What's Active Floating? A Look At Guided Floats and ISOMIND

What’s Active Floating? A Look At Guided Floats and ISOMIND

Written by Bryce 03.07.2019

If you’ve come to float with us or previously at another center, you’ve likely heard of the importance of the first 3 float sessions. And while you may feel a sneaking suspicion it’s some ‘marketing speak’ to bring you back, it’s really just a standard seen across the industry for how long it usually takes for people to become accustomed to the unique environment of having your senses deprived of… well, everything.

Once you’ve gotten past that initial hurdle, you’ll start to experience floating fully and also get a sense of the compounding benefits that can happen with a regular floating practice. It’s also emphasized because this is usually when you can start to transition into more active floating (rather than passive).

What’s active floating?

Active floating is all about being more intentional, reflective and actionable when going into, during, and after a float session. While floatation therapy is an incredibly valuable and effective tool for stress relief and relaxation, it can provide you so much more within that hour session — all at the same time!

Despite the focus on nothing, it doesn’t mean that you need to be doing nothing at all. You can be meditating, reflecting, problem-solving, visualizing, or just letting go.

This can be done easily on your own with a bit of planning and strategy. We offer all the resources and support needed, all based on comprehensive psychological research, through the ISOMIND program to help coach and guide you into a better version of yourself.

What our members have to say about ISOMIND (previously titled The Rest Programme)

What else can floating provide?

Outside of the benefits you’ll see on website and flyers about float therapy, there are many other benefits to a float practice and how it fits into your life. You can think of these as the secondary benefits of the straightforward list (for example, less stress and a calmer mind can lead to less fights and more time enjoying your friends and loved ones).

  • The ultimate time and space for deep thinking
  • An ideal environment for building a meditation or mindfulness practice
  • A reset button for the workweek that prevents it from piling up on you
  • A practice that has shown to help reduce addictive behaviour patterns
  • Support to speed up healing of an injury
  • An opportunity to reflect on your day, week or month for reflection and growth
  • Deeper rest and recovery to support a more intense workout or physical exertion
  • An investment into your education that helps to speed up your learning
  • Allowing your mind a distraction-free space for creativity and problem-solving

When I look at this list personally, it reminds me of how floating is able to help support and improve so many different areas of my mental and physical health, along with my goals and lifestyle in a way that nothing else can, which is exactly why I prioritize it and have made it a regular weekly practice in my life. While I feel as though I already have quite a good habit of introspection, self reflection and growth in my life with the tools I’ve implemented, I wish I had the ISOMIND program earlier on with my floating practice.

What’s the ISOMIND Program?

The ISOMIND program is a 4 week course that includes videos, pre- and post-float prompts, journalling exercises, and coaching notifications that are created specifically to help train you in active floating. All aspects of the program are designed around the unique environment and benefits of floatation therapy, while also starting with a character profile to help customize it for your own strengths and opportunities for growth.

It’s all based on the Psychological Fitness framework which describes your capabilities in 5 fundamental domains. These reflect the ability to overcome the core challenges that we each face daily, to build a thriving lifestyle.

  • Time Effectiveness — How well do you utilise your time?
  • Social-Engagement — How well do you establish new relationships?
  • Creative-Intellect — How well do you make sense of the world?
  • Self-Command — How well do you manage your emotions?
  • Interdependence — How well do you foster your connections?

Active floating can be the difference between:.

  • continuing to feel more calm and relaxed, wowed by the experience (well worth it) vs.
  • solidifying new insights and habits about yourself that have a lasting effect on your mind and lifestyle (on top of the calm and relaxation that comes from a float session)

Personally, I’m so grateful to have discovered floating years ago because of the fruits of those changes in my life starting to pay unbelievable dividends for me now.

I hope you can experience the same!

Interested to see how starting a regular float practice can help improve your life? Learn more about the benefits of our membership and the compounding benefits of floating.

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