The beginner’s guide to meditation usually goes as such: “Breathe deep and just empty your mind.” Just. Just. Really, to be able to tune out all the engines and agendas and electrical static that surround us in the city takes some zen-master-level-140-type-shit. And for those of us who aren’t quite there yet, there’s still a way to completely eliminate distraction and lay in a pool of pure embodied mind: Float.
Whether you are completely new to this or are already an avid floater, how often you float really depends on your own goals and circumstances. If you float for chronic pain you may need to go almost every single day to see results. Our Limitless Memberships are perfect for this. If you are floating for general wellness or to really explore your consciousness, floating 1-2 times a week is probably perfect. We also have a lot of members who float 1-2 times per month, as a part of a larger stress maintenance and wellness practice. Everyone is different and we’re happy to help you find the right frequency for you needs and interests.
I scheduled 20 floats in 30 days and while floating in the tank during my first session, I made two very significant promises to myself:
I would document my thoughts and experiences following each float to reflect on later.
By the end of the month, I would have a clear vision for my next life project.
That’s all it took. Setting the intention. Being specific about what I was going to do. From there, actually doing it.
If you want to get better at anything, you’ve got to practice. In basketball, if you want to practice free throws, it works best on an empty court. Just you and the hoop. It’s not as interesting as a basketball court filled with people and it’s not as fun as playing a game. Studying how you’ve thrown each shot, however, will lead to more insight. Similarly, float tanks are like clearing the court of distraction.
“Lay for an hour in 1000 lbs of Epsom salted water”, they said. “Close yourself in a tank, in pitch black, for an hour”, they said. “This sounds like a recipe for a panic attack!” I said. And I did it anyway, because apparently I just listen to people and trust them when they look like legitimate decent human beings. But guess what? Turns out floating is the real deal-bees knees and I’m HOOKED. Here is why….
From world-class athletes looking for a competitive edge, to everyday workaholics looking for better ways to manage the physical stresses of daily life, one of the primary reasons that people float on a regular basis is to tap into the body’s natural ability to recover. By helping you reach an unparalleled level of relaxation, or homeostasis, a float tank allows your body to divert resources that are normally reserved for dealing with the external world to the process of healing instead.
It’s no secret that we love our technology. Smart phones are ubiquitous in the modern world, and for good reason. By simply reaching into our pockets, we’re allowed instant communication with anyone in the world, access to nearly all of recorded human knowledge, and the ability to create and manifest our ideas and projects. Whether you were born post-internet or not, it’s easy to take it all for granted. It’s good to remind ourselves just how incredible we’ve got it!
But with these amazing capabilities, there is of course a downside. Lacking a mindful approach, we can quite easily become too attached and even addicted to the endless buzzes and pings from texts, emails, social media posts, etc.
As much as we have high standards for our staff and services, the same holds true for any additional products that we carry at the studio. No shenanigans, this is real stuff that we use and love. Specifically, we sell certain supplements that are synergistic with the float experience, designed to give you enhanced focus, increased relaxation, and vital nutrients to keep your body and mind functioning optimally. The main companies that we partner with - Onnit and Natural Stacks - are powered by real people that we trust. Some of which are backed by clinical research, they each employ sustainable practices to harness high-quality natural ingredients for all of their products. We all share the same values of honesty and integrity, as we intend to make a positive impact on the community of people that we serve.
Many of us lose track of our breath throughout the day, allowing the flow of stresses and external circumstances to dictate our rhythms. That’s okay, but if we start to observe our inhales and exhales more regularly - choosing to cultivate a mindful practice around breath awareness - we gain the power to influence our health in profound ways. Whether you’re trying to reach an enlightened state, or simply want some relief from daily stress, conscious breathing is the key. Working with the breath can ease tension in your body, calm the storm of thoughts that pass through your mind, and potentially take you to some pretty awesome places. Through practice, we can develop the ability to rebalance our state of being at will, even in the most difficult of life’s situations.