077: Justin Feinstein & Pan Lin – LIBR

Justin Feinstein is the head researcher at the Float Clinic and Research Center, a float research facility that is part of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. He joins the podcast with his newest team member, Pan Lin, who just moved to the US from China to analyze the fMRI data that is coming out of the lab. They chat about the current state of their research, and where they hope it goes.

Dr. Feinstein and his team have been highlights of previous conferences and last year a series of talks were based on their preliminary research.

You can watch these videos and more on the Float Conference YouTube channel:

Justin Feinstein (intro): https://youtu.be/xZxwFqSSIPA
Sahib Khalsa: https://youtu.be/Osoqygmeih4
Kyle Simmons: https://youtu.be/4LEvqj6BB00
Justin Feinstein (fMRI): https://youtu.be/4IOwBs2TpYA

Dr. Feinstein also appeared on previous Float Conference podcast episode 37.

076: Gary Ferguson – Pathways for Veterans

Gary Ferguson was voted in to speak at the 2016 conference. Gary runs Pathways for Veterans, an organization aimed at supporting veterans live a healthy life after their service. Gary talks about his own life journey, and how floating has been helping him and helping the veterans he works with.

This episode of the Float Conference Podcast is brought to you with support from San Francisco Salt Co.

075: Kirsten Gerrish & Lena Kilic

Kirsten Gerrish and Lena Kilic were voted in to speak at the 2016 conference. They run the Heritage Birth Center, as well as their newly opened float center, Float Alaska.

They chat about pregnancy and floating, and share the experiences they’ve had offering floating for the woman coming to their brith center.

This episode of the Float Conference Podcast is brought to you with support from San Francisco Salt Co.

074: Jim Hefner – Just Float

Jim Hefner is the co-founder of Just Float, an eleven tank center in the Los Angeles area. With eleven tanks, Just Float is currently the largest float center in the world.

Jim and Ashkahn chat about the logistics of running a center on that scale.

This episode of the Float Conference Podcast is brought to you with support from San Francisco Salt Co.

 

073: Sahib Khalsa – Float Clinic & Research Center

Dr. Sahib Khalsa is a researcher at the Float Clinic and Research Center, which is a part of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. Sahib is an expert on interoception, which is the brain’s sensing of the internal body. Sahib chats with Ashkahn about the significance of interoception for floating, and some of the research he’s doing at LIBR to explore this.

Dr. Khalsa spoke at the 2015 Float Conference.

Sahib was previously on the podcast in episode 50.

This episode of the Float Conference Podcast is brought to you with support from Orbit Float Tanks.

072: Stephen Johnson – Psychiatric Nurse

***NEW INTERVIEW FOR 2016***

Stephen Johnson has been a body-worker, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a boxer, a dancer, a poet, and much else. He’s also been an avid floater for the past 6 years, with many hours of experience in the tank. Stephen and Ashkahn chat about the work Stephen did as a psychiatric nurse, and how floating influenced the work he did in that job.

Stephen has been a regular speaker at previous conferences. You can view his presentations from the 2012, 2013, 2014 opening and closing talks, and 2015 Float Conference.

Stephen was also a past guest on podcast episode 4 and episode 54.

This episode of the podcast is available with support from Dreamwater, makers of the Dreampod.

071: Peter Suedfeld – REST Researcher

Peter Suedfeld is one of the original researchers of REST, Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, and is in fact responsible for coining the term REST. Peter chats with Ashkahn about the origins of his research, and how he saw the float industry develop over the years.

Peter was previously on the podcast in episodes 46.

Peter Suedfeld was a previous presenter at the 2012, 2013, and 2015 Float Conferences.

This episode of the Float Conference Podcast is brought to you with support from San Francisco Salt Co.

070: Rick Doblin – MAPS

***NEW INTERVIEW FOR 2016***

Rick Doblin is the founder of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. He’s been a long time floater and fan of the work of John Lilly. Rick joins to podcast to share details on the work and research MAPS does, and how that fits in with floatation tanks.

This episode of the podcast was made possible with support by California Float Concepts.

069: Rich Martin – NSF International

***NEW INTERVIEW FOR 2016***

Rich Martin works for NSF International, a company that certifies products for safety and efficacy. The NSF has been working on creating a certification for float tanks, and Rich has played a big role in its development. Rich chats with Ashkahn about how the NSF decides on the criteria for what makes something safe.

Rich Martin was previously on episode 5 and episode 44 of the Float Conference Podcast.

You can also view his prior conference talk from the 2015 Float Conference and his Talk and Q & A from the 2014 Float Conference.

This episode of the podcast is available with support from Dreamwater, makers of the Dreampod.

068: Jesse Ratner-Decle & Sean Lavery – Float Toronto

***NEW INTERVIEW FOR 2016***

Jesse and Sean run Float Toronto, a 5 tank center in Toronto, Canada. They join Ashkahn on the podcast to talk about their experience in what is and is not important for marketing your float center.

This episode of the Float Conference Podcast is brought to you with support from San Francisco Salt Co.