Schooled in Science

As a holistic float center, we consistently advocate our plethora of services for adults; encouraging relaxation, stress reduction, and health management for grown-ups is a forte we take pride in. Recently though, we decided to switch gears in order to serve a demographic not often equated with wellness centers: youth.

Last week, we were fortunate enough to invite our good friends from our local Classical Conversations chapter to participate in a prepared scientific lesson plan created by Uncharted Waters. The goal was twofold: 1.) to utilize the scientific method in order to explain the phenomenon that occurs in the actual tanks, and 2.) to engage the kiddos and present science in a fun and creative way.

To begin the scholastic festivities, we gave a tour of the float center and had Jon do a live float demonstration. During his float, we talked about how much salt was in the water and laid the groundwork for possible outcomes that could arise during our experiment. Asking questions like “Do you think solubility is affected by the temperature of the water?” got them thinking about the science behind what they were witnessing.

After the float demonstration, we made our way back to the lounge and had the kids utilize the scientific method to determine the outcome of creating a miniature float tank. We had them question a variety of differing factors like temperature and quantities of salt to form their hypotheses. To up the geek factor, we made use of Spiderman and Wolverine action figures, assigning them the important role of testing out our simulated ‘tanks’. For those of you who are as nerdy as us folks here at the center, rest assured that we used this opportunity to indulge our scientific curiosity as much as theirs.

After concluding the experiment, we sent the small scientists in their way with some Uncharted sway and all the fixings to repeat the experiment at home.

“I’m sure they (the kids) will always think of Wolverine’s muscle mass when they are faced with real-life situations of flotation and density,” enthused Homeschool liaison Pam Alvarado. Alvarado is a personal friend of the center and was also responsible for coordinating this mutually advantageous indoor field trip.

“We had a wonderful time! It was so great to have the kids see density in action and have a hands on approach in creating different levels of it. We can’t thank Sarah and Jonathan enough for putting together such a fun and educational field trip for our students!”

Classical Conversations is a classical-model based tutoring program used throughout the country that homeschoolers use in conjunction with their own curriculum. In this instance, we were granted the opportunity to be involved with the youth and alternative education systems within our own community, showcasing our specialty in a way we haven’t before. Watching kids ages 7 to 13 interact with the science we’re accustomed to on a daily basis brought a fresh, invigorating perspective that can only be captured by the enthusiasm of youth. We are educating the next generation of floaters!


iRest: A new Frontier for Healing–Meditative Practice Helps Combat PTSD for Soldiers and Civilians Alike

With the number of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases among military personnel on a tragic rise, methods of coping are not only welcome but imperative.

Perhaps there is a silver lining: As stressors of the military lifestyle become more evident, so do the alternative therapeutic treatments available for alleviation. One such method of healing is integrative restoration (iRest), and it’s making waves with its deep and profound effect on soldiers and veterans.

Enter Sarah Maynard-Murray, M.Ed., B.S. Corporate Fitness, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher instructor, a veteran, former technical sergeant in the Washington Air National Guard, business owner and entrepreneur. With an impressive resumé that includes a history working in fuels, knowledge operations, recruiting and personnel, Murray’s track record for serving people during her 13-year military career paved the way for working with civilians.

These days, Murray dedicates herself to the success of her business Uncharted Soul, the sister business to Uncharted Waters, an integrated wellness center co-owned with her husband, Jonathan Murray.

Located in Tacoma, Uncharted Soul was inspired by Murray’s own life-changing and ongoing experience with Integrative Restoration (iRest for short) or Yoganidra?. After suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and symptoms of PTSD, she sought out the practice as a way to heal holistically from the mental and emotional burdens she carried. Hooked from the first session, Murray began her journey into the realm of iRest initially as a student but eventually as a facilitator. What transpired soon thereafter involved a lengthy certification process, countless trainings, and the development of a profound understanding of the practice and how to guide others.

Conceived in 2006 by Richard Miller, Ph.D., for the Department of Defense as a treatment for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, iRest was endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in 2010. Since then, various studies have been conducted on the meditation practice and its healing benefits for veterans and individuals with PTSD, including its effect on pain management for combat veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

Prosperous in its host of physical, emotional and mental gains related to PTSD, iRest also helps reduce symptoms of insomnia, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and chemical dependency. By delving into the layered psyche and tapping into embodiments like the breath, feelings, emotions, beliefs and joys, iRest encourages a sense of calm that ultimately allows the individual to connect to themselves on a plethora of levels. A heavy emphasis is placed on the Three Resolutions: intention, heartfelt desire, and inner resource, as these are the foundations of the practice.

The powerful aspect of this restorative practice is its take away — what is carried within the self beyond the actual hour-long session.

“iRest allows you the opportunity to respond to an emotion, rather than getting involved and reacting to it,” explained Murray. “It allows us to respond by making better choices in life.”

Whether a veteran suffering from PTSD after a deployment or a new mother with postpartum depression, iRest is considered a therapeutic remedy.


Geeks Galore: Uncharted Waters Team Helps Save the World at Jet City Comic Con

It’s​ ​8​ ​a.m.,​ ​and​ ​although​ ​the​ ​doors​ ​don’t​ ​open​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​for​ ​another​ ​two​ ​hours,​ ​the​ ​low-hum levels​ ​of​ ​excitement​ ​are​ ​palpable.​ ​Vendors​ ​string​ ​up​ ​company​ ​banners,​ ​put​ ​out​ ​eclectic​ ​artwork, display​ ​handmade​ ​goods​ ​and​ ​trinkets.​ ​Countless​ ​colorful​ ​and​ ​bold​ ​images​ ​beckon​ ​from​ ​behind their​ ​transparent​ ​armor,​ ​what​ ​can​ ​be​ ​seen​ ​here​ ​is​ ​every​ ​comic​ ​book​ ​lover’s​ ​dream.

It’s​ ​a​ ​gathering​ ​place​ ​for​ ​the​ ​weird,​ ​the​ ​freaky,​ ​the​ ​​awesome​. It’s​ ​Jet​ ​City​ ​Comic​ ​Con.

Once​ ​10​ ​a.m.​ ​rolls​ ​around,​ ​the​ ​real​ ​fun​ ​begins.​ ​Costume​ ​clad​ ​heroes​ ​and​ ​baddies​ ​stroll alongside​ ​one​ ​another​ ​amicably,​ ​beloved​ ​and​ ​infamous​ ​characters​ ​alike​ ​come​ ​to​ ​life:​ ​walking, talking…eating​ ​cheeseburgers.

Amidst​ ​the​ ​comic-chaos,​ ​our​ ​Uncharted​ ​Waters​ ​team​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found.​ ​A​ ​central​ ​corner​ ​booth,​ ​our prime​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​location​ ​gives​ ​us​ ​a​ ​front​ ​row​ ​seat​ ​to​ ​the​ ​amazingness​ ​that​ ​unfolds​ ​before​ ​us. Here,​ ​we​ ​discuss​ ​the​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​floating​ ​and​ ​acupuncture​ ​with​ ​Green​ ​Lantern​ ​and​ ​talk​ ​about holistic​ ​wellness​ ​with​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Na’vi​ ​people.

We​ ​know,​ ​it​ ​may​ ​seem​ ​a​ ​little​ ​strange​ ​at​ ​first.​ ​​What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​holistic​ ​wellness​ ​center​ ​doing​ ​at​ ​a​ ​comic book​ ​convention?

“There’s​ ​a​ ​definite​ ​sci-fi​ ​element​ ​to​ ​floating.​ ​From​ ​movie​ ​altered​ ​states,​ ​like​ ​Minority​ ​Report,​ ​to TV​ ​shows​ ​like​ ​Fringe,​ ​Stranger​ ​Things​ ​and​ ​even​ ​The​ ​Simpson’s​ ​–​ ​floating​ ​brings​ ​this​ ​sci-fi element​ ​to​ ​the​ ​surface​ ​as​ ​a​ ​tangible​ ​reality,”​ ​Jon​ ​enthuses.

We​ ​may​ ​not​ ​have​ ​a​ ​Lasso​ ​of​ ​Truth,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​​do​​ ​have​ ​a​ ​Swiss​ ​Army​ ​Knife​ ​Modality​ ​for​ ​healing​ ​– armed​ ​with​ ​services​ ​that​ ​offer​ ​healing​ ​and​ ​restoration.

If​ ​calm​ ​is​ ​a​ ​super​ ​power,​ ​the​ ​members​ ​of​ ​our​ ​team​ ​are​ ​helping​ ​heroes​ ​acquire​ ​it.​ ​We​ ​invite Aquaman​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​in​ ​for​ ​a​ ​float,​ ​and​ ​believe​ ​Wolverine​ ​might​ ​benefit​ ​from​ ​a​ ​few​ ​iRest​ ​sessions. Of​ ​course,​ ​our​ ​services​ ​are​ ​available​ ​for​ ​those​ ​who​ ​don’t​ ​wear​ ​a​ ​cape,​ ​although​ ​it​ ​might​ ​just​ ​be possible​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​the​ ​​ordinary​​ ​into​ ​​extraordinary​.

Stop​ ​in​ ​and​ ​let​ ​us​ ​help​ ​you​ ​find​ ​your​ ​calm.


Pins and Needles

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Kenneth B. Noble moves his successful business to Uncharted Waters Float Center

The practice of acupuncture is one of the oldest documented forms of Chinese medicine. Gaining popularity in Western culture as an alternative, holistic approach to health and wellness, people are flocking to this healing technique in order to suit their individual lifestyle needs. Thankfully, UWFC has dropped an anchor into these restorative waters with the recruitment of Kenneth B. Noble, MSA, EAMP. Moving his business practice to the center, Noble will be able to accommodate former clients while taking on new patrons.

Having practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbs for over a decade, Master Noble comes to us with a strong background in integrated health; A Master’s in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and is also a certified massage therapist. Blending aspects of both Western and traditional Chinese medicine, Noble has spent 16 years crafting a uniquely synergistic methodology that holds a capacity for rapid healing.

Although the technique may seem randomized by the untrained eye, the science of acupuncture is about more than making subjects into human pincushions. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the process: the ultimate objective of acupuncture is to facilitate the movement of Qi [pronounced chee] — or life force –throughout what practitioners call ‘meridians’ in the body. Meridians are pathways that run through the body, carrying vital Qi to cells, organs, tissues, muscles and glands for optimized functionality.

When there’s blockage of Qi, a whole host of problems and issues arise — especially when the disruption is excessive or significantly prolonged. This is where the needles come into play; strategically and carefully placed, they unblock the impasses of Qi so it is free to move fluidly throughout the body. Once in the clear, the life force is able to nourish and sustain the body, resulting in less pain, discomfort, and overall ‘ickiness’.

Perhaps the biggest misconceptualization regarding acupuncture is that it is painful. It isn’t a difficult notion to conceive, as popularized imagery depicts people with an unending amount of needles protruding from every inch of exposed skin. However, skeptics may be reassured that the procedure is not only painless, but relaxing as well. The needles are tremendously thin, it would take three of them to fit into a typical hospital nurse’s needle.

The process begins with a thorough health exam, collecting personal medical history in order to assess what issues should be addressed. After the data is collected, a customized treatment plan is created, tailored with your unique health goals in mind.

We could go on and on about the benefits of acupuncture, like it’s alleviation of allergies, depression and anxiety, insomnia, and symptoms related to fibromyalgia and menopause. It has also been linked to successfully aiding in fertility, weight loss, facial rejuvenation, smoking cessation… we digress. If you have a health concern or are simply passionate about wellness, chances are acupuncture would serve you..

Another sublime aspect of acupuncture? It not only treats the symptoms of the problem, but the causes as well. This diversion from the typical ‘band-aid’ approach of many mainstream practices fuels the comprehensive nature of the service, giving you peace of mind that complications are being eradicated at their source.

Have we piqued your interest? If so, stop by or give Master Ken a call at 253.564.2353. 10-6 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 12 to 6 on Wednesday, Friday by appointment.

Contact for pricing.


Honoring Vets: Tanks aren't just for Combat–Sarah Explains the Motivation Behind the Free Floats for Vets Promotion

This Veterans Day, we’re giving back to the military community by treating veterans to free float sessions from open to close. Whether you’re looking to soothe aches and pains, seek mental clarity, or are simply craving an hour of uninterrupted solitude, stop by for an on-the-house float.

Supporting military personnel in the area is more than a philanthropic pursuit — it’s a personal one for Sarah, who served in the Air National Guard for thirteen years.

“We know how hard it is,” Sarah relays. “I was in the military and I empathise with how difficult it can be to take time out for yourself. We thought providing free floats on Veteran’s Day was a really good opportunity for vets to take a break, come in, and experience something.”

Coined “the Swiss Army Knife modality”, people can experience a plethora of benefits from floating in relation to stress relief and alleviation of PTSD symptoms. “The military right now is pretty open to alternative medicine and holistic treatments. It’s a beautiful thing, and that’s where things like floating [and iRest Mindfulness Meditation] come into play. The two services are kind of up-and-coming, but they’re very effective. There are so many stressors on our military members and their families right now — If nothing else, veterans can use this hour as time solely for themselves. They aren’t afforded many opportunities to do so because they’re always having to be ‘on’ for their commanders, deployment missions, training, and their families.”

The ideology behind military support transcends beyond the annual holiday — Jon and Sarah have built upon their entrepreneurial endeavors with a daily synergistic commitment to comfort, accessibility and warm hospitality.

“Jon and I have a really big heart and passion for the local community. We put a lot of thought into how we were going to design Uncharted Waters in order to be welcoming to folks who may have experienced some level of PTSD. We wanted to give back,” declares Sarah. “Not only in our building design and cabin choices, but also in what we are able to offer people.”

Uncharted also offers Freedom Floats year round; all tips received go directly to the program, in addition to one donated float per membership package purchased.

“A lot of veterans struggle with PTSD and mental health related issues and often times, the funds needed for treatment are not available. While we are a for-profit business, we do have a heart for the community and non-profit style outreach. We aim to give back to the community by making floating accessible all year round.”

Active duty, retired, and everywhere in between: if you have served this fine country of ours, treat yourself to a complementary float session this Veteran’s day at Uncharted Waters.