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Jim Hefner

Floatation Tank Comparison: Different Types of Float Tanks and Their Benefits

Floatation tank Los Angeles

Tanks, pods, cabins, sensory deprivation, isolation…there’s a bit of lingo associated with floating. Although the basic definition of floatation therapy is universal, what you choose to float IN may affect how much you enjoy your experience. Are you really tall? A little claustrophobic? A tad picky (like us)? If so, it might be helpful to know what’s on the menu with our floatation tank comparison.

Tanks, pods, cabins and open tubs are all different designs. Narrow, rectangular tanks have been around the longest, and Oasis and Samadhi (1) (both made in the U.S.) are the names most associated with this style. You enter this tank by bending through a hatch at one end and sitting in the water; these tanks are not large enough to stand in. Because these tanks are smaller than cabin-style tanks and more narrow than pods, some people may feel claustrophobic. Some floaters find it helpful to prop the hatch open with a rolled-up towel or even leave it open altogether to alleviate a confined feeling. However, many floaters feel completely comfortable in these tanks. Our amazing first floats were in Oasis tanks!

The names most commonly associated with float pods are i-sopod (made in the U.K.) and TrueREST (made in the U.S.), but new tank manufacturers are popping up pretty regularly as floating continues to blossom all over the world (2). Pods tend to be more curvy and slightly wider, with a lift-up lid at one end of the tank. These allow you to step in, then sit down and close the lid. Once the lid is closed, it’s not possible to stand. These tanks are a bit roomier, and the soft, rounded shape is appealing to many. These modern designs also include features like built-in speakers and LED lighting to allow floaters to control the ambiance of their experience.

Cabin-style tanks, like ours at Just Float, aim to give people more room to float. Cabins tend to be built into a wall and entered by stepping through a door. They are large enough for most people to stand in and are wider than most tanks or pods. Some, including ours, have light and audio options for customized experiences. As floating evolves, tank designs are changing to meet the desires of the float community, and roomier, technology-rich cabins are an example of this evolution.

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Northwest Floatation Center

The Effect of Floating on Dreams

The Effect of Floating on Dreams

The term “lucid dreaming” refers to being aware of the dream and dream state while asleep. Some people capable of lucid dreaming are able to influence their dreams, making their dreams happen in a specific, desired way. Floatation tanks can be an optimal venue for lucid dreams. There are many ways to improve or cultivate lucid dreaming abilities, resulting in dreams that feel very real and often provide an out-of-body type of experience. Lucid dreaming can even allow people to consciously have experiences they would never have in real life.

How Does it Work?

When a person is dreaming, the left hemisphere of the brain is shut down. The left hemisphere is responsible for logical thought, sequential thinking, rules, and understanding of time. This is why dreams are so often illogical, jump from one situation to the next with no continuity, and appear to take either no time at all or a surprisingly long amount of time. The right hemisphere, often considered to be the “more creative” hemisphere, is solely responsible for dreaming.

Normal dreams are accompanied by a lack of self-consciousness, meaning an inability to recognize that the situations being experienced are not real. In lucid dreaming, the dreamer is self conscious; in other words, the dreamer is aware he or she is experiencing a dream. This means that he or she can make conscious choices in the dream, instead of simply moving through the dream as a programmed participant or spectator.

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Float Science

An Excerpt on Hutchison's First Float Experience

Posted on Aug 19

By centity

Stand Alone

Welcome to Float Science. Our goal is to constantly improve and advance the world of sensory deprivation floating. We want to make floating more accessible and commonplace as a tool for personal development. 

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions and allow us to open our blog with excerpt we like from Michael Hutchison's "The Book of Floating" on his first float:

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Kane Mantyla

Thoughts on the Future of Floatation Therapy

Simpsons FloatationFloatation is a wonderful tool that allows a person of any age to feel as though the did when they were a kid. If it were a pill to be swallowed, there'd be commercials plastered and prescriptions filled. Yet, despite it's consistent affect, floatation remains on the fringe of cultural awareness. Floatation has been around nearly 50 years and has been providing much needed relief for countless people for all that time and yet still hasn't crossed that tipping point. So what is different with this latest surge in interest? Has anything changed that will usher in a new age of floatation? Floatation can be a scary thing to the uninitiated. It is a dark, moist, and often musty environment. There is nothing to do but lay back and witness the unwinding. This is quite a shift from the cultural norm that blasts stimulus at us with ever increasing intensity. A shift from the context of most human experience. It is very difficult to look back with historical context and project into what life would have been like at other times in human history. I am only alive now and experiencing this moment. With that said, however, I think it is easy to state with confidence that we are, at this point, experiencing demands on our attention that are far surpassing any other time in history, save the few short periods of cataclysmic events. The demands are immediate such as dealing with automobiles, cell phones, flashing lights, and the countless other stimuli vying for our mind's attention, but also complex and structural such as the movement of culture away from natural environments into fabricated environments. In this past 50 years the human species, especially in advanced industrialized nations, has undergone an evolutionary revolution. Technology has restructured the food we eat, the environment we live in, even the makeup of our family units and the relations we foster with each other. Needless to say, our bodies' are under tremendous chronic stress while we learn hwow to integrate this new way of living. For me, this is the change that will lift floatation into the daily activities of even the most ardent resistor. From the most generic point of view, one can see stress as simply more incoming stimulus than available resources to process. A little stress is necessary for any system to remain healthy, but too much stress deteriorates and eventually breaks a system. R.E.S.T. Floatation is a very unique technique that provides the mind/body system an environment unlike any other environment in which they estimate up to 90% of the incoming stimulus is removed. This, almost total release of stimulus, has a very amazing effect on the body. It allows the body to direct the now freed resources to integrate at accelerated rates. It is this very integration that allows for the plethora of benefits that is commonplace with floatation. An integrated person thinks clearer, moves faster and with greater efficiency, and is overall, happier. So what is different now? Honestly, we have no more room to wiggle. Our current lifestyles are unsustainable without some technique that allow for more rapid integration. The chronic stress that most of us face today will eventually break us unless we have a way to metabolize it more rapidly and floatation does just that. Our world is now ready for floatation and with its acceptance in our culture, will we see a new phase of humanity emerging just as it did with agriculture, television, and the computer.

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