On the 8th of August, the 3rd Annual Float Conference was held in Portland, Oregon. This conference is home to the hundreds of Floatation Tank owners and businesses around the world that have a real passion for floating.
Each year there are guest speakers, workshops and seminars that attendees can participate in and learn from. Inner Outer Health hopes to visit the Float Conference next year, to see first hand all of the possibilities that floating has. So stay tuned!
The weekend revolves around learning and discussing ways to promote Floatation Therapy, the ways it can benefit people and what it could lead to in the future. It is jam packed with full days of activities and presentations to help further the float industry. You can view the whole schedule here.
Some topics covered at the conference included:
- Ways to improve your Floatation experience
- Essential supplies for a Floatation Tank
- Cleaning and maintenance
- How to promote floating
- How to run an effective floatation clinic
The conference is also a platform for researchers, scientists and business owners to present findings on issues effecting Floatation Therapy and benefits to clients.
There were many speakers and you can view that whole list of speakers here and other great guest speakers who attended include;
Glenn Perry, mentored by Dr John C. Lilly (the creator of Float Tanks) who developed the first commercial Float Tank, the Samadhi Tank.
Lee Perry, as president of the Samadhi Tank Company, has spent the last 38 years working to keep the business of floating a journey into the realm of service and adventure. As chairman of the board of the Floatation Tank Association, she focuses on advocating best practices, educating health departments on regulations for this industry, and supporting new float businesses.
If you missed attending the conference, below are some recorded podcasts you can listen to.
Stephen Johnson is a boxer, dancer, poet, bodyworker, anatomist, psychiatric nurse, somato-spiritual explorer, and float master.
He’s been working in the bleeding edge of bodywork and exploration his entire life. He talks about his experience working in these different fields throughout his life, and the potential float tanks have to make an impact.
Listen to him speak about floating below.
Graham Talley and Ashkahn Jahromi are two of the founders of Float On, and the organizers of this very Float Conference! They’ve been on a wild ride with the float industry for many years now, and are always working on some sort of crazy float project.
Hear them talk about their first exploits into the world of floating, and the creation of their float center, Float On.
Jeffrey Bruno is a clinic psychologist based in San Francisco, and also one the early researchers of float tanks and REST. Jeffrey has worked with Tom Fine and John Turner in the formation of the Center for Self-Regulation, a non-profit float research center that was formed in the 80′s.
Jeffrey talks about his history with float research, as well as his newest plans of rejoining the float community and trying to start up his float research again.