“Boasting so many rejuvenating and creative benefits, it comes as no surprise that celebrities and professional athletes around the globe have been secretly using Float Tanks for many years to relax, recover and explore within…“
Haven’t heard of floatation therapy or ‘Float Tanks’ before and curious what all the buzz is about? Floatation Therapy is a revolutionary concept that allows one to experience the effects of Zero-Gravity as well as effortlessly enter a state of complete and utter relaxation through the use of a Zero-Gravity Float Pod.
The Float Pods are both Light Proof and Sound Proof and are filled with a skin temperature warmed solution that is super saturated with Magnesium rich Epsom Salt. This extremely buoyant solution negates the pull of gravity on Earth similar to the effect seen in the Dead Sea. After a few minutes inside the tank it is near impossible to differentiate which parts of your body are in contact with the water and which parts aren’t allowing you to loose all sense of your body and effectively trick your brain into feeling as if you are floating in mid-air, Cool huh!
Due to the tremendous health and wellbeing benefits of floating, countless celebrities have stepped inside a float tank to have this unique experience. We’ve put together a list of our 10 favourites!
Podcaster, Comedian and UFC Commentator Joe Rogan is perhaps the most vocal advocate of the benefits of floatation therapy. According to Joe Rogan the Sensory Deprivation Chamber will show you all the different issues in your life that you don’t like, things that are bothering you and things about your behaviour that you need to change.
”I think it’s one of the most incredible pieces of equipment for self-help and introspective thought you can ever find.”
Iconic Singer/Songwriter John Lennon credited the use of the floatation tank in helping him kick a debilitating heroin habit in 1979. He reportedly felt as healthy as he’d ever felt in the weeks before his untimely death from the use of a float tank filled with a warm saline solution for up to an hour at a time. The sensation reminded him of getting high without any of the dangerous or detrimental effects.
Arguably the greatest track athlete in history, Carl Lewis used extensive in-tank visualisation techniques in preparation for his gold medal winning performances at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
Actor Jeff Bridges meditates daily and was a close friend of the inventor of the sensory deprivation tank or ‘float tank’ Dr John C Lilly. Lilly used Bridges as an early test subject in his initial experiments with the isolation tanks in the 1970’s making him an early float tank pioneer.
“Well, it’s true that when you can’t see out, you start looking in..”
Comedian and actress Kristen Wiig has recently spent time in a sensory deprivation tank and even spoke about her experiences on the Late Show with David Letterman!
“You come out and everything is great!…and your skin feels really good”
Australian Model Elle Macpherson used float tanks throughout her career for not only their relaxation perks but also the natural skin care benefits from the magnesium rich epsom salt water and was even known to have owned her own sensory deprivation tank.
Entrepreneur and Author of the New York Times Best Seller ‘The 4 hour work week’ has experimented extensively with float tanks to both excel in the learning of new languages as well as reduce stress and anxiety.
“I found it to be one of the most anxiety reducing experiences Ive ever had”
Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney owns his very own float tank and whilst recovering from injuries spent up to 10 hours a week floating. He credits his time in the float tank in allowing him to recover quicker and be back on the field well before expected.
NRL legend Willie Mason is a regular floater here at the Sydney Float Centre along with the Manly Sea Eagles team. Mason has credited his time in our float pods as being a powerful recovery tool.
“Its so crazy u need to try it to believe! Its the best recovery treatment I’ve had in my career! Its keeping this old body goin!”
Homer and Lisa Simpson
A now famous episode of the Simpsons (and a personal favourite of ours) had Lisa and Homer visiting a float centre to try floating. Before getting in the tank, Lisa is irritated at Homer’s boorishness and his lack of cultural refinement. In the tank, she occupies his consciousness, and witnesses via his senses and thoughts how he really does do his best, suffering ballet purely because he loves her. Post-float, Lisa muses: ‘Gee, I should cut Dad some slack.’
Other notable users of the float tank are Shaquille O’Neal, Jim Carrey, Russell Brand, Graham Hancock, Michael Jackson, Alan Watts, Kris Kristofferson, Susan Sarandon, Michael Crichton, Jens Pulver, Commando Steve, Maz Compton and Neil Young…just to name a few.
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