I think as a species most of us who are suffering mentally have been for a while. Some of us just didn’t or couldn’t see it. We were too stuck. A lot of us are tired of the current mental health model we have right now. We are told to take a pill that only helps with the symptoms, sometimes only decreasing them, and sometimes causing worse side effects than the symptom it is eradicating. The pill doesn’t even solve the problem. We are also told to go to talk therapy, with the cultural mindset that our healing will come from someone else. The problem with that is that it is the wrong mindset. Healing cannot come from someone else, it is your mind that is creating it, it is your mind that needs to change it. You’re going to have to do the work, and you have to continue to do the work to prevent it from happening again. By no means am I saying it is easy because it’s not, but it is easier with the right tools. From the beginning we need to be taught that our healing comes from within, not from someone else. The float tank is a safe space for you to discover your self. Get back in touch with who you are and why. The way you think directly contributes to how you feel. The float tank is one of the many tools you can use to change the way you think, empowering you to change how you feel.
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“It’s like a reset button for your brain,” Hearn said. “It really is. If you think of your brain as a computer, you have all these apps that are going to the hard drive, and you’re letting it all reboot.”
In addition to the mental break the technique gives floaters, the ability to feel weightless and relieve the stress from pressure points and joints is a huge benefit, he said.
The biggest draw of floating for Hearn, though, other than his own positive experience, are the benefits to military veterans and sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The lack of stimuli allows the brain to confront images or memories they have previously suppressed, he said.
“What’s actually helping people on our PTSD program is, when they get into the tank and get to that point, now they can address it in a calm environment where there’s nothing else there that could hurt them,” Hearn said. “They feel calm in the tank. They feel like it’s secure, and they’re safe, and they can approach the traumatic events in more of an internal counseling session with themselves.”