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An Introduction from Sweden

 

An Introduction from Sweden

Published by Anu Enok and Catharina Jacobsson on January 22, 2013

swedish-floatation-associationLooking back, I realize that I’ve been a ”seeker” most of my life. I have always ”wanted to know what to find around the next corner”, which means I have tried a lot of things. I have been mixing jobs and studies. I have studied different stuff like market economy, relaxation pedagogy, different kinds of handicraft. I worked as a teacher, a secretary, a silver smith, and a project manager at an advertising agency (in which I was also part owner). 10 years ago my ”seeking” partially stopped.

I ran into a friend who had been to Stockholm to float. ”What’s that”, I asked. She told me, and I got stuck. I quit the advertising agency and started my own business with two floating tanks. During these 10 years I’ve been one of the founders of the Swedish Floatation Association. Being a member of the board I also helped starting the first education in the world for the floating business. I’m definitely no expert on anything, but with my multicolored background, I can say I know a little about a lot, and after my 10 years with floating I hope to be able to contribute with my experience and the work we do within the Swedish Floatation Association.

I will discuss the different topics with Catharina and we will answer as ”one mouth”, as representatives from the SFA. Sometimes it might happen that I will give a personal opinion as well. 

I am an economist and wellness consultant with specialization in mental training. I have not managed to try as many jobs as my colleague Anu. Athletics and health have always been close to my heart. After having been a regular floating customer for many years, I decided to start my own business with the vision to combine floating and mental training, for those who wish, a way to achieve a better "flow" in everyday life or enhanced performance of athletes. 

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An Autobiography of Floataway

An Autobiography of Floataway

Published by Colin Stanwell-Smith on January 25, 2013

floatawayI was always interested in making things and taking things apart. So after A levels in Physics, Chemistry and Maths, I chose Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University, UK, My first floating experience was in an inflatable toy boat before I could swim, and it was another forty years before I made my own float tank.

In the meantime I invented a whole lot of things for other people as a consultant in Europe.  These went from toys to nuclear bits and pieces.  For example I invented a better filter coffee machine, an electron beam recording machine (the forerunner of the CD), an award winning range of wheeled steel containers, the current BT coin accepting telephone, stuff like that.  My apprenticeship was firstly in Aircraft during the development of Concorde and then in a major consultancy where I became chairman of senior consultants and promptly left to do my own thing.

For a while I lectured on Newtonian mechanics, design, production and materials at Brunel University.

I read John Lilly, "Centre of the Cyclone" some time around 1976  but it was not until I was asked to make a float pool in a suitcase to use in hotels that I really latched onto floating.  It was of course a crazy idea but I realised the products around then were, what shall I say, not really designed to appeal to the eye.  By that time I had experience not only of production engineering but also product design and I felt I could contribute.  When the time came for me to take the plunge into having my own product, in 1999, the float tank was my goal.  I wanted a niche product, ethical, possible for a one man band and fun to design.  With my wife Gini we sold the first one at the start of the millenium having literally hand made all the patterns, it is now called the Tranquility and we still sell it today.

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