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All the benefits of floatation therapy without that “closed in" feeling
Uses the same floor space as standard float tanks!
All the benefits of floatation therapy without that “closed in" feeling 
Uses the same floor space as standard float tanks!

What is the population needed to sustain a Float centre?

Floating on airWith the new marketing power of social media and the growing acceptance of floatation, the population required to sustain a float centre grows smaller and smaller.

For example, Okotoks, Canada has a population of 29,000. Okotoks now has its own, 2-float room centre: Float Centre Okotoks. Within a few months of opening, it is busy and doing very well.

Medicine Hut, Canada, has a population of 63,000 and within a few months there will be a 2-float room centre with the capacity for 4 float rooms as business grows.

How things have changed.

Before social medial and before the growing, wider acceptance of floatation, a 4-float room centre might have required twice the population it does now and as floating in on an upward trajectory, the future is yours…

The population required to support a centre gets smaller the more floating becomes better known and accepted. A second centre opening at a similar time, or later, helps to spread the awareness of floating and both centres benefit.

I am the only person I know of who has experienced 2 centres opening at the same time in the same street! This happened when I opened a successful Float centre in Brisbane, Australia. Early fear and anxiety gave way to relaxation and gratitude as it became obvious to both of us (both centres) that we were helping each other grow. The sum of our marketing and promotion was much greater than 1 +1 = 2.

And keep in mind that floating is such a unique and universally beneficial experience, people will come from many miles around, so outer lying population centres contribute to the population you are trying to capture.

In our London Float Centre, which, after 20 years, was unfortunately destroyed by fire along with many other businesses, regular floaters, when on our membership, averaged at least 2 floats per month and floated for an average of over 2 years. (In Brisbane, a less congested city with less time pressure than London, regular floaters came weekly.)

Even at 2 floats a month, the 200 members we had, gave us a floating base of a minimum 100 floats per week. New floaters doing the 3-float trial pack and casual floaters accounted for another 70+ floats a week.

After a marketing campaign, we would often be as near as fully booked for 3 months.



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Floating and Chemotherapy, a personal experience

"In 2012 I was unlucky enough to go through the classic global chemotherapy protocol for breast cancer; but lucky enough to have had my own float room at that time. I floated at least once a week and I am convinced that the benefits helped me get through probably the worst experience of my life, and helped to keep me working with a smile on my face.

Floating reduces stress, reduces stress hormones: the moment of that diagnosis your world falls in! Why me? What next? Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, my hair? Yes, to say the least, it is a very stressful time.

Then the chemo starts, which feels like the systematic poisoning of your body. The worst hangover on top of a non-stop flight round the world – get the feeling?

It starts with steroids to prevent the chemo from poisoning your normal cells; anti-emetics, 1, 2 and 3 to reduce the nausea; laxatives, 1, 2, 3 to relieve the resulting constipation. Then get in that float room and detox the residues of that load of chemicals out of your body, which are then removed, broken down by the float room’s powerful sanitation protocol.

The first night after the chemo, one of the meds makes you agitated and insomnia follows. Floating for one hour has the recuperative effects of 4 hours of sleep, so true.

Increase the endorphins: endorphins are the body’s natural analgesics, they are also known as happy hormones, both aspects may be important during chemo, and certainly the latter, but new research suggests that they are involved in boosting the immune system. Very important as every day you all produce a few cancer cells in your body and the body’s natural defence system mops them up before that can do any harm. For some reason, in a cancer patient this immune system is not properly active and a tumour results.

During this time I was supported by colleagues and a number of therapists in the complementary field. I can’t say with certainty what worked what didn’t but I am convinced that the range of complementary therapies and especially floating regularly was key in coping.

I finally beat it!

More bad news

In March 2016, the cancer unfortunately came back (liver, lungs and sternum). An even bigger shock than the first time and I was straight back into the float room while I decided what to do.

I have been so lucky to have met and to be advised by Dr Rosy Daniel, an Integrative Medicine doctor in the UK. She advises on hospital and complementary/ natural therapy approaches. With her help and upon finding a lovely oncologist where I live, I asked for and was granted a lower dose of chemo, the monoclonal antibodies were started right from the beginning (they eliminate the nasty chemo side effects).

I’m following Dr Valter Longo’s fasting during chemo research (this is currently based on mice, but hey! You have to start somewhere) and I’m convinced this has helped me to keep my hair. It’s a much gentler approach, especially with the lower dose of chemo, but also because chemo doesn’t appear to damage/zap the healthy cells as much, as they are much calmer (and less detectible) due to the fast. Happily, it appears to be every bit as, if not more effective in zapping the nasty cells. My oncologist said my blood results were returning to normal in a ‘spectacular way!’

I float following every chemo session; it is once again helping with the sleepless night and resulting fatigue and of course the detox.

Then some great news...

In July 2016, after just 6 weekly sessions of lower dose chemotherapy, my oncologist has announced that all my blood parameters (liver function and cancer markers) have ALL returned to normal. He seems to be pleasantly surprised by the speed of this effect.

I simply say “Thank you Dr Rosy” and “Thank you” to my friend who put me in touch with Dr Valter Longo’s fasting research. And of course “Thank you Dr Longo” for doing the research in the first place. I have floated after every chemo session and as I said previously, that has helped me support the chemo, removing the toxins, helping me catch up on missed sleep, and kept me positive etc etc.

If anyone has been closely affected by cancer and would like to contact me, feel free, I will be happy to share my experience and my links. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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How good Feng Shui improves your Float Experience

One member of the Ocean Float Room team, Mary Nondé, is also a professional Feng Shui Consultant. Mary speaks candidly about how Feng Shui affects the quality of a float experience.

Why you need space, to relax and let go...

Feng Shui is concerned with improving the quality and flow of energy, or “Chi”, in the environments we live, work, relax and play in – homes, offices, float centres and myriad recreational spaces. This includes eliminating any obstacles that are blocking or curtailing its natural movement.

From a Feng Shui perspective, Chi does not flow so well in confined spaces like the floatation pod or tank, which have more in common with being inside a giant egg shell or a box respectively.

A float room, on the other hand, has more space all around it, allowing the energy field around the body to expand and flow freely.

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Floatation Tanks and King Henry VIII of England

A new lease of life for King Henry’s hunting lodge

Only 12 miles from London, Addington Palace is a gem of green tranquillity with a commanding view over Surrey countryside. Once the hunting lodge of King Henry VIII where it is rumoured he stalked deer as well as well as his interest in Anne Boleyn! In 1997 this grade II listed building was refurbished to its former glory. It’s now a premier Wedding, Conference and Banqueting venue, and includes a luxury Health Spa with an Ocean Float Room.

Gemma has been floating there for 3 years now. She’s the Manager at a mixed boarding school. Very long days on her feet dealing with people - usually 10-hours, sometimes 16 hours when duties extend into the evening. Then her sister introduced her to floating.

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Autism and Sensory Deprivation Tanks

What is Autism?

Autism is commonly misunderstood because it cannot be easily defined or described. It is misunderstood because it covers such a wide variety and usually a combination of different behaviours. Hence the name Autism Spectrum. It is rightly called a spectrum because of the very large variations of types of behaviour, combinations of behaviours and the variations of intensity exhibited of each of these. It is also often not easy to diagnose in babies and young children.

Autistic Behaviour

Behaviours vary greatly from difficulties in social interaction, speech, understanding, tics, repetitive behaviours, orderliness and many many more. The very large number of possible combinations of all of these means that no two people on the Autism Spectrum are the same. If it manifests only in a mild form, many people go through life without ever even knowing it or recognising it. Sometimes they and others are only aware that they are somehow "different" from the average person. However even the so-called average person usually has some behaviour or thought process somewhere on the spectrum if only in a very mild form. Many extremely intelligent or talented or well-known people both past and present have shown characteristics of autism spectrum.

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