The Power of 3

So, 3 guys walk into a bar……… You know how the joke goes. Would this joke be as funny if it was just 2 guys going out? How about the 3 little pigs. Would the story be the same if there were 5 pigs? Goldilocks and the 3 bears. 3 blind mice. 3 wise men. 3 Amigos. 3 Muskateers. 3 pointer in Basketball (yayy Raptors!). Hat Trick in Hockey .

3 is the foundation of many spiritual practices – connection of the mind, body and Spirit. Good things happen in 3’s. Bad things happen in 3’s.

3 is the most basic of patterns. Neuroscience shows us that our brains LOVE patterns. Patterns help us predict things and keep us safe.

Many people would say that 3 is indeed a magic number.

So, you can see that there is little coincidence that we recommend 3 floats as the beginning of your float practice. Most people have a pretty fantastic first float. It can be a learning experience for many people, and take some time to adjust to the float environment. Maybe it took you longer than expected to wind down, and that brief state of bliss left you wanting more. Maybe you felt much more relaxed for a long time after your float, and you crave more.

When you come for your second float, knowing what to expect is a HUGE part of your experience. You start your float where you left off the first one. You know which props (if any) you like or don’t like. You have a better idea of your preferences around lights and music. Maybe you had an unfortunate run-in with salt in your eye and want a do-over (#practicesafesalt). Like any practice, when you come for your second float, you may reach that state of bliss a little faster, and enjoy just a little longer in that sweet spot.

Your third float and beyond. For many people, this is where the magic begins. Your body and mind develop a muscle memory, and find their state of flow easily. You are starting to really experience the cumulative benefits of this amazing therapy. Learning to surrender to the float, and go wherever it takes you.

Floating is a practice that gets better the more you do it. Much like exercise – you don’t walk out of your first workout with a 6-pack (I wish!) Your first yoga class or attempt at meditation will probably feel a little awkward. Practice makes perfect. We recommend that you float three times within the first two months, and we also recommend that you book all three appointments at once. We are pretty flexible with our appointments, and can always change them if things come up. In our experience, the work always magically happens, but self care, unless it is scheduled in advance, tends to be neglected.

We are here to support you and your float practice. Questions? We are always happy to share our own experiences and tips with you. Call us at 250-377-7716 to book your appointments today.

Posted: June 14, 2019 By: Comment: 0

Managing PMS with Floating

An estimated 75% of women will experience PMS symptoms that range from slightly noticeable to intense.  Float therapy can help.

Ask any woman about Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), and you  will hear about a wide variety of signs and symptoms including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It’s estimated that 75% of menstruating women have experienced some form of PMS.

It is well documented that shifts between the hormones estrogen, progesterone, serotonin, cortisol and norepinephrine appear to make major contributions to symptoms of PMS. Fluctuations of serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that’s thought to play a crucial role in mood states, could trigger PMS symptoms. Insufficient amounts of serotonin may contribute to premenstrual depression, as well as to fatigue, food cravings and sleep problems.(1)

You don’t have to let these problems impact your life. Lifestyle adjustments like eating well, getting adequate exercise and sleep are of course helpful to ease PMS.  Studies by Goldstein, Jessen (2,3) and Turner and Fine  have also confirmed that a regular float practice reduced both the number of PMS symptoms as well as their severity.    The women who floated most often had the most significant reduction in their PMS symptoms, and the relief was long-lasting.  These studies indicate that a regular float practice regulate your hormones, which in turn reduces symptoms of PMS.  Floating both before experiencing PMS, and during the height of your PMS symptoms have the greatest benefit.  

So, get out your calendar, and give us a call so you can schedule your floats today!  We can also help you schedule your floats in advance, to be pro-active with your self care and personal health.  

Stay salty, Sisters 💦💧💦

  (1)https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premenstrual-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20376780

2) https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4613-9701-4_18

3) https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4684-8583-7_29

Posted: April 25, 2019 By: Comment: 0

Floating- the ultimate anti-aging tool.

You have heard of the numerous benefits of floating – reducing pain,  athletic recovery, reducing anxiety and depression, reducing stress. But did you know that a regular float practice can also help you look and feel years younger? 

You know how it goes – every birthday you notice that you recover more slowly, your smile lines become a bit more pronounced, and your body and mind are just a little bit slower to react.  How can that be?  You could swear that your 25th birthday was just yesterday.     So, what is behind a large number of the symptoms of premature aging?   With age comes wisdom, but it also comes with – you guessed it – STRESS.  

Being under a constant state of stress means that your body is constantly flooded with Cortisol, the hormone released in response to stress.  Too much cortisol in your system can contribute to conditions like increased blood pressure, decreased libido, heart disease, increased inflammation, a depleted immune system and symptoms of anxiety and depression.   

Did you know that Cortisol is also the natural enemy of collagen?  Excessive cortisol breaks down the connective tissue that keeps your complexion taut and firm. Stress can also cause us to hold certain facial expressions, such as furrowing the brow which can eventually cause permanent wrinkling on the forehead and around the eyes.  If you clench your jaw when you are stressed, you could also be strengthening the masseter muscle in your jaw, making your face look more square.

Cortisol is also linked to shortening of Telomeres. Telomeres are a protective casing at the end of a strand of DNA. Each time a cell divides, it loses a bit of its telomeres. An enzyme called telomerase can replenish it, but chronic stress and cortisol exposure decrease your supply. When the telomere is too diminished, the cell often dies or becomes pro-inflammatory. This sets the aging process in motion, along with associated health risks.  (1)

A regular float practice has been proven to lower your stress levels in several ways, which in turn reduces your Cortisol levels.  For starters, just by booking your float appointment, you have decided to dedicate 90 glorious minutes to your own self care and also coincidentally remove yourself from the source of much of your stress. No one talking to you, bugging you, or asking you for something. Priceless!! Secondly, entering the float, your body and mind realize that you are no longer under a perceived threat, and your body chemistry returns to normal.  Your body slows down, the flood of nerve-jangling chemicals is eliminated.  Your stress gives way to feelings of deep calmness, peace and well-being.  Thirdly, a regular float practice gives you an opportunity for introspection and examination, helping to interrupt the cycle of fight-or-flight before it gets out of control. 

A regular float practice also helps you become amazingly body-aware.  Those furrowed brows?  That clenched jaw?  They both become glaringly obvious during your float.   Being weightless in your float allows you to perceive much smaller sensations in your body makes it easy to pinpoint any areas of muscle tension. Once identified, these hot spots can be consciously released and eliminated. 

The benefits of floating have been shown to be even more effective than other stress management techniques and have even greater benefits the longer that a person keeps up the practice.  

So, why not try trading some of the latest anti-aging skin creams for a float membership?   Renew and rejuvenate yourself from the inside-out for long-lasting results.  

  1. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/10/chronic-stress
Posted: April 7, 2019 By: Comment: 0

How much energy are you wasting?

Preserving your “Awesomeness”

I have a question for you – How much energy are you wasting?

This question was sparked during a conversation with my youngest daughter in the car on the way to school. I love car trips with my girls – we end up having the greatest chats. In this quick trip, we ended up talking about an issue that keeps coming up for her that she is trying to clear. We were processing it out loud.

During the conversation, I heard myself say “Do you realize, that every time that you stay stuck on thoughts like this, you give away a piece of your “Awesomeness?” The point that I was trying to get across is that you have a choice on which thoughts you want to spend energy on.

When I got to work, it occurred to me that this conclusion is something that my own float practice has helped me with tremendously. Many of you already know that a big part of the reason why I own a float centre is that floating is instrumental for me in managing my own mental health. Through floating, I have come to be incredibly aware of how I spend my mental energy. I treat it like currency. (quick fact, in my ‘former’ life I was an accountant, so I tend to treat everything like dollars and billable hours – a hard habit to break – don’t hold it against me – haha). I am aware of where I spend my mental energy, and where I am wasting it.

My float practice helps me put away the thoughts that I no longer need, the ones that aren’t serving me, the ones that are much bigger in my head than they need to be. The ones that leak my energy and feel wasteful. Instead, I choose to put my energy into being present with the thoughts that support me moving forward.

In my float, I often use a process that feels like closing Internet tabs. This is especially helpful when my mind is really racing. I pause the thought, give thanks for its lesson, and tell it that it can GO. Sometimes I work through this process quickly, and sometimes this process takes some time. It helps me arrive a place that is clear and calm.

Those 90 minutes are an investment in me. I am worth it. I want to preserve my “awesomeness” My kids are worth it – they deserve a clear, calm and present Mom. You, my dear float family, are worth it as well.

If you, or someone you know is looking for a pretty amazing space to preserve their own “awesomeness,” give us a call – we have a float tank waiting for you. <3

Posted: March 28, 2019 By: Comment: 0

Floating for Ski Season

How is your Ski and Snowboard season going?   Brrrrr, this week it is certainly a bit chilly, but I know that avid skiiers are hitting the slopes anyway!  

Here are a few tips on how floating can help you recover faster, so that you can get out there sooner. 

1.  Take Gravity out of the equation  When you are floating, you are weightless, and the impact of gravity on your body is significantly reduced.  By taking gravity out of the equation, all of your muscles get a chance to deeply rest, relax and recover.  By relieving the stresses of gravity, even for short periods, floating takes weight off the strained bones, joints and muscles, and increases the efficiency of the blood and lymph circulating through the body, carrying away waste and toxins and bringing healing materials to damaged cells. (1)   

2.  Prevent Injury.   Many sports injuries occur because of incorrect muscle tension, not always through direct physical contact. Many injuries could have been prevented by proper muscle relaxation.   Floating provides an amazing opportunity to really tune into your body to identify areas of pain, muscle tightness, areas of rigidity or misalignment.  During your float, when you notice areas that are need of attention, you can consciously release the area of tension, or gently stretch the area out.  Or, by tuning into your body, you may be able to bring new information to your healthcare provider for specific treatment.  There is abundant evidence that float sessions cause major and across the board reduction of muscle tension.  And, even more significantly, researchers found that reduction in tension persisted for days and even weeks.

3.  Promote muscle growth. While high-intensity exercise stimulates muscles to grow, the stimulated muscles actually grow during rest.    While research is still emerging, current suggestions by sports physicians is to alternate days of high intensity training with days of deep rest, with a float 30 to 40 hours after the period of intense exercise.  (2)  Even floating once per week would offer deep rest and relaxation that has been shown for recovery and stimulation of muscle growth.

So, as you are planning your next ski day, why not plan for your float at the same time?  

(1) The book of Floating by Michael Hutchinson, page 165
(2) ” page 168

Posted: February 8, 2019 By: Comment: 0

Beating the January Blues

January.  Such an abrupt contrast to joyful December. Short dark days, no more yummy treats in the fridge, stretchy pants are the go-to outfit, the credit card bill just arrived, and the weather isn’t exactly inviting you to get outside.   Some days, it can take every ounce of energy just to get out of bed to start the day.   January 21 was called by many the ‘saddest day of the year’ or “Blue Monday”  due to the culmination of the above factors.    I know that I am feeling it, are you?  

As someone who is prone to depression and anxiety,  I find that I need to actively manage my mental health this time of year to avoid the winter doldrums, and make the most of every day.  Floating, of course, is my #1 tool for boosting my mood.

Here are 5 tips on how Floating can help you beat the January blues.

1.  Get some rest. Winter is a natural time for hibernation and rest.   Floating is the perfect place to take advantage of deep rest –  physically, emotionally, and spiritually.    We receive lots of questions if it is OK to fall asleep in the tank, and our answer is a resounding YES.  90 minutes of un-interrupted deep physical rest can make your body feel amazing, and refresh your mind and spirit.  

2. Recover quickly from your fitness routine.   Did you get back into your routine after Christmas, or start something new?   Are you feeling sore?   Exercise is a proven method to boost your mood, but muscle soreness can be a downer.    Book some extra floats to help speed your recovery and keep your goals in sight. Being weightless allows your body to rest and recover more efficiently because your body doesn’t have to fight the effects of gravity.  The float environment also gives you an opportunity to really pay attention to your body and any areas of tightness so that you can release them.  

3.  Visualize your success.   January is a natural time to set some goals and set some intentions of what you would like to create during the upcoming year.   Perhaps you have fitness or weight loss goals, perhaps you have career or family goals.  In all cases, it is inspiring and exciting to set goals, but a bit tougher to take the action steps to reach them, and even more difficult to make habitual changes and maintain them. Your float time can be a powerful tool to keep you focused on your goals.  Pick one specific goal, and take some time to savour the feelings of success – what does success look, sound, feel, taste or smell like?  Are there different perspectives that you can view your success from?   Daydream a little bit, and imagine that you have already accomplished your goal, and bask in the victory. Let the feelings of success sink in.   I like to ‘store’ these visualizations and the feelings that come with them so that I can recall and revisit them later, outside the tank.

4.  Practice gratitude.  It has been proven that having an attitude of gratitude boosts your mood.  The feeling of gratitude prompts your brain to release Dopamine – a brain chemical that has a reputation as a ‘feel good’ hormone, and is often associated with feelings of bliss, euphoria, concentration, and motivation.    I love to incorporate a few minutes of gratitude in my floats.   Simply having the luxury of peace and quiet to fully appreciate a handful of things that I feel blessed to have in my life gives me a sense of wellbeing that lasts long after the float has ended. 

5.  Stay healthy during cold and flu season.   Sailing through January feeling healthy is a much more attractive option than battling the dull days with a head cold.  High levels of the stress hormone Cortisol have been linked to reduced immune system response as well as feelings of depression.   Floating facilitates deep rest,  reduced feelings of stress and cortisol levels,  as well as a positive state of mind, all of which keep your immune system strong.   Couple the physical aspects of floating with visualizations of your healthy, strong body, and you increase your chances of starting the year as your healthiest self. 

Above all, January is a perfect time to practice excessive self care, indulge in activities that you love, and celebrate the small wins.  

Stay salty my friends,

Janette

Posted: January 25, 2019 By: Comment: 0

Floating for Happiness

happiness hap·​pi·​ness | \ˈha-pē-nəs  \

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Happiness as follows:
a) A state of well-being and contentment
b) A pleasurable or satisfying experience

Shorter days, colder temperatures, busy schedules….. All of these things can chip away at your level of Happiness this time of the year.  But, did you know that floating can give you a happiness boost?

Here are 5 ways that floating can keep you feeling happy this Holly Jolly season:

1.  Happiness has a molecular basis, according to Yale biochemist Philip Applewhite.     The good news is that we can increase the levels of these pleasure-creating neurochemicals through frequent conscious use.  We know that the deep state of relaxation that you reach during a float session causes the body to release endorphins, serotonin and dopamine which contribute to feelings of happiness.   The more frequently you float, the more often your body is producing your happy hormones.

2.  Re-create the feelings of happiness anywhere, any time.    People who float frequently know that ‘sweet spot’ – that feeling of flow and deep relaxation, where your body has disappeared into the nothingness, and you melt into pure bliss.   Brain research suggests that all experiences are stored away in the brain, and we can instantly recall them with the right signal.  This state becomes a clear ‘body memory’ that becomes easier and easier to access both inside and outside the tank.  The float tank is a natural biofeedback machine which allows us to become aware of these states of deep relaxation and remember them clearly. With a little practice, you can recreate this bliss wherever you are.  Try it next time you are in line at the grocery store.  Pause for a second, and revisit those feelings from your last float.

3.  Your body will feel like doing a Happy Dance.  Removing the effect of gravity from a sore and achy body can do wonders.  If you are suffering from chronic pain, recovering from a great work out, or itching to get back out on the slopes ASAP, a float will make your body happy.   The anti-gravity float environment allows your body to relax without any pressure points,  allow easier blood circulation, heightens your body awareness so that you can easily pin point areas where you may be holding tension and more.  Visualize the sore parts of your body releasing and healing, and the total experience can be very powerful.  When your body is happy, chances are your mood will take a great leap up the happiness scale as well.

4.  Take some much-needed ‘ME’ time. Family commitments, work commitments, shopping, baking, visiting, wrapping, and let’s not even mention the crowds – oh my. This time of the year can feel a little bit overwhelming.  A 90 minute reset can provide just the reprieve that you need to let the chaos go, gain some clarity on what is really important, and catch up on some much needed rest.  Some of our customers report some pretty epic naps during their float, leaving them feeling incredibly recharged and refreshed.

5.  Be present and savour the precious moments.   With so many memory-making moments this time of year, isn’t it important to be truly present to enjoy them?  Floating has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and overwhelm.  Guess what happens when your precious energy is no longer being used to feed the anxiety monster?  You have more energy to focus on the things that matter, like truly connecting with the person you are with, noticing the true beauty of nature, savouring the joy of simply being alive.  It is truly a glorious feeling.

So, if you are looking for a happiness boost that lasts a few days, give us a call at 250-377-7716 or book your appointment online here.

Posted: December 5, 2018 By: Comment: 0

Float Fact – Floating reduces anxiety

At the 2018 float conference in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Justin Feinstein presented results of one of his studies around the impact on floating on anxiety.

His results show that across 50 patients in the study, every single one of them experienced a reduction in anxiety.  The amount of reduction varied from patient to patient, but across the board, everyone reported less anxiety after floating.  He commented that this type of reliability with other other interventions is unheard of.

Don’t take our word, or Dr. Feinstein’s word for it – book your float and see for yourself.

For further information on this studies, and other studies on floatation therapy, visit www.clinicalfloatation.com

Posted: November 21, 2018 By: Comment: 0