Jasin Chang is a Shanghai based model/actor. He just landed a role in a featured movie produced by Luc Besson. Jasin is a hard core floater and floats at Floatasian Float Spa as often as his busy schedule allows him to. We have been lucky to get to know him during conversations before and after floating and would like to share with you how floatation fits into his busy life and how it benefits him.
My first float experience was five years ago at Floatlab, Venice Beach California with world renowned Float Guru Crash. It was an awesome experience, and I've been a fan ever since.
As my workload has intensified I find myself looking for ways to keep myself both mentally grounded and energized. With so much uncertainty in this line of work, it's easy to have your mind running in a million different directions, wandering or stressing from existing obligations, future opportunities, communicating with all kinds of eccentrics personalities, and just staying on top of your game. There is constant pressure to push forward or lose momentum. It can really leave you feeling like a shell of yourself. Floatation has been instrumental in bringing peace and calm. When my mental state feels stuck on too many to-dos i find a float session gets me grounded. I come out feeling positive and invigorated.
The most important thing I found in staying in good shape is a healthy diet. Developing a good eating habit and routine has been paramount. Of course I workout as well, using weight resistance or incorporating something high-intensity at least 3 times a week. More recently I have been getting into yoga and dance.
Most definitely. Sleeping well is a skill in my opinion, a habit to be formed. When my healthy routine is disrupted, say by traveling, It takes me some time to get back on track. Surprisingly I found floatation has aided in this problem as well. I will go into a session with a different intent, but perhaps because I leave feeling so calm and serene, my whole nervous system is relaxed.
Haha, yes "going home" was a joke but definitely reflects how I feel when I get in the tank. This goes back to the part with dealing with so many different people and eccentric personalities. I have to work and adapt with each situation, and it can be a tireless process of satisfying everyone's demands. When I get in that tank though, it cuts out all the noise and leaves me alone with my own thoughts. I find this allows me to cut out all the bullshit and get back in touch with my inner beliefs, my core values and what I am really comfortable with in my life. It takes me "home!"
For a beginning floater I would recommend to go in with an open mind and no expectations. Think of it as a meditation session or a nice relaxing moment to get away from the outside world. For the first portion of the session you may feel nervous because of the suppression of senses, or have a million thoughts running through your head. Every time you catch yourself thinking of these stressful thoughts, recognize it, let go, and bring yourself back into the moment by focusing on your breathing. Eventually you will find a place of calm, and that's where the magic happens.
Floatation has really become something I love and cherish. It may not be for everyone, but for those that try, it may become one of the best tools at their disposal. This is especially true for us city folks - I think we are overloaded with senses, so I believe this is a good opportunity to exclude external stimulants and look within.