When you’re hard at work, making the time to unplug isn’t always a top priority. As business owners, our days are jam-packed with both scheduled and impromptu tasks. However, instead of focusing on how to reduce tension in our day-to-day lives, we tend to take on more than we can handle. With floatation therapy and other wellness rituals factored into the mix, though, you can work toward achieving peak performance, thanks to extra energy and improved concentration. Read on to find how successful entrepreneurs – including those who are known biohackers – use Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST floatation) to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
The Floatation Therapy Benefits for Entrepreneurs
When you’re running a business that expends most of your energy, deep relaxation can actually seem like a chore. However, if you do not make self-care a priority, you can risk burnout – which may keep you from functioning and producing successfully – as well as pose other negative mental and physical health consequences, like high blood pressure, insomnia, depression and more.
On the other hand, if you set aside the time to visit a float spa once a week (or even once a month), you can grant yourself the self-love you deserve so you can remain balanced and at the top of your game in the workplace. Whether it’s during your lunch break or a float session at night on your way home from the office, as an entrepreneur, floatation therapy can help you:
- Reduce stress – Work on lowering your stress hormones and, instead, releasing happy hormones and endorphins that can help you remain positive and happy at work.
- Refocus – The sensory deprivation tank experience can weed through your vault of never-ending thoughts and re-center your mind, so you can reprioritize your work goals.
- Meditate – Improve concentration with access to a serene float pod that allows unforced meditation.
- Stimulate creativity – If you’re feeling stuck on a pitch or an upcoming presentation, the act of floating in an isolation tank can get you into a more creative mindset.
- Digitally detox – Too much blue light can be harmful to your eyes and your quality of sleep. Schedule a recharge in a space free of your tech devices to give your eyes a rest and rebalance your circadian rhythms.
- Sleep soundly – If you are fighting insomnia due to the accumulation of company stress, enjoy deep relaxation in the float tank, where you can gain peaceful rest and possibly fall asleep faster, especially with a nighttime session before bed.
As a bonus, evening floatation is especially helpful in defining the end of the work day. If you’re a solo entrepreneur or someone who works remotely/from home, float therapy can help you establish an actual endpoint, compared to what commonly feels like the never-ending workweek.
Note: At Float8, we also offer overnight floating, which is convenient for business owners who can’t find the time during the workday. Inquire with one of our float attendants.
What is Biohacking?
If you’re a seasoned entrepreneur, you may have already heard of the term “biohacker.” If you are unfamiliar, a biohacker is someone who makes incremental diet and/or lifestyle modifications in search of personal health and wellbeing improvements. The three, main biohacker types are categorized as:
- Nutrigenomic practitioners, which involves mapping out the genetic expression and testing different nutrients to assess their impact over time, as well as how different nutrients introduced to the body make you think, behave and feel.
- DIY biologists, which includes those with science knowledge who freely conduct health experiments on themselves and then share the outcomes with others (also called DIY bio).
- Grinders, which is a subculture dedicated to hacking the human body with different tools and compounds to control its operation.
How Famous Biohackers Embrace the Floatation Movement
There are several famous biohackers who integrate float therapy into their accelerated lifestyles. The top five entrepreneurial biohackers who use sensory deprivation tanks to improve their daily lives include:
- Tim Ferriss: The award-winning podcaster, entrepreneur and angel investor best known for his concept of the four-hour workweek utilizes floating tanks for several reasons, from anxiety reduction to noise cancellation – both external and internal. Ferriss also uses the float tank as an effective “blank slate” to write upon or bring old memories to the surface, like reactivating the teachings of languages he learned 8 years ago.
- Joe Rogan: The famous comedian, TV host, podcaster, MMA commentator and jiu-jitsu practitioner uses floatation as a vacation from the body to be alone with the thoughts. In addition, he is a proponent of the healing benefits of Epsom salt, as well as the breathing work you can practice within the tank. Rogan has said that the float therapy benefits of the zero gravity atmosphere allow him to leave behind what he refers to as “the land of trouble and despair,” where the body is free of the mind and the mind is free of the past.
- Dave Asprey: The entrepreneur, author and founder of Bulletproof 360, Inc. – the company credited for the famed, viral brain fuel known as Bulletproof Coffee – is an advocate of floating for what he says is its ability to improve sleep, reduce stress, provide physical pain relief, enhance sports performance and stimulate creativity.
- Ben Greenfield: The award-winning fitness competitor, coach, speaker and New York Times bestselling author has openly discussed how to biohack your float session with the use of nootropics that boost focus and thought patterns. Greenfield also recommends getting the most out of float therapy by pairing the experience with a dose of CBD (cannabidiol), which can help activate the parasympathetic nervous system (via the endocannabinoid system).
- Aubrey Marcus: Known as a “human optimizer,” Marcus is the CEO of fast-growing Onnit, an optimal human performance company. At a recent float conference, Marcus spoke of the float pod therapy benefits, which allow him to reach higher and deeper levels of consciousness. Marcus says floating, also referred to as “superpowered meditating” can be enhanced with different tools, including plant medicine and holotropic breathing techniques.
The bottom line: Floatation is utilized by various entrepreneurs thanks to all the positive effects it can have, from your daily mindset to your overall life. Whether you’re a biohacker in the making seeking to optimize your time each day or a more traditional entrepreneur in need of some good, old-fashioned R&R, come visit us at either of South Florida’s Float8 locations, in Deerfield Beach and Fort Lauderdale, and we promise, shop talk is off the table the moment you float through our doors.