Becca's Experience: Post #1

Tom Bazis

April 4, 2018

Our very own Becca is the first of a few people who will be floating EVERY DAY for 30 DAYS! Below is post #1. WE are excited to keep this updated!

Greetings, Earthlings! I am Becca, and I am floating every day for 30 days. Throughout this journey, I will be updating you on the effects I feel from floating, and how it is affecting my daily life.

I would like to start out by saying that I am so grateful for this opportunity, and that floating once a month or so has already had a huge impact on my life. I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder all in 2016. The thought of being in a sensory deprivation tank used to be one of my BIGGEST fears because the last thing I wanted to do was to be left alone with my brain. However, this summer I had worked on my meditation practice, which lead me to gain confidence to schedule my first float in August. Since then, I have grown a passion for floating. It has, along with meditation and yoga, for the most part pretty much healed my symptoms of panic disorder, and more! Never say never!

Since I began floating once a day, I have been waking up every morning immediately in a great mood. I find myself smiling in contentment throughout the day, as well. I notice that the longer that I have been doing it, the more random, happy moments I am getting of absolute gratitude for the simplest things. I am also MUCH calmer, to say the least. I pretty much feel no symptoms of my GAD. I am much more grounded than usual. This is causing my to feel NO symptoms of my Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder.

Overall, regarding my mind, I feel as though I am in a light meditative state throughout the day. I feel very much in control of my contentment and calmness.

-Physically, I feel no soreness/pain in any of my muscles. I feel at my best physical self.

-Energy-wise, I have been waking up every day ready to start my responsibilities, which is not like me at all (I am not a morning person at all.)

-For sleeping, I am getting much more restful sleeps with waking up throughout the night at most once. (I normally have restless sleeps with multiple waking occurrences). I am also falling asleep much faster. (Since I was a child, it would always take me hours to fall asleep. Now it's been down to 15 minutes or so).

Thank you for reading this, and if you would like to see what floating can do for you, come stop by!

Becca's Experience: Post #2

Tom Bazis

April 11, 2018

Here is another update from Becca, who is floating for at least an hour once a day for 30 days. It is now day 9!

- Overall, I am VERY relaxed. Still no symptoms of Panic Disorder, Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder, and finally NO symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder.

- I have noticed I am becoming the “observer of my thoughts & emotions” more so and more consistently than any other point in my life.

- However, it seems that there is not much mental chatter in my brain anymore. I fall into a deep meditation EXTREMELY easily & quickly now compared to before. Plus, I am now comfortable with this. Towards the beginning, I would be thinking of when or when not to get out, but now I feel like I can stay content in there forever.

- There is a greater appreciation for the “big picture” of life. Everything is relating to it for me. This is causing me to appreciate very little things, as well as not let little things bother me (like traffic).

- I am not only falling asleep still very easily with amazing deep sleeps, but I am also noticing that I now fall asleep on my back. (My whole life, I have had to sleep on my side to fall asleep. Apparently it is healthier to lie on your back.)

- I still feel physically in my best shape with no muscle soreness/tightness. Also, my shoulders and neck no longer tense up throughout the day - they stay relaxed consistently.

- My caffeine consumption is getting even lower. (If I have even just one cup of coffee, now I normally do not finish it.)

- I do not feel hungry as often, and I find myself craving water and fruit a lot more.

Thank you so much for following this journey with me! I will keep you updated!

Becca's Every Day for 30 days - #3

Tom Bazis

April 22, 2018

Hello, beautiful people!! Here is another update from Becca, who is floating for at least an hour once a day for 30 days. It is now day 14!

- I feel like a completely different person. Things that normally would have set me off on anxiety attacks has not! No symptoms of Panic Disorder, Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder.

- I can’t stress enough that my mood is overall elevated.

- My initial reactions are now calm. One silly example is of how jumpy I used to be. The lovely owner of Float, Tom, has been surprise scaring me, testing to see my reaction. Nada. I am not phased at all anymore, whereas someone just walking into a room unexpectedly would make me jump.

- My meditative practice of being the observer of my thoughts in my daily life has strengthen even more.

- I drop into meditation A LOT quicker and deeper.

- I am continuing to feel more connected to the “big picture”, regarding goals, not letting little things bother me, etc.

- Consistently falling asleep very quickly, deeply, and on my back.

- My caffeine consumption is still down to barely anything. (None or barely one cup.)

- I still feel in my best physical shape, no soreness/tension in neck/shoulders.

- I am still craving water and fruit A LOT more than usual.

Thank you so much for following this journey with me! I will keep you updated!

Becca's Every Day for 30 Days, post #5

Tom Bazis

April 22, 2018

Hello, everyone! Here is another update from Becca, who is floating for at least an hour once a day for 30 days. It is now day 19!

- I have consistently been having no symptoms of Panic Disorder, Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder.

- I am very thankful for floating everyday at this time of the year specifically because finals week is coming up. I have not been stressing NEARLY as much as I usually do at this time. I used to complain constantly about school during this time, as well, but I have been seeing the bright side more clearly to everything I have been doing! I am realizing that my life is up to me, and to see my responsibilities as opportunities to learn and be grateful!

- My meditation practice continues to grow even stronger! I drop in so much deeper with little distractions in my own brain.

- It is continuing to carry out through my daily life, as well. I am much more mindful of my thought patterns, and I have not been coping with avoiding or acting impulsively in response to certain things that I used to do. I have been letting myself feel emotions without judgement, similar to thoughts during meditation, and after they come they end up leaving seamlessly. It’s very refreshing and healing.

- I find myself very happy in moments that used to bother me (like traffic, lines, or anything that used to be a nuisance.) Living life more so as the observer than my thoughts, I now find it quite comical how predictable thoughts and human reactions are to situations. I am realizing that life is what you make it, so to view those situations with appreciation often cause me to laugh/feel ecstatic to be alive!

- I am shocked at how consistently I have been falling into deep sleeps EASILY once I try. (Still on my back, when I used to sleep only on my side.)

- My caffeine consumption is still low (usually none to one cup a day). However, I have actually tried to drink a 16oz of coffee to get homework done quickly one day (like I said, finals week is coming up). It was difficult to finish the coffee, but I still fell asleep very easily and remained calm.

- I still feel in my best physical shape. I have no muscle tension/soreness.

- Water and fruit has increased in my diet, and I overall have been making more health conscious diet decisions. I often reflect on my diet while floating. It gives me time to assess how I am physically and mentally affected by the food I ate prior, which helps me make better future choices regarding my diet.

I would like to add the fact that I never thought I would be here living my daily life as mentally healthy as I am now, at least not this soon. I am endlessly grateful for this opportunity.

Thank you so much for following this journey with me! I will keep you updated!