Many of us humans enjoy going to extremes. The extreme might be playing a professional sport, climbing tall mountains, sky diving, deep sea diving, dead lifting record breaking amounts of weight, or running marathons. It doesn't have to be anything athletic. It could be winning a poker game, or shoplifting, or speeding. What all these events have in common is a chemical rush of various endorphens.
You don't have to float every day. Once or twice a week is a great place to start. I often tell floaters floating is like riding a bike. If we as children gave up learning to ride a bicycle after falling off the very first time, none of us would ever learn to ride a bike. Just like riding a bike, if you really liked floating, and can find your space within the tank, you will generally be able to find that space again if you take a break from floating for a while. If you get out of the tank the first time and are unsure if you liked it or not, just go home and let it sink in for a while.
People float for different reasons. A common reason to float is just to find out what it is like. Often Joe Rogan is mentioned, quite a bit actually. Floating is growing and new floaters are telling me about their friends who told them to try floating. According to the 2015 State of the Float Industry compiled by 86.4% of existing float centers who participated in their study began operation in the last 5 years. That's an increase of 35 more float centers than in 2014. I personally know of an incredible seven alone which opened in Wisconsin between August 2014 and February of 2015. Floating isn't just growing, it is exploding.
The pinnacle of floating for a beginner who truly enjoyed their first float is just realizing the simple joy in letting go and floating. They realize they did something, they went somewhere, and they enjoyed it. The found that special space and lost touch with their body. They feel like they are floating in the middle of the ocean on a starless night. At least, that's what it can be like for me. Sometimes I feel like I am spinning, sometimes it feels like I see flashes of light. The brain will reach out to make sense of what it sees, or doesn't see. Simply put, floating changes how your brain works. It pumps out lots of hormones like endorphin and makes us feel better. For some the effect can last for days. Floating is a drug free way to make ourselves feel better, reduce stress, and ease pain.
The Basics of Floating In Six Easy Steps
Step One: Take a good shower from head to toe. Clean bodies make for more happy tanks.
Step Two: Lower the lights.
Step Three: Get in and shut the door.
Step Four: Find a comfortable place for your arms and just relax.
Step Five: Wait for the music to tell you your session is over and get out.
Step Six: Shower off all the salt water and get dressed.
For some it can get a little cloudy between steps four and five, but that is where all the good stuff happens and for some it's also the most difficult part. It's hard to know you've arrived where you are going when you don't know where you are going.This is why it takes two or three (sometimes more) floats to tell if you really like it, everyone is different. If you don't get back on, you'll never learn how to ride.
At the Relaxation Center all new floaters are given a brief orientation on floating immediately before their first float. There is also a required form to fill out which is standard for all new clients of. Plan to come about 15 minutes early for your first float. Those who enjoy floating generally have friends who would also enjoy floating and we highly encourage you to bring a friend along. The Relaxation Center has two floatation therapy units and can accommodate up to two floats at a time.
If you have any questions at all for me regarding floating, I encourage you to call or send me a message through the contact form.
I look forward to helping you enjoy a wonderful float with us.
I was once asked what the 'trick' to floating was by a young man. I told him there was no 'trick' per say, you just needed to do it. Just like anything else, you need to practice. Sure, some people take to it better than others. We are all wired differently and have different natural abilities. Some us are athletic, some musical, some artistic.... you can see where I am going with this. Aaron Rodgers practices a lot. He probably has a good eye and natural ability to help propel him to his current superstar status. Everyone knows he (and all of his teammates) practices, a lot.
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