“I’m claustrophobic” is something we hear more than not from clients looking at floating. First, what is Claustrophobia? “Claustrophobia is a form of anxiety disorder, in which an irrational fear of having no escape or being closed-in can lead to a panic attack.”, according to Medical News Today. Does this sound like anybody? Me, me, me!!! On a scale to 1 to 10 I would say I’m a 4 on the Claustrophobia scale. I’d say about 10 years ago when I was flying a lot for work, I was on a small plane from Houston to Mobile and I totally freaked out! My heart rate went through the roof, my palms got sweaty, my respiration increased. I don’t know what set me off that day but it was very real and something I have battled ever since. Continue reading “Floating and Claustrophobia” »
Lets start with a definition of “Mental Health” so that we are all on the same page. Mental Health as defined by Wikipedia is “the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment”. From the perspective of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities.”
Like most things in life, striking a healthy balance in your diet is a back and forth type of mission. On some days, you eat heart-healthy, nutritious foods from sun up to sun down and others? Well, let’s just call those “cheat days.” But while you’re paying mind to the food you put in your body, it’s important to remember that liquids- H2O in particular- are just as essential. In fact, it’s not just about HOW MUCH water you’re drinking these days, but also, WHAT KIND. With the emergence of body-benefitting alkaline H2O- and all the hype that goes with it- we want you to know how this latest nutritional trend stacks up- and why we think it has staying power for the long run.
From CEOs to athletes to the every day, hardworking men and women across our country, people are turning to new methods for releasing their stress, anxieties and pain- both physically and mentally. And while there are many different ways to replace or address the chaos in your life, some are finding that nothing works as well as floatation therapy. It’s true- floating is rapidly becoming a go-to method for calming the mental and physical tensions in our bodies. And for athletes in particular, nothing seems as beneficial for getting their bodies and minds in peak condition for the big season- or last game to win it all- than a much needed float session.
We’re quite certain that many of you understand how the blood vessels in your circulatory system work to transport blood throughout your body. What we’ve found, however, is that many are still unaware of how crucially vital another system is within your body – the lymphatic system. This network of lymphatic vessels, which is also a part of the circulatory system, is fundamental in keeping your immune system strong – helping you to stay healthier longer or recover faster.
At iSoFloat, we take pride in offering only top of the line, safe and effective treatments and therapies to ensure that every time you step through our doors, you are excited about the results that you KNOW are waiting for you. That’s why, iSoFloat is thrilled to be revealing our newest treatment – full body wraps – to help eliminate toxins.
This treatment, which has been around for centuries, has long touted the benefits of eliminating toxins, water and inches from the body – specifically within the lymphatic system. While this is certainly not a long-term weight loss program, it is perfect to help detoxify and restart your weight loss or fitness journey.
Did you know that Epsom salt, the go-to remedy known to cure much that ails, is in fact, NOT really salt in the terms of traditional table salt like most of us think? It’s true- this naturally occurring mineral is actually a compound of magnesium and sulfate, as opposed to table salt, which is made up of sodium chloride.
Still, these tiny, crystalized granules of wonder have benefits for your body that will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and smooth to the touch! Read on as we breakdown the natural powers of Epsom salt- the very thing that gives our Float Rooms their buoyancy and skin-soothing treatment.
For every business, one of the most crucial aspects of operations is hiring a successful, hard working and motivated team, to keep your business moving and aligned in the direction you envision. While, that is a complicated process, often times the benefits of having the right people in place, far outweigh the stress of implementing your personnel. However, with workplace stress at an almost record high throughout the United States, the overall employee standards of health and happiness are diminishing- grossly effecting the productivity of the workplace.
So how should you, as an employer, ensure the overall wellbeing of your employees?
Years ago, when athletes finished a rigorous event or activity, you would head straight to a hot tub or ice bath, to heal your aches and pains. However, today’s athletes are turning to a revolutionary therapy that is changing the way you can repair, from the inside out.
Amazing research is proving time and time again, that the continuous use of float tanks does more than just heal an aching back or sore muscle. Instead, the endless benefits are not only in healing faster but creating a better, stronger overall athlete, as well. With his 5th Superbowl win, we have a feeling that long time floater, Tom Brady, will be reaping the benefits of floatation therapy during his well deserved off season. Brady, the well known star quarterback for the New England Patriots- a team that installed float tanks in their facilities in 2014– is leading the way for other athletes to test the proverbial waters. Certainly, if it’s good enough for the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) to float, then we think you will want to learn more, too.
Did you know that over 40 million Americans suffer from the same psychiatric condition, often leaving them paralyzed with fear, panic or obsession? Yes, in fact anxiety is the most common of all conditions, twice that of depression, and something that has quickly become an epidemic in the 21st century.
The term “anxiety” can be used to describe a number of different things such as: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), social anxiety or even panic disorder. And while each may result in a slightly different outcome, the fact remains that these disorders are debilitating and life altering, many times interfering with the opportunities and experiences with loved ones.
So how does floating come into play? While float therapy is gaining traction amongst former skeptics, the science behind floating has long supported the amazing benefits produced by a relaxing float.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself high above the clouds, weightlessly floating with nothing but the thoughts in your head and a calm over your body. Though such a pleasurable and carefree experience may seem out of reach, others would argue that it is the exact feeling experienced by a visit to a float room.
Yes, in fact, many float rooms are popping up all of the country, providing people of all ages, the transcendental opportunity to experience the benefits of anti-gravity floating. But while some of the advantages may be obvious, clients at iSoFloat, are beginning to realize there are unexpected benefits, both physically and mentally.
Stress reduction, energy rejuvenation, and relief of intense body pain are just some of the reasons people are truly beginning to jump on board the floatation therapy train. Across the world, a practice that actually started in the 1950’s, is getting attention from everyone from millennials looking for new ways of meditation to veterans suffering from PTSD to every day clients in need of pain relief.
Clients are especially taking advantage of the overnight floats offered by iSofloat for longer acclimation times and extended relief. But for those looking to slip into a deep, trance-like state of bliss, some questions may arise when thinking of sleeping- without sinking! For those considering overnight floating at iSofloat to catch a few revitalizing Z’s, read on for our 5 reasons to try an overnight float.
I got a special podcast today. In Episode 32, I’m going to discuss my last 2 floating experiences. Yes, that’s what I said, floating experiences. What is floating? I’m going to read this from where I floated at iSofloat here in San Antonio. It’s a new float lab that just opened up.
Welcome back to another episode of the Fed and Fit podcast. Today is a very special episode because we are going to get a little geeky, a little sciencey. I know that there are some listeners here who have told me that they love those kinds of episodes and we’re going to do it today in the vein of the important piece of all health and wellness lifestyle and healthy pursuits, a huge part of that is rest and recovery and that’s what we’re going to focus on today, specifically one method. To join us on today’s call is Sloane Wendell. She’s an expert and the owner actually of the first float therapy spa in San Antonio, Texas which is actually where I’m from but things that we’re going to talk about today definitely apply in a worldly perspective.
Specializing in Restrictive Environmental Stimuli Therapy (REST) is Open for Business
PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: NOV 7, 2016
Ready to heal San Antonio with the most powerful therapy available.
San Antonio, Texas, November 7, 2016 (Newswire.com) – iSofloat is a specialized float therapy center that focuses on Restrictive Environmental Stimuli Therapy (REST), also known as “floating”. Floating is a tool for pain relief, wellness and relaxation and it comes with many benefits. Float therapy allows our bodies to better equip themselves to deal with the stress and tension of living in today’s fast paced world.
I am so thankful that I got the chance to experience floating at iSofloat. This was one of the first time in years that I experienced true relaxation and my mind has been so clear ever since. If you’ve never tried floating and have high anxiety, problems sleeping or PTSD then please give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.
BEN H., OWNER – CHAMPION AC
REST/Float Therapy has a direct effect on the hypothalamus by allowing our bodies while floating to achieve a level of physical relaxation and healing that is not possible in any other environment and our bodies go into a state that is more relaxed and deeper than sleeping.
The facilities at iSofloat are beautiful and top notch, creating a calming atmosphere that amplifies the floating experience for their clients. This includes wonder massage chairs, natural lavender bath products, spa robes and towels to wrap you in luxury.
PTSD is increasing at an alarming rate amongst active duty servicemen and women, veterans and non-veterans alike. In time, PTSD may lead to multiple prescribed medications, a disconnect from family and friends, and an increased rate of suicide.
Now there is an alternative treatment for these individuals that are suffering from PTSD, called Float Therapy. Float Therapy, as the name hints at, promotes relaxation through a feeling of weightlessness, achieved simply by mixing water and Epsom salt.
More and more PTSD suffers are believing in the power of float therapy. Floating tamps down anxiety in the brain in a way that rivals some prescription drugs and meditation. Commonly prescribed, Ativan, shuts down the amygdala. Post-float brain wave studies show that the amygdala shuts down post-float as efficiently as Ativan,
More commonly known as sensory deprivation, float therapy consists of clients entering a float room filled with 200 gallons of water, and 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt, allowing the body to float on top of the water without any effort. Floaters then have the ability to turn off lights, and sounds, providing them a nearly 100 percent stimuli-free environment.
It’s like a reset button for your brain. If you think of your brain as a computer, you have all these apps that are going to the hard drive, and you’re letting it all reboot.
The lack of stimuli allows the brain to confront images or memories they have previously suppressed.
When individuals with PTSD get into the float room and get to that point of relaxation, they can address the memories and trauma in a calm environment where there’s nothing else there that could hurt them. PTSD suffers feel relaxed in the tank. They feel like it’s secure, and they’re safe, and they can approach the traumatic events in more of an internal counseling session with themselves.
The float industry is seeing individuals sleep through the night after float therapy sessions and weaning themselves off of medications with the guidance of their physicians.
PTSD suffers are finding float therapy to be far superior to other traditional routes, [such as] varying types of drug regiments—one way or another they just temporarily overpower your brain and cause some form of blurred reality—and explaining your situation over and over again to multiple specialists as each one gets to know you and your situation, which caused me recurring internal anxiety and agitation. PTSD suffers find the float rooms, to be the absolute serenity and calmness is entirely therapeutic. Pains and stresses are automatically lifted away without me having to say a word to anyone… or take any new pill.
Float Therapy for PTSD suffers results in the following:
- Deep Relaxation, a loss of the immediate sense of anxiety while in the tank.
- A loss of sense and time, which in turn removes the immediate sense of depression. There are no outside influences to “worry” about while in the float room.
- A feeling of well-being, following the float, similar to relaxation effects of anti-anxiety medications.
- Reduction of “hyper-vigilance,” There is a period of acceptance and lack of paranoia, a “regular” approach to the outside stimuli
- Consistent better and easier, more restful sleep, the floats have been reported to have the ability to remove nightmares associated with PTSD symptoms. Many report that the sleep post-float is better than any drugs they have been prescribed for sleep.
iSofloat is proud to support our military veterans & active duty with PTSD by offering free floats on every Tuesday & Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. You must provide a military ID or DD 214 to receive the free float. No doctor diagnosis is required. Give us a call at (210) 437-3314 to schedule a float or talk more about how float therapy helps with PTSD.
Does the floating equipment make a difference?
In one simple answer, yes!
There are tons of different ways that you can experience sensory deprivation with devices such as float tanks, float pods, or float rooms. Although each device does the same thing, we’ve found that the float room has a few extra benefits. Here’re some of the features that you can expect when floating in a float room.
It was found that less than 50% of people were comfortable with the smaller float tanks or float pods typically offered by floatation spas. At iSofloat, we have eliminated this fear by providing float rooms that are over 50% larger than float pods and capsules. Each of our four float rooms measures 8ft in length, 6ft wide and are high enough that you can easily stand up and walk around.
**Just to compare, a float pod typically measures 85” in length and 55” in width. The key difference is how close the lid can be to your face when floating. Our goal at iSofloat is to provide a relaxed, stress-free environment and our mission was to eliminate the feeling of claustrophobia or confinement.
EASE OF ENTRANCE AND EXIT
In addition to more space, the large and light side-opening doors and internal grab handles make getting in and out of the room a breeze. Many people in San Antonio have turned to float therapy due to injury. By allowing ease of entrance into the float room, this creates a sense of independence for floaters who typically would need assistance. To compare to float tanks and float pods which offer top hatch lids, our doors are easy to close and open. Our private, light-sealed rooms also allow you to float with the door open while achieving all the benefits of sensory deprivation.
Float therapy is a new adventure for many San Antonio residents. While the reason are endlesss for floating, it was our mission to provide the very best floating experience available. Please contact our therapy center for more information.
Stephen Curry is one of the hottest commodities in the basketball realm right now. Just two days ago, for the first time in NBA history he was unanimously voted the 2016 MVP. This is the second year in a row Curry has won the NBA’s MVP award. I have to say impressive. Now, San Antonio’s very own Kawhi Leonard did come in second this year. GO SPURS GO!! Now for all the dedicated Spurs fans out there as you know, Curry and Golden State are fierce competitors. If we pull off a win tonight in Oklahoma against the Thunder we will more than likely face them in the very near future as our fabulous Spurs go for Seis!!
You are probably asking what this has to do with floating, well, let me tell you. Stephen Curry is a faithful and devoted to floating. He floats at a commercial float center in San Francisco. ESPN in December 2015 did a three minute Hang Time Segment on him and Harris Barnes. They have regularly scheduled float appointments. Curry claims that it allows him to just relax, visualize and recover from soreness. The ESPN interviewer, Sam Alipour, correlates Golden States winning season to these guys possibly floating. I tend to agree. Floating just might give them the winning edge they need to get to the Finals. Just think if it can do this for Stephen Curry what it can do for you! Maybe we need to get some Spurs in our center and give them that competitive edge too!! Enjoy the video. PS: Curry’s wife Ayesha floats regularly as well. And GO SPURS GO!!
Ringing phones, the constant “ding” of emails coming into your inbox, text messages coming multiple at a time from the group text message. I’m not sure how many of you remember the “Ahhhh Calgon Take Me Away” commercial form 1988? I remember it and often feel like I live it on a daily basis. There are days I get to the point where I say “Calgon take me away!” I easily get over stimulated and if we are honest with ourselves, most of us do but we just push it down and keep going. Why? We have 2 dozen gourmet cupcakes we need to make for our kids bake sale tomorrow and we still have to slug through Pinterest to find the perfect recipe! At the end of most days, I want to throw my phone into the ocean but I can’t, I do however put it on the charger in another room around 9 pm, some days earlier than 9 pm. Floating takes me to a quiet place where I have less anxiety, can truly relax and I’m NOT overstimulated. It is amazing and I love the feeling. Research has proven that floating tamps down anxiety in a way that rivals prescription drugs and meditation. If you suffer from anxiety consider a few floats in one of our float rooms that will be opening soon. Click the link below for an article on anxiety and floating.
Proven by Clinical Research
Floating has a plethora of benefits and applications for health, personal development and well-being. Clinical research has shown that profound relaxation in a float tank triggers the production of endorphin’s.