Floating has an incredible array of benefits for your body, mind & soul — many that you can only get within the tank. We all have different reasons why we float, whether it's to reduce stress and restore balance in our lives, achieve a deeper state of meditation, or unleashing our creativity. For us, community comes first. 

WELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITY!

What happens in the tank is only part of the experience, it is the conversations, connections and collaborations that continue past your float that complete the package. We truly appreciate the community and family that has developed around floating (and Float House), so we want to highlight this tribe and show gratitude towards you all. 

Below you will find: a list of floating benefits, thoughts and conversations on our blog inspired by floating and float culture, our ambassadors who are doing amazing things and embodying what floating is all about, and Vancouver Real a form of new media hosted by Float House founders Mike & Andy Zaremba to highlight inspiring and fascinating people around Vancouver.

We hope you will be open to sharing your experiences and the reasons why you float. Thank you for being here. 

WHY DO YOU FLOAT?

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#WhyWeFloat is a campaign to share the personal and powerful stories of the thousands of people around the world who float. Tell your story, promote floating and help more people discover this incredible practice.

+ Relaxation Response

The tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system which when active produces our ‘fight or flight’ response. And it then activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation, healing, replenishment, etc. Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, and increased endorphins.

+ Heightened senses

Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities after floating.

+ Pain Management

Arthritis, back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, bursitis, inflammation, and psychosomatic pain relief have all been documented via tank use.

+ Increased immune function

Immune function is enhanced by suppressing stress hormones which not only weaken the immune system but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decrease insulin sensitivity.

+ Enhanced healing / rejuvenation / recovery

Floating increases circulation to extremities, promotes greater elimination of metabolic by products, decreases the forces of gravity to help promote greater muscular relaxation, and it can prevent adrenal fatigue.

+ Musculoskeletal Awareness

Floating decreases chronic muscle tension and creates greater awareness of less noticeable areas of muscle tension and imbalances.

+ Magnesium Absorption

The extremely high concentration of Epsom salts are absorbed through skin and can actually supplement your diet for a mineral that has been shown to be deficient in the average populations diet. Mg can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, relieve menopause symptoms, provide PMS relief, create healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.

+ Anti-gravity Benefits

Although floating is not zero-gravity (like outer space), the density of the Epsom Salt solution does create the maximal amount of the forces of gravity to be dispersed across the greatest surface area of the body. Rigid postures and chronic muscular tension from daily life can cause ailments such as lower-back pain, neck pain, shallow breathing, high blood pressure, etc. The anti-gravity environment of the float tank disperses forces to the smallest amount and thus decreases the source of gravity-related stimulation to the minimum possible value providing relief to these specific areas.

+ Increased Stress Resistance

Regular floating can alter the set-points in the endocrine homeostatic mechanism which can cause adjustments such as a lower adrenal activation threshold. This means that we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern urban settings and modern lifestyles and literally we have a physiological higher threshold. The modern urban life-style won’t affect our stress response as much.

+ Meditation

Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed; presence. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep. Floating may induce an altered state of consciousness.

+ Chronic Stressor Relief

The tanks environment eliminates as much external input as possible. It lets your nervous system have a break. In a city with a constant buzz or hum, our systems rarely experience (if ever) the isolation and silence that the tank’s environment provides. Having this experience can be very refreshing, nourishing and healthy for our bodies and minds. We are well adapted for acute stress, however, for chronic stressors such as noise and air pollution; business, social, and family pressures; war; unemployment; street crime fear; general antagonism between the sexes; we are not well adapted and have been cited to be a cause of several forms of disease.

+ Deautomatization

The mental “reset”. Patterns exist throughout our lives. Going throughout our daily routines we get “numb” to so much around us, we become automatic with so many of our thoughts, our actions, our environments. The “resetting” experience provided by the tank can shift us out of this automated existence and bring us into greater awareness of the things we are often over-looking, less aware of or insensitive to, and not appreciating.

+ Behaviour Modification

Floating is a great way to bring greater awareness to various patterns of behavior. Floating has shown to have beneficial effects such as decreased anxiety and depression; increased calmness or sense of well-being; it has shown fantastic results towards anti-smoking assistance as well as positive effects on weight-loss programs.

+ Brain Synchronization

After settling into the floating experience research has shown greater hemisphere synchronization (promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes; the majority of people are left-dominated. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.

+ Introspection

With literally zero outward distractions your attention is easily redirected inward. Habitual thought-pattern recognition and analysis can be clearly discovered, monitored, and addressed. Various forms of mental programming/reprogramming become very powerful tools to re-evaluate and change your thoughts with clarity and repetition.

+ Visualization

The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, the tank can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Mental rehearsal research has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.

+ Super-Learning

With the brain being held in a theta state wave-length the mind becomes hyper-suggestible. With less distractions and greater resources at its disposal the mind is able to absorb new material very deeply with research showing improved performance in memory and recall activities. It is great to use in conjunction with exam preparation.

+ Pyschoneuroimmunology (PNI)

This is a multidisciplinary approach to how well our immune system functions based on our state of mind. It correlates having a positive healthy state of mind with a well-functioning immune system. Some research has even shown how focusing on an injury of diseased area of the body with positive feelings of a healing intention has improved recovery rates from various ailments.

+ Endorphins

Floating and the relaxation response it induces flood the body with endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for relieving us from pain, enhancing our mood (decreasing feelings of depression to potentially generating feelings of euphoria), they can suppress our appetite, and decrease anxiety leaving us in a calm and clear state of being.

+ Sensitivity Buffering

Some of us are known as introverts while others are extroverts. Introverts who float can gain a feeling of safety and security, they often enjoy the break from constant stimulation in which they are usually hypersensitive to. No person or thing will disturb you while in the tank. Extroverts can develop greater internal sensitivity from floating, typically they are always seeking extra stimulation and paradoxically through depriving the senses the nervous system’s response is to “turn up the volume” to try and feel more. Since minimal input is coming in they are able to develop greater sensitivity to their internal reality and over time they may not feel the need to be constantly stimulated; i.e. it may heighten their “dulled” senses, and won’t need to be constantly stimulated.

+ Poor sleep/insomnia

From managing chronic stress and inducing a natural calm, to facilitating introspection and identifying various less-serving modes of thinking, many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities. The change in your physical state and your mental outlook may provide you with a healthier perspective in which to put your body and mind to rest much easier each night if sleeping is an issue. Also, 90 minutes in the tank can feel like 6-8 hours of sleep. It is extremely therapeutic, refreshing and rejuvenating. So if you pulled an all-nighter, suffer from insomnia or have a baby who never lets you sleep the night through, floating can help make up for any lack of sleep you may experiencing.

INSPIRATION, EXPLORATION & INSIGHTS

On our blog you will find experiences from in- and outside the tank that come from integrating this unique tool into your life. Read stories from a first time float, tips to use inside the tank, research on floating, and much more. This is your area as much as it is ours, it is a conversation as much as a resource to help optimize your life, and by sharing stories we hope to learn more and build awareness of this amazing tool for the mind, body & soul. 

 

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FLOAT AMBASSADORS

Ambassadors are leaders within the community that truly embody what Floating is all about. Their role is to go out in the community and spread the good word about Floating! In return, they receive unlimited free floats!

If you are interested in becoming a Ambassador you can apply by emailing us your photo, bio and a detailed explanation as to why you’d like to join our team! We will review all applications and get back to you!

Email us at info@floathouse.ca to apply!

 

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Jesse Lumsden

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Jesse had a four-year standout career at McMaster where he won the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2004 and was invited to the East-West Shrine Game. He left McMaster as OUA's all-time leading rusher and third in CIS history with 4138 yards.

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Marc Marins

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Marc Marins is a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with over 25 tournament victories on his resume. He began training in 1996 and made the trip to Brazil the next year to train with the best Jiu-Jitsu fighters and coaches in the world.

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Lisa Hau

Artist. Dreamer. Boss.

Lisa’s fascination with hair began at a very young age with numerous dolls, infinite amounts of time, & a short attention span matched with a wild imagination. By 16, she had somehow gained the trust of her family & friends to start cutting, coloring & styling...

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Casey-Jo Loos

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Casey-Jo is an energetic and charming girl, living and loving Vancouver, with a passion for learning and connecting. Professionally she boasts talent in promotions, event production, marketing, and social media, and has previously worked...

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Meghan Currie

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handstands, motorcycles, smells, grafitti, safety pins, bicycles, pigeons, music, moss, languages, books, beets, mud, dancing, hydro lines, diagrams, sewing, teaching, surprises, shaking, yard sales, anatomy, instruments, sleeping outside, ...

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Tedi Martin

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I am a yogi who is committed to illuminating areas within me and my students that are hiding in the shadows. When we embark on a yogic journey, we are brought to a place of higher awareness where irresponsible thoughts and actions are no longer...

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Caleb Jennings

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Caleb Jennings is an Entrepreneur and the Co-Founder & Co-Visionary of Young and Raw, a company committed to enriching people's health and wellbeing by creating and curating empowered education on natural, sustainable...

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Sheleana Aiyana

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Sheleana is the Owner & Co-Visionary of YoungandRaw.com. She has a home base in Vancouver, BC and spends much of the year traveling. Her life's mission is to educate and inspire millions to reconnect with their inner guidance and find balance....

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Katherine Moore

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Katherine began racing and training competitively in 2004, since then Katherine has emerged as one of Canada's top distance runners. She has completed 7 marathons and taken 31 minutes off her first marathon. Katherine placed second in the 2009...

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Dr. Julia Christensen

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Naturopathic Doctor, BSc (Hons) Kinesiology Dr. Christensen is a true advocate for the healing power of the body and strives to identify the root cause for disharmony in order to restore optimum health and balance for each patient...

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Daniel Shaw

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Daniel is a pondérer, questing to understand his deeper meaning of life. No matter the medium, they always seem to point in the same direction, into the depths of reflection. It all began with a car accident that left him immobile for a few weeks...

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Shivani Wells

 

Shivani is a passionate advocate for the integration of yoga and body-mind psychology as a path to holistic healing and self-discovery. A Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Mentor and Yoga Teacher at YYoga, Shivani believes whole heartedly...

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Franceska Lavaggi

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Franceska Lavaggi strives to live and teach from an open, free heart. Her journey on the path if yoga started with a injured body and cluttered mind; through a daily practice of asana and meditation, she has found inner peace and vibrant health...

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Alexandra Connolly

 

Alexandra has always been fuelled by a passion for health and fitness! She fell in love with the balance of strength and sensuality that pole dance creates. As a pole dancer for five years and an instructor, managing a studio like Tantra Fitness...

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Omid Pakbin

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Omid Pakbin is a musician, audio engineer, video editor and Visual Effects/Motion Graphics Artist. He has been living in Burnaby, BC for the past 4 years and does contract work (mostly motion graphics and audio related) for a living...

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Darren Jacklin

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World-Class Professional Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Angel Investor For over 18 years, Darren Jacklin has traveled four continents and over 40 countries mentoring entrepreneurs and business owners on specific and measurable strategies...

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Kristopher McGregor

 

I was born with a built in cheat code to awareness, through a lifetime health issue. This has led to developing a sense for finding the subtly powerful lessons of life in the uncharted and largely untraveled edges of this experience...

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Nadia Aly

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Nadia Aly is a social media expert who is constantly innovating in the areas of reaching audiences, generating demand and creating buzz using social media tools. In the corporate world she has actively contributed to the online marketing...

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Dr. Genieve Burley

 

Dr. Burley earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Health from Queen's University in 2000, and her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2005 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto. She's also completed two years of a...

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Andrea Spiegel

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Andrea is a wildly enthusiastic people manager, world traveler, and yoga teacher with a deep passion for making meaningful human connections and going on great adventures. As the Center Manager of the Kitsilano, South Granville and...

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Matthew Kocel

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Matthew Kocel is a true visionary in the world music and sound healing movement - inspiring an international audience with a rare blend of Tibetan, Tuvan and North European overtone singing woven into expansive soundscapes...

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Deidre Sirianni

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Deidre Sirianni has been practicing yoga since 2007 and quickly realized the multiple benefits yoga offers. Given her athletic background and familiarity with athlete injuries, she realized that more focus on prevention was necessary. She also has a background in film which...

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Jennifer Weintz

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Jennifer is first and foremost an ambassador for health and well being. She works hard to lead by example and inspire others to be the best that they can be. She believes that too many people settle in life, giving their power away and...

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Chris Duggan

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Chris is an ex athlete turned yogi. He started his yoga journey on his 40th birthday and has never looked back. He has been teaching since 2006 and has created quite a following with his creative, fun, and challenging Power classes...

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Garett Campbell-Wilson

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Garett "GCAMWIL" Campbell-Wilson is a multi-disciplinary fine artist emerging from Vancouver, BC. His artwork has caught the eye of collectors and touched the hearts of enthusiast worldwide. Variety is key in his creative process and he finds...

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Caitlin Bailie

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Winning this years National fitness competition and becoming Ms. Fitness Canada, I am a self proclaimed mover, shaker, muscle-maker. Loving dance, yoga, crossfit, bodybuilding, gymnastics and doing handstands, I rarely sit still...

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Brandee Johnston

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Brandee is a passionate yoga teacher, adventurer and lover of people and life. She has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and has been teaching since 2008, currently teaching full-time...

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Taylor Conroy

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Taylor is a disruptive social entrepreneur best known for starting the social enterprise 'Change Heroes' that has funded over 160 projects including schools, libraries, girls scholarships, anti-sex trafficking work, clean water systems...

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Mark Gilbert

 

Mark has quite a diverse background as a Director, Surfer, yoga teacher, father and investor/consultant. He is currently an investor of Yyoga and Nectar Juicery! Mark Gilbert is a regular yoga practitioner, avid surfer, gnarly skier...

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Alex Atherton

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YYoga Yaletown Centre Manager Alex Atherton loves Yoga Traditions, and has spent the past decade sharing these powerful practices for joyful living with thousands of students across the globe. Alex is a Yoga Alliance 500hr E-RYT Teacher Trainer...

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Glenn Tagulao

 

Glenn is a Strength and Conditioning coach based in Vancouver, BC. He attended the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, earning a degree in Sport and Exercise Science consisting of extensive course work in functional ...

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Danielle Hoogenboom

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Danielle Hoogenboom is a Vancouver-based yoga teacher, workshop facilitator, artist and clothing designer who is a mala making, garden growing, seed saving, socially involved Gemini. She is committed to the practice of yoga as a tool for personal...

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Derek JUno

 

Derek Juno is the VP of Business Development for the social enterprise, Mealshare.  He was recently recognized at his business school’s 25-year anniversary ceremony as one of the Top 25 Alumni To Watch.

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Hiiro Prince

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Hiiro is a born and raised Vancouverite and full time yoga teacher teaching vinyasa, hatha, Yin and Restorative styles. He created his brand "True Identity Project" which is to empower other people to embrace their true unique Self...

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CAMERON GILLEY

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Cameron whole-heartedly believes in the transformative power of Yoga. Having received certification to teach Hatha Yoga in 2002, he has been passionately sharing in his search with students ever since....

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YARED NIGUSSU

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Early in his artistic life, Yared Nigussu was deeply influenced by the life and works of Italian painter, Amedeo Modigliani, who wrote, “when I know your soul, I will paint your eyes.” 

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Oliver Hockenhull 

Oliver is the filmmaker behind "Neurons to Nirvana". His many films and media projects have shown at — The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, The Museum of Modern Art , NYC, and many other festivals and venues worldwide.

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Jeremy Brand

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Jeremy Brand is the man, the myth and the legend behind MMASucka.com. The mixed martial arts website was created from scratch and built to notoriety in the last five years.

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Vancouver Real is a form of new media produced in collaboration by Float House and the Omega Point YouTube channel. We bring on local guests within Vancouver, BC doing fascinating and inspiring things. We pride ourselves on having "Real" people engage in "Real" conversations, with zero interruptions and enough time to actually get to know someone. Vancouver Real is hosted by brothers Andy and Mike Zaremba with technical and hosting support by Omid Pakbin (Omega Point YouTube Channel).


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