WELLcome to the Be and Be WELL!

We inspire and demonstrate healthy relationships on personal, interpersonal and global levels

~ Flotation in the Sensory Deprivation Tank with saturated Epsomsalt Solution
~ Sensory Exaltation in the DryFloat Tank with Light & Sound Brainwave Therapy
~ Far Infra Red Sauna and Cleansing Programs with Foot Detox and Reflexology
~ LifeStyle Coaching, Biodynamic BodyWork with Massage or holistic Skin & BodyCare,
~ Team & Coaching Training, B&B Retreats for weekends and 40 Day Renewal with Vision & Manifestation Quest

We have something for every body who is looking for a WELL of wonderful wellness tools!

Google Map: 301 Kessler Drive, Ben Lomond CA 95005

Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm, 7 Days

By appointment only, please call Shanti at 408-691-7188

More Information: beandbewell@gmail.com

Giftcertificates: Click Here

Looking forward to see you in Inner Space!

Contact us and Be WELL…

Floating at the Be and Be WELL of Ben Lomond offers Mini-Vacations from Stress for Maxi-Benefits

Float in our state of the art Pathfinder Tank for an hour for total R.E.S.T. or for a transformational weekend with the All Night Vision Quest Floats in the pristine Santa Cruz Mountains at 301 Kessler Drive, Ben Lomond. CA 95005

Contact Shanti Prema at 408-691-7188 or e-mail beandbewell@gmail.com  


You can treat yourself to sunset dinner in the near by Henry Cowell Redwoods or walk to the Quail Hollow Nature Preserves at sunrise. Enjoy the life of R.E.S.T. continue to float in a hammock under the oak tree, or in the meditation room with fireplace, or with a personal wellness program for holistic pampering with weight management & infra-red sauna detox and life mapping.


Quail Hollow Nature Preserves at Sunrise

The Importance of Journey-ling After You Float

“I get in the rhythm of writing best after I float. I get way more creative.

I never limit myself when I write things down. When I journal my thoughts, visions and ideas after I float the magic continues to flow.

Beautiful download that is there for my choosing. Floating helps the Brain Fog go away.

Journaling helps me organize my thoughts, ideas, visions and gets them in the natural flow. Keeps everything flowing.

Springs my brain into action. It keeps me in the zone. Writing things down forces me to look deeper.”

And here is what JOE ROGAN has to say about Flotation & Journey-ling in his Video:
The Sensory Deprivation Tank

…. and in his Podcast:
“Write down what the fuck you want and then go after it!” JOE ROGAN
“Write shit down, write down what the fuck you need to do!”
“Write it down, so you do it!” “Monitor what the fuck your doing!”
“Get a pad and it can change your life.” JOE ROGAN

Have a Holy Day in the WELL!

 Just be … and be well with a day of Head to Toe WELLness! 

CelLiberate your whole Being with this holistic Day Package of Flotation, Sensory eXaltation, FAR InfraRed Sauna and Foot Reflexology and enjoy all you can be…!

~ Prepare for your day of relaxation and regeneration with the Mind State Optimizer in the Sensory eXaltation Tank, enjoying a light & sound brain-bath…

~ Leave gravity behind for 90 minutes and Float Away weightlessly in the Sensory Deprivation Tank, in a state of bliss beyond the limitations of time and space…

~ Infuse that wonderful, anti-inflammatory Epsom Salt in the FAR Infrared Sauna, breathing in fragrant essential oils to clear your head…

~ Now slide your feet into a detoxifying Ionizing Foot Bath for an hour and finish up with a Foot Reflexology Treatment so you can float on…  

Follow your Star

The cost for this restorative Day Package? $198 (value $ 242, you save $ 44)

You can make it a Holy Day for your Self or a Holiday Gift for someone else or split the Day Package with the special person you love to be with in the Be and Be WELL !

Feel free to call 408~691~7188 for more information!

Staying in the Flow

The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75% depending on age, gender and fitness level with the average adult being in the 57-60 percentile. In any case, we are more fluid then what we think we are in times  when we struggle to stay “afloat.”

Go within and “flowcus” on the word “Fluidity” when you find yourself stressed out. Within a few minutes your body-mind state will change and release more energy for you to do what you need to accomplish.

Now start to replace words in your daily vocabulary that are detrimental to your energy flow with Positive Energy Activators:

  • …”making a deadline” with “meeting your lifeline”
  • …”staying on the cutting edge” with “finding new ways”
  • “having to make a living” with “living your life fully”
  • …”trying to survive in a shark eat shark world” with “swimming with dolphins” etc.

Watch how you can recompute your reality “staying in the flow!”


Water Womans Year of the Water Snake


~ an altar to the God that resides within you~


Namaste dear Seeker, we greet the Divinity within you, who ever you may be now ~ 

Never mind where you’re from ~ and where you’re going ~ there is no place like hOMe ~

Homeostasis ~ the balance from within ~ is awaiting you here with sure certainty ~


Your Spaceship Earth is waiting for you at Be and Be WELL










Follow your true North Star ~ what ever you are ~ in the never ending sacred space of NOW ~

FLO doesn’t know you by title or creed and has no judgment or pretends indeed ~

Free of expectations and effortless ~ unbound and non denominational ~ beyond belief.


Floating in Sensory Deprivation is a path of Self Awareness leading to Consciousness. People who practice meditation in flotation surrender to the great way of non-duality… unfolding the experience of Oneness with Creation & Creator naturally… as a reality.

FLO is our Flotation Tank that has been serving humans on all walks of life for a decade.

FLOaTemple is going to be a donation based, nondenominational organization, created in the spirit of the Essene Gospel of Peace in Revelations:

God speaking to (Wo)Man:

I speak to you

Be still


I am



 We are privileged to dedicate the FLOaTEMPLE to all humans needing stillness and R.E.S.T. (Reduced Environmental Stress Tank).

FLOaTEMPLE is a DBA of the “Be and Be WELL” and has been founded to serve men and women who are working too hard making a living for too little money to make it a livelihood:

The underprivileged in the service industry, the over stressed in the military, the underpaid in our education system etc … all the people quietly weaving the strands for our Living Web of Life to keep our society going for the high price of their own wellness because they don’t have the funds to take care of them selves and to restore their balance from within. We want them to be able to come back hOMe to the Promised Land of the WELLthy!


FLOaTEMPLE Membership:


  • Basic: Pay for your next float right after your last to keep us in the cash-flow
  • Silver: Tithe 10% extra of your Float Session price to the FLOaTEMPLE, keeping it a float with help for maintenance
  • Golden: Donate your FREE 6th session of your Float Package to Flotation Community Members in financial distress
  • Platinum: Sponsor a Flotation Community Member with a disabling medical condition like Sleep Deprivation, PTSD, Chronic Pain etc. with a $375 Donation for a 6pack of 90min floats
  • WELLthy: Sustaining the WELL with 1000lbs of Epsom Salt for the price of $899 so we can replace the tank water more frequently with the increase of float sessions.
  • inLightened: Give your time and energy for free to help out with client management, clean up, maintenance, book keeping, ground keeping of house and garden etc.

Still with us?

Here are YOUR Membership Benefits:


  • All Donations are Tax Deductible
  • You get to float more often: We will tithe 10% of your donation back to you in the currency of float session
  • You receive a weekly “Pearl from the Deep” from a sponsored FLOaTEMPLE member in form of a progress report, word of wisdom, youtube video or beautiful picture
  • You and your livelihood will be honored in our Flotation Community blog with http://where-to-float.com/be-and-be-well
  • You get to be one of the first ones to receive our Flotation eXperience e-Book that we are compiling presently
  • You can make a big difference in somebody else’s quality of

Still with us? Tell us what you think about the FLOaTEMPLE and leave a reply on this  blog please.

How the FLOaTEMPLE came into Being

It was in the evening of July 8th 2013, the Chinese Year of the Water Snake and a New Moon. The quiet darkness of the night held the promise of a piece of PEACE for me with an all night Vision Quest Float in the Be and Be WELL. It had been a long day of a long week, ever so busy with a long stream of clients coming through, bringing their weariness to Flo with great hopes of relieve….and requiring some Lifestyle Coaching to take home some long lasting benefits from their visit in the WELL… Because we are here to make a difference, not just putting clients in the tank! For us in the Be and Be WELL, Flotation is a “Rites of Passage” attracting people who are ready and set for true transformation.

NOW it was my turn!

Then the phone call came: A man with the name “Jesus” wanted to book a late night float. How could I say “No” to “Jesus?”

It ended up that he didn’t get much out of his flotation session. He said that he twitched a lot and couldn’t relax. My first reaction was to say: “Oh well, flotation is not for every body.”

My second reaction was to sit still and wait to see if he had any more questions. He didn’t.

My third reaction was to answer them any way and talk about the reptile brain, the reactive mind…. and how difficult it can become to switch it off when it is overtaxed with stress and that it might take another float in a few days for his brain & body to get the point.

To my surprise he said: “I know, I need to come back. I can’t sleep anymore. But I don’t get paid again until 2 weeks have passed, so I have to wait.”

Now he had my 108% attention (100% of what I could give and 8% of that extra MoJo we get when God gives!)

We spoke for another hour about his sleep deprivation and the enormous stress of holding down two jobs (one as grave yard shift) to make a living that would support his beautiful pregnant wife as a stay home mom for his child! He doesn’t  have the education to get a better paying job and tried to go back to school on top of it but failed the tests because he could not stay awake! He also had lost his appetite… and his will to nourish himself with nutritional supplements to keep him self going. And he could not remember when it was the last time that he took a walk in the park or sat in the sun. All he could think of at 9 am in the morning was going home to rest after his grave yard shift so he would be able to go to work again at 4 pm… 6 day a week and laying around on the 7th, too tired to move…


I gave him a free float so he could come back on his next day off, as long as he would pay for his third one when he got paid. Wouldn’t you?

But more then that, I postponed my own R.E.S.T. and sat for a long time writing what you are reading here: The foundation for our FLOaTemple, dedicated to Jesus, the son of (wo)man and all Seekers of R.E.S.T. like him! Wouldn’t you do it if you could?

WELL, you can! By helping to build a foundation for those who lost theirs in the work-mill! You can “Pay it Forward”, one float at a time! Why wouldn’t you, knowing that this could be a simple way to make the world a better place?



XtheGAME in der Schweiz

Translated to German for a SWISS GAME eXperience with Shanti Hudes and Barbara Occusono

Wochenend Kurs ueber die Kunst der Kommunikation – April 06/07 – in Winterthur/ZH

Wer bist Du?                       

Was gibst Du

Wie nimmst Du

Wo stehst Du und

Wohin gehst Du?

Wunderst Du Dich wieso einfache Kommunikationen manchmal

so kompliziert werden können?

Willst Du mehr aus Dir herauskommen?

Deinen Horizont erweitern durch Erfahrungsaustausch?

So ganz spontan….schön aber im Austausch….wie kommst Du an?

Was spürst Du?

Dieses multidimensionale Kommunikations Mittel kann Dir helfen in der tiefen Auseinandersetzung mit Dir, Freunden, Partner, Familie, Gemeinschaftskreisen…

Du kannst der intuitive Gesprächsleiter werden den Du haben möchtest!

Spielerisch einfach und übers Wochenende lernst Du einen Lebenskompass zu benutzen der Dir Dein Leben lang dient!


Shanti Hudes www.XtheGAME.com, Barbara Ocusono  www.ocusono.ch

Wann? 6.-7. April, Sa/So 10.00- 17.00, Wo? Spitalgasse 11, 8400 Winterthur

Verpflegung: Regenbogen-PotLuck fuer beide Tage, jede/r bringt was für’s gemeinsame Buffett.


Shanti: BeandBeWell@gmail.com Barbara: barbara.ocusono@bluewin.ch, 052 213 81 82

Wellness Immersive Training for Lifestyle Coaching

Do you want to get away from the cold and the same, same old and get some new eye openers on the sunny side up? Develop a new carrier as Lifestyle Coach, Experience Therapist or Flotation Guide?
Discover a new YOU in one of the most conducive environments for regeneration and creativity at our Destination B&B and Flotation Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains, near ocean & redwoods!

Be and Be WELL with Shanti and Jai

Do you want to learn more about:

Better Communication Skills for interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution (bilingual English/German);

LifeStyle Coaching for individuals, couples and groups with full spectrum wellness of body, mind and soul;

Weight Management and Cleansing Programs for different body types, with nutrition for you mission;

Meditation and Flotation Guide Training with R.E.S.T. (Reduced Environmental Stress Tank) and Manifestation Quest

Hosting and Marketing Skills for an extraordinary Bed and Breakfast Destination off the beaten path;

Stress Management Expertise for individuals, support groups and various work-environments;

Vision Team Building for leadership skills and greater sustainability of projects and companies;

Community Building with tools that use Synchronicity, Synergy, Creativity, and Intuition.

Pick your topic or choose them all:

Jai and Shanti Hudes are two Wellness & Flotation Center veterans of 20 years who have lost and won many good battles in the human evolution arena. They are offering personalized immersive wellness study and work exchange vacations at the www.BeandBeWELL.com:

15hrs/week hands on and 15hrs theory with topics of your choice for one to four students at a time (couples are WELLcome!) Training schedule can be spread out over the week or consolidated for the weekend depending on your study plans and your absorption capacity for this growth intensive.

One week training w/community meals and in-house bedroom: $880.- (2 pers. $1340.-)

…”…”………”……………”………………..”…. private studio apartment: $1280.- (2 pers. $1920.-)

…”…”………”……………”………………..”…. economy trailer: $580.- (2 pers. $880.-)

One month training w/community meals or 31 Day Gentle Cleanse: Pay for 3 weeks and get the 4th for FREE :-)

E-mail Shanti for Information & “Innerview” Appointment at beandbewell@gmail.com

For the Love of Life – a 40 Day gentle Cleanse

Discover Ionizing Detox Footbaths

Don’t wait until it’s too late

The “Be and Be WELL” Flotation Center would like to CELliberate your well-being …. with a 40 Day Cleansing on all levels! Radiant health and well-being is a marvelous process that we love to share with you!

Step up to co-create a life of your dreams!

– The 40 Day in-Home Cleanse is $449 if you sign up before 04.04 2013….the lowest ever, that it will be offered.

The Wellness Weekend Immersive at the Be and Be WELL is customized to your needs with a sliding scale for your Lifestyle Transformation Tools

– The first consultation with the Metabolic WELLness Wheel, Foot Detox Assessment and Reflexology is $ 95 or FREE if you sign up!

– A Discount of 20% off ALL WELLness Services at the Be and Be WELL is being offered to your family or friends as WELL if you bring them with you!

For information call Shanti at 408-691-7188 or e-mail beandbewell@gmail.com

WELLness Weekend Package

This is a house like any other house…

… it looks like any other house, but the “Be and Be WELL” is dedicated to Transformation for over a quarter century… We have become a magnet for people who are going through Rites of Passage:

If this is a good time for you to do just that, you are WELLcome here for  The “WELLness Weekend Package” with an overnight stay at our ‘Flotation B&B’  , including one hour of each of these services: 

– FAR Infra Red Sauna Cleanse, 

– Ionizing Foot-Detox Bath with Reflexology, 

– LifeStyle Coaching with the Metabolic WELLness Wheel, 

– Sensory I-Soulation in the Flotation Tank, 

– Sensory Xaltation in the Sacred Space Pod with Light & Sound Therapy 

The Price for the WELLness Weekend Package is all inclusive $480 for One and $780 for Two Guests)

Here is a little more about the his & herstory of your hosts, the Jai & Shanti Team:

Jai and Shanti on the Sunny Side Up

…bringing people together…

Jai  and I are the happy husband & wife team taking care of this beautiful property so people can come here to relax, reboot and rediscover their creativity to bring it back into their world. We offer transformational tools for self reflection and self expression; “Relaxation Intensives”, that gently reboot the brain with mind state enhancers for clients with little time and lots of stress.

 Our main peace-offering is Flotation Therapy, also called R.E.S.T. or Reduced Environmental Stress Therapy: With the body floating weightlessly and free of sound and light,  90% of the brain, usually preoccupied with a bombardment of outside stimuli,  becomes available for higher functions.

People emerge from flotation with greater receptivity and enhanced creativity. Often, they are ready to play in The GAME that is a mirror reflection of life. Our goal is the expression of the whole self in its highest potential.

…on The Path two gather…

It is over 30 years ago now  that Jai and I met in a flotation-wellness center in London. Our destiny brought us together to receive a vision of a futuristic game that was to become a teaching tool for loving communication, bringing people together on deeper levels of connection: www.XtheGAME.com.  

Now we offer wellness coaching sessions, vision team building, all night vision&manifestation quests and Rites of Passage at the Be and Be WELL, combined with other healing modalities and body-work. People can also stay for B&B weekend retreats.

Jai & Shanti in the GAME

The GAME goes anywhere with board and cards or mobile application on the I-phone and it found a beautiful place in Sacred Spaces at Burning Man where people enjoyed playing it day and night. Our next goal was to feature the first flotation tank on the Playa….

….but we didn’t see ourselves traveling with an 800 pound salt solution, so we needed to create a tank environment that would induce similar effects on the brain. So we came up with the idea of the “Sensory Exaltation Tank”, or S.E.T: A flotation simulator that will reset the brain and SET your mind free with Light and Sound Brainwave Optimizer, Oxygen-Tank and Aroma Therapy Mister.  


The Creation Process

Who would have thought that this old flotation tank that was lying around, waiting to become land fill could be converted it into a “Sacred Space Pod” for Sacred Space Camp at Burning Man 2011 – ‘Rites of Passage’…

It was one of the “coolest” attractions there with its cooling system for those who found their way to our dome. And the coolest thing is that “All Pods lead to hOMe in the end…and Sacred Spaces lives on in the TimeCapsule Dome of the Be and Be WELL


Will Northcutt painting the Space Pod

Here is the Pod in the making, in its simplest interpretation just a physical device, to chill out and relax, a place to meditate and to calm your mind. But we wanted it also to be a portal that is inviting us on a journey to true metaphysical transformation. So we looked around for a long time to find the right artist who would be able to give our old tank a true renaissance, rendering it into a piece of living art, deserving of the name Sacred Space Pod.” After a slew of trials and errors, we found the artist in a gifted, local trompt’oeil mural painter Will Northcutt. He is adorning the entrance to this transformational vehicle with an interpretation of Da Vinci’s Vetruvian Being (Vetruvian Man-Image) as an ode to sacred geometry and the divinity in nature. The archetypal imagery invites us to connect with the beauty and harmony within our selves, in love and appreciation of creation as a whole. 


” The Vetruvian Being 2011©” conceived by Jai Hudes,

 Graphics by Dana Hunt, Design by Will Northcutt


a Sensory eXaltation

Sacred Space Pod

“The Book of Floating” Excerpt

Excerpt from The Book of Floating by Michael Hutchinson:

Seven Theories of Floatation Therapy

1. The Antigravity Explanation:

The buoyancy afforded by the dense Epsom salt solution eliminates the body’s specific gravity, bringing the floater close to an experience of total weightlessness. Gravity, which has been estimated to occupy 90 percent of all central nervous system activity, is probably the single largest cause of human health problems – the bad backs, sagging abdomens, aching feet, painful joints, and muscular tension that result from our unique but unnatural upright posture. This theory asserts that, by freeing our brain and skeletal system from gravity, floating liberates vast amounts of energies and large areas of the brain to deal with matter of mind, spirit, and enhanced awareness of internal states.

2. The Brainwave Explanation:

More interesting than the well known alpha waves generated by the brain in moments of relaxation, are the slower theta waves, which are accompanied by vivid memories, free association, sudden insights, creative inspiration, feeling of serenity and oneness with the universe. It is a mysterious, elusive state, potentially highly productive and enlightening; but experimenters have had a difficult time studying it, and it is hard to maintain, since people tend to fall asleep once they begin generate theta waves. One way of learning to produce theta waves is to perfect the art of meditation. A study of Zen monks conducted by Akira Kazamatsu and Tomio Hirai, in which the monks’ brain-waves were charted as they entered the meditative states, indicated that the four meditative plateaus (from alpha to the more sublime theta) “were parallel to the disciples’ mental states, and their years spent in Zen training.” Those monks with over twenty years of meditative experience generated the greatest amount of theta, the monks were not asleep but mentally alert. However, since many of us are unwilling to spend twenty years of mediation to learn to generate theta waves, it’s helpful to know that several recent studies (at Texas A&M and the University at Colorado) have shown that floating increases production of theta waves. Floaters quickly enter the theta state while remaining awake, consciously aware of all the vivid imagery and creative thoughts that pass through their minds, and after getting out of the floatation environment, floaters continue to generate larger amounts of creativity-promoting theta waves for up to three weeks.

3. The Left-Brain Right Brain Explanation:

The two hemispheres or the neocortex operate in fundamentally different modes. The left hemisphere excels at detail, processing information that is small-scale, requiring fine resolution: it operates analytically, by splitting or dissection. The right hemisphere on the other hand, is good at putting all the pieces together. It operates by pattern recognition – visually, intuitively rapidly absorbing large scale information. Just as in the sunshine of a bright day it is impossible to see the stars, so are the subtle contents of the right hemisphere usually drowned out by the noisy chattering of the dominant verbal/analytical left brain, whose qualities are the more cultivated and valued in our culture. But recent research indicates that floating increases right-brain (or minor hemisphere) function. Floating turns off the external stimuli, plunges us into literal and figurative darkness – then suddenly the entire universe of stars and galaxies is spread out before our eyes. Or as brain researcher Dr. Thomas Budzynski of the University of Colorado put it, “In a floatation environment, the right hemisphere comes out and says, “Whoopee”.

4. The Three Brain Explanation:

In a series of seminal studies produced over the last twenty-five years, Paul MacLean, chief brain researcher at the National Institute for Mental Health (US), has produced convincing evidence that the human brain has three separate physiological layers, each corresponding to a stage in our evolutionary history. In this “Triune Brain Theory,” the most ancient layer is called the reptile brain, and it controls basic self-preservative, reproductive and life sustaining functions. Sitting atop the reptile, brain is the iambic system, which MacLean had dubbed the visceral brain, because generates all our emotions. The most recent part of the brain to develop is the “thinking cap” of convoluted gray matter called neocortex, seat of our abstract, cognitive functions; memory, intellect, language, and consciousness. While many of these three separate brains have overlapping functions they are all quite different in chemistry, structure, action, and style. Three brains should be better than one, but unfortunately, due to a ruinous design error, there is insufficient communication and coordination between the neocortex and the two older levels. This lack of communication results in a chronic dissociation between the higher and lower brains, which MacLean calls schizaphysiology, and which we experience in the form of conflicting drives – unconscious and conscious, savage and civilized, lusty and loving, ritualistic and symbolic, rational and verbal. There are times when the levels do act in harmony, as in peak experiences when body and mind unite in exhilarating moments of vitality, when our actions come effortlessly, spontaneously. But it’s hard to predict when these perfect moments will occur. Now there is evidence that suggests that, due to heightened internal awareness and decreased physical arousal, floating increases the vertical organization of the brain, enhancing communication and harmony between the separate levels. Floating, it has been hypothesized, can provide us with peak experiences almost at will.

5. The Neurochemical Explanation:

Neurochemists have recently discovered the brain is an endocrine organ that secretes numerous neurochemicals which influence our behavior. Our brains secrete hormones that make us happy, anxious, depressed, shy, sleepy, sexy. Each of us creates different amounts of these various neurochemicals, and those who create, for example, more endorphins – natural opiates – experience more pleasure as a result of a given experience than those who create fewer endorphins. Tests indicate that floating increased the secretion of endorphins at the same time as it reduces the levels of a number of stress-related neurochemicals, such as adrenaline, nordpinephrine, ACTH, and cortisol – substances that can cause tension, anxiety, irritability, and are related to ailments such as heart disease, hypertension and high levels of cholesterol. One other neurochemical theory is the “return of the womb” explanation. Since pregnant women produce up to eight times the normal endorphin levels, the foetus experiences true prenatal bliss. When a floater is suspended in the dense, warm solution, enclosed in darkness, body pulsing rhythmically and brain pumping out endorphins, it’s possible that subconscious memories are stirred and profoundly deep associations called up. It is no coincidence that at least one commercial float centre is named “The Womb Room.”

6. The Biofeedback Explanation

Biofeedback research (including Johns Hopkins researcher John Basmajian’s conclusive study of subjectsconsciously firing off single motor-unit neurons), we now know that humans can learn to exercise conscious control over virtually every cell in their bodies. Processes long thought to be involuntary, such as the rhythm and amplitude of our brain waves, healing, blood pressure, the rate or force of heart contractions, respiratory rate, smooth-muscle tension, and the secretion of hormones and neurotransmitters are now thought to be controllable. The way biofeedback machines work is by enhancing concentration, by focusing on a single, subtle change in the body, which is being amplified by the machine, we are able to shut off our awareness of the external environment. This shutting-off of external stimuli is exactly what the floatation environment does best – almost as if in an “organic” biofeedback machine, in the tank every physical sensation is magnified, and because there is no possibility of outside distraction, we are able to relax deeply and focus at will upon any part or system of the body.

7. The Homeostasis Explanation:

Homeostasis is an exquisitely sensitive self-monitoring and self-regulating system that is constantly working to maintain the body in homeostasis – an optimal state of balance, harmony, equilibrium and stability. Considered in these terms, we can define stress as a disruption of our internal equilibrium, a disturbance of our natural homeostasis. Research now indicates that many of floating’s most powerful effects come from its tendency to return the body to a state of homeostasis. When we view the mind and body as a single system, it becomes clear that external stimuli are constantly militating against the system’s equilibrium, every noise, every degree of temperature above or below the body’s optimal level, every encounter with other people, everything we see and feel can disrupt our homeostasis. But when we enter the tank, we abruptly stop making constant adjustments to outer stimuli. Since there are no external threats, no pressures to adapt to outside events, the system can devote all its energies to restoring itself. The normal state, of course, is health, vigor, enthusiasm, and immense pleasure in being alive.