The i-sopod Blog

Will a floatation tank work in my town, city or country?

22 February 2018

Are you asking yourself whether or not a float tank business would work in the town, city or country where you’re based? At i-sopod we’ve worked with numerous people across the globe to supply their new businesses with our isolation tanks.

The growing concept of floating is gaining momentum and we’re seeing a lot of interest from those who are looking to be involved in this exciting industry.

In June of 2016 the i-sopod team installed 3 of our ground-breaking flotation tanks at Les Bulles à Flotter in Paris. This was the first designated float centre to be seen in France, and it turned out to be the start of something big.

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23 ways to get the most from your float

16 February 2018

Floatation tanks have been around since the late 1950s and recently have started to gain some serious popularity both in the US and Europe. Lying in the dark, upon skin temperature water that’s so salty that you float effortlessly leads to complete mental and physical relaxation. Floating in this zero-gravity environment removes pressure from the body and allows blood vessels to decompress and your circulation to flow more freely.

Research conducted in the US and Sweden indicates that floatation brings about extensive benefits, these include; reductions in stress, chronic pain, headaches, depression, anxiety and insomnia while lowering blood pressure and improving skin health. Additional studies demonstrate that regular sessions can “reset” stress response hormones such as cortisol, ACTH and improve the sense of well-being with these positive effects being detectable days and weeks later.

So how do you get the most from your 60 minutes?

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Neuropsychologist Dr Feinstein proves that floating strongly reduces anxiety and stress

08 February 2018

Developed in the 1950s, the original goal of the floatation tank was to explore and experiment with consciousness. However, the benefits of floating meant that it grew in popularity, mostly in new-age and hippie communities initially, and then in more mainstream settings. As the practice has developed, so did the designs of the tanks and new research has been conducted into the effects of floating.

Now, ground-breaking research on the effects on the brain while floating is being done at Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research and we are seeing real, measurable benefits of the practice. Neuropsychologist Dr Feinstein has conducted the first study into the effects of floating on patients with debilitating anxiety, like panic attacks and PTSD.

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Are float tanks claustrophobic?

31 October 2017

It is common for some new customers to be slightly apprehensive and even a little nervous before their first floatation session.

Claustrophobia is the fear of being in a situation where you have little to no control over your environment, such as an elevator that’s unexpectedly stopped between floors.

In the floatation pod you are not trapped nor obliged to stay in, if you don’t like it you can always get out any point. Once we explain this to our customers and they realise that are in control of the whole procedure their worries subside and they usually go on to float with the door closed and the light off. Both of these functions are controllable from within the tank.

The i-sopod floatation tank is one of the biggest float pods on the market and is actually larger than a small car and is much bigger than most customers imagine.

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Why float tanks use Epsom Salt

07 October 2017

Why floatation tanks use Epsom salts

Epsom Salt Floatation Tanks are an excellent way of combating stress, alleviating muscular aches and pains.

Epsom salts Magnesium Sulfate / Magnesium Sulphate MgSO4•7H2O has been used for centuries as an effective cure all.

Soaking in Epsom salts has been found to stimulate lymph drainage, and promote the absorption of Magnesium and Sulfates / Sulphates.

Magnesium is the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body, so it is little wonder this low-profile mineral is so vital to good health and well being. Magnesium, a major component of Epsom Salt, also helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.

Magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted Magnesium from soil and the typical diet contains much less Magnesium than that of our forefathers. In fact, the modern diet with its fat, sugar, salt and protein actually works to speed up the depletion of Magnesium from our bodies.

57% of the US population does not meet the US Recommended Dietary Allowance for dietary intake of magnesium.

Researchers and physicians report that raising your magnesium and sulphate levels may:

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Float, San Antonio breaks record!

09 May 2017

Float, San Antonio adds additional i-sopod float tank within months of opening.

Congratulations to Jeremy and Courtney of Float San Antonio

Float opened in November 2016 with two i-sopod float tanks and a single float room and were at 80% occupancy after only a few months!

Whilst we’re used to i-sopod customers being successful, it’s a record to receive a follow up order in less than 6 months!

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Beyond Rest Install 4 i-sopods in their newest Float Centre in Collingwood, Melbourne

17 February 2017

We’re happy to have recently provided 4 pods for Beyond Rest in Australia for their latest float centre.

Beyond Rest opened their first centre in Perth in late 2013, they chose the i-sopod and had 3 units put in that first location. Very quickly they reached an extraordinary occupancy level as they grabbed the awareness of the people of Perth and educated them about floating and the numerous benefits.

Since then they’ve opened a second centre in Perth with 4 pods, moved out east to Melbourne where they have another 4 pods centre in Prahran and also opened their first franchise in Brisbane also with 4 pods.

The Collingwood centre sees them up to 5 float centres nationwide with another one close to being ready to order pods and a number of franchise centres getting close to fruition too.

There’s no doubt that Beyond Rest are one of the great success stories of commercial floating anywhere in the world.

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i-sopod float tanks helps heal the SEALs

01 February 2017

Before opening Virginia High Performance, a training facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, Jeff Nichols and Alex Oliver were both long serving members of the US Navy SEALs where they experienced multiple concussions.

Alex Oliver worked as the Chief Performance Officer when the SEALs took their first i-sopod delivery. Seeing how floating helped hundreds of Special Forces Operators recover from concussion they went one step further, producing equipment to read what was happening to the brain during a float session. Readings showed that personnel recovered more quickly from concussions. Memory was improved. Chronic pain was less so many users were able to stop medication. They also showed that floating accelerated learning.

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i-sopod install at Australian Institute of Sport

14 December 2016

For 3 decades the Australian Institute of Sport has led the world in terms of sports science and peak performance.

Since 1993 they have utilised the floatation tank for their athletes.

Their expertise has seen Australia punch way above their weight on the world sporting scene, with a population that has only recently topped 20 million the nation has excelled at Olympic Games and in a multitude of team sports… Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket, netball and cycling to name a few.

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Floatation Tanks and Sports Science

14 August 2016

Floating maximises the benefits of fitness training and workouts. While exercise stimulates muscle growth, the strengthening process itself occurs 30 to 40 hours after the work out. The deep physical relaxation achieved in the float tank can improve circulation and accelerate the growth and regeneration of muscle tissue.

Physical exercise can cause a build up of lactic acid, which is often experienced as pain and cramp in the muscles, and has been linked with the feelings of depression known as ‘post-game letdown‘ which can affect even part-time joggers.

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