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Floating and High Performing Athletes

What do high level athletes know about floating that you don’t?

Here’s a sports trivia question for all our athletically-inclined readers:

What do the Dallas Cowboys, the Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Cubs, The Manchester United Football Club, and Michael Phelps all have in common?

You might see this lineup and think “well, the ‘92 Dallas Cowboys won the Superbowl that year; the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals in ‘14; the Cubs made history when they won the 2016 World Series; Manchester United is one of the most hono(u)red Football Clubs in the world; and Michael Phelps has won more gold medals than any other Olympian in history! They’re all winners!”

But that’s not all they have in common: they also all used float tanks.

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We’re in the Somerville Journal!

Yesterday’s edition of the Somerville Journal includes a great profile of us, on the front page no less.

Floating actually has a lot in common with massage, Garvin said.

“They’re similar in that they both cause the body to go into a relaxation response which is really a very healing state,” Garvin said. “Massage is one way of getting your body there; a float tank is a different way altogether.” …

“We want to get people into the tank,” Garvin said. “We feel strongly that floating is for everyone.”

We were contacted out of the blue by a reporter before Thanksgiving, got interviewed by phone, and then thanks to a miscommunication a photographer showed up Black Friday morning before we’d quite gotten out of bed.  If I’d been better prepared, maybe I could at least have been properly shaven for my turn on the front page!

We’ve been working on this project for five or six months now with the faith that this area would be as interested and supportive of it as any West Coast burb.  It’s really great to see that the people at the Somerville Journal agree.

Media roundup

The media has been full of floating this month!  Some great articles.

“In the Tank”, The Nation:  “Some of sensory deprivation’s sublime attraction seems to lie in the way it fortifies the floater against the perceived harm of twenty-first-century culture.”

“Floating into Hoop Flow”, hooping.org:  Katelyn Selanders lost touch with her art, and got it back in the tank.  “As she continued to float, the feeling of Hoop Joy swept over her, that magic energy you feel when the hoop beats rhythmically across your core, when you shoot it off your body up into the sky like a shooting star, and when you break the hoop against the beat and don’t know or care what your next move is going to be. Without even being aware of it, she had floated back into her flow.”

“Why Yogis Should Try Isolation Tanks”, My Yoga Online: “Pratyahara [withdrawal of the senses] is considered by BKS Iyengar to be the ‘hinge’ or pivotal point in the yogic journey, because it is the step where we move from our behaviors and action in the outside world, to diving deep within in order to ‘gain knowledge of the self’.”

Silent Spectrum from Mel Be on Vimeo.

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