What is a float tank?
A float tank (also called a sensory deprivation tank) is a large 8' x 6' tub of water filled with Epsom salt. You may have heard of using a cup or two of Epsom salt at home in your tub to help ease sore muscles. Well... imagine using about 2000 times that amount! Our tanks are filled with 1,000 pounds of medical-grade Epsom salt, which makes you less dense than the water (which is why you float)! The pain relief and relaxation your body feels is profound, and to some, is more beneficial than receiving a massage or practicing yoga.
The tank has a lid on top (which you can leave open or closed depending on your comfort level) to aid in the experience of relaxation. When the tank is closed, there is very little to no light inside the tank (unless you were in our Genesis model and chose to keep the interior light on) and the sound is heavily insulated.
There is nothing that can replicate the unique environment of the float tank: you float on skin-temperature water (about 94 degrees) with very little to stimulate your senses. An experience of such few stimuli allows your brain to go into deep states of relaxation (theta waves) much faster than you would during sleep or any meditation session.
WHY TOTAL ZEN FLOAT?
Total Zen Float is a locally owned and operated business. We all believe in the benefits of floating and offer you the best possible environment to experience sensory deprivation!
We house two float tanks and provide everything you need for a great float: a loving environment, towel, earplugs, soap, and shampoo. We walk you through the process and give you personal tips that have helped us have great floats.
We also provide a unique style of yoga at our space: we never play pop music and the primary intention is to develop awareness, though physical fitness is a natural effect of consistent practice. Visit the yoga portion of our website to learn more about what we have to offer!
what's the story?
Derek Hudiburg and Will O'Brien began the business with their family and friends with a home-made float tank in their garage. Will was interested in meditation and consciousness exploration, while Derek was mainly interested in the physical benefits of the tank to enhance his jiu jitsu practice and recovery. They looked up how to build a float tank online and got to work!
They found that a lot of people were interested in trying this out, so they found a place to rent a facility and looked up what they would need to run a float center.
Total Zen Float in its' Casselberry location was born with one home-made tank in October of 2013.
They started off with no outside funding and did most of the remodeling on their own through trial and error. Eventually, they came up with the funds to purchase the Oasis tank. In one night, Will and Derek drove to Chicago and back (with many energy drinks) to retrieve the Oasis model you can now float in today.
To keep up-to-date with Health Department Regulations, they needed to replace their home-made tank. They were blessed to find someone who was willing to help them purchase the Genesis float pod.
In September of 2014, Kelli Hastings joined the team as a yoga teacher and privately trained Derek's wife, Nicole, in an Ashtanga apprenticeship program.
On Valentine's Day of 2015, Brandi King met Will and Derek at a marketing event in downtown Orlando. Her and Will fell in love and she joined the team at the grand opening of the yoga studio in March of 2015. She had just completed a 6 month ashram immersion and had been teaching yoga for years.
Kelli eventually returned to her career as a lawyer; Nicole and Brandi took over running the yoga studio.
When Krishna (Will & Brandi's little man!) was born in June of 2016, the team expanded the yoga studio to double its' previous size.
Meanwhile Nicole, Derek and friends worked together to build Cogito Jiu Jitsu next door!
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Now the team is working on creating a unique and accessible Total Zen Yoga Teacher Training program - coming soon!
To be continued...
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