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
..."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!
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.
This therapy is coming in the summer of 2016 to the Camp Lejeune area.Read More
HUGE NEWS from The Float Spa SF. Coming soon to Sneads Ferry, North Carolina - just out the back gate of Camp Lejeune!Read More
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.
How many things are you carrying that aren't meant for you to carry?Read More
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.
Video: Stephen Curry (NBA) Explains How Sitting in a Pod for an Hour Improves His Game
Joe Rogan - UFC Commentator, Fear Factor Host, 10th Planet Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, etc is a huge advocate for flotation therapy. Read more at FloatSpaSF.com - a flotation therapy center located in Eastern North CarolinaRead More
While there is a massive impact on mental health that comes from flotation therapy, many initially test it out for it's physical benefits. If you're an athlete, you train rigorously for your job, you suffer from chronic pain, or you just turned your ankle stepping off the curb, you may want to read on!
7 Physical Benefits of Floating:
1. Accelerated Healing:
Healing injuries takes time and often takes us away from the things we love for longer than we'd like. Floating speeds up the process of muscle and injury recovery due to a few reasons. Partly, it's because of the high level of magnesium sulfate in the tank. It's a completely weightless environment which allows your body the full rest necessary to heal. Additionally, the Pod promotes lowered stress levels and healthy blood circulation. Floating after an injury, heavy training session, marathon, triathlon, or strenuous work activity will get you back in action faster!
2. Pain Relief from Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain Conditions
Reclining into over 1000 pounds of Epsom Salt, lowered stress hormones, and a boost of endorphins works wonders for sweet relief from chronic pain. Floaters that suffer from these conditions often report benefits after just one float for hours, days, or weeks, but explain that the benefits are longer lasting with consistent sessions. Gravity is hard on our joints and muscles and allowing your body to rest in a fully weightless environment is heaven.
3. Relief from Fatigue
By now, you'll start to see the trend that fully resting your body in a stress-free, weightless environment can aid in recovery from so many struggles. We're all "on" for much more time than we used to be - whether we're online or on the job. Burnout is absolutely possible. Flotation lowers stress levels, cortisol, ACTH, and lactic acid. It also increases the natural production of dopamine (the happy hormone) and other endorphins, allowing both your brain and your body to reset their natural energy. It doesn't hurt that an hour of sleep in the Pod is equivalent to about 4 in your bed.
4. Lower Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
Floating improves cardiovascular efficiency and the reduction of stress hormones and gravity allow your body to experience a fully restful state.
5. Improve Magnesium Deficiency
Depleted magnesium resources in your body can be the cause of so many symptoms: poor heart health, weakness, muscle cramps, tremors, nausea, high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, dizziness, poor memory, fatigue, and confusion - just to name a few. Soaking for an hour in an environment that's incredible rich in magnesium sulfate can help relieve these symptoms and balance your system. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin - giving your body the boost in resources that it's lacking.
6. Improve Digestive Function
Oh the things reducing stress and lots of magnesium can do for your body!
7. Great for Hair, Skin, and Nails!
"Post Float Glow" is very real. Magnesium sulfate isn't at all drying and can reduce the appearance of cellulite and increase the natural luster of your hair and skin.
10 celebrities that have found benefits in flotation tanks. Find out why flotation therapy is their go-to resource - and why it should be yours.
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A news story about a soldier who has used flotation therapy to gain control of his PTSD symptoms and more about how flotation helps establish profound changes in the brains of those suffering from PTS to help them overcome their battles.Read More