Want to improve your golf game?

Float Fact:  Want to take strokes off your golf game?

A commonly known benefit of floating is pain relief.  However, did you know that floating can also help you take strokes off your golf game?

Athletic performance has two major components – physical and mental.  Floating in the anti-gravity and magnesium rich environment makes your body feel pretty amazing after 90 minutes, so you can get out there doing what you love even faster.

The mental part of floating – visualization – can have an even greater impact on your game.  Playing the course in your head, imagining yourself making every shot easily.  Seeing the ball fly further and straighter.  Feeling how your body moves effortlessly through the stroke.  Seeing yourself sink the perfect putt for your best round ever.

Studies have shown that athletes who visualize success have a slight improvement in their game.  However, athletes who visualize and mentally experience the entire physical process of the game improved their performance dramatically.  Floating promotes the generation of large amounts of slow Theta brain waves, which are directly linked to the production of mental images of uncanny power and reality.  *

Come in and play a round here before heading out to the course and see for yourself!

 

(*Taken from “The Book of Floating, Michael Hutchison, pg 173,175)

 

 

Posted: June 7, 2018 By: Comment: 0

Tip from The Tank – Jan 2018

TIPS FROM THE TANK – water temperature

As you know, water temperature in a float environment is an important part of the experience.  The idea is to have the water at skin temperature so that your body can ‘disappear’ into the water.   We set the water temperature around 94.9 F – a temperature where we find most people are comfortable – but we totally recognize that temperature is a personal thing. We do find that the seasons affect floaters’ perception of temperature, so as a rule of thumb, we usually make some adjustments for the seasons as well.

Here are some tips to help you feel the most comfortable while floating:

1.  If you know that you naturally run hot or cold, we may need to adjust the temperature for you a little bit.  Simply let us know if you need us to make an adjustment, and we will keep a note on your file.   Sometimes a point or two can make the world of difference.

2.  Reduce the temperature of your pre-float shower a little bit.  By more closely matching the temperature of your shower to the temperature of the float environment, the transition is so much easier.

3.  Find a comfortable body position and stay as still as possible during your float.  The air temperature and the water temperature in our float cabins are slightly different.  So, every time you move, your skin adjusts to the water and air temperatures.  So, if can find a comfortable position and stay there as long as possible, you will probably find that you feel warmer.

Hope these help!

Posted: May 11, 2018 By: Comment: 0

Float Fact – March 2018


Movies like Stranger Things and Altered States feature floating, in its not-so-relaxing and not-so-appealing forms.  Have you ever wondered where this amazing therapy started??

In the early 1950’s, Dr. John C. Lilly, a MD with training as a psychoanalyst and specialist in experimental neurophysiology set out to study areas of neuropsychology.  He reasoned that the best way to study the brain/mind was to isolate it from external stimulation.  At this time, there were two main schools of thought about brain activity.  The first school of thought was that the brain needed external stimulation to remain conscious, and that sleep resulted as soon as the brain was free of this external stimulation.   The second school of thought was that the brain’s natural cellular circuitry was autorhythmic and continue without any external stimulation.

He started his study of sensory deprivation in a tank constructed during WWII for experiments by the navy on the metabolism of underwater swimmers.  This tank had the floater suspended upright, entirely underwater, head covered by a breathing apparatus and mask.

During his initial experiments, he described what happened to our minds and bodies when categories of external stimulation were eliminated:

People – There are no other people in your float tank, so there is no need to worry about social roles, or what you look like.  You can be free from any expectation of others in a float tank.

Light –  A large portion of our cerebral cortex is given over to visual processing.  When we eliminate light from our environment, our ‘biocomputer’ continues to generate ‘visual displays’, presumably from stored memories.

Sound – Like light, when external sound is eliminated, the internal ‘biocomputer’ fills the acoustic sphere with information.  He called these internal sounds ‘sonic displays’.

Gravity – In our everyday activities, and below our level of awareness, we are constantly computing the direction of gravity.  Floating in water distributes the countergravity pressure over a maximum possible area, therefore reducing this source of stimulation.

Temperature – In everyday life, our skin is stimulated by changes in heat, humidity, clothing.  Changes in temperature and heat flow are powerful programmers for our state of well-being.

It is interesting to note, that in the mid-1950’s, the thinking was that sensory deprivation was a road to ‘madness’.  Instead, what Dr. Lilly found was a ‘richly elaborate state of inner experience’.  “This environment furnished the most profound relaxation and rest that he had ever experienced in his whole life”.  Within a few hours of his first satisfactory float, he was able to scientifically conclude which school of thought was correct – that the brain was indeed able to sustain itself in the absence of external stimuli.

Dr. Lilly continued his work to develop much more user-friendly float environments that are the basis of the float tanks that we know and love today.

Next time you are in to the shop, feel free to browse our sources of information for this article – “Centre of the Cyclone” and “The Deep Self”, by Dr Lilly as well as “The Book of Floating” by Michael Hutchinson.

Posted: May 11, 2018 By: Comment: 0

So, what are Theta waves anyway?

I am writing this on a foggy, grey day in January, which today is also being called “blue monday”. The combination of the weather, the lack of sunlight, the reality of your new years resolutions, and credit card bills coming in all have a profound effect on your mood this time of the year . So, if you are feeling a little ‘off’ or are experiencing increased feelings of anxiety or depression, this could be why. I know that I am definitely feeling it.

So, I am here to explain how floating can help!!

Stress, depression, anxiety all stem from your brain chemistry. When you are stressed or anxious, your brain produces particular neurotransmitters and hormones like Adrenaline and Cortisol and ACTH. Most of us have heard of the ‘fight or flight’ stress response, but the same response can also be triggered with feelings of helplessness or frustration.

When you float, you enter the deeply relaxed and meditative state. This is amazing for your body to feel refreshed and reset, but it also does great things with your brain.
Emerging science shows that floating has a significant decrease on pituitary / adrenal activity by sharply reducing the biochemicals associated with stress and anxiety – so reduces the adrenaline and cortisol. Some studies have shown that cortisol levels are reduced for up to 5 days after floating. More studies have shown a very distinct improvement in mood and feelings of well being post-float. So, not only does floating have a positive impact on your brain chemistry, but it can also interrupt the cycle of depression or anxiety long enough so that you can get a toe hold and work your way out of the bad state of mind.

Also, when you are deeply relaxed, your brain releases the desirable neurotransmitters and hormones like endorphins that make you feel so good.

I have definitely increased my floating frequency lately, trying to climb out of this funk. One technique that I have been using to help me relax into my float is to start with a list of things that I am grateful for. I think of what I am grateful for, then I pause for a few minutes and really focus on the feeling of it . It normally makes me cry, but they are all good tears. Plus, I just tell people that I got salt in my eye ….

I would love to hear in the comments below some of the tips and tricks that you have for staying positive in this not-so-nice time of year.

So, if you are in a funk , call us today or visit us online at blissfloatcentre.ca to book your float today.

New Year’s Resolutions – yay or nay??

As 2017 draws to a close and we look towards the year ahead, New Year’s Resolutions are a hot topic of conversation these days.  What are your thoughts?  Do you love them, make them, and stick to them?  Or, do you fall into the category of wildly abandoning resolutions by mid-February.  I am definitely in the second category – Resolutions?  What resolutions????

Instead, I have turned towards goal setting, journalling, visualizing, and quiet reflection of the year that has passed.  To me, this practice just seems so much more sustainable and feels much gentler.

As I review 2017, so many huge learning moments come up for me.  Some learning moments that I never want to learn again (ugh) and a few that I would learn again in a heartbeat.  2017 was a huge year for me – both personally and professionally.  For starters, I am so grateful to all of my float ‘family’ – you, my dear customers.  As much as (I hope) floating has made a positive difference in your lives, I can honestly say that your stories, comments, hugs, and messages have definitely made a wonderful difference to my life.  Thank you all for joining me on this wild ride of entrepreneurship!    So, as I visualize and plan for 2018, I am definitely including the highlights from 2017, with the intention to magnify all the salty goodness.

As far as the lessons I never wish to learn again (and there are some huge ones) I give thanks for the lessons, and then purposefully and firmly let them go.

I find that my float practice changes a little bit this time of year.  I always use floating to simply unplug so that I don’t become a crazy person, but my last few floats have been much more ‘processing’ floats.  The quiet gives me the space to sift and sort.  I can be much more mindful when choosing the experiences from 2017 that I wish to repeat.   It is so much easier for me to visualize, feel, and yes – almost touch and taste my goals and desires.  As far as letting go, in the quiet it is so much easier to vacuum out all the dark corners of thoughts that I no longer need – it actually felt like I did some serious house cleaning during my last float, as I felt so much lighter afterwards.  I am fairly new to journalling, but the words come so easy to me after floating.  So clear. Intentional. Raw.   I intend to re-read my notes later in the year when I feel that I am getting off-track.

So, if you are tired of resolutions that fade quickly, consider trying a different approach.  Feel free to bring your own journal to your next float, or please feel free to borrow pen and paper from us – we have lots exactly for this purpose!  Sit, enjoy some tea and make plans to make 2018 the best it can be.

 

Happy New Year!

Janette

 

 

“You don’t always get the float you want, but you always get the float you need”

There is a saying “You don’t always get the float you want, but you always get the float you need”. This was exactly my experience tonight.

It has been a busy few days. I’m not going to lie – it took some effort for my body and subconscious mind to convince my conscious mind that I needed a float, instead of just going home to bed. I was tired, and just wanted to sleep. I expected that I would fall asleep in the float almost instantly.

The minute that I laid back in the water, I became aware of the tension in my face. Almost instantly, the tension started to melt away and fall off me. Before long, my body felt lighter as I released tension that I didn’t even know that I was carrying. Soon, my mind started to clear as well. Thoughts came and went, the clutter and mind chatter were swept away.

What remained were feelings of gratitude. I was all of a sudden so full of love for my children – they are so beautiful inside and out. I was able to fully appreciate some loving and supportive conversations that I have had this week. I fully appreciate some of the books and articles that I have come across this week with their uplifting messages. I absolutely love my customers and the stories that you share with me – you make me smile. My heart is full. This feeling is exactly what I needed tonight.

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Posted: September 27, 2017 By: Comment: 0

Tips from the Tank – June

The list of benefits to be gained from a float practice is seemingly endless. That in itself is amazing. Each float can be a bit different, and often offers exactly what your body or mind needs in that moment. I have been amazed at some of the random places that my mind goes during my float. Sometimes, I work out problems, sometimes I get big ideas, and sometimes I simply fall asleep. I love the randomness of thoughts that come during some floats, and am often surprised and entertained at what shows up for me.

Over the past few months, however, I have been playing with Intention setting before my floats. Have you heard the saying “where the thought goes the energy flows”? Setting an intention before your float can help to focus your energy to one area of your body or mind that you would like to shift, change, resolve, or explore further. Try setting your intention with a sense of curiosity as to what will be revealed. Let your mind explore the subject, rolling it around, looking at it from different angles. Be open to the thoughts that come. Relax into your intention – perhaps unrelated thoughts will come up that end up shedding light on your intention.

From the website https://mindfulminutes.com/intention-setting-101/

Intentions can be a clear and specific topic, or as simple as a word or phrase you’d like to align yourself with, like “open your mind and heart,” “love,” “softness,” “strength,” “compassion for myself and others,” “peace,” or “freedom.” Try to keep the intention positive, so instead of saying “stop being a coward,” or “spend less time alone,” choose the intentions, “be courageous” or simply, “community”.

Here are some thought-starters to help you get started in forming an intention:

  •  What matters most to you?
  •  What would you like to build, create, or nurture in your life?
  • What would you like to let go of?
  • Who would you like to forgive in your life?
  • How do you feel when you are your happiest self?
  • What makes you proud?
  • What word(s) would you like to align yourself with?
  • What fears would you like to release?
  • What are you grateful for?

 

We would love to hear how this works for you, and if intention setting had a positive impact on your float practice.

Posted: June 6, 2017 By: Comment: 0

Tips from the Tank – May

We absolutely love hosting folks who are new to floating. One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is ‘How do I shut my mind off?’ While there are many meditation and relaxation techniques for you to explore, we find that one of the simplest methods is simply to focus on your breath.

When was the last time that you sat still and really focused on your breathing? Was it shallow and quick, or deep and slow? A good breathing technique will calm the mind, relax the body, relieve stress and act as a bridge to accessing the theta state. (the state between waking and sleeping)

One simple breathing technique that we suggest here is a measured breathing technique. Simply put is is as follows:

  1. Allow your body to find its most comfortable floating position. Try putting your hands on your belly.
  2. Relax your neck and shoulders and let your jaw relax.
  3. Bring awareness to your breath, and notice its depth and pattern.
  4. Breathe in slowly through your nose, sending your breath into your core and belly. Count to 4 on the inhale – feel your hands on your belly expand.
  5. Hold the breath for a moment.
  6. Now release your breath slowly and smoothly as you count to 7. Feel your belly draw towards you, belly contracting.
  7. Repeat nine more times – try counting to 5 on the inhale, and 10 on the exhale for the next repetitions.
  8. When you are finished, return to natural belly breathing – slow and deep.

Give yourself the space and time to breathe deeply during your next float and see what happens. We would love to hear about it!

 

 

Posted: May 11, 2017 By: Comment: 0