Where did the first two months of ’15 ‘ go? Wow, we have been so busy, lots of new floaters, holidays, an election, a cyclone, everyone back to work and finally Uni’s back at long last. Time flies when you’re having fun!
Really excited to see floating numbers are up, it is good to see most people are understanding that floating is a valuable and intrinsic way to manage your stress and keep a lid on all those daily pressures.
Last year we were introduced to a former soldier Michael who returned from Afghanistan with PTSD. He was prescribed the usual pharmaceutical cocktail of drugs and was seeing both a Psychologist and Psychiatrist to help him through the nightmare. However, like most PTSD sufferers, these protocols were not working and through his partner, Rebecca (Bek), and regular floating, things have changed.
Michael's story was written up in Qweekend last year and we thought we’d follow him up with a recorded interview. This will be on our website very soon.
Both Michael and Bek are heading to the USA to look into more research that is going on over there into PTSD and hope to go to the newly opening Floatation Research Lab in Tulsa Oklahoma at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. (Click here for a YouTube link to last year’s Float Conference to learn more about this.)
The opening of a research facility dedicated to the study of floatation and its effects on the brain and other areas is a dream come true. I firmly believe that floating has so much more to offer in the fields of neuromuscular programming, sleep disturbance, stress management, tissue repair and, a favourite of mine - athletic performance. Having spent time working with Athletes at an elite level, those who have been at the AIS and are playing Professional level sport, I know there are lots of areas where floating will make them better athletes and sustain their performances even longer and hopefully prolong their careers.
I know for sure (empirical evidence) that guided imagery and stress management techniques work exceptionally well in the float tank environment and the sooner this research can confirm it, the faster we will be able to help people get back into normal lives and be well-adjusted community members, without all the pharmaceuticals that do so much more damage to their brains and bodies.
Closer to home, we’d like to ask you a question. Which night (Monday or Wednesday) would you like us to open late on, and how late do you want to float? Remember I have a one hour drive back to Summerholm after we close up ;)
Cast your vote here on our Facebook page or leave us a comment below.