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After a Two Week Hiatus I Get Back in the Float Tank

Sometimes life gets away from us, we get too busy, or too distracted or something unexpected happens that shakes up our usual routines. Recently, I inadvertently took two weeks off of floating and I was eager to get back in the tank.  I had been meditating daily outside the tank, but my body was achy and looking forward to physical benefits that go along with floating. Here is my float story... 

I stepped into the float room and did my initial float tank limbo to keep my chest and belly from submerging. I leaned back and as always the water perfectly embraced my body. I slowly swayed back and forth for a few minutes occasionally tapping the walls with a finger or a toe as the waves from my entry dissipated. I drew my attention to my breath and strength of my heartbeat. I felt my heart reverberating in my chest cavity generating tiny waves of water around my rib cage with each thump.

I stayed with my breath and gradually sensations arose all over my body. I mentally scanned from the crown of my head through my toes. I noted sharp shooting pains from my right shoulder, deep rumblings from my intestines and powerful vibrations from all 10 toes. I am grateful for my Vipassana meditation practice, it has trained me to observe all these sensations, but to remain as equanimous as possible.  These strong sensations gradually give way to more subtle ones. Eventually, my breath slowed and I drifted away. I feel like I have left my human avatar for the universe of vibration and energy. Ah... I feel at home.

Photo Credit: Leslie Hero, FloatOn Artist Program

Photo Credit: Leslie Hero, FloatOn Artist Program

Some unknown length of time passed in this in-between state when suddenly fear jolted through my entire body. My heart raced and I began breathing quite heavily. I felt as if I was a bunny being chased by a pack of ravenous wolves.There are jarring flashes of light vivid that I began to question whether or not I was still alone in the float tank. I managed to settle back, thinking of the advice we often give to floaters when anxiety surfaces. 

BE WITH IT. OBSERVE IT.  STUDY HOW IT RISES AND OBSERVE HOW IT WILL PASS AWAY. 

I was restless and struggled to return to my peaceful state. Eventually, the anxious sensations dissipated, my breath slowed and returned to a deep state of peace from being with my own nothingness, then... beep, Beep, BEEP!

My meditation session had ended and it was time to me to reenter the world little lighter, calmer and wiser than before.  For me, every float is an opportunity to learn and grow, to release some baggage, to appreciate the impermanent nature of the universe and the impermanent nature of ourselves. One only needs to be quiet and still enough to observe it.

-Lindsay Reinhardt, Anicca Float Club, Inc. 2016 ©

 

Lindsay is the Co-owner/Operator of Anicca Float Club with her husband Paul Feyer.  When she is not floating she can be found running around the Float Club, laughing like a hyena, riding her bicycle, eating scrumptious vegetarian food and striking random yoga poses. 

Be Silent. Be Still. The Most Important Thing to Go Deeper During Your Floatation Therapy Sessions.

SHHH..... Floats in progress!

Sensory enhancement (as floatation pioneer Glen Perry rightfully called it) is a powerful tool to help you achieve deeper states of meditation, explore your consciousness, work through anxieties and traumas or just relax and take an amazing power nap.

The Float center and the float equipment set the stage for you to delve into your inner verse! But and this is a big BUT... Float Room, Tank or Pod DO NOT do the work for you. The tank is simply the space that enables you to do the work on yourself.

In a time when we are pushing the limits of the human body to accomplish feats that were once considered impossible, it is easy to feel like doing NOTHING might not be necessary. But it is actually the MOST necessary thing to achieve ANYTHING. 

Coming from a background in Vipassana meditation our first experience in the float tank made us realize the power of the float tank for mediation.  Vipassana focuses on the interconnection of the mind and the body.  In the Float Room all outside stimulation is removed.  It is the PERFECT place to OBSERVE the body and mind and how one influences the other.

During 10 Day Vipassana Courses, there is something called "sitting with a strong determination". During these hour long meditation sessions one sits as still as possible regardless of the pleasant or unpleasant sensations that one may be feeling. By observing one's breath, being still and remaining equanimous (neutral) one begins a self-exploratory journey to the common root of the body and the mind. 

Feeling Lost?  To put it simply: WHEN THE BODY IS STILL THE MIND WILL FOLLOW. Stillness at the physical body is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING in meditation and in floating! This is the key to getting the most out of your time in the Float tank.  Every movement you make in the tank gives your brain something to process that is OUTSIDE your body. 

Tingling sensations? OBSERVE THEM.

Itchy sensations?  OBSERVE THEM.

Warm sensations? OBSERVE THEM.

Anxieties surface? OBSERVE THEM. 

Monkey Brain?  OBSERVE IT!

When you realize you have the power to observe the things that happen at the physical OR mental level without reacting to them you will start to feel like you have super powers, because we ALL have this super power.  You will discover new levels of self control and discipline. You will find new levels into your consciousness. You will be happier, calmer and more peaceful. 

So what are you waiting for? Now you know that you have the power...

BE SILENT, BE STILL AND YOU WILL GO DEEPER.

-Lindsay Reinhardt, Anicca Float Club, Inc. 2016 ©

WHO FLOATS?

There is no one size fits all description of our awesome Float Family. This list attempt to compile the variety of people who float at our Float Club on a regular basis.

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  • Athletes: Whether you use the float room to help you recover or to visualize your next game, race or event floating is powerful tool for any athlete.  Have you been watching ESPN lately? Floating has been making headlines in the Sports World as the Golden State Warriors, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the New England Patriots all have been using Floatation Therapy to recover.  

The good news is you don't have to be an "elite athlete" to reap the benefits of floatation therapy. Weekend warriors, daily gym rats, road runners and cross fitters all get tremendous benefits by adding regular float sessions to their recovery routine.


Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes use Floatation Therapy 

 
 

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  • Baristas, Doctors, Nurses,  Paramedics, Police Officers, Teachers Waitresses: Spend all day on your feet? Floating is great way for you to get away from all the stresses of the outside world and gravity.

 
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  • Chronic Pain Sufferers: We had no idea how many people suffer with chronic pain until we opened Anicca Float Club.  Floating has a way of attenuating pain in the body.  The combination of the magnesium the body absorbs and the deeply meditative state you are able to achieve while floating offer our float family tremendous relief.  Here is a great article from Psychology Today on how mindfulness meditation is proven to reduce pain at a neurobiological level.

  • Pregnant Women: Ok - so there are no pregnant men!  Pregnancy is a great time to float.  The water is the temperature of your skin so it is safe for you and baby during the 2nd and 3rd trimester and can help with the inflammation and aches associated with being pregnant. Here is a nice blog post from The Float Center on Floating during pregnancy.

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  • "Roganites":  Anicca Float Club would not be here if it were not for Joe Rogan as we learned about floating from the Joe Rogan Podcast. Rogan has used a float tank for years to help him develop his mind, heal his body and explore his own consciousness. 

ANYONE WITH STRESS! : So this is the general catch all for most people who use Floatation Therapy. Who doesn't have stress?!  Work, family, bills, traffic the list of things that cause stress is endless. The list of effective healthy ways to manage stress is different for everyone, but floating is universally effective! Why?! Because all or our brains need quiet meditation time to be truly healthy!

 In the clip below Lauretta Young discusses the "Healthy Mind Platter" where "Down- Time" and "Time -In" are critical to our brain health.  Start watching at 19:33 for this explanation.

 
 

Finally, sensory deprivation tanks lower the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is public health enemy number one. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, heart disease and the list goes on and on.  

    The world around us never stops, there is constant barrage of stress hitting us at all times.  Sensory deprivation or as it should be called SENSORY ENHANCEMENT,  gives you a brief but powerful respite from it all. It is highly efficient relaxation for the busy world in which we live. It is a reminder that we can just be present with our breath and our thoughts and that is ENOUGH.  


Images courtesy of Everydayplus, Serge Bertasius Photography, stock images, Sura Nualpradid from freedigitalphotos.net

-Lindsay Reinhardt, Anicca Float Club, Inc., 2016 ©

Float Your Pain Away

Blog Post by Naperville PT, September 8, 2015

 

     At FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers – Naperville, we have a fantastic group that meets the second Saturday of every month to learn about new tools and techniques that may help with battling chronic pain.  I am always investigating new research based treatments that may benefit my patients and looking for practitioners outside of my practice to speak at our Chronic Pain Forum.  That is what lead me to the Anicca (pronounced a-nee-cha) Float Club in May of this year.

     The day I walked into the center was the day after the owners, Lindsay and Paul, signed on to be a part of a research study dealing with Fibromyalgia patients and floating.  Since a large percentage of my physical therapy patients have Fibromyalgia, I was excited to hear what they had to say.  I was so impressed with the tour that I signed up for a float the following week.  I was not planning on entering the baths loaded with 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt, however, I realized that it would be hard to convince my patients to try a new treatment, which by some may be considered “alternative”, if I had not tried it myself.

     I made the appointment for the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, after a long, exhausting week of working on patients.  I use an array of manual therapy techniques and although I don’t have any musculoskeletal disorders, I do feel some muscle tightness and fatigue by the end of the week.  So, I was quite interested to see if I would feel any different following an hour of sensory deprivation.

     After signing off on the necessary paperwork and receiving a thorough orientation from the delightful Lindsay, I stepped into my own private wave room to begin my hour vacation, as it’s described on their website (www.floatnaperville.com).  I molded the provided plugs snugly into my ears, took a tepid shower and stepped into the large (6ft x 5ft x 8ft) private pool with about a foot of 94 degree water loaded with the therapeutic magnesium salts.  Immediately, I was so surprised how easy it was to float without any effort.  In less than a minute the lights went out and I closed my eyes tightly, a little embarrassed to admit now, but I was scared for a few seconds.  I missed the part of her instructions that told of the underwater switch which would provide a soft blue light should I not appreciate the total darkness.

     I tried to settle my over active brain and relax.  However, I couldn’t.  My mind kept wandering and I told myself I had to stop doing crazy things like this for my patients.  After a few minutes, I really wanted to get out, “What time is it?”, “How much longer do I have to be in here”, “Is that water I feel in my ears”, “Why can’t I hear my heartbeat like I read I may”.   All of these crazy thoughts kept invading my mind and I thought “I will never do this again”.  Well, I was wrong.  Somewhere within that last half hour, I slipped into some type of meditative state.  I know I wasn’t sleeping, but I am not really sure where my brain was, maybe the “theta state” the brain gets to when you are able to get into a deep meditation.  The soft lights began to turn on and I stepped back into the warm shower to remove all of the salt.  I felt surprisingly relaxed.  All of the muscle tension had melted away and I re-entered the lobby to enjoy a cup of tea and share my experience with Lindsay.

     She said everyone’s experience is completely different.  Some have visions, some sleep and some have incredible creative thoughts solving difficult personal struggles in the process.  Although mine started out uncomfortable, I felt good enough to buy a new floater 3 pack and give it another try.

     Soon, I was back with my husband, Gary.  For over 20 years he has been a guinea pig for many of my new techniques.  This time I baited him with the promise of a naked date night.  Unfortunately for him, we were naked in separate rooms.  Sidebar – disposable swimsuits are available for purchase on-line if you choose not to use your birthday suit.  Gary had none of the reservations I had prior to my float, as he grew up around the water and floating was nothing new to him.  He felt the most important tip was to find a comfortable place for your arms.  Four positions were offered and when he finally raised his arms above his head and arched his back, he was out.  The next thing he remembered was the lights were going on.  The pain he felt in his neck and shoulders was gone and he slept better than usual that night.  That may have been from all of the Magnesium in the water.

     My second float was easier to settle into with the help of a small pool noodle that I used under my neck although I didn’t get to the same “theta” state I had on my first float.  This time my mind was concentrating on ways to get the word out to the community on floating and promote their business.  Gary later playfully reprimanded me that I should be thinking about ways to promote our business!!

     I then began bringing groups of patients and friends to float.  One patient with significant soft tissue restrictions from a double mastectomy and plantar fasciitis enjoyed her first float so much she brought her 13 year old son back the next trip.  I had no idea she had a deathly fear of water and claustrophobia, as she told me afterwards.  She didn’t want her fears to interrupt the healing plan I had for her.  I was shocked that she was able to do it with those extreme fears and truly found benefits from floating.

     One word of caution would be for those that may have difficulty rising from a low position without help.  I did have one 68 year old Fibromyalgia patient who had a total hip replacement several years prior who found it extremely difficult to get up after floating.  I should have had her practice turning on all fours and try pushing up from there with the help of the grab bar.  She is back in the clinic now working on her core and leg strength.

     In summary, I am a fan of floating.  I would do it every week if I had the time.  I feel just as good as I do after an hour massage and the benefits for me last longer, plus it is not as expensive as a massage.  I do sleep better, according to my Fitbit, on nights that I float.  Lindsay gave me a great tip prior to my last float when she said, “When you try a new sport or activity you are not good at it right away, it takes practice, so don’t try so hard.” I gave myself permission to be bad at meditating the last time and it worked, I had the most enjoyable float yet.

     If you are interested in finding out more about how floating can help reduce pain, please plan on attending our next Chronic Pain Forum at Anicca Float Club on Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 AM.  Register by calling 630-369-1015 or by emailing mrachford@fyzical.com.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Floatation Therapy: The Ultimate Relief During Pregnancy

Kriss Brooks, September 25th, 2013 - Posted by Northwest Float Center

 
 

As pregnant women come closer and closer to full-term, their entire body is put to the test as the weight of the baby causes stress on their joints and muscles.

Many women find that it is virtually impossible to get comfortable during this time. Floatation therapy is becoming increasingly popular with pregnant women because it offers intense pain relief that they can’t receive anywhere else.

The main reason that floating is beneficial during pregnancy is the fact that pregnant women are able to escape the pressure of the added weight of the baby when they float. By entering a weightless environment, all of the weight and strain is lifted from the body. Floating is especially useful for providing relief to the spine and pelvis during pregnancy.


The Mirror Effect

One interesting aspect of floating while pregnant is the concept of the “mirror effect.” When your body is suspended in the float tank, it is experiencing a similar sensation that the baby is experiencing in the womb. By mirroring the baby’s experience, many women find that floating allows them to deepen their connection with the child, both emotionally and physically.

While floating, the normal aches and pains of pregnancy are reduced as the woman gains a sense of calm and comfort. The pressure of the baby on the mother’s organs is reduced, allowing the mother to truly rest and even sleep. During your third term, floating may be the only chance you have to experience intense rest.

Experts recommend that pregnant women float prone in order to achieve the greatest benefits for themselves and their baby. By lying on your stomach, you can fully immerse your stomach in order to receive maximum relief. Rest your elbows on the floor of the tank so that your hands can support your chin. However, if floating prone makes you uncomfortable, floating on your back is still highly beneficial.

Health Benefits

Floating offers many physical and mental health benefits to pregnant women. Mentally, pregnant women often have many things to worry about, but floating offers them a chance to detach themselves from the rest of the world and simply focus on bonding with their child.

Since sleep is often an issue, especially towards the end of the pregnancy, floating is a wonderful way to gain significant rest. Floating has been shown to help with insomnia and provide deep sleep at night for days after a float session. In addition, floating reportedly offers many other health benefits, such as lowered blood pressure and higher levels of endorphins.

Have you tried floatation therapy during pregnancy? What benefits did you experience?

A Story of Depression, Anxiety and PTSD

Original Blog post from Colin of Float Boston, September 14th, 2014

“I remained happy, and carried with me the positive feeling into the next two days. It was almost a ‘celebratory’ feeling. One that has not been produced by any other medications, therapies, or methods of dealing with the individual diagnoses I live with. I didn’t feel the need for the anti-anxiety medications for nearly two days. Which, in my current state, almost never happens.” —Andrew

“Andrew” is a real person, though that’s not his real name.  Over the last two years he’s been clinically diagnosed with Treatment-Resistant Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD, and Anxiety Disorder.  He has worked with trauma therapists and all the resources in the Boston area, including MGH and McLean hospital. He’s even gone so far as to participate in clinical studies at MGH for current drug trials that are being studied for his particular diagnosis. To date, nothing has significantly improved his quality of life, and is left with very few options short of electroconvulsive therapy.

 

He contacted us, wanting to know if he could try floating before committing to anything so drastic as ECT.   Sara and I gave it a little thought and said, you know what, helping someone like this is exactly why we want to open FLOAT.   We offered a series of three floats over three weeks, if he would write up his experiences before and after so that we could share them here.

[After my third float] I felt calm and happy, an experience I can’t remember having in a long time. So much so that I was unfamiliar with it, and didn’t know what to do with the positive happy feeling. I know how to take care of myself in the dark troubling times, but over the last few years, have lost the innate knowledge of how to feel happy, and what to do with that time.

This is an anecdote – one person’s experience, and no kind of clinically controlled trial.  Please interpret with caution.  Still we were thrilled with the results, and are excited to share them here.

Andrew summarized his own benefits this way:

  • Deep relaxation, a loss of the immediate sense of anxiety while in the tank.
  • A loss of sense of time, which in turn removes the immediate sense of depression. There are no outside influences to “worry” about while in the tank.
  • A feeling of well being following the float, similar to the relaxation effects of anti-anxiety medications.  All three floats produced this effect with varying duration between a few hours and two days.
  • Reduction of “hyper-vigilance” associated with PTSD. There is a period of acceptance and lack of paranoia, a “regular” approach to outside stimuli.  Again, the duration of this effect varied float-to-float.
  • Consistent better and easier, more restful sleep. All three floats had the effect of removing nightmares associated with his symptoms. This was a great relief for those evenings, almost a “reset” of the emotional chatter while resting or sleeping, and produced better rest than any drugs he had tried. This was the primary and greatest relief of all three sessions.  Two of the floats (1st and 3rd) produced instances as long as two days of removed or reduced nightmares.

He floated one 90-minute session per week for three weeks. For each session he did not take his standard pre-emptive anxiety medication; this was with the approval of his regular treaters, as a healthy experiment. There were no concerns over foregoing the medication on these three days.

Floatation therapy helps people achieve total peace. Floating effortlessly calms the nervous system.

Floatation therapy helps people achieve total peace. Floating effortlessly calms the nervous system.

I approached the first float with a heightened sense of anxiety, as I did not know what to expect, or how the process would affect me. Also, I had a heightened anxiety at being out of my “comfort zone” not having a sense of the area, or the individuals associated with the float (Sara and Colin). While I was provided with excellent instructions from Sara prior to the experience, it may be beneficial to individuals with similar diagnoses to speak to the heightened concerns of the first experience.

His experiences in the tank were not unusual:

Not knowing what to expect, the initial warmth, darkness, and buoyancy created an initial concern over “doing it right”. Once I got used to the experience of relaxation, I was able to “let go”. It did however nearly hurt to let go the tense tight hold on my joints, specifically in the pelvic, lower back, shoulders and neck area.

This resistance to letting go – he described it as being like “fear” or “pain” – significantly lessened during the next two floats, as it became more familiar. Once he recognized the experience, it became easier to accept the “pain” associated with relaxation.

My body slowly letting go allowed my internal “chatter” to slow down. Focused on the body, and its experience, there was no internal focus on the anxiety or depression.

As his internal dialog slowed, he became increasingly aware of physical sensations like the slight difference in temperature between the areas of his body covered or not covered by water.  His internal dialog crept louder again, as the “wonder of the relaxation” became “odd and important”, but faded again fairly quickly.  It is not unusual in the tank for feelings of self-awareness to ebb and flow in waves.

During this period, my eyes were closed and colors appeared, along with an internal sense of “movement”.  This experience felt very similar to deep meditation, and after a while (the loss of time being a consequence of the float) everything slowed, and the relaxation, the internal chatter, and all the familiar fears and concerns disappeared. I remained in this state until the music began, and I [became] aware that the 90 minutes had passed. I don’t know how long the persistence of awareness was absent, as the loss of time was prominent, but it did feel lengthy.

After showering, Andrew reported an awareness of a sense of connection between his “higher” and “lower” brain, producing a feeling of calm and well-being.

One challenge I experienced after the first float, which happened with each float, was the feeling of being “thrust” right back into the daily grind, the noise, the annoyances, and the solidity of everything. However, I was able to “watch” my reaction to the real world, and maintained the feeling of “connection to the higher and lower brain”. The ability to “watch” rather than “react” was a great relief (and very similar to deep meditation, only informed by the body, rather than the mind). The relief continued for some time afterward, lasting nearly the rest of the day.

Andrew described one of the symptoms of his PTSD being hyper-vigilance, a feeling of need to be aware of everything in his environment as a constant possible threat.  He described this period of relief following floats, with durations between a few hours (after his second float) and two days (after his third) as a time when he could notice things like a new car parked down the street without feeling the need to keep track of it.

The evening after the first float, it felt as though I was able to “conjure” the connection of higher and lower brain, and relax into sleep. That night, I did not experience any nightmares, and woke feeling rested, and calm.

Andrew described the improved sleep as the most important effect, for him, of the float sessions.  Nightmares are a constant experience for him, and few other things have helped his sleep.  Drugs, notably, are able to suppress the nightmares only by rendering him unconscious without leaving any feeling of restfulness. Floating gave him that feeling, and without side effects.

By midday on the day after, the familiar anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and depression returned, but carried the knowledge that the reduction in severity was possible.  This acted as a reminder of the sense of relief, rather than “falling” deeper into the depression. This reminder did accompany my symptoms for a few days after.

His sense of wellbeing and “near happiness” consistently lasted nearly a full day, and sometimes into the next. The duration was not predictable, but it seemed to be connected to how quickly his relaxation occurred while in the tank, and how long the “letting go” experience lasted.  His second float took the longest time to relax and “let go”, as anticipation of the experience was “higher” – this is a common occurrence, having the second float experience be markedly different from the first. His third float was easy and deeper, similar to his first float, and resulted in some symptoms being totally absent afterward.

A few more resources:

Nearly 20 percent of veterans who have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq have post-traumatic stress disorder. Some have found help with an alternative treatment called "floatation therapy."

 

Justin Feinstein from the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) talks about the ability of float tanks to help people combat anxiety at the 2013 Float Conference.

Why You Should Float More Than Once

Do you remember the first time you rode a bicycle? How about your first yoga class? The first time you attempted to bake something from scratch or even learn to tie your own shoelaces? Do you remember those moments where you felt awkward or overwhelmed as your brain tried to comprehend exactly what was happening and how it should process it rather than just go with it?!  

Well... your first float may be a lot like that.  The float room environment is unique.  The 1,000 pounds of epsom salts dissolved in the water create an environment that eliminates nearly all the effects of gravity on the body.  The float room is quiet, dark and free of all external stimuli. This is foreign to our modern day brains which are commonly cruising on a super highway of stimulation.  Most of us actually need to learn how to relax in the float tank!  

I have had floats were I quickly drift into that "in between state", but I have had many floats where my mind wants to run since it has nothing else to analyze. The default of the human mind is to RUN.  We all face the same challenge of "quieting the mind". We all must learn how to observe our monkey minds without reaction. So don't stress if your mental monkey would rather play hopscotch than meditate during your first float. The mind works a lot like our biceps. The more you deliberately practice mindfulness the better you will get!

The other challenge new floaters face in the float room is convincing your brain that it is impossible to sink (because you CAN'T!) I will never forget spending hours in swim lessons as a kid just learning how to float;  front floats, back floats, rescue breathing floats. No matter how relaxed you are in fresh water, you still need to expend some energy to keep your body from sinking. However, while floating the less you move and the more you relax, the better it gets! 

Image courtesy of thephotoholic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of thephotoholic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Finally, be patient. Our society has come to a place where we are stimulated from the moment we wake up until the second we go to bed.  We must consciously make decisions to find our own peace or it is really easy to get swept away in whatever stimulating current is rushing past.  Please do not feel discouraged if you do not experience meditative bliss your first float.  The float room takes you out of the rat race so you can give yourself some YOU TIME.  Give floating a few chances and with a little practice you will succeed to LET GO of your words, thoughts and your body for a delightfully peaceful hour of NOTHING.  HAPPY FLOATING!

Floatation and Fibromyalgia a Winning Combination?

More people are turning to floatation therapy to help with everything from every day stress and to muscle aches, insomnia and chronic pain. Most clients do not divulge their personal stories over the phone, but after 60 minutes in the float tank many new floaters like to chat for a few minutes. Some are curious about the "magic" that happens in the tank, but others want to share personal stories or their reason for seeking floatation.  

Lately, we have started to see more people with an interest in floating for chronic pain as well as auto immune diseases (such as lupus and multiple sclerosis). Floatation can improve the lives of people with chronic pain specifically fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition in the US after osteoarthritis. There are currently 12 million people in the US with fibromyalgia, yet it is not well understood and often misdiagnosed. People who have fibromyalgia experience: depression, decreased, pain threshold, chronic pain and incapacitating fatigue. 

  Image courtesy of Ambro at   Freedigitalphotos.net

 Image courtesy of Ambro at Freedigitalphotos.net

Since floating boosts:

      Endorphins- our bodies natural pain killers
      Dopamine - associated with feelings of motivation
      Serotonin- contributes to feelings of overall wellbeing and happiness 

It is a wonderful, safe natural way to ameliorate the long term effects of chronic disease.

Floating also lowers:

     Adrenaline - "the fight or flight" hormone
     Cortisol - a steroid hormone released in response to stress
     Norepinephrine - a marker of nervous system stress

We all benefit when we find natural ways to manage our stress better!  Our immune system gets a boost and we feel invigorated and revitalized overall.

There is a worldwide effort among float centers to track how floatation therapy affects individuals with fibromyalgia. This study is called the Fibromyalgia Floatation Project by Float On, Anicca Float Club is participating in this study because we want people with fibromyalgia to experience the benefits of regular floatation therapy.

Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at   Freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at Freedigitalphotos.net

Our first client to join the Fibromyalgia Floatation Project at Anicca Float Club, wrote:

 "I floated for 60 minutes and after a time, I started realizing I was not in any pain. I decided that if I was just pain free for the 60 minutes that I was floating that would be a relief and worth it. When I got out, I was pain free.  I was upbeat which is odd since I have the depression that comes to all of us who suffer with chronic illnesses. I was pain free for almost 3 days and I was cheerful.  I went shopping with my daughter something I had not been able to do for awhile. At the end of the 3 days my pain returned....

I will be trying to go at least once a week. I felt a bit like my old self again and I really liked that! Of course, like anything else, this may not work for all of us, but I hope that there are some of you like me, who can get relief from constant pain."

Do you want to learn more?  Do you want to participate in the Fibromyalgia Floatation project at Anicca Float Club?  Please contact us at gofloat@floatnaperville.com and look at the additional resources we have posted below.  

Additional Sources:

Beyond Rest Float Center, Floatation for Fibromyalgia  Australia, Floatation for Fibromyalgia

Mayo Clinic Staff, Fibromyalgia


Roderick Borrie,  Fibromyalgia and Float Tanks, Float Confernce 2012 Presentation

 

Floatation tank helps women deal with fibromyalgia pain