We couldn't believe how many things we had in the studio. We had that space organized very nicely...we fit a lot of crap in there. It took us so many loads, the tank alone was a lot of work and took 4 awesome guys to lift it. Once we were here we had to unpack and set up a space for the tank. Niv even made an outdoor shower. We can't wait for you all to come and experience our new space with us.
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I wanted to take a second to talk about recovery. Recovery is a continuing process, it does not ever stop. It becomes easier over time but I am always working. The last month has really been a struggle for me in my recovery from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Sometimes I don't even feel like I'm in recovery. But my best friend helped to remind me that relapse is all a part of recovery. It's hard to shed years and years of conditioning. I have to work everyday to remind myself that I do have control over my body and my reactions. By no means is it easy. It's exhausting and sometimes I can't fight it. I let go to the misery inside and I try hard to let go in a healthy way, I try to create new pathways, new learned behaviors to take over the old but like I said it's hard. When you've spent years and years on the floor of the bathroom next to the toilet throwing up or on the ground in the shower not able to move, something about those spaces become comfortable...its what I'm used to. Sometimes when I'm in the space of misery I know if I just go in the tank or go for a walk or call my friend it will make me feel better but I can't bring myself to do it and the times that I do I am fighting every bone in my body to do it. Like I said my brain is comfortable in that space and it doesn't want to get out, it knows if I reach for those skills I will come out which is why it prevents me from doing it. I just have to keep on. I'm training my brain to use new coping skills to take the place of the unhealthy ones. I don't need to continue to go to those spaces of misery it's not necessary and I give myself permission to let go of those spaces. I give you permission too. When you think life is manifesting you remember you are manifesting it!
I have newly taken on the role as program manager for NAMI Hawaii. I'm incredibly stoked for this opportunity and look forward to working for a community that is fighting for the same thing I am.
I came across NAMI during a frantic Google search. I just had an interaction with my mom who suffers from bipolar disorder. It was another instance of words she didn't mean. I knew she didn't mean it but it didn't stop the sting. I didn't know how to fully separate the disease from the person and I was suffering myself. I found NAMIs support groups and started attending. It was there i felt support and found other people who understood and had been through what I was currently going through. I also found education and tools. It was still extremely hard but all of a sudden I wasn't alone and I was opened up to a community I had no idea existed. Soon after that I started fundraising and attending the walks. I even attended one in North Carolina and took the girls I was nannying. I also attended kick off events in Florida. When I returned home I knew I wanted to get involved again and volunteered for the walk committee. I loved it and soon after I served on NAMI's board of directors and now I'm program manager.
I have big shoes to fill as I know Trisha has been amazing and laid down an incredible foundation for me to continue to grow. So thankful for her...and Kumi and what they have done for all of us because we are all in this together.
On the way home it finally hit me, this is where I am and I love where it is going. I was so filled with joy a few tears came up...so ready for the good things to come, so ready I'll take the struggles too. 💚💙💜
The surf competition at Waimea Bay known as the Eddie Aikau has always been dominated by men. Women are now getting a turn, given permits to hold a contest during the months of October 1st to November 21st (2017).
According to the contest’s website:
Born on the island of Maui in the 18th century, Queen Ka'ahumanu redefined the perceived roles of Hawaiian women. Defying the Kapu system’s strict separation of men and women, this strong Hawaiian monarch and surfer sat at the table and dined beside the king. With all the chiefs and priests to bear witness, she was not struck down by the gods, no lighting came from the sky, and with this one public act set forth a ripple of change.
Surfing in a big wave competition requires training, focus, rest, and support. The University of Cincinnati is currently using the float tank to keep their athletes in prime condition, not overworking them physically OR mentally. They check their levels before and after the tank and they are finding that it decreases cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, as well as blood pressure. A lot of students also get stress level increases around test taking times which makes it harder for them to concentrate as well as to recover quicker and not overwork themselves. The float tank can help with this as well. As it has also been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. The Float Conference Podcast did an interview with him you can check out here.
In the past floating has been seen to improve sports performance, focus, and rest & recovery. It reduces the lactic acid buildup and allows for anti-inflammation due to the Epsom salts. Your body also produces endorphins, its own pain relieving chemicals. Lots of top athletes are using the float tank to optimize their performance today: Tom Brady, Steph Curry, Joe Rogan, Julian Edelman, Willie Mason, Carl Lewis, and then some.
We see athletes use floatation therapy for some of these sports: volleyball, yoga, surfing, basketball, football, crossfit, and more.
Check out these websites for more information on Queen of the Bay:
For more information on the Eddie Aikau check out:
For more information on floating and sports check out:
Niv and I make sure to try to learn as much as we can about floating staying up to date and also by attending the float conference back in August. We can't believe how much is happening in the floating world. So much amazing research from the Air Force, Laureate Brain Institute for Brain Research, and the University of Cincinnati. Floating can allow you to balance physiological symptoms of your body with just ONE float and it can last 4-7+ months after. It balances your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems whichever way it is disrupted. All you have to do is get in the tank and it can lower your blood pressure, lower your cortisol levels, and improve heart rate variability, even for people who are under chronic physical and mental stress. Also shown in the data presented this at the conference: floating (in a sensory deprivation tank) enhances mental wellness. It allows your body the break it needs to heal itself, both mentally and physically. Floating enhances your mind, body, and soul. It is an extremely valuable tool to evolving as a human being.
I can feel the difference floating has not only on my body and well being before and after a float, but all of our clients' body and well being as well. They hold themselves differently when they come out of the tank, and you can feel the difference spending time alone with their self has done for them. I encourage everyone to try a float and feel the difference for your self.
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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.
Straight from the article:
“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.”
First of all I really dislike going to the dentist, who doesn’t? Don’t get me wrong, I love the dentist that I have, I think he is an amazing dentist, he is understanding, and takes the time to understand why. But also: There’s usually shots involved which means needles, and lots of drooling, and slobbering, and someone is looking and inspecting how good you are at taking care of yourself. Most times it feels like you’re just being judged the whole time. They know whether or not you smoke, drink coffee, tea, they can tell a lot by your teeth and when you recognize that, it feels like they are judging you for it. The whole time you’re just like oh my gosh, why didn’t I floss more, I should be brushing 3 times a day, they probably think I’m a monster! And then you put on some head phones and try to listen to music as they go about their business in your mouth. When my teeth are being drilled I can barely hear my headphones on full blast. It feels like I am in a war zone. The whole time I have my eyes closed, I can’t look at the needle from the shot or the drills, or their judging eyes. I just want to hide away in my head away from everything that is happening to me. It feels like I have no control. I take a breath and I remember the float tank, my safe space. I remember the only control I have is how I react and what good is it if I continue to react like this?
And then I began to think of my next float and how much I need it. I’m sitting in a dentist chair and I realize that my whole body is tensed up. I am actively having to remind myself to relax. That is an hour of exhaustion for me. If I wasn’t consenting to this it would feel like a trauma, it would be considered torture, but I am consenting.
My fight or flight response is turned on, leaving you with your overactive amygdala. Luckily the tank shuts your amygdala off, shuts down the fight or flight response for just a little while at least, sometimes more with practice. The epsom salts also help to release whatever toxins you got from that experience. You also need to heal, my mouth is usually sore from all the poking and prodding as well as holding it open for that long. You heal in rest and the tank is the deepest state of rest your brain can have. So get in the tank.
Just in time for the haleiwa arts festival
Here at Floatwise we love artists and we love creativity. The Haleiwa Arts Festival reminds us of all of our friends and family who have the love of the arts and how thankful we are for them. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the non-profit organization. The event is two days, July 15 & 16 at Haleiwa Beach Park. On Saturday they start from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. They have over 140 visual artists as well as live performing artists every hour. There are are lots of food trucks and booths, community information, and a keiki tent. There is literally something for anyone here. Every year they feature artists on different things, posters, totes, and t-shirts. It is a fun event with lots of color, music, and fun.
According to Discover Magazine:
"Suedfeld speculates that flotation may enhance creativity and performance in a manner similar to that of sleep or meditation. Research has shown that during resting states the brain repeatedly rehearses newly learned skills and consolidates recently acquired knowledge for long-term storage. Some studies have also shown that the resting brain is particularly adept at synthesizing information from a wide range of brain areas to solve tough problems – something you may have experienced daydreaming in the shower.
However, Suedfeld says, compared to sleep or meditation, such “twilight” states are more easily achievable without prior training or conscious effort via flotation. Advancements in brain imaging techniques may someday help us understand how these twilight states compare at a neurological level."
A sensory deprivation tank is amazing for creativity. Even though you can't see anything in a float tank, after about an hour the visual cortex of the brain actually becomes more active according to a study in 2000. The tank can easily become your medium be it be canvas, paper, or sheet paper. The bain searches for its own stimulation creating it. Soon you start to generate theta waves, your creative state of mind. There have been a few studies on the float tank and creativity. Six university professors were involved in a study of floating sessions that helped them to reach new ideas (based on a self-report). It also increases performances of athletes and musicians. Especially in activities that meant you needed to concentrate intensely, and have very good hand-eye coordination. These activities included basketball, tennis, archery, and jazz improvisation.
Check out Discover Magazine's Blog post on floating for more info: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2014/04/04/floating-away-the-science-of-sensory-deprivation-therapy/#.WWmQFNorK02blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2014/04/04/floating-away-the-science-of-sensory-deprivation-therapy/#.WWmQFNorK02
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Floating while pregnant is beneficial for a number of reasons. The Epsom salt alone is good for you and your belly. Soaking in Epsom salts increases the amount of magnesium concentrations in your blood. This is a mineral needed for the aid in building and repairing tissues in your body. It also helps to regulate your blood sugar levels as well as helping to control cholesterol. Regulating the blood sugar could help with maintaining (or giving into) your cravings. The Epsom salt in a sensory deprivation tank also helps with detoxing and it has anti-inflammatory properties for all the mommies to be with swollen feet (and other body parts). Floating can release your muscle aches and pains by taking the weight off of your body. Your body becomes weightless when you float and the magnesium that is absorbed by your skin interfere with pain receptors in your brain and act as an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Magnesium also helps to improve serotonin levels, which helps to control your emotion and mood. People with higher levels of serotonin in their system feel more relaxed and happier. Serotonin also plays a part in sleeping which is one of the reasons why floating can help to improve your sleep.
Floating is also where you can rest. Even when you're sleeping you're still dealing with light, sound, and gravity. In the tank there is none of that. It will put your brain in probably the deepest state of rest it has ever had. When you rest is when you heal, floating frees space up so your body can do the healing on its own, quicker and more efficient.
Floating is also a sacred space for you and baby. It's time alone you are giving yourself permission for. This is time alone you will not have for awhile once baby comes. Not only is it time alone but it's time alone with your baby in your belly. Time that you will cherish and look back on. It is a space where you can hear your baby's heart beat without an ultra sound. A place for you to get in touch with yourself and your baby. Sacred space. A sacred space where you are producing bonding chemicals for both you and the baby.
Book a float and let go for you and baby.
Other links to checkout:
Art of the float: "Pregnancy & Floating" http://artofthefloat.com/2014/06/pregnancy-floating/
Blog Post- This is What Happens When You Go Floating During Pregnancy http://www.wombrevolution.com/blog/floating-during-pregnancy
*It is always best to consult with your doctor if you are unsure with anything.