Mud Races, Motivation and Burpees

Who else is running a Spartan Race or Tough Mudder in the near future?  ME!  I am a huge fan of these mud races. I find that they give my everyday training some purpose and provide a great measure of my fitness by comparing my results year-to-year.

Floating plays a huge role in my training. Here’s why:  

1.  Release muscle tension.    

It feels like I worked out ‘like a beast’, especially for the past month or so, therefore  I definitely had the potential for a lot of muscle tension and soreness on a daily basis.  Floating definitely helped me recover at a much faster rate .  My muscles can’t help but relax the instant that I slip into the float, but equally as important was my increased body awareness – floating helped me to recognize where my muscles were tight, so that I could focus on releasing them during the float, or do extra stretching after my float.    I also really liked to imagine the tight muscles releasing, and increased circulation flowing to the hot spot, helping to speed up my recovery.   Many days, after training, I was certain that I wouldn’t be able to move my arms in the morning, but I was surprisingly limber and pain-free.  Thank you Float Tank!!

2.  Visualization.  

I tend to process my world very visually, so I use visualization as a tool a lot.  In this case, I spent my tank time visualizing success.  I visualized completing all of the obstacles with ease.  I visualized doing burpees with ease.  (For anyone who has not done a Spartan race – if you fail to complete an obstacle, you must do 30 burpees in order to continue on the course.  I actually own the shirt in the photo, so you can get an idea of how much I love burpees 😆).  There are many studies that highlight the importance of visualization in athletic performance.  Athletes who visualize success in their event perform better than athletes who do not visualize their desired performance.

3.  Motivation.    

Training for any event requires a time commitment, and extra discipline to ensure that you complete all the necessary training.   I suspect that many people will agree with me when I say that it can be difficult to get out of bed early, morning after morning, to train your butt off. It would be so much easier to just hit the snooze button, right?    Floating helped me gain deep rest and recovery on a regular basis.  Physically, I was rested.  Emotionally, I was both rested and energized.  These two factors combined helped me maintain my level of motivation, discipline and commitment throughout the training process.   I found that I floated away my excuses not to train, and had a pretty easy time to just get after it every day.  

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Good luck to all my fellow Spartans and Tough Mudders out there!!!! Book your float now to ensure your best race ever.

5 ways floating can boost your GPA

Back to school, it’s time to hit the books! Whether you are at University, Trade School or taking any kind of professional development, floating is for you!  Are you looking for ways to make the most of your hard work?    Here are 5 ways that floating can boost your GPA

1.  Reduce your stress, clear your mind.

 With all the projects to complete, pages to read, papers to write, stress is everywhere in the life of a student.  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.  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 to boost your retention during studying, mental performance during the exam, and a quick recovery after exams are done.  

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 it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.

William Arthur Ward

Whether it is success in school, success in sport, or success in weightless goals, 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.

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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? Lets not forget about Goldilocks and the 3 bears, 3 blind mice, 3 wise men, 3 Amigos, 3 Muskateers, 3 pointer in Basketball and of course a 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 because patterns help us predict things and keep us safe.

Many people would say that 3 is indeed a magic number, therefore you can see that there is little coincidence that we recommend 3 floats as the beginning of your float practice.

Your first float

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.

Second float

When you come for your second float, knowing what to expect is a HUGE part of your experience because 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. Or, 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 stay there just a little longer.

Your Third float and beyond

For many people, this is where the magic begins with the power of 3. Gradually, your body and mind develop a muscle memory and find their state of flow easily. By surrendering to the float and going wherever it takes you, the cumulative benefits of this amazing therapy become clear.

Floating is a practice that gets better the more you do it. Just like exercise – you don’t walk out of your first workout with a 6-pack (I wish!). Similarly, 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 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. However, self care tends to be neglected unless it is scheduled in advance.

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Ready to experience the power of 3? Book your first 3 appointments today.

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 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 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 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 💦💧💦




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 is also the ultimate anti-aging tool?

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.  

The effects of stress on your body

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)

How can floating help

A regular float practice has been proven to lower your stress levels in several ways, which makes it the ultimate anti-aging tool.  For starters, just by booking your float appointment, you have decided to dedicate 90 glorious minutes to your own self care. Lets not forget that you conveniently 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. Therefore your body chemistry can return 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.  Check out our benefits of floating page for more info.

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.  

How much energy are you wasting?

Preserving your “Awesomeness”

I have a question for you – How much mental 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. This is a hard habit to break so 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

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. 

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)   

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.

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?  Want to learn about even more benefits of floating? You may also enjoy our Infrared Sauna page or blog.

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