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Float Stories: The Journey to Opening The FloatSpot TX

15 April 2021

We recently checked in with Ray Thoma, owner and founder of The FloatSpot, Frisco USA, to hear the eventful story of how he came to set up his floatation business.

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7 Reasons Why You're Tired All The Time, And What To Do About It

12 March 2021

How often do you feel exhausted? Do you find yourself sleeping 8+ hours a night and still waking up feeling tired?

The answer isn’t simply sleep more. Nor is it necessarily to do with the quality of your sleep either…

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The Science of Floatation: How To Improve Brain Function

27 January 2021

What’s the connection between floatation and healthy brain function? How can floating in an isolation tank help the brain to function better? Here’s an exploration of how to improve brain function with floatation.

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Float Therapy During Pregnancy

05 December 2020

To help alleviate any prenatal discomfort many expectant mothers are turning to natural, holistic remedies and therapies which are proven to be effective and have long lasting benefits. Here are some of the ways in which floatation is a great choice for mums-to-be, facilitating pain relief and deep relaxation.

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Ways to Relieve Stress and Chronic Pain: The Benefits of Float Therapy

18 November 2020

Understanding the symptoms of stress in the body can help in recognising the signs in your own body, to tailor your self care routine according to how and where stress flares up for you. In this article, we’re going to explore the impact stress can have on the body, whilst looking into some chronic stress conditions which are currently on the rise. We’ll then take a closer look at how floatation can directly help to relieve the stress and the pain. We’ll be looking at one important recent scientific study which investigates exactly this, and breaking down the results.

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Feeling The Pandemic Stress? Floatation Could Be The Perfect Antidote.

26 October 2020

The ongoing pandemic is impacting us all, and whilst we may have been socially distanced from one another, we’ve been united by the commonality of the experience. We have all felt anxious and overwhelmed over the uncertainty of what’s to come, had our life goals and plans put on hold or flipped completely, and seen the radical changes to our lifestyle caused by this global crisis.

Floating can be a calming counterbalance to these rocky times, thanks mainly to three factors: magnesium, weightlessness, and sensory deprivation.

Here are some of the stresses and difficulties you may have been experiencing during the pandemic, and the ways in which floating can help.

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How Does a Floatation Tank Work?

09 October 2020

Time to break things down to the basics: here’s a close look at floatation tanks, what to expect when you first try floating and how the tanks work their magic.

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Meditation For Beginners: Is Floating a Shortcut to Meditation?

05 October 2020

The environment of a floatation tank is the perfect setting in which to first try turning your gaze inwards. Whilst floatation is no substitute for a meditation practice, it can definitely be a good way to complement it, and even a useful gateway to starting meditation.

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Are Float Tanks Safe?

21 August 2020

Yes! Floatation tanks are inherently safe when used by your average adult. Kids under 16 can use them, but should be supervised—always a good idea anyway, right? People with certain medical conditions should ask their medical practitioner or doctor if floatation tanks are right for them.

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Float Tanks and the Elite Athlete

14 February 2020

Floating or flotation is a technique by which a person floats in a dense Epsom salt solution in a specially designed sensory deprivation tank that reduces light and sound whilst ensuring that the water and air temperatures are similar to that of the surface of the skin.

It is an incredible and highly effective way of relaxing and relieving stress and it is becoming a more widely accepted treatment that is used by numerous world-renowned athletes to aid recovery, improve performance and to treat various sports-related conditions.

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Float Tanks Can Help With Autism, Asperger's, ADHD

01 December 2019

The world that most of us live in is an increasingly busy one. We are constantly bombarded by sounds, images, information, and the expectation that we can cope with all the pressure this sensory overload entails. This can be challenging for everyone, but particularly so for those who may live with certain neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism, Asperger syndrome and ADHD.

For people living with these, and similar, conditions, who may find social interaction and communication more difficult than many of us, the overwhelmingly hectic pace of life and the torrent of sensory stimulation in our modern world can be a huge encumbrance. The stress of trying to cope with such overstimulation of the senses leads to tension in the body, which can increase stress levels further, and cause physical pain, confusion and distress.

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Why the UFC Installed an i-sopod Float Tank

14 November 2019

The UFC recently opened “the world’s largest, state-of-the-art MMA training and development facility” in Shanghai, China, at 93,000 square feet (9,000 square meters) it is three times the size of their other performance institute in Las Vegas.

At i-sopod float tanks, we were honoured that a prestigious organization like the UFC chose our floatation tank to install at this high-tech training facility. It’s really encouraging that the UFC performance institute which is used by so many world-class athletes understands and believes in the benefits of floating.

Floating in a sensory deprivation tank, or float pod, has been around for years and studied by scientists as an amazing way to treat all kinds of physical and mental issues. While the practice of floating is really starting to gain popularity with the general public, the acceptance among athletes and physical trainers has been strong for a far longer period.

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Floating in a Float Tank

25 October 2019

What do you think of when you think of floating in a sensory-deprivation tank? Science fiction? Or celebrities and athletes? Maybe even some of your fears? Whatever you think of now, what you should be thinking of is all the health benefits that floating provides. Floating has been scientifically proven to reduce pain, anxiety, depression, and stress. It is an amazing way to take care of your body and your mind (and it is not as scary as you think!) Here are the basics of floating and 5 major health benefits that it can produce for you.

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Flotation R.E.S.T. for Acute Recovery from Strenuous Exercise

09 September 2019

For some of us, exercise can be a good walk with the dog or a yoga class but, if you are someone who participates in some kind of demanding sport, such as running, cycling or football, or seriously working out at the gym, you are probably aware of blood lactate. But what really is it?

When you participate in strenuous exercise, your breathing rate increases, delivering extra oxygen to the necessary muscles. Some exercise is so intense that the body can’t produce oxygen fast enough and moves into anaerobic mode. The energy stored in the body is then broken down into a compound called pyruvate, which is, rather handily, turned into lactate to fuel the muscles, making it possible to push a little bit harder and get through a difficult race, cycle, or other vigorous workout.

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The Benefits of Using Float Tanks Regularly

18 August 2019

We’re all pretty busy, aren’t we? There are so many demands on our time. Whether it’s studying, working, relationships or hobbies, we seem to be constantly on the go. Whilst it’s great to be busy with work and friends and family, more of us are realising the benefits of looking after ourselves and having a bit of ‘me time’. We practice yoga, or swim, or run, to focus on our health and well-being. We try to eat healthily, we drink lots of water, and mindfulness is the new buzzword, encouraging us to live in the moment instead of agonising over what has been or will be. Then, of course, there’s floatation.

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Don't be a Float Tank Rookie - 5 Top Tips

06 August 2019

Float tanks. Sounds great, right? Sounds easy and restful and, hey, isn’t it supposed to be hugely beneficial, both mentally and physically? Yes, it is! But there are a few things worth bearing in mind in order to get the best from your first floatation experiences.

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How Float Tanks Can Help You Achieve Beautiful Skin

05 July 2019

Floatation is widely known to be an effective therapy to help us relax and ease stress and anxiety, or to help our body heal from physical or emotional trauma. Wonderful, right? Who doesn’t love the idea of floating weightlessly, quietly, letting go of our tensions and feeling refreshed and revived? What could be better? Well, it seems that this amazing therapy can also be hugely beneficial to our skin. This is like the best, most unexpected, buy one get one free offer for our wellbeing!

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Sensory Deprivation: How Float Tanks Can Ease Anxiety

21 June 2019

We all experience some degree of stress in our lives. We worry about paying bills, about global warming, or being stuck in traffic. Some of us have other anxieties to deal with, such as shyness or, perhaps, a fear of heights, or worries about our health. It’s normal, and probably essential to our development, to feel some level of stress. A certain amount of pressure can be a positive thing because it motivates us to get things done or to take care of something, or someone, important to us. But stress and anxiety can all too often become overwhelming, and this can cause both physical and psychological problems.

The World Health Organisation has called stress the “health epidemic of the 21st Century” and, according to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2017/18, in Great Britain, 15.4 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, anxiety and depression. This is 57.3% of the 26.8 million workdays lost to ill health during this period. The average number of working days lost per person to stress, anxiety and depression was 25.8, with 595,000 workers reporting that they suffer from stress-related conditions. This has increased from 526,000 in 2016/17. Plainly, stress is a problem for many of us.

The natural response of our bodies to tension and pressure is to release adrenaline and cortisol into our bloodstream. As cortisol is naturally released as a defence mechanism in times of perceived threat or worry, it should ideally only be released for short periods of time but, in the busy lives we lead in the modern world, the body produces it more often. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone and, when we are enduring prolonged stress and tension, the increased level of this hormone can lead to various health problems. These problems are manifold, ranging from stomach pain and changes in appetite, dizziness, trouble sleeping and muscle tension, to difficulty in concentrating, becoming unreasonably irritable, and experiencing feelings of impending doom or disaster. Eventually, nervous anxiety over a prolonged period of time may lead to more serious health concerns, such as high blood-pressure, stomach ulcers, depression and heart disease.

So, what can we do to alleviate our anxieties before they take too much of a toll on our state of mind and our physical health?

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Floatation Therapy For Better Sleep

29 June 2018

Anette Kjellgren of the Karlstad University, Sweden reported in her 2010 peer reviewed paper on 25 floatation tank users as follows:

“Clients reported generally improved sleep during the course of treatment, in particular, during nights that followed flotation-REST. The clients experienced an effortlessly relaxed state while lying in bed, as well as a deliberate and unintentional ability to influence the level of relaxation by imitating the resting body position experienced in the tank and composing their respiration. The quality of sleep was enhanced by a deeper, more tranquil sleep, with fewer awakenings during the night, and a sense of renewed energy upon awakening in the morning.

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Floatation Therapy And Pain Relief

11 May 2018

Clients who use sensory deprivation tanks come to enjoy the process for all sorts of reasons. Some enjoy using a floatation tank to relax, some to practice mindfulness, to meditate and some find that the pain reduction qualities can be hugely beneficial.

Does Floating Reduce Pain?
The pain reducing qualities of using a floatation tank have been extensively recorded. Experts studying the effects of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, or R.E.S.T, found that floatation benefits chronic pain patients greatly. The majority of users, who have been suffering from chronic pain, even for extended periods of time, can benefit from their very first float session.

How Does It Work?
From the moment you enter the sensory deprivation tank you are immediately surrounded by pleasantly warm water. The water contains a highly concentrated Magnesium Sulphate solution, allowing you to float effortlessly. This relief from the effects of gravity can have instant improving effects on your joints, bones and muscles even when it comes to chronic pain.

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