Whether you make resolutions or not, it seems natural to renew commitments to new habits or patterns at the beginning of the new year.
Our goal in starting this float center was to provide affordable, accessible regular self-care so people could learn to love themselves, have a better quality of life and start living the way they want to live. It’s true. We want to see you lead lives that are more vibrant, more productive, reaching goals and doing things that maybe you thought wasn’t possible.
Time and time again research reveals that despite the fact we are driven to busyness, filling every hour with input, noise, information, we aren’t getting any more productive.
Society celebrates the driven and exhausted. In fact, we feel guilty if we aren’t busy. But let’s face it. Hours at the computer “working” are really “work” interspersed with distraction of social media and Candy Crush.
We stuff every hour of every minute with something. Even our downtime is spent staring aimlessly at the television. A full schedule of activity completed by a tired, half-awake, irritable, less than productive person is encouraged, rewarded even.
Research also tells us that our brain and our bodies need rest in order to work most efficiently. Essayist Tim Kreider wrote in The New York Times. "The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration--it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done."
Downtime is necessary for the mental activity that helps us create the highest levels of productivity and creativity. It’s the stuff that increases our attention span, keeps us motivated to move forward and perform every day tasks in the most efficient way.
And yet we’ve conditioned ourselves to believe that this downtime is bad. That taking care of ourselves is selfish.
So how do we help people meet their goals? How do we change a paradigm of protestant workaholic tendencies? How do we make people just stop for a minute, listen to their exhausted body screaming for rest and just be still?
We are working to find an answer. And it’s a slow process.
We started by creating a membership. We want to reward those who commit to caring for themselves on a monthly basis. We applaud you for taking that time, not just around new year resolution time, but all year round.
The float tank is one of the few places on earth – if not the only place – where we are truly quiet. Ninety percent of gravity is off the body, no sight, no sound, no sense of time. Here we let go of the connection to our body, trust it to do what it needs to in order to heal. And we give our mind what it is craving for – the space to rest and replenish. In that downtime we move from living in a world where we are bombarded constantly with sound and input, to a blissful state where the mind can sort through it, make sense of it.
We are here to provide a comfortable, safe place for people to just be. After time in the tank, it’s not uncommon to feel vulnerable. Our thought process slows down. We have a window to get clear about, well, anything.
And in our space no one cares about your color, your background, your job, the car you drive or don’t drive, your religious beliefs, your sexual preferences, your job title, your income, how much or how little you accomplished today, last week, last month or the last 30 years. We just want you to be. We want you to stay in this moment so you can go back out and live the most amazing life you never thought was possible, doing things you have had the ability to do all along, but you just forgot.
It sounds so simple. Being more efficient and less stressed is really quite effortless. But it's so hard. We understand. We have been there and we continue to fight those ways every single day.