I recently read a LinkedIn post from someone getting into floating and wanted to share my experience of having one in our office. I have always been interested in wellness treatments like this – after all, that’s the industry in which I’ve built my business – so when I began to read a bit more about sensory deprivation I had to get one. About two years ago, I installed one in our office and we all use it, for personal and professional reasons.

“The irony of sensory deprivation tanks is that in order to think outside the box, you must first go inside one.” Floatation is a method of relaxation where a person will float in heavy salt water in a large tank, protected from external sensory input. This is known to produce a meditative calming and healing effect. Floating has been shown to help with stress reduction, physical and mental relaxation, increasing healing and immune functioning, and several other common ailments we all struggle with. While floating, the body and mind decompress and return to a state of balance. It has been used to effectively treat everything from stress and anxiety, to migraines, to chronic pain and fibromyalgia, to mental disorders and overall wellness. Currently, we’re partnering with local child autism associations helping kids suffering from autism (www.FloatingTherapies.com).

Physical – People float to relieve stress, recover from injuries, treat addictions, eliminate chronic pain, and much more. Floating naturally increases dopamine and endorphin levels, boosting your mood and leaving you feeling positive for days afterwards. 30 years of sitting at desks, staring at books and computers made my back and neck perpetually sore, but since I began using our float tank I’ve noticed the consistency of the pain melt away. I’ve noticed the physical stress from running a business has been drastically reduced.

Spiritual – This is one thing professionals tend to forget about. Everything you experience while floating comes from within yourself. It’s a perfect time to reflect on life, and I personally think I come up with some of my best ideas while in the tank. I’m not sure how many of you meditate, but floating can also be thought of as training wheels for meditation. After 20-30 minutes of floating, your mind begins to produce theta waves. After years of practice, people can enter a theta wave state through deep meditation, but floating gets you there effortlessly.

Concentration – With nothing to distract me, my level of concentration and knowledge absorption has been astonishing. I’ll get in with a business problem or a question I can’t figure out and I find myself focusing a full 100% of my mind on the answers. People have cut strokes off their golf game, drafted portions of books, even developed complex scientific theories from their float sessions. It’s a fundamental part of our workplace wellness program.

If you ever want to learn more about how floating has helped me in my professional life, send me an email at ken@beautyexperts.net. If you own a float center, check out www.alliedbeautyexperts.net for the best insurance policy in the floating industry.