Member Spotlight

What’s better than floating?

How about free floats?

Introducing our new Unlimited Unlock Program, an exclusive members-only benefit that awards free floats after paying for 6 within a month-long period. In honor of unveiling this new perk, we’re spotlighting member Zachary Sofia -- the first person to achieve the Unlimited Unlock status. Read on for a special interview with Zach, where he discloses his journey into floating, helpful introductory tips, and advice for first-time floaters.

Uncharted Waters Float Center: Where did you hear about floating?

Zachary Sofia: Originally, I heard about it at Proctor Chiropractic. I’m a client there, and when I asked them about floating, they referred me to Uncharted Waters.The cabins are large here, and are therefore better suited for people with claustrophobia. Although Northwest Float is more convenient because of its location, I decided to give Uncharted Waters a try -- this is where I had my first float.

UWFC: And you fell in love with it right away?

ZS: Pretty much, yes.

UWFC: What inspired you to want to give floating a try?

ZS: I was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid; I went to special schools for it and it was a challenge for me. People say ADHD goes away when you become an adult, but it doesn’t go away -- it’s not just something you outgrow. I have anxiety as well, and I really wanted something to help with that and my insomnia as well. I was really concerned that I wouldn’t be able to float because of the anxiety and ADHD so I went online and researched, and found people complaining about how floating didn’t work for them. I noticed they had only tried it once -- I’ve heard people say you can’t judge it based on your first session alone. Jonathan said to give it at least three tries to see benefits because you won’t always feel them after the first float.

At first, I was just amazed that I could do it! In the videos I had watched, some of them made it out to be much more intense than it actually is. What I realized is that I could go at my own pace, get out early if I needed to, and work my way up to doing a full float session. What I noticed was that I felt the after-effects and enjoyed that. I think there are a lot of benefits for floating; they just vary from person to person.

UWFC: What do you enjoy most about floating? What keeps you coming back for more?

ZS: I think that for me, floating is an escape. I like the fact that I can fall asleep, be alone in my own thoughts, and I love the way I feel afterwards. Not only is there a ‘glow’, but you get the sense that everything is going to be okay.

UWFC: Have you noticed any positive differences or alleviation in symptoms since you began floating?

ZS: I feel a calmness afterwards, get better sleep, and notice that, in a way, there is a meditative and spiritual aspect as well. I sometimes think about things that happened a long time ago, but my memory has improved -- I can recall things more clearly while floating as opposed to being somewhere else. It helps me escape inside of my mind, and although sometimes I may experience a barrage of thoughts, it doesn’t stress me out. I also sometimes fall asleep while floating, and find that very restorative. I come out of the tank feeling recharged for my day.

UWFC: Do you find that the way you feel after a float lasting longer and longer as you continue to float regularly?

ZS: Yes - I do feel like there are residual effects. But you definitely have to treat floating like your medicine or meditation. What I mean is, you have to treat it therapeutically. If you’re floating to help with anxiety, ADHD or depression, you can’t just do it once a week. I would say two to three times a week, if possible. You need to do it enough to really see the benefits.

UWFC: Do you have any advice for people who are considering float therapy?

ZS: Consistency -- you need to have that if you want results. I would say do some research to try to find the center that is the best fit for you, and try it at least three times. I would also say to give yourself at least 30-45 minutes in the cabin initially, and increase gradually until you’re able to stay in for the full amount of time. Sometimes it’s helpful to wear goggles or tie your hair back, and to dry off really well after the pre-float shower to ensure you don’t get water in your eyes. I also prefer to use the inflatable donut while floating to help with support. You’ll also want to figure out your individual preferences for floating (evening vs. daytime floats, lights on vs. lights off, etc), and try not to go in with high expectations.

UWFC: What makes Uncharted Waters the ideal float center for you?

ZS: I really enjoy coming to Uncharted Waters. I have floated other places, but I enjoy this place the most. It has a non-corporate vibe, and they will work with you to get the most out of your float. They know which cabin I like, and I feel like they actually want me to come here -- I feel like we’re friends even though it is a business. I like the lounge, the cabins bigger, and there are personal toilets. You don’t realize how nice that is until you go somewhere that doesn’t have them. There are a lot of things about this place that makes this experience better.

Mental Health and Floating

This month, March will see the arrival of spring, washing away winter-wonder in favor of beautiful blossoms and boastful birdsong. While the sun continues to play peek-a-boo as a teaser for summer, take the extra time to put focus towards the self and personal health.

Here at Uncharted Waters, we offer a variety of services that cater to physical, emotional, and mental health — float therapy happens to provide modalities that boost all three.

This month though, we’ve been inspired to dive deep into the realm of mental health and the benefits of maintaining it at optimum levels. During the CBS news segment How sensory deprivation and floating impacts the brain, the assets of floating are explored via the avenue of science. Link to video here:

For you nerds out there, consider the effects of floating found in this experiment performed by neuropsychologist Justin Feinstein, who studies the impact of floatation therapy on individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders and PTSD. After equipping CBS reporter John Dickerson with a wireless and waterproof EEG, heart rate monitor, and blood pressure cuff, Feinstein set about monitoring physical vitals to observe the impact floating was having on his participant.

Here is what Feinstein found: Dickerson’s heart rate dropped by 20 beats per minute, and his blood pressure decreased by more than 20 points. Although not asleep, Dickerson reported feeling both deeply relaxed but also energized. By being in this ‘powered down’ state, the body is able to convince the brain to be more still, which in turn can lead to some neat mental ‘wins’, such as and increased ability to focus and pay attention by giving the brain the chance to ‘dump’ or detox. These benefits are highly relevant to improving mental health.

This is all great information, of course. But what now? How does one begin exploring beneficial ways to boost mental health as soon as possible?

You guessed it: by floating.

And to help our floater friends foster a healthy regimen of regular floating, we’re unrolling our Unlimited Unlock Program, which earns members unlimited floats after purchasing five additional floats at the special member-price of $39 each. (Please note that these floats do not have to be purchased all at once, just float by float.) With this awesome service, reaping the benefits of frequent floats is easier than ever.

Get ready to pencil us in!

Calling all Geeks! Uncharted Waters at Jet City Comic Con

The onset of November brings with it a plethora of lovely things – prettily painted leaves, pumpkin spice everything, the notion of playing holiday music becoming socially acceptable… While those things are all well and good, some of us become giddy ringing in the eleventh month for an entirely different reason: Jet City Comic Con

Excited to return for our second consecutive year, us folks at Uncharted Waters had a blast at the two-day event dedicated to all things celebrating nerdom and geekism. What brought us back for another year?

“One of our taglines is ‘Calm is a Superpower’ and what better venue to display that?” muses Uncharted Waters Co-owner, Jonathan Murray. “I’m a big sci-fi fan, so I love being surrounded by my favorite genre and being part of an industry that also has a sci-fi streak in it. I get to ‘geek out’ with my fellow fans about the connection between science fiction/comics and floating.”

For us, being at Comic Con is doubly advantageous. In addition to spreading the word about our business, offered services, and general greatness of floating to like-minded people, we get to spend a whole weekend immersed in the colorful, dazzling, and downright weird over-the-top glory of what sci-fi dreams are made of. A true win-win.

The sci-fi connection to floating helps make sense of why we’re there,” Murray explains. “That connection paired with the therapeutic benefits of floating helps pique their interest in wanting to learn more and try it out.”

Another fantastic sci-fi tie-in floating has in relation to Jet City Comic Con is its depiction in various well regarded films and TV shows.

“Floating has been featured in the movies Altered States and Minority Report, as well as TV shows Fringe and Stranger Things. Homer and Lisa even floated in an episode of The Simpsons.  Since this is a Comic Con, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the superhero, Daredevil, also floats!”

It was a worthwhile experience, we venture to impart, from both a business and personal viewpoint.

“It was great to see other self-care companies there putting their own sci-fi/comic book spin on their wares, from bath products to CBD products,” expresses Murray. “On Sunday, my wife and daughters got to see musical artist Casper Babypants perform and they are now huge fans.”

And there you have it: an experience rooted in weirdness, celebrating the heroes (and villains) who helped us navigate our lives, encouraging us to dream big and strive to make a difference in whatever ways we can. At the end of the day, the tights and capes are a symbolic reminder for the heroes we all have the capability of being.

Live long and prosper, friends.

Be a Holiday Hero!

This holiday season, we’re full steam ahead at Uncharted Waters Float Center. Busy as the elves in Santa’s workshop, we’ve made our list and have checked it twice for winter promotions and frosty festivities that will help you have a holly, jolly Christmas. We’re firm believers in peeking — read on for details of our upcoming December itinerary.

To start the season off with a bang, mark your calendar for the annual 6th Avenue Santa Parade on December 2nd. This free community event starts at 2:30 pm, where families can enjoy live music, wintry entertainment and a host of other free activities until the parade kicks off at 4:30 pm. Beginning on State Street, the parade will feature local businesses and organizations from the Tacoma area, including your friends at Uncharted! Stop by to see us spreading the holiday cheer, passing out flyers, and having an all-around great time celebrating the beginning of the holidays with family and friends.

On December 5th, come to the center for our second annual Holiday Open House. Brought back for 2018 by popular demand, we’re looking forward to another wonderful evening of meet-n-greets, answering questions, and introducing you to the awesome practitioners who offer a plethora of services to reach your health and wellness goals. Hosted from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the social gathering will give you a chance to nibble and nosh on snack goods, have a glass of beer or wine, and stock up on floats — only $35 each, no limit! Looking for the perfect holiday gift? This will be your chance to purchase floats, memberships for only $45, and handcrafted festive-scented candles for everyone on your list. Check out our Facebook Page for details.

We’ve saved the best for last, folks. Although opportunities to score gifts for the people on your nice list will be aplenty, we ask that you don’t neglect the chance to take care of yourself as well. If you’ve been awaiting the chance to become a member at Uncharted Waters, now is your chance! From Black Friday until December 5th, those who sign up for a $59 monthly membership will receive a gift certificate for a complimentary float — yours to keep or re-gift (we won’t tell). If you’re already a loyal member, we encourage you to skip the crowd and purchase your $35 float certificates anytime between the 5th and 12th of December. Simply call or stop in at your convenience to take advantage of this amazing offer.

This year, there’s no reason to not be the Holiday Hero of gift-giving. With promos and supreme discounts to use at your disposal, we’re confident you’ll find the right wellness gifts for everyone on your list. So, get in the spirit!

After all…winter is coming.

In Honor of our Dedicated Servicemen and Women...

In honor of our dedicated servicemen and women, Uncharted Waters will be extending our Free Floats for Vets promotion from one day to one full week! This year, we encourage veterans to stop by for a complimentary float anytime from November 11th to November 17th. Please call ahead or book online to schedule your float today.

Boasting a wealth of wellness benefits, active and retired soldiers can expect a plethora of physical, mental, and emotional benefits by experiencing a float. In addition to relieving stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, floating has also been proven to help alleviate physical pain, combat insomnia and PTSD, as well as increase athletic performance and stamina.

The life of a military veteran is often a hectic one. Imagine: a 90-minute restorative session that will prioritize self-care by allowing space for relaxation, thought processing, body healing, or maybe just a well-deserved nap! Whatever ails you, a float is sure to provide the remedy you’re looking for. Need more convincing? It’s free if you’re a military veteran!

The wellbeing of soldiers and military personnel is a 365-day priority for us folks at Uncharted Waters — a notion celebrated by our Freedom Float Program, by which all tips given to staff are allocated to free floats for veterans throughout the year.

Looking to take your float to the next level? Consider listening to our iRest Mindfulness Meditation, specifically formulated for use while floating by Uncharted Waters Co-Owner and Military Veteran Sarah Maynard-Murray. This recorded session marries the benefits of both floating and Integrative Restorative Yoga Nidra Meditation, effectively combining the modalities to help create the ultimate therapeutic experience tailored to your own personal needs. Available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music. Waterproof headphones available for purchase. Stop by the front desk to learn more.

Thank you for your service!