30+ Celebrities Who Use Float Tanks

30+ Celebrities Who Use Float Tanks

The gossip rags are right: Floating is all the rage among the celebrity set. But unlike a lot of fads that come and go at the drop of a hat, floating is here to stay. There are countless celebrities who use float tanks and they swear by the benefits of tank time.

From athletes to authors, actors to musicians, floating has proven a popular and healthy way for those in the public eye to alleviate the pressures of life under the microscope. These are people who, no matter what their field of expertise, have reached the pinnacle of performance and need to show up at their best every day. And floating helps them do it.

Around here, we maintain the privacy of our guests, especially those in the public eye. But there have been many celebrity enthusiasts who have spoken out publicly on their floating experience.

So, who’s floating? And why do they swear by it?

Glad you asked. Loads of celebrities love a good float, but we’ve organized the who’s who of floating, and the reasons they’ve given for heading into the tank:

Anthony Bourdain – Author, Celebrity Chef, World Traveler

Late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was a devotee of floating in order to alleviate the high-pressure stress of his kitchen work, saying: “An hour in the tank and I’d come out relaxed, rested, my back feeling amazing, and in good shape to interact with normal, non-restraint people…Interestingly, I found that for a day or two after floating, my experience of colors and flavors would be much more acute and intense. Reds were redder, blues brighter, and the taste of food more explosive. Lying in the tank, I’d feel like I was moving through space, my brain speaking to itself in an unfamiliar language. I miss the tanks!”

Anthony Rizzo – MLB World Series Champion, Chicago Cubs

According to a recent ESPN piece:  “Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo…spent part of his off day on Tuesday in a float pod used to ‘relax the body.’

‘It’s pitch black in there…You shut the door. Music is playing low. (Played) some John Mayer radio to chill out. You really just float. It feels really weird at first. It’s good for your body. When you get up, it’s crazy. Your body is such dead weight’.”

Carl Lawson – Professional American Football Player

Jones’ Bengals teammate Carl Lawson: “I really like the float tank because I feel like – along with massages – it gets all the soreness and stress and built-up blood from little bruises throughout your body.” 

Carl Lewis – Olympic Gold Medalist

Multi-Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis – often referred to as “the world’s greatest athlete,” reportedly “used in-tank visualization techniques to prepare himself for his gold medal long jump at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.”

Elle MacPherson – Icon and Supermodel

Global icon and supermodel Elle MacPherson touts floating as a way to alleviate exhaustion from the jet lag she experiences while flying all over the world for fashion events.

Emma Watson – Oscar Winning Actor

Speaking on her float experiences, “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson said: “Recently, I tried a float tank, which sounded insane to me, but I actually loved it. I go on meditation retreats and it’s great for me, but to find time on a daily basis to do it when you live in a busy city, with the phone ringing and your cat trying to crawl all over you, isn’t always the easiest. The float tank provided a specific place for meditation, which I think is really helpful.”

Graham Hancock – Bestselling Author and Journalist

Celebrity paranormalist Graham Hancock recently spoke to Joe Rogan about his first floating experience on Rogan’s podcast. 

Harrison Barnes – NBA World Champion

Curry’s Golden State teammate Forward Harrison Barnes says floating helps him recover after games.

Jeff Bridges – Oscar Winning Actor

The dude abides, and the dude floats. Oscar winner Jeff Bridges was a close friend of float tank inventor John C. Lilly, and is a big proponent of the practice, saying: “The whole idea of the isolation tank is to see what happens to consciousness when you take away or eliminate the input into your senses, so you’re in a box floating in salt water – with 1,000 lbs of salt, so you’re very buoyant. You can’t see anything, your ears are underwater, and you can’t hear anything. And what does the mind do? It’s so active, and it’s constantly projecting, like a movie screen.” 

Here he is on The Tonight Show, specifically calling out how floating helps him achieve this inner peace. 

Jennifer Lawrence – Academy Award-Winning Actress

Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence recently visited a New York City float center, and told Vogue Magazine she “had a lovely time.

Jessica Pimentel – American Actress and Musician

The “Orange is the New Black” star likes to relax and unwind in the calming waters of the tank in order to quiet anxiety and improve focus. 

JJ Watt – 3X NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Local Wisconsin hero JJ Watt may be the star of the Houston Texans’ roster, but we don’t hold it against him. Besides, he’s a floater, so that makes up for it.

Like any NFL player, JJ has suffered his share of tough injuries the last couple of years, so he looks for any advantage. To that end, JJ purchased a floatation tank and installed it in his house.

He says it changed his life. JJ reportedly floats up to 3 times a week for 90 minutes at a crack, saying, “It’s nice to be able to go somewhere you can shut it all down.”

Joe Rogan – UFC Personality, Comedian, and Podcaster

Joe Rogan, UFC personality, comedian, and podcaster extraordinaire has been one of the most vocal advocates of floating. Much credit can be given to him for the rise in popularity. In Joe’s words, “Your body gives you amazing energy. The tension release you have in your body from a couple of hours in the tank is incredible. You feel lighter. You feel like more oxygen is in your body. You feel more vibrant. And it’s because somehow you have calmed the tension.” 

John Lennon – Singer, Songwriter and Peace Activist

Legendary singer/songwriter and Beatle great John Lennon swore by floating as a remedy for substance abuse. In his book “The Lives of John Lennon,” biographer Albert Goldman wrote that Lennon’s time in the tank had a profound effect on him. ”John was totally satisfied with himself mentally and physically. He was starting to make a break. It had to do with his 40th birthday. He told me: ‘I’m happy to be 40 years old. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life and I feel the best I ever felt’.”

Julian Edelman – 3x Super Bowl Champion

“Best Actor” Oscar-winner Jeff “The Dude” Bridges talked about his float-tastic experience on The Tonight Show, specifically calling out how floating helps him achieve inner peace.

Keri Russell – Golden Globe Winning Actress

Golden Globe-winning “The Americans” star Keri Russell is a fan of a good tank session, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.” 

Kristen Wiig – Comedienne and Actress

Comedienne and Saturday Night Live veteran Kristen Wiig talked about her relaxing float and resulting softer skin on the Late Show with David Letterman. 

Marvin Jones – American Football Wide Receiver

The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver credits floating with helping him recover from an ankle injury, and getting him back into playing shape. 

Michael Crichton – Writer and Filmmaker

“Jurassic Park” and “Congo” Author Michael Crichton was a frequent visitor at a Beverly Hills float center, and swore by floating as a cure for his writers’ block. He eventually installed a tank in his home.

Peter Gabriel – Musician

Musician Peter Gabriel once had a float tank in his home. “It was quite useful in the sense that you could get into a dream state, and I think that did allow…different thoughts and pictures to come through. And I tend to write a lot of times from, from pictures, and it is an area I’m very interested in.”

Rachel Hunter – Model, Actress, and TV Host

Kiwi supermodel Rachel Hunter: “It was a bizarrely delightful experience, a great form of meditation. I felt calm and peaceful, yet energized…”

Rhett and Link – YouTube Sensations

Popular “Good Mythical Morning” YouTubers Rhett and Link gave floating a whirl for a recent episode, and proclaimed their experience to be “pretty cool.” 

Robert Downy Jr. – Oscar Winning Actor

How does Iron Man himself recover after pounding Thanos into dust? “Avengers” star Robert Downey Jr. has a tank installed in his home in Hollywood. 

Russell Brand – Comedian, Actor, and Radio Host

Brit rabble-rouser Brand said of his float experience: “It’s quite nice, like being in the belly of a whale…a cyber whale…it was really lovely.”

Steph Curry – NBA All-Star and 3x NBA World Champion

NBA All-Star and 3x Champion Steph Curry is such a proponent of floating as a means of relaxing his overworked muscles that he famously floated in an ad for a health care provider. ESPN also created a short film with Steph and teammate Harrison Barnes about their experience with floating. And you can read a more in depth ESPN interview with Steph about floating.

Tim Ferriss – Entrepreneur, Author, and Podcaster

Bestselling author, entrepreneur and speaker Tim Ferriss says: “Right off the bat, I found [floating] to be one of the most anxiety reducing experiences I’ve ever had…I did it as a meditative recharge.”

Tom Brady – 6x Super Bowl Champion

Perennial NFL champs the New England Patriots recently installed floatation tanks in their stadium in order to help players and coaches achieve heightened states of rest. According to NBC Sports, QB Tom Brady is such a fan, he had a tank installed in his home so he can float in the off-season, too.

Wayne Rooney – Professional Soccer Player

England’s all-time highest-scoring soccer player installed a tank in his home “following a string of injuries” in his early career. He is said to have spent up to 10 hours a week using float therapy to relieve pain during his playing years. He credits floating with having helped him get back in the game faster.

Zac Efron – American Actor and Singer

 
 
 
 
 
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Actor and teen heartthrob Efron posted on social media about his float experience, referencing the otherworldly floating scenes on popular Netflix show “Stranger Things.”

Make no mistake – Floating is no fly-by-night celebrity trend. Some of the most talented and influential people in the arts, sciences, letters, performing arts and athletics incorporate floating as an important component of their conditioning. Floating helps them deliver their best performance by calming their nerves, sharpening their mental focus, relieving pain and recalibrating their sensory response. They have to be at their best, and so do you.

Ready for us to roll out the red carpet for your own Hollywood-style experience? Click here and book your own float today!

Can Float Therapy Help Treat Anxiety?

Can Float Therapy Help Treat Anxiety?

Real talk: Anxiety is one of the most common issues America faces.

According to some estimates, more than 18% of Americans endure some form of anxiety. That’s more than 40 million people. Yet, out of that staggering number, only about one in three seeks treatment for it. 

If you’re an anxiety sufferer, you know how debilitating a condition it can be. Granted, no two people stricken by anxiety experience it the same way. But regardless of the type, frequency or severity of the symptoms, we can all agree that the condition can have a real impact on our overall quality of life. 

And while anxiety can stem from a variety of sources ranging from genetics to trauma, one thing is clear: the therapeutic benefits of floating have been shown to have a significant, measurable impact on the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental unrest. 

All of us seek calm in our daily lives. Just waking up in the morning and anticipating the struggles we’ll face during our daily routines can sometimes have an impact on our emotional state. Jobs, family, money, responsibilities, obligations…The demands we face can often feel overwhelming even under the best of circumstances. 

Now, add clinical-level anxiety into the mix. Suddenly, even the most basic tasks become impossible. Simple routines generate fear. Small inconveniences can feel like insurmountable obstacles. And even academically understanding these emotions to be baseless doesn’t help, since it can be easy-to self-talk into feeling guilty and foolish due to having stress you “don’t have to.” 

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to just shut all of it out for a little while? Fall into complete relaxation, clear your mental slate of all the pressure of your responsibilities, and reset your mood to a default state? 

Yeah, we thought so, too. That’s why Float Milwaukee is here. 

So what can a float do for you? 

Truly, no two float experiences are the same. No two floaters bring the same frame of reference to the experience, so everyone gets something different from it. That said, many floaters do describe consistent effects regardless of their reasons for coming in. The overwhelming majority tell us that they leave the float feeling calmer than when they began. More relaxed. Possessed of a sharper mental focus. Clearer. 

To put a far more academic point on it, a 2018 study found that people who underwent float therapy as a means of attempting to attain relief from mental discomfort had overwhelmingly positive take-aways from the experience. All participants in the experiment reported “significant reductions in stress, muscle tension, pain [and] depression…accompanied by a significant improvement in mood characterized by increases in serenity, relaxation, happiness and overall well-being.”

Wow. What a ringing endorsement! 

Many of our customers here at Float Milwaukee have described similar relief from stress and anxiety. Here’s what just a few of our valued friends had to say about their experiences at Float (reprinted with their permission):

“I often suffer from too many thoughts rushing through my mind and never just being in the moment. Floating allowed me to completely relax and clear my mind. I felt completely rejuvenated after! Thank you for the great experience!”

“I’m trying to achieve clarity and focus right now as my life is in a major transition. Float really helped me with something I always struggled with, attaining inner solace.” 

“When finished, I never felt so clean and refreshed! Very purifying and transformative for those wanting to ‘let go’.”

“I had an enlightening float and can’t wait to go back! Felt relaxed and clear-headed right away, with the sense of calmness staying with me for hours afterward.” 

“I was very apprehensive going in but once I settled in and consciously relaxed it was an amazing, weightless, daydream-ish experience. I left feeling energized and relaxed at the same time. I would definitely do this again!”

We’re always touched when people have a good experience, and even more so when they’re willing to share it. And obviously, any therapeutic practice works differently for different people. But floaters overwhelmingly express a sense of inner peace as a result of their experience, so we’re confident that anyone who enters the water will come out better for having done so.

When you’re ready to find out how floating can help you overcome what ails you, CLICK HERE to book your float. We look forward to helping you get the best of your stress.

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