We’re excited to have Richard Bonk join us this week! Richard started floating through his work with Tom Fine where they began float research many years ago. Through a practice of floating and transcendental meditation (TM), Richard began to explore “alternate waking states” that felt at times like lucid dreams or out-of-body experiences while in an alert, awake state. [Read more…] about Alternative Waking States w/ Richard Bonk
As if we didn’t love the Laureate Institute for Brain Research enough for their work with floating and anxiety, Dr. Sahib Khalsa joins us today to talk about yet another study they’re completing – float therapy with anorexia treatment. Dr. Sahib’s is currently running a second study with participants who have anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder with a very high mortality rate. [Read more…] about 135: LIBR Anorexia Research with Dr. Sahib Khalsa
The Float Tank Association (FTA) needs your help… and not just helping to decipher all the acronyms you need to know for this episode. The FTA is a volunteer-driven, and is comprised of a handful of float center owners and manufacturers. Together, they create standards to guide health departments and assist float owners in their daily operations.
Shoshana Leibner and the rest of the FTA team have been working to guide the Model Aquatic Health Code (CDC), which could have a big impact on the float world. The MAHC is a set of codes and guidelines, being pushed by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for acceptance by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The NSF is asking for NSF-certified requirements that could lead to expensive equipment requirements for float centers, so all float center owners have a vested interest in what’s happening. [Read more…] about 133: What does the FTA do for ME?
This week’s guest likely needs no introduction, as most float centers know of him and have been anxiously awaiting the publication of his latest study. Justin Feinstein from the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) has just released the results of a five-year clinical study about the effects of floatation therapy on individuals with anxiety and depression. Dr. Feinstein shares the details of how the program was run and who the study participants were. After an extensive search for participants, his team found 50 individuals with severe anxiety to try floating so they could then report whether or not floatation was helpful. He shares stories of the “before and after” — almost as though he was speaking to two different people, before and after each individual’s float. The results of the study were overwhelmingly positive. Spoiler: 100% of participants reported positive short-term effects. Listen in for the three conclusions from this study.
Dr. Feinstein also shares tips for how float center owners can make their centers more inviting to clients who have anxiety. From here, he is hoping to begin longer-term trials to study the effects a consistent, ongoing float practice, in addition to studies on other mental issues. [Read more…] about Justin Feinstein & His Published Research Study Review
The gang is joined this week by Mik and Bek of the Weeded Warrior Project, who you may remember from their compelling speech at the 2016 Float Conference. After returning home from deployment, Mik slowly noticed the symptoms of PTSD surface and talks about his frustrating experience with the conventional approaches to treatment and struggles with addiction. With the support of Bek, whose role as the caregiver was also taking a toll on her mental health, they started exploring alternative therapies and found immense relief from cannabis. Although he initially looked at it as another vice, he shares what he’s discovered about the healing components of cannabis and how they’re working to increase awareness.
After hearing about floating from Joe Rogan, Bek had a gut feeling that it too would be healing for both of them. Mik began floating regularly and shares how his floats evolved over time, from simply getting extra rest to meditating and processing trauma. They share an interesting perspective on length of floats with regard to what the industry usually calls “sinkers” and also offer advice for sufferers of PTSD as they go into their first float. [Read more…] about Weeded Warrior – PTSD