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We don’t use neck pillows in the float tank at Cocoon!

floating-pillowWhen I first started floating there was a neck pillow in the float room. I used it because it was there. I could never get comfortable with using it and my neck would always feel tense and ache for most of my floats and I would end up throwing the pillow out of the tank mid-float.

Then I went to America and floated in several centres that did not use pillows. After 3 or so floats, I got used to physically letting go and not needing support, which was so much better. There has been no tension, for extended periods, in my neck while floating since.

I figured it was training people not to need one, which is why we don’t use neck pillows at Cocoon. From the hundreds of people we have had through, there has been 3 people who have continued to have a sore neck after their 6th float. I have noticed it usually takes at least 3 before it’s no longer an issue for people and it’s not always an issue for everyone anyway.

We will teach you some techniques when you come in on how to adjust and help your own body to get used to this new environment when you first start floating in our float tanks. For some people it’s just a little persistence.

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Northwest Floatation Center

Restoring Mind-Body Awareness Through Floatation

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From pain to stress relief, floatation has continued to gain popularity as an unorthodox (and effective) treatment for an array of physical and mental conditions. These include everything from tangible muscular pain and fatigue to harder-to-define difficulties, such as depression.

At the root of many of these conditions is the integral connection between the mind, constantly engaged, and the body, which takes its cues from the mind, therefore also constantly engaged. Floatation therapy allows users experience an unbroken mind-body connection. The floatation chamber induces a meditative state, clearing the mind, allowing the body to fully relax.

For example, anxiety disorders begin in the brain, but the effects they have on the body are extremely physical. Panic attacks and general anxiety tighten muscles for long periods of time. Headaches begin. Posture is affected. This is just a single example. The important takeaway here is floatation chambers begin healing with the mind, both halting the body’s reaction to anxiety and spreading the healing to the rest of the body.

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Northwest Floatation Center

The Best Time to Float

The Best Time to Float

Floating is a meditative or relaxing experience. To achieve the maximum health benefits of floating, consider the time of day you plan to float. Any opportunity is great, but depending on your individual schedule, floating at one time or other may be more beneficial. Some people get more out of meditative practices in the morning versus at night. Others prefer to break up the day with a period of time to let the mind and body rest and relax before jumping back into the flow of everyday life. The following are a few tips for choosing when to relax.

  • When you’re stressed. This may seem obvious to some, but many people hold off on relaxing until they have completed whatever task was causing them stress in the first place, treating their relaxation as a reward. However, relaxation and rest need to be taken advantage of during stress, so that stressful feelings will not continue and build. A person with a lot of tension and concerns needs to float or meditate promptly before those problems become worse. Floating allows a person to completely relax, both physically and mentally, and enables him or her to deal with thoughts calmly, one at a time.
  • First thing in the morning. Beginning the day with meditation or a relaxing float is a good way to set the tone for the rest of the day. If you begin your day with a calm mind, you can face any stress or difficulty later on.
  • During lunch. The middle of the day can be a good time to have regular meditation or floating, but it is also a great chance to practice relaxing when stressed. Dealing with stress during a scheduled break allows one to take care of problems and get into a healthy mindset before those problems get any worse.
  • End of work. By closing a workday with a time of meditation or floating, a person can put a physical and mental separation between work and home, letting go of all the stresses of the day. This allows people to have better home lives and family relationships, as well as better mental and emotional health. If you are meditating or floating at another time during the evening, have a reasonable amount of time between your relaxation and sleeping so that the two do not blend into one another.

To find out more about floatation therapy as a meditative practice and method of stress relief, research the practice and the facilities that offer it. Look into the Northwest Float Center for more in-depth information.

Original author: Alex
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Thou Shall Not Program

Published by Quinn Zepeda on November 27, 2013

Floating is on the rise, and this means there are lots of new faces trying floating out for the first time.  When someone comes to you for their first time, what should you say to explain floating? Just as importantly, is there anything you should avoid saying? Or doing?

John Lilly, the creator of the float tanks, passed along his message to Glenn and Lee Perry, his good friends and the manufacturers of the first commercial tank, Samadhi (a name that he gave them).  His message was clear - Thou shall not program.

What does this mean, and how do we accomplish it?  For me, I avoid ever telling people what their float will be like. Instead, I start by talking about some of the more common benefits.  Reduced Gravity, back and spinal decompression, reduction in the work the central nervous system has to do processing stimuli, lowered cortisol... there's no end of easy examples.  

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