Are you stressed! Then maybe it’s time to get your float on!

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Floating Part 1

Having you ever been in so much stress you didn’t know what to do?
I will present you with a method of stress reduction you are likey to have not heard of in a bit.
One definition I read of stress is “Pressure or tension exerted on a material object.”
Wow, sounds so impersonal!
Here are some of the effects of chronic stress

  • high blood pressure
  • damage to muscle tissue,
  • suppression of the immune system
  • damage to mental health

Well stress can be a big problem and I think in western society in particular, it has become a badge of honor to take it as a right of passage of a successful businessperson, employee or student. There is a limit of how much one should take before they dissipate it with a good workout, nourish the body with good food, beat the shit outta somebody, I mean punch a heavy bag, take a nap, or do something different!

My first recollection of hearing about floating was when I was a teenager; I became very interested in bodybuilding and was looking for inspiration with somebody I could relate to. That person was multiple Mr. Olympia Frank Zane for two reasons, he was of slight build as I was and he was way ahead of his time in terms of the mind/body approach to health and performance .He would write about a tank he used to achieve this deep state of relaxation to help him recover from his workouts.

It wasn’t until years later, listening to Joe Rogan’s, UFC commentator, pod cast that I heard of this again.
I found what I thought at the time was the only Float Tank in the Seattle area.

Invented in the mid 1950’s by neuro-scientist Dr. John Lilly, floatation therapy tanks were originally named “sensory deprivation tanks,” and sometimes “isolation tanks.” Over the years the name was changed to float tanks or floatation therapy tanks.
I will end part of one on Float Tanks by letting the owner of Float Seattle , Sean McCormick describe some of the well known, and lesser know benefits of floating

Stay Tuned for Part 2!

To schedule a float give Sean a call.

or for one in your city check here


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In defense of the New Year’s Resolution crowd

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Every year I hear from regular exercisers or newbie trainers at the gym comments of disdain for all those “new years resolution people who take up parking lot spaces and then ‘give up’ in a couple of week or months”.

Maybe I’m just a softie, but I know what its like to feel like a perpetual beginner, in martial arts, mountaineering, and fitness.

After helping people for over two decades I have heard the countless stories of people sitting in the parking lot, trying to get up the nerve to walk in the door of the gym for a tour, look around and size up the bodyweight and presumed fitness of the average member, then say “oh can I just have a price list?” and scurry off.

I’ve had people come in while they have been high or a little buzzed. I used to write that off as just a horribly backwards moral dilemma for the person, but you haven’t been training people long enough until you run into them at the local watering hole or restaurant after a few drinks, and then they have the courage to tell you about craving their glory days, that they hear stories about training with you and they could never be in shape enough to do that, and that you have probably never had some body as heavy, unfit, etc as them, which is rarely true.

I have great sympathy for these people.

Then there are the people who are depressed, those who just feel disenfranchised in some way by trainers and gyms, whose role it is to be educators, ALL of these people are typical of the “new years resolutions” crowd, forget about the details of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, those are details for later, for many of these people, if it wasn’t for the cliché of a new year and new start, they might never have even tried, they might never have taken that symbolic step towards greatness, for which I am honored to have the shot at helping them with.

It’s ok to start again and again and again. ☺

Rueben Baca

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