking a quick nap.

  • Late stage pregnancy relief: The final trimester of a pregnancy is the worst for physical and emotional discomfort. At times, it just hurts for a pregnant women to be on her feet. And it also feels awful seeing an ever-growing belly each day. Floating can take away some of the pressure caused by the weight and help a woman get a better grasp on the emotional roller coaster she is experiencing.

Some pregnant women may be concerned about putting their baby’s health at risk if they spend time in an isolation tank. Research suggests floating is quite safe for the unborn fetus in most cases. There are exceptions to the rule. If you are in the first trimester of your pregnancy or have a high-risk pregnancy, you should consult with your doctor before floating.

Finding balance in floating

It is a simple truth that the human body craves balance. Our muscles, bones, nerves and organs are designed to act in harmony with one another. When external or internal forces upset this equilibrium, it can mean bad things for our physical, mental and emotional health.

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Stress is the biggest disruption of this balance. When stress attacks the body and mind, it can lower a person’s quality of life. Diseases can attack the body easier. It can lead to other unhealthy emotions. Anger, sadness, frustration and jealousy are all an outgrowth of stress breaking down internal harmony.


That’s one reason why floating needs to be in the picture. Floating in an isolation tank is the perfect antidote to stress.


Through floating, a person can restore that internal balance. The mind and body should be treated as an equal system. Both need to be in harmony with each other to achieve optimal levels of good health and happiness. There is simply no better path.

You deal with many external forces each day that threaten the harmony between body and mind. It can be the smallest changes in what we see, what we hear and what we touch that affect us the most.

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Those unwanted changes can be combated through floating. Floaters can counter disruptions to that internal balance because time spent in the isolation tank removes those external sources of pressure and disruption long enough for both body and mind to revert to their natural state.

Floating channels our energies into restoring balance. The reward is feeling happy to be alive.

Floating: is it a chemical thing?

Human behavior is driven by neurochemicals.

It is a scientific fact. Scientists have discovered – through extensive research on the human brain – that our brains secrete a type of hormone known as a nuerochemical. These hormones are what determine our moods. They make us happy, sad, bored, fearful, shy, aggressive and loving.

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Creation of nuerochemicals can affect how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. Someone who gets a higher dose of endorphins, for example, will feel happy and calm. They experience more pleasure than a person who receives fewer endorphins. The same is true with adrenaline. A person who gets an adrenaline boost will be more excited or stimulated than someone who is functioning at normal adrenaline levels.


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How does this relate to floating in an isolation tank? The answer is simple. Nuerochemicals can help shape our floating experience.

Floating stimulates the release of a higher volume of endorphins. At the same time, it reduces the level of nuerochemicals related to stress. Chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol are reduced throughout the body.

Stress, tension and anxiety are literally driven from the body as it floats in the warm saltwater. When the floater lies enclosed in darkness, the body floating peacefully on saltwater and the brain dispensing endorphins like gumballs, true bliss occurs.

Neurochemicals have a powerful effect in shaping the direction of our lives. That is one reason why floating has so much power to heal if it becomes a regular fixture in our weekly or monthly routine. It holds the neurochemical key for bringing peace to our body and soul.

Float Nation – the first all encompassing float documentary

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Carl Jessee and Jory Piglowski came up with the brilliant idea of doing an all encompassing float documentary. They saw the disconnect between the different aspects of floating like: spiritual, pain relieving, relaxation, mind alteration, etc. They set out to interview and document EVERYONE they could find in the float industry to give people a better, more well rounded view of  this thriving new float industry.

One of their first stops was at my place in Salt Lake City,Utah. We spent the day talking float, and it felt good. It’s always weird to be into such a niche interest and have NOBODY to talk to.lol In fact, those were the first two experienced floaters I had talked to in person EVER. We did the interview and I showed them my tank. Then we set out to see a float center and tour the city.

Carl and Jory were awesome guys! They had so much to say and our minds resonated in a very similar way. We had the same far out ideas and theories on what floating does for people. We also couldn’t stop talking about how thepeople in the float industry are the nicest on the planet! They were telling me how everyone invites them in, feeds them, puts them up, etc. It feels good to knowI’m involved with such a great group of people.

They left that night and had another month of travelling to go. I wished them well and vowed to stay in touch. It felt like my friends were leaving.  About a month later I got an email from Jory with a teaser for the new film. Here it is.


They hope to have the film completed by the end of the Summer 2013. Check back here for more info. Also, here is the link to their original kickstarter campaign.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/floatnation/float-nation-0

keep floating,

-Shane

The Floating Dimension

Boundaries were redefined and sometimes eliminated when “The Twilight Zone,” a classic science fiction TV series, arrived on the airwaves in the 1960s. It allowed viewers to explore new dimensions of sight and sound – opening the door to new ideas and new worlds.

It can be said that floating in an isolation tank operates on the same plane.

Floating offers an experience as unique as each person that steps inside the isolation tank. People who are frequent floaters may feel like they are entering another dimension because of the effects floating has on their bodies and minds.

What can it do? Floating can make it seem almost as if a person has left their body while traveling through their unconscious mind. It can evoke feelings similar to an out-of-body experience. Images, sounds and smells are all around a floater that feel as real as anything in the real world. Physical boundaries seem to disappear as they become more and more relaxed and enter their own personal “Twilight Zone.”

Isolation tanks are helpful in removing physical and mental barriers that block a person from finding inner peace and happiness. Going from the tangible, real world to a realm of simple thoughts, feelings and energy can give new definitions to our senses.

What we experience on the subconscious level is more powerful than battling imaginary aliens or traveling on fictional starships. Floaters can become aware of thoughts they never knew they had. They can truly cross a barrier and explore strange new worlds within their deepest mind.

It  creates a whole new meaning to entering “The Twilight Zone” when you apply it to floating.

Entering the Floating Zone

You’re in an isolation tank – completely removed from the outside world and detached from external stimuli. If you have ever frequented an isolation tank, you know that your journey is all a state of mind. The experience for any two people is never exactly the same.

Some people enjoy a state of extreme meditation and relaxation. Others see images, hear sounds and experience tastes and smells that feel as real as the water supporting their body. What you experience really does depend on you.

You control how much you shut out the outside world. You alone are in charge of how you prepare yourself to reach the degree of isolation you desire.

As the song says, free your mind and the rest will follow. Such a sentiment rings true in an isolation tank much more so than outside one.

Your focus should turn to finding that sweet spot of meditation and relaxation. Those thoughts can keep you from getting there if you are trying to hard to force it. Many people find it helpful to stop focusing on meditating and let it happen naturally. When you allow your body and mind to relax at it’s own pace, peace and serenity are just on the other side of the door.

Breathe it in. Let your mind wander. Don’t try to control the situation. It can feel so liberating and productive once you invite free thinking and free feeling. That is the whole purpose behind floating. Trying to control what you see, what you hear and what you feel is foreign to what floating is designed to do for you.

Floating and Relationships

Floating can be a bonding experience between couples.

That doesn’t mean couples share a float tank when they float. What it means is they can share experiences and use those experiences to bring them closer together.

Many people associate floating as a personal activity only, but it's also possible to use time in a sensory deprivation tank to deepen and strengthen your relationship with your spouse or partner.

Here's a few reasons why you may want to add floating to your next date night or list of activities:

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3 ways floating can help strengthen your relationship

 

1. Peace and serenity

The effects of a floating session are deeply personal. Couples can forge a closer bond though when they share what they experience in a float tank. They can discuss how it affected them and any benefits they enjoy afterward – such as a clear mind or a feeling of peace.

Partners can move the discussion along through asking questions about the session. It allows each partner to figure out exactly what they learned from their experience and see how their significant other also responded to that environment. Exploring these feelings with each other can also help recreate those feelings of peace and serenity at home.

 

2. Answers to questions

Floating often coincides with efforts at soul searching. People hope to find answers to deep questions or troubling questions inside the safe confines of a float tank. Answers are not simply a means of satisfying curiosity. They can be a cure for serious problems.

Couples can use floating sessions to seek out answers for questions related to their relationship. They can share personal moments of inspiration or revelation with each other. It can help them interpret how their individual experiences apply to their relationship.

 

3. Being open to more floating

Once floating is used to solve one problem, that does not mean it should be discarded like a used towel. Couples can enjoy continued benefits from floating by supporting and encouraging each other to visit a sensory deprivation tank often. Attending together can strengthen the bond between partners and help them find support in using float tanks to improve their lives.

 

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Floating and Your Brain Part III: Delving into the three brain theory

The human brain is more complex than any machine. Few people have truly unlocked its full capabilities or mastered everything the human brain can learn or do. Does floating offer a glimpse into the raw potential of that brain power?

Floating unlocks the door giving a person full access to their brains. There is no reason to not believe the isolation experience cannot be the means of radical change. It accesses all three layers of the brain and gets them working in harmony.

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One popular theory in modern psychology holds that the human brain is actually divided into three layers. Each layer corresponds with a stage in our evolution as a species.

  • The first layer – also known as the reptile brain – controls self-preservation instincts, reproduction and life sustaining productions.
  • The second layer is the visceral or limbic brain. It generates and controls all of a person’s emotions.
  • The third layer is the neocortex or gray matter. It controls memory, intellect, language and consciousness.

All three brain layers are different in function and action. Communication between layers is not always harmonious. This means the three brains can be at odds with one another and it can manifest in clashes between conscious logic and unconscious emotion.

Floating promotes harmony between these three brain levels because it opens communication pathways. The three brains are allowed to unite. In these moments, our bodies and minds are charged with new energy and we can see things more clearly than ever before. New solutions to problems arise and new ways of thinking materialize.

Floating, it seems, can unlock the parts of the human brain that are closed off at other times.