Floaty Thoughts

Our bodies are like a machine. The fuel we put in it, our daily maintenance, and how we utilize our body are all factors that can affect our quality of life and longevity. The problem is, in our western society, we are constantly on the go and often don’t give ourselves the much needed time to recalibrate and recharge. There doesn’t seem like there is enough time in the day to get everything done. Instead, we are constantly plugged in to the matrix of media, focusing on outside factors rather than listening to our bodies. That is where we introduce this wonderful remedy called float therapy.

What is Float Therapy?

Invented in the 1950s, float therapy has been around for over half a century. However, it wasn’t until recently that it caught the attention of high-profile athletes, Silicon Valley execs, physical therapists, and neuroscientists. It’s a unique experience that allows you to totally “unplug” for an hour, allowing your mind and body to recover from the daily stresses of life. 

How Does Float Therapy Work?

Floating places a person into a distraction-free zone. Devoid of light and sound there is 1,000 lbs. of Epsom Salt mixed with water, which makes the solution very buoyant. The tank itself can be of different shapes and sizes but the theme is to create an experience as if you are floating in zero-gravity like in outer space. All sensory input is removed, allowing your body to focus its resources on promoting healing and recovery. 

What Are the Benefits of Float Therapy?

The primary benefits of float therapy are reducing inflammation in your muscles and joints and freeing your mind of distractions. As you float, the salt also acts as a detox for your cells with its magnesium base. In addition to releasing body tension and soreness, your brain also gets the opportunity to slow down into what’s known as the Theta State. 

Our brains spend most of the day in the Alpha and Beta states. When we sleep we go into REM, we enter the Delta state. In between the highest and lowest frequency states is where we reach Theta – think meditation. Floating gives us an extended period of time in the Theta state. Science backs this as a place of healing, rest, and rejuvenation. Many awesome things can happen when you are in Theta State!

Floating can reduce the production of stress hormones (cortisol) and lower blood pressure. You remain very relaxed and all of the stress we have built up begins to melt away. 

Float therapy has a place for just about anyone, whether it’s relieving tension in your muscles, recovering from exercise and injury, or meditation. Floating provides the opportunity to continue performing at optimal level. If we do not take a proactive approach to our well-being, then the machine (our body) will not function at its best. Floating allows you to open up pathways you may have never explored and will give you that little bit extra to take on whatever life throws your way. 


Pay Attention: How sensory deprivation and floating impact the mind


Sensory deprivation is about as far as a person can get from the chirpy world of breaking news, social media, email and the rest of what pinballs through our heads these days... *click link to continue reading*

Peace Seeker

The event we've been looking forward to all week starts at 7:00… and it's 6:34, with crosstown traffic being the usual unforgiving beast. We all know the drill and anticipate the outcome. The feeling is much like a catfish swimming in a small puddle on a hot summer day. Stress… meet anxiety. Anxiety… meet stress. It's time to cozy up and ravage another neural network. 

Well, at least there's dinner, although it's just another heaping helping of an unappetizing bio-stew. That indigestible concoction starts with way too much of the ever present stress hormone, adrenalin. Mix well with a bit of cortisol, same flavor profile as adrenalin, only a faster, more in-your-face response. Add in a smidge of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that just jacks up everything nervous and we've got ourselves one (not particularly filling) combo exotica. It's definitely an appetite killer and in reality, it's killing the rest of the body as well. Constantly chipping away at our health and chipping away at our joy. 

It is time to float…  It's time to eliminate all the stressful external stimulation and allow a battered body to recuperate. Floating allows parts of the mind to re-channel it's resources from daily event processing, to resting and healing. So forget about dinner's messy main course and bring on dessert!   We're talking endorphins, those "feel good" hormones that allows us to relax to the max. While floating, the body begins to release a host of mood boosting endorphins leaving one with a pleasant afterglow that can last for days. Absolutely delicious! The body and mind effortlessly working in harmony in a peaceful, meditative state. Floating is always time well spent… with senses heightened and horizons broadened. Hey, this catfish is again ready for the crosstown drill. 

- Seth

"The Floating Head"








… throught every float section at Float Horizen. 

For many… Float is an art, an escape zone, a journey to another place or even a healing capsule in which we trust our bodies to go under. The reason at the end of the day… is to have a positive outcome. But isn’t true that we wish to have the same feeling we have after a float in our day-to-day lives? How cam we Feel the lengths of awesomeness thriving through each pore of our core? 

My answer: doing what you love.

We go to Float sections because we love the feeling it provides to our body and mind. We enjoy the peaceful silence while our body feels weightless and is just you and the water, no judgement…no outside noise. I believe this is the same feeling we have when we do something we love.

– Reina

The Art of Self Care

Let’s face it, life is hectic and the average nervous system is constantly in overdrive as we face daily stressors and busy schedules.

We work hard and we deserve to treat ourselves to things that are going to nourish our bodies and minds so that we can continue to show up fully in our lives and be able to take on anything life throws our way.

This is where self-care comes in.

Self care is not a new concept.  It used to be all about the basics:  8 glasses of water, 8 hours of sleep, make sure to eat fruits and veggies everyday, get a yearly physical. 

However, self-care has become an increasingly trendy topic and something of a new-age idea.

So what is self-care exactly?  

Self-care requires discipline, dedication, and focus.  It is about integrating daily practices that bring balance and awareness to your mind, body, and spirit, which in turn assists you in living each day to the fullest. 

It can be something as simple as starting a daily gratitude journal, a bedtime ritual of lavender tea and a warm bath or introducing organic foods into your diet.  The key is to find things that work for you.

With an ever increasing market of holistic health practitioners and wellness centers in Nashville, online, and around the world, the sky is the limit for exploring and introducing new modalities of self-care into your life!

Massage, yoga, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reiki or energy healing, harmonic sound therapy, salt room therapy..the options are endless!

It’s all about finding what works for you, what makes you feel good.

So where does floating come into self-care?

Floating gives you the opportunity to tune out the noise of the daily grind. 

Close your eyes.

Imagine you are floating effortlessly in a warm pool of water.  

1000 lbs of epsom salt gently detoxifies your body and relieves pain from your aching joints and muscles; your mind is calm and relaxed.  

For one hour, or more, you have complete freedom from the outside world.  

As you lay in this calm, supportive environment, endorphins are released adding to this relaxing experience while the lack of external stimulus to your nervous system allows your muscles and connective tissues to unwind, creating ultimate healing.

Sounds dreamy, right?

We here at Float Horizen are beyond thrilled to invite you to add floating to your self-care practice.   

Floating increases vitality, mindfulness, and leaves your body feeling buoyant and light long after a session.

We offer first time float packages as well as a variety of affordable membership options.  

Check out our website to learn about these and other services available to add to your regime, including salt room therapy, yoga classes and more!

– Jodi


What "floats" my boat...


The amazing potential the mind contains has me going back into the tank over and over again. No matter what I've done during the day or experienced, I am always ready to get in and process all of life's wonders. Particularly for me, I am deeply interested in the cosmos and understanding how and why we are here. I'm constantly asking myself the questions too big to answer. What is it about the framework of the universe that resembles the framework of our neurological connections? What is and how does dark energy interact with matter? The feeling and experience of being weightless in complete darkness opens up new pathways for the mind to see. The float tank offers a chance of feeling a deep connection with oneself and the universe, where they are no longer separate but One. All it takes is an open mind and an open heart to experience the beauty and love within. 

– Zane

"Float Guru"

Nashville Salt Therapy History


Before Nashville began, the land on which the city rests was a hunting ground for Native Americans, who tracked the animals drawn to the salt lick and sulphur spring that lay just east of the site of the Bicentennial Mall near what is now Fourth Avenue North.Today the Lick Branch stream courses twenty-five feet beneath the Mall, flowing into the Cumberland River through a massive, brick-lined culvert.

Christine Kreyling Nashville Civic Design Center

1600s-1700s: Seeking game attracted to salt licks around present day Nashville, Native Americans such as the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Shawnee hunt seasonally in the area. French Lick is a popular area just north of present day Nashville.

1710: Recognizing French Lick as a gathering area for hunters, French trader Charles Charleville establishes a trading post--exchanging goods with tribes in the area.

Nashville Riverfront.org

The earliest Europeans in what would become Nashville were French fur traders such as Jean du Charleville (aka Charles Charleville), who in 1710 established a trading post at a natural sulphur and saline spring near what is now Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The natural salt lick attracted animals, which in turn attracted Native American hunters with whom the French could trade, and the area became known as "French Lick." This same portion of Nashville would later be known as Sulphur Spring Bottom and Sulphur Dell.


About Lockeland Springs - The neighborhood takes its name from Lockeland Spring, which in turn is named after the Lockeland Mansion, located beside it and named by Col. Robert Weakley for his wife, Jane Locke. The Lockeland Spring gained fame around the turn of the century when James Richardson purchased the mansion and, realizing the spring water was full of lithium salts, began bottling it for sale.***GO TO LINK AND SEE RECENT ARTICLE IN EAST NASHVILLIAN about Lockeland Springs.

 Mental Floss

bottling it for sale.

"These hip-before-their-time H2O purveyors were called Lockeland Springs Water, the “spring” in the title being what’s called a pioneer spring. This pioneer spring served what was called Lockeland Mansion. The mansion, formerly located on the site that’s now the Lockeland Elementary Design Center, was named by Col. Robert Weakley in the 1790s after his wife’s maiden name. Until it was folded into Nashville in 1905 (or 1906, depending on whose account you believe), Lockeland was its own separate entity, used as a country getaway for people living in the far-off environs of, say, Midtown or West End.

     Anyway: fresh clean air, and crisp, cool running water. Idyllic, right? Well, as usually happens with good things, someone came along — the aforementioned Lockeland Springs Water company — and saw money to be made. The springs on the old Lockeland property, as it turned out, boasted dissolved lithium salts. A speculator named James Richardson bought the old Lockeland mansion and eight of its acres in 1900 and bottled the water, touting it as a general elixir and balm, good for what ailed you, headaches to heart trouble. Richardson prided himself on the quality of both his water and his business, as the advertisement at the end of this story indicates.

     His pride was not misplaced: The water won the grand prize at the St. Louis Exposition (you know it as the World’s Fair) in 1904, for its “unique mineral composition and salubrious quality.”

The East Nashvillian -  Timothy Davis

From: Early History of Nashville


Near the foot of that hill was a very muddy place All around it and in it were buffalo and elk and deer pushing and crowding each other to get something Some were stamping and bellowing and pawing the ground To save their own lives the men had to get out of the way of those great beasts So they went up on the hillside south of the valley and waited After a while when the crowd of animals went away the men went down into the valley They found that clear sparkling water was oozing up from that muddy place On tasting it they found it was strong salt water clear and cold So this wonderful place in that low valley these men called The Salt Lick Was not that a good name for it The creek was not the branch running from the Lick The creek water was fresh not salt water But because the creek ran so near the Lick it was called Lick Branch That high hill south of the Lick had a round top like a knob It had many cedar trees growing upon it as well as forest trees so this hill they called Cedar Knob And now you must know where the hunters were Yes the place where all the animals were crowding was our Sulphur Spring Those men were in our Sulphur Spring Bottom Note There used to be much more salt in the water than there is now The cause of the change is another story

Page 34-- Early History of Nashville


There are many fine mineral springs about Nashville Now salt was needed at all the stations It was very much wanted The men at the Bluff and at Freeland's lost no time in trying the water of the French Lick And some good salt was soon packed away in gourds ready for use It was made in the Bottom near the Lick A large iron kettle was filled with water from the spring A fire was built under the kettle It was kept burning so that the water boiled a long time The water turned into vapor and

went off into the air After a while the water had all gone The salt that had been in the water was left in the bottom and on the sides of the kettle Why did it not rise with the vapor A big kettle full of water left very little salt So many kettles full had to be boiled before those gourds could be filled And very carefully were the gourds placed on the high shelf in the cabin on the Bluff So the first thing of this kind made in Nashville was salt and there near our Sulphur Spring was the first salt works Gasper Mansker wanted to get some salt near his station So it was decided to try Mr Neely's spring first This is up the river near the bank We now call it Larkin Spring Early one morning old Mr Neely went to this spring to stay several days trying the water Some of the men from Mansker s went with him His young daughter went with her father to do the cooking One day while the kettle was boiling well the men went off to cut some wood They had made a half faced camp Old Mr Neely was tired and had gone to sleep in the camp under the low shelter of boughs and twigs His daughter was busy cleaning up and getting ready to cook dinner She was singing all the time singing the songs of Zion which her mother had taught her Her voice was sweet and loud It could be heard afar off in the woods….