Art of Floating - Featured Float Center
Located in the quiet and peaceful town of Bloomsburg, PA is a Float Center with 5 tanks, rolfing, life coaching, and workshops to help clients understand their own programming.
By: The Float Mind | October 1, 2019
Vanessa has been managing Art of Floating for over 6 years now. Originally from Chapala, Mexico, Vanessa moved up to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania to help manage Art of Floating as a favor to the owner. "It was only supposed to be for a few months because my kids were still back home in Mexico," Vanessa said, "but I ended up staying, my kids became American citizens and moved to PA, I met my significant other when he came to float, and I began planting roots here in Bloomsburg. Working at Art of Floating has had its ups and downs, but I wouldn't trade it for anything."
We asked Vanessa 5 questions about floating. Read her answers below.
1. What Role Does Floating Play In Your Life?
I have been floating for about 11 years now. I can say that I am more calm focused in my life. When I started floating, I was a single mom working about three part-time jobs and trying to make a living while also having a social life. I was moving at 1000 miles an hour every day. When I found floating, I started to relax in a way that I couldn't explain or understand.
It took about 25 hours of floating for me to actually understand that I was slowing down. I started to understand that for these 25 hours, I had been training my brain to slow down enough to see what I actually wanted out of life. The float tank became the place where I'd go to find answers to questions I didn't know I had.
2. What Advice Do You Have For New Floaters?
You have to float for at least 4 or 5 times to actually see the tip of the iceberg and know what floating can do for your physical and mental health. It's the only thing I have found that relaxes the mind and body at the same time. If you go to the gym, you won't see results on the first day of going. You have to train your body to lift heavy weights and run long distances. It's the same with floating. You need to train your mind to slow down.
3. What Makes Your Float Center Unique?
Art of Floating is unique because the people who work don't just facilitate floats, we've added other services to help increase the value of our float center.
For example, I earned my Life and Health Coach Certification from the Health Coach Institute so I can provide coaching to my clients to go along with their float practice. Also, we hired Jesse as a float facilitator and massage therapist, but just recently, he graduated from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. So now we offer both Rolfing and Coaching as services at our float center. We started as a float center but evolved into something of a wellness center.
5. What Has Been Your Best Float Lesson?
Hmm. Well, the one that comes up for me was when my family sent me to float. It was during the time I was moving myself and my kids out of my parents house. Even though my parents were helping me with my kids, I was still pissed at them and treating them with disrespect. They suggested I float, so I did.
During the float, I asked myself why I was so pissed at my mom. I thought back to when I was about 7 years old and I had gotten sick at school. I wanted my mom to drive to the school and pick me up so I could go home. My mom was busy and couldn't get me at school, so my child-mind decided that my mom doesn't love me and I'm not important in her life. That day, I held a grudge and kept it all these years. Even though my mom was busy with finding out how we all would eat that night, I was pissed she couldn't pick me up from school.
That float helped me understand why I get pissed at my mom no matter what she does. I like to think that float helped dissolve my grudge against my mom.
4. What Advice Would You Give Your 18-Year-Old Self?
There is a lot I'd tell my 18-year-old self, but one of the most important things I would tell her is that everyone is battling their own internal and external battles. We all think we're so different from one another and that nobody can understand what it is we're going through. If you keep it inside, there's no way for it to get out. It festers inside and grows until there's no more space for it and it manifests into sickness or you doing something you'll regret in the long run.
Truth is, we're not alone in our struggles. Float, slow down, find out what's really bothering you, and talk to someone about it.
Bonus: What's Your Favorite Quote?
"Stop looking at your phone!"
LOL, I say that all day long in my home, from my kids to my husband. I like personal interaction and nowadays with technology, people forget about having family time.