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. We know that those Blue Bird days at Sun Peaks Resort or Harper Mountain are calling your name!

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

Being Body Aware

 

Over the past week or so, I have had quite a few conversations with customers who are surprised about what their body ‘tells’ them during the float.  Several customers were surprised when their body showed them that the source of pain was actually somewhere slightly different than the area they had been treating through massage or physiotherapy.  The absence of pressure points and gravity, along with the quiet float environment provided the perfect environment for them to really pay attention to their body and the messages that it was sending out.

In his book “The Deep Self”, John C. Lilly describes the body sensation of floating .  “Automatically the body assumes a position in which all sets of agonist/antagonist muscles are precisely balanced, with knees and elbows flexed…. I learned a good deal about my habitual physical tension-patterns and tightness from old injuries from the asymmetry of my body in this relaxed state”

So, we recommend spending a bit of time in your float, deeply listening to your body, sending loving thoughts to the places that need healing and to the parts that help you move through your day.  You may be surprised at what you learn.

Posted: November 3, 2018 By: Comment: 0

How floating can boost your GPA

Back to school, it’s time to hit the books!  Summer is over – back to the big projects at work.  Are you looking for ways to make the most of your hard work?  Here are 5 ways that Floating boosts your GPA and your performance at work.  

1.  Reduce your stress, clear your mind.  With all the projects to complete, pages to read, papers to write, stress is everywhere.  When you are stressed, your brain triggers the release of many neurochemicals like cortisol and adrenalin.  While a little bit of stress can help you ‘get in the zone’ and be super-productive for a short period of time, long periods of stress can lead to an excess of cortisol and other stress hormones.  When cortisol levels are too high, they can impact your memory and hamper your mental performance, hence the saying “stress makes you stupid”.  So, now you can become stressed out and forgetful.  Not a good combination if you are on a deadline.

Floating has been proven to provoke a relaxation response that reduces the levels of cortisol  and other stress hormones in your body, leaving you with a greater ability to focus and concentrate.  Furthermore, floating has been been shown to produce a beneficial ‘maintenance’ response, meaning that your body has a reduced stress response for several days after your float.

So, consider scheduling a float before, during and after your exam period or project completion timeline to boost your retention during studying and preparing, mental performance during the exam or presentation, and a quick recovery after your busy time is over.

2.  Fight that cold  When you are stressed, your body’s immune response can be compromised, leaving you at a greater risk of getting sick.  A head cold is the last thing that you need when you are studying for a big exam!   Floating reduces your stress response which gives your body’s immune response a chance to function at full capacity.  Plus, studies have shown that people who visualize their bodies healing and feeling strong and healthy recover faster .  So, float regularly to reduce stress, and imagine your body being as healthy as possible.  Keep your body healthy to ensure your peak performance!

3.  Recovery from sitting too long. You know that stiff feeling, after you’ve been sitting for a long time.  Muscle tightness, aches and pains are uncomfortable and can be distracting.   Floating effortlessly and feeling weightless for 90 minutes can release muscle tension, reduce aches and pains, and allow for increased circulation to help your body move again.   You can try out the selection of pillows and pool noodles if you find that your body likes to float in a particular position.   Make your body comfortable so that you can focus on studying, not on your sore neck.

4.  Superlearning. There is an increasing amount of science emerging that shows that the greatest amount of learning takes place when the learner’s state of mind is one of deep relaxation combined with mental alertness.  In fact, studies have shown that the deeper the relaxation, the more the student is able to learn.  When you are deeply relaxed, your brain enters the Theta Wave state that is highly conducive to complex learning.  In theta state, the mind is most open to the absorption of new material and most capable of complex thinking and retention of what you have learned.   “A-ha” Moments come when you are in Theta state.  During a float, the absence of distraction also makes the brain even more highly receptive to the information presented to it.

Come in for a float to give your mind to process and absorb all your new knowledge.  Or, if you have a particular audio segment or lecture that you would like to listen to during. your float, let us know and we can set that up for you.

5.  Visualize Success.   If you can imagine ityou can achieve itIf you can dream ityou can become it ~William Arthur Ward

Whether it is success in school, success in sport, or success in the workplace, there is mounting evidence supporting the powerful nature of visualization.  The more clearly you can see a situation in your mind’s eye, the more possibility it has of becoming real.    The subconscious mind tends to accept vividly imagined scenarios as real. By accepting a positive experience as real, or that it has already happened, you can spend your energy pursuing the goal instead of playing ‘what-if’.  If you are visualizing a pleasant experience, like success in an exam, your brain automatically responds by releasing feel good neurochemicals like endorphins.   The effect of your feel-good neurochemicals can also last for several days after your float, helping you to maintain a sense of clear-headed calm.

Try this out during your next float – picture success, and soak it in (literally).    How does your success feel, what does it look like, what are the sights, sounds and smells that come with success.  Play it out during your float, and watch it come to life at the exam.

So, give these strategies a try during your school year, and let us know how they go!

Posted: September 21, 2018 By: Comment: 0

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