Meditation

Sensory Deprivation (Float Tank) - My First Experience

Article length: 1,600 words

Reading time: 5-8 minutes

Take home: My first experience gave more questions than it answered. Sensory deprivation is a critical tool for stress-reduction and big idea thinking. 

So it's been about 30 hours since my first experience in a sensory deprivation tank - with this post I'm not attempting to convince you of anything or talk about any performance benefits. I'm only going to speak about my experience. Keep in mind these are my initial thoughts and will surely evolve as I float more.  

Also, this article is framed with my experience, not necessarily what you can expect. My experience is unique to the business I went visited, the specific tank used and the overall environment. 

WHAT IS IT?

Sensory deprivation tanks are also referred to as "float tanks."

How Meditation Can Improve Performance

Article length: 859 words

Reading time: 3-6 minutes

Take home: Use meditation to switch into a more parasympathetic state, to reduce stress, improve recovery and perform better.  

*Credit reading time/article length idea to Greg Nuckols of Strengtheory. Pretty much stole that idea from him. 

In Stress is Stress, I discussed the basic principles of our nervous system. Comparing the sympathetic (fight or flight) vs. parasympathetic (rest and digest.)  You learned that while the sympathetic system is great when we need to respond to a stressor, it's not ideal to be bathing in it's hormonal milieu all day.