Benefits of Float Therapy: The Cure for Writer’s Block

Posted on November 13, 2015

We walked in on a Saturday. My partner and I like unusual dates so he called to make an appointment at Isolate Flotation Center after he saw a documentary about the power of floating on VICE. Sensory deprivation tanks, capital: Boulder, Co. We are in the flotation capital of the world.

When we walked in to Isolate, we were greeted by a Flotationist, Lexie Honiotes, a true expert in the field. She greeted us warmly, gave us simple instructions, and showed us back to two beautiful private spa-like rooms. A Samadhi tank in each, soft wood floors, and a robe on the bench. We opened the door to the tank and peered inside. 900lbs of epsom salt in 10 in. of water. We were nervous and excited. The tank looks dark inside — dark enough to shut out the world. Dark enough to clear out all of the noise. The traffic. The deadlines. The news. The texts. The lights. The ads. Dark enough to let my mind rest. Another writer had just gotten out of the tank as I went in, “I’ve never experienced anything more helpful for my writing than floating. You’ll be grateful you found the place.”

Float Therapy for Writer's

Staring at a Blank Page: Writer’s block

It took me an hour, my first time, to relax in the tank. The recommended 90 minutes was a good call. If I would have gotten out even 20 minutes before, I would not have experienced the true benefit of floating.  It was the first time I realized that I have never fully relaxed. Only until the last twenty minutes of my float did I feel “the break”. The break happens when the racing thoughts finally stop, and all I can hear and feel is my breath.

I immediately wrote to Ben Gleason, owner of Isolate, the day after my first float and asked him how I could help be a part of spreading this incredible experience to others, this game-changer to the world. I’m now floating once a week. I’ve been suffering from an excruciating case of writer’s block. Torturing myself on the story line, the marketing, the agents, and publishers that I had lost my flow. I’d lost the reason I was writing the book in the first place. As writer’s and humans we all know about the flow. The zone. In art and life, the flow is effortless and authentic. This is what floating does for my writing and for my life. It gives me the ability to get back in my flow, effortlessly within an hour and a half.

~ Camille Bradbury, floating since 2015