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Floating for Clinically Severe Anxiety
Dr. Justin Feinstein is Director of the Float Clinic & Research Center (FCRC) at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR). The FCRC’s mission is to investigate the effects of Floatation-REST on both body and brain, as well as explore its potential as a therapeutic treatment for promoting mental health and healing. Anxiety and depression are the two most common psychiatric conditions, affecting over a quarter of the population, and representing the leading cause of disability, worldwide. Recent meta-analyses and large-scale clinical trials suggest that only about half of patients improve with treatment, with substantially poorer outcomes and adherence in patients with comorbid anxiety and depression. Given the poor treatment response and adherence to currently available therapies, it is imperative to explore new ways of helping individuals with anxiety and depression. This presentation unveils the results from the first float study ever conducted in a large group of patients spanning the spectrum of different anxiety and stress-related disorders, including PTSD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia, and Generalized Anxiety, with many cases also experiencing comorbid unipolar depression. The findings detail the clinical and physiological changes induced by the float experience, along with a discussion about safety considerations with this population.Read More
Learn how two Retired Navy SEALs are at the forefront of concussion treatment using float tanks to help rewire the brain, treat concussion symptoms, and accelerate learning.Read More
New research regarding flotation therapy as a potential treatment for anxiety has been completed and published by Dr. Feinstein at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. The results of the study were incredibly positive. Learn more about how flotation therapy effects patients with a range clinically severe anxiety diagnoses - including PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Social Anxiety Disorder.Read More
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Lydia Caldwell join us at Float Conference for an incredible talk regarding how flotation can help balance the stress response in elite athletes and military operators.
Lydia is a researcher for Ohio State University, and has worked with the Air Force Research Lab in collaboration with their STRONG program, a program focused on enhancing human performance and recovery, conducted through the 711th Human Performance Wing. They have recently started to incorporate float tanks into their research, and Lydia speaks at the 2017 Float Conference to discuss the program and the results it has shown so far.
Emphatically, Lydia mentions "...our mission really transcends any military branch, because our focus is to improve the performance and help sustain both the health and safety of the military special operator."
An additional article regarding the program and the collaboration with Ohio State University from the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base "711th HPW recovery science team hopes to extend AF careers" can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the article title.
"By measuring resting heart rate variability in the morning, they can definitively tell how stressed or recovered they are from the previous day. If stress is adding up, Hagen and his team can quantitate that so if they see their number is a certain way in the morning, there are things they can do to change those numbers so the operators can be in the best state to perform.
“It is always a game of staying balanced,” Hagen said. “You can be overly sympathetic where you are still in fight or flight stress mode and you have not recovered, or you can be highly parasympathetic, which means your recovery system has not kicked in.”
Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulating Therapy (REST), is one next-generation recovery method that Hagen and his team have found both sympathetic and parasympathetic modification where other recovery methods typically help only one.
The Flotation-REST therapy is a sensory deprivation tank containing 900 pounds of Epsom salt in body temperature water, which gives the feeling of weightlessness. The flotation therapy users float 45 to 60 minutes once a week putting them directly back in sympathetic/parasympathetic balance."
While researching the benefits of using Flotation-REST, the team discovered that along with physical recovery, athletes’ coping skills to stress related to academics and athletics such as academics and athletics improved."
Click photo below to see video coverage of Lydia's entire presentation.
For additional information or to discuss how flotation therapy can impact your special forces unit, please contact Beth Jones - firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-526-0244.
We are currently located in Sneads Ferry - just out the back gate of Camp Lejeune. We will soon have an additional location in Fayetteville, NC near Fort Bragg. If you are interested in building a float center in your community, please click here.
The story of how one of the biggest skeptics of flotation therapy came to open her own float center and why she completely understands the apprehension about taking the plunge into a float tank.Read More
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is absolutely an elite athlete. So why does he often spend an hour floating in a solution that contains 1,000lbs of Epsom salt? It's not just for aching muscles.
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Special operators are cutting their language learning time by nearly 75% with this cutting edge method.
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If the idea of crawling into a closed space or entering an elevator gives you goosebumps, this video is for you! We have MANY clients that have floated with varying degrees of claustrophobia and guess what - they LOVE it.
While floating, you're in complete control of your environment. You may leave the lid of the Pod open for as long as you need, you have control of the lights on the interior of the Pod, and you may exit the Pod at any time...Plus, floating is INCREDIBLE for anxiety based conditions and - you guessed it - claustrophobia is one of them. Check out the video to learn more!
A small case study performed at a float center in Northern Ireland explains how flotation therapy can benefit those suffering from combat related PTSDRead More
..."but why did you get into flotation therapy? What made you open this place?"
Beth here! I get this question A LOT which makes perfect sense, because very few people in this area have seen, experienced, or heard of flotation therapy. That said, I felt I should share the story.
Years ago, on an airplane, I read an article about sensory deprivation - explaining how people crawl into these tanks that are black and dark on the inside and float in water. In full disclosure, my initial reaction was, "Ok...these people are [insert expletive of your choice here] crazy." To be fair, I've been a swimmer my whole life and was in water rescue for a long time as well. From the sounds of it, being in an enclosed black space with water was just not my cup of tea. I mentioned it to a few people, and never really thought about it after that.
Fast forward a year or so. I went to Virginia Beach to visit my sister and had breakfast with some "framily" who are outrageously close to my heart. Over a mound of french toast, my brother, who was on the SEAL teams then, mentioned that he had experienced this new kind of therapy and he and his [incredible] bride had brought it to the VA Beach area...and that I must try it.
He started explaining what it was and I immediately said, "Oh, no! I've read about that. Not my cup of tea. Sorry, I'm sure it will be a massive success and I love you, but I'm not doin' it." To which he basically responded, "Yes. You are." There was no room for argument!
That's the story of how I found myself in a float tank for the first time...and, of course, I'd dragged my sister along for the ride. To my surprise, I arrived at their center and the Pods were MUCH larger and friendlier looking than the ones about which I'd read. White, giant eggs with soft glowing lights inside that I had complete control over. Ok...I can handle this.
The gal at the shop explained that I could leave the tank lid open if I preferred, which I did for the first 10 minutes. I'm in no way claustrophobic, but I *am* a bit of a control freak. The only thing I was worried about was not being able to get the lid back open....a totally irrational fear, I know, but it was a thing at the time.
I was working in real estate at the time and constantly "plugged in" to my phone or computer or talking to people or racing all over the area to show homes. Unplugging was exactly what I needed, I just didn't know it. I emerged from the tank 60 minutes later feeling sharp of mind, but completely relaxed. I ran errands afterwards for a SuperBowl party and found myself whispering questions at shop attendants, because the volume of my voice was suddenly a little startling. I didn't feel lazy, but nothing felt particularly urgent. You know that little tug of stress that says "You only have 3 more hours until the party starts! You still have to cook, and prep, and bathe, etc, etc, etc" ....it just wasn't there. I calmly moved throughout the rest of my day and slept like a rock that night.
Long story made MUCH shorter, I came home and researched the benefits of flotation - namely relief from physical pain issues of a wide variety and mental health benefits particularly related to stress conditions, PTSD, and TBI....and I knew I had to bring this to Eastern NC. That was about 3 1/2 years ago. It has been a wild journey full of lenders and health department regulations and fun with finding locations, but I'm still just as in love with the power of this therapy and cannot wait to watch how it changes lives.
Thank you all, immensely, for loving it along with me!
Good morning, float friends!
I took over the blog for a minute this morning, because I wanted to share a few thoughts that have been spinning around my brain lately. As many of you know, this has been a dream project for me - mostly because I understand how flotation can help all of us in our day to day lives. This is something of a mission statement, I suppose, but far too long to be a formal one. I hope you'll come and experience floating for yourself.
The image above most simply describes my personal mission in life. I hope that I am all of those things - to my family, to my friends, to people I meet in passing...
I hope that our center will be a physical extension of that. I hope that it's a place of peace and serenity, but also of energy and inspiration. I hope, if you come in with the weight of the world on your shoulders, that you leave feeling lighter and loved.
I hope that you understand that there's a place for you there. The real you....the most authentic version. I hope that if you don't know what that is, we can help you discover it. This center, for me, must be a place of acceptance.
If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, if you've worn out your body, if you've pushed your brain too far, if you're exhausted - physically, mentally, or both, if you wake every day to fight demons in your brain that are trying to drag you down - I hope you find us.
I hope you know you can share your story - whatever your story is - and feel it's safe here with us. I hope you know that there's space in my heart for you.
I hope we can empower you to find your voice and step into your purpose.
I hope, that if you're a creative, you unlock ideas and visions in your mind that you haven't given your brain the space to see before.
I hope, if you're a healer of people - a doctor, a nurse, a surgeon, that your Pod time allows you to wash the exhaustion and sad stories away and re-energizes your mind and your hands to continue your work.
I hope, that if you're a responder - a police officer, a firefighter...a warrior against our America's enemies, you find healing and hope and strength to continue to run towards the danger and do what most of us can't or won't. I hope you feel our constant gratitude for your willingness to carry that weight.
I hope, if you're a parent, you find this a place of self-care and true rest so that you can continue to approach parenthood with love and peace and discipline and patience....and that 20,000th rendition of your kiddo/s's favorite song.
I hope, if you're a caregiver, our center provides a place for YOU so that you may heal and recover and revitalize yourself along your journey. You deserve to be thought of, and, you cannot fill the cups of others if your own cup is empty. I hope you know we have open arms for hugging and Kleenex for tears and time to listen if you need it.
I hope, if you've suffered with pain for ages, you can find relief here.
I hope, no matter what your walk or your path or your need, that you'll come into the shop excited for your session and leave feeling lighter and inspired.
I hope that you'll bring us your sore muscles and back pain and head back out into the world feeling rested and recovered.
I hope that, if you're anxious or feeling down or battling something in your personal life, the peaceful time in the Pod helps clear your brain, allows you peace, and helps you find your answers.
I hope that you find it a place of recovery.
I hope to see you all very soon and to have the chance to meet every single one of you.
Please feel free to share this message with whomever you think might need to find us. We're here for the journey.
All my love,
Amanda Allen, two-time CrossFit Games Masters Champion, four-time Top 5 Australian CrossFit Regionals competitor and 2011 Individual CrossFit Games competitor weighs in on why flotation therapy is an important part of her wellness plan.Read More
Retired Navy SEALs Jeff Nichols and Alex Oliver are at the forefront of concussion treatment, using sensory deprivation, or float tanks, to help rewire the brain, treat concussion symptoms, and accelerate learning.
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FAQ: How Clean is The Water in a Float Tank?
Often, people ask if we change the water in the pods between each user and, equally as often, people are surprised when the answer is "no". That said, the water in the Pod will likely be some of the cleanest water you've ever entered. We'll explain!
The Float Tank Association (yes - it exists!) has created the US Float Tank Standards - a stringent set of regulations regarding sanitation, cleaning, and maintenance. They state the water should be changed every 1000 or every 6 months.
Public swimming pools and hot tubs are used by many at once and the heath department regulations state that all the water must be filtered once every 6 hours. Our Pods are designed to filter the water 24/7 when the Pod is not in use.
Our Pods will filter the ENTIRE contents of the tank 3-5 times between each single user.
Additionally, each Pod contains about 1,100 pounds of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) which is a natural antimicrobial. In reality, the salt content in the Pod is so high that bacteria can't survive. Researchers have actually injected bacteria into this concentration and it died very quickly.
Surely that's enough to cover our bases, right? Probably true, but the float tank industry is committed to the highest standard of cleanliness and Pods often exceed the requirements of the health departments...so there's more!
As humans, we're able to tolerate the UV rays of the sun. Bacteria, viruses, and molds aren't so lucky.
From Float Pod:
UV works to purify by damaging cellular DNA—when anything undesirable in the pod meets these purifying rays, they are killed. UV treatment protects against viruses (including Hepatitis, which is resistant to chlorine), molds and bacterias.
Ozone Purification System
You know that heavenly smell in the air after a summer thunderstorm? We can thank Ozone for that! It's (O3) comprised of 3 oxygen atoms, however, it's unstable like this, thus causing a release of one of the atoms. When this extra oxygen comes in contact with anything undesirable in the water, it's almost immediately oxidized and, thus, purified.
Ozone kills bacteria 3,000 times faster than chlorine and has 50 times the power.
It eliminates organic material and viruses in addition to bacteria, mold, and yeast.
Talk about layers and layers of cleanliness, sanitation and protection! Also, don't forget that each user showers before even entering the tank.
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Mr. Curry, guard for the Golden State Warriors and elite athlete, has figured out how floating benefits his game and has introduced it to a number of his teammates.