Though the original intention of flotation arose from discoveries around sensory deprivation, the Float Pod® provides potential beyond just minimized stimuli.
These provided float options allow users of flotation to take advantage, in differing ways, of the tranquil environment, release of gravity and their increased ability to creatively focus in the deep relaxation they experience while floating.
Visualization has long been a part of the sport world—Olympian athletes often travel to their events with sports psychologists, who support their visualization practices. The New York Times published an article about the commonality of this practice with Olympians. Both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks used the Float Pod® all week as part of their training regimen leading up to the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX.
By imagining scenarios, the track, or even their bodies responses, athletes are able to mentally prepare and see, with their minds eye, their events unfolding positively. Visualization is more than images, however, and is enhanced with focus on all senses—smelling, feeling, hearing.
Flotation allows the mind to enter the Theta brain wave state; in this slowed, relaxed state of mind visualization can be greatly enhanced as the subconscious mind is more opened to receiving those images, feelings and suggestions it experiences.
In other words, they are more able to “stick” when the conscious mind is given a break from day to day life.
The Float Pod® allows users to hook up their own Mp3 players—some choose to bring in their game tapes, or the music for an upcoming dance routine, providing the soundscape on which they visualize themselves performing as they want to.
Tips for Visualization:
-Nicole Detling, a US Olympic Sports Psychologist says: “The more an athlete can image the entire package, the better it’s going to be.” (N
-Tune into as much sensory detail as you can—how does what you want to experience feel like, sound like, even smell like?
-Imagine what you want to happen; if you find yourself envisioning in the negative, adjust as soon as possible
-Making positive self-statements to yourself while imagining can be a powerful tool for reinforcing the visualization process
–There is no wrong way to imagine; even if you find you have little imagery at first, this is apt to change with practice!
Creative Problem Solving
In The Book of Floating, by Michael Hutchinson, business men and women, such as lawyers, are documented as finding great value in using their floats to ‘think” over their work. Scenarios such as law cases and businesses conundrums can find new resolutions and previously unconsidered solutions in a float.
This benefit can be useful for all of us, lawyers or not! How often would a fresh perspective benefit us through life’s inevitable challenges and questions?
An effect called the “Eureka!” effect has been described in Psychology as the sudden “aha!’ moment that is apt to occur when we step outside of our normal way of thinking about of considering a problem.
What better way to step outside of our normal thinking habits than to enter the deep theta state possible with flotation! Though when we deeply relax we may experience more spontaneous imagery, this can be harnessed when a focus of intention is brought into the session.
The Theta state has the potential to allows us greater access to our minds, including our long-term memory and childhood experiences. With more to work with, and outside of our typical waking consciousness creative solutions and fresh ideas can be uncovered.
Tips for Creative Problem Solving:
-Identify your focus for the float prior to entering your session; a powerful question can be a great place to start
-Let the situation unfold in your mind, try to view the details from a slightly detached place—as if you are watching them float by
–Listen, you never know when insight might come!
-Consider writing down your insights immediately following your float so that you are sure to recall them
Kids Can Float Too!
With the Float Pod® offering customizations, such as optional, multicolored LEDs, music abilities and the ability to float with the lid open or closed floating can be an amazing experience for children.
Kids are naturally in a more Theta brainwave state, which can allow them to more readily experience profound states while floating. One might imagine that creativity could be greatly enhanced in children who regularly float!
Because children inherently day dream and imagine more in their enhanced Theta state, kids may consider working with visualization techniques such as those described above to enhance their experience.
While documentation and studies are still being done, so far a tendency for diminishing fears of the dark has been seem in some cases of children floating, who choose, at some point to turn their light off.
Studies are still being done on the positive impact of flotation on those with autism. These positive effects may be in part related to the beneficial sulfates received from the significant amount of Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) in the water.
Of course, safety comes first and childrens’ use of a Float Pod® should always be supervised by an adult.
Clarey, Christopher. Olympians Use Imagery as Mental Training. The New York Times, 22 Feb. 2014. Web.