Welcome to The Warrior Within Float Project
About The Project:
The Warrior Within Float Project offers a transformative experience for veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. These brave individuals voluntarily sign up for a unique program that aims to help them navigate the challenges of transitioning from combat to civilian life. Often, veterans struggle with issues such as injuries, depression, substance abuse, homelessness, divorce, and even suicide. The Warrior Within Float Project seeks to provide a solution by offering a way to separate the experiences of combat life from civilian life, allowing veterans to regain clarity and find balance. The ability to quickly distinguish a family’s dog bark from an IED explosion. The Warrior Within Float Project can accomplish this.
What sets this project apart is its extreme nature. Participants make an individual choice to re-experience everything they know, confronting the hidden aspects of their past in a dark and isolated environment. This voluntary project requires deep introspection and solitude. However, there is an alternative - they can continue with the status quo.
While Boot Camp prepares veterans for survival in war, Slippahs Camp equips them with the skills to thrive outside of war. Military veterans can apply to attend "Slippahs Camp" by submitting an extensive application. Three veterans will be selected per camp and flown to a facility in Hawaii for a 5-week stay. Upon returning home, they will maintain a video diary for two weeks, documenting how the project has impacted their lives, and then reunite with the other members.
During their stay at Slippahs Camp, each veteran will perform daily chores and activities such as mowing the lawn, cooking, hobbies and sports. This approach allows them to maintain a semblance of a normal civilian lifestyle while fostering camaraderie among the participants. Recognizing the importance of peer support, the project now pairs a veteran with another veteran on their maiden float voyage, adding an invaluable dimension to the project's dynamics and reach.
The program focuses on open sharing of experiences, fostering trust and deep connections among the participants. Following the float sessions, which can feel like walking the gauntlet for some, counseling begins immediately while the veteran is still in a raw state, often feeling disoriented. An experienced float professional guides them delicately towards clarity, encouraging self-discovery and addressing any emerging issues. The revelations that surface from the depths of the mind can be profound, potentially reshaping one's understanding of past traumas and providing an opportunity for healing.
But how can this project reach and help more than three veterans at a time? The Warrior Within Float Project is an international endeavor, with float tanks available in most states and countries.
So, how do veterans learn about this project? Cameras placed in common areas of the facility allow viewers to get to know the veterans, learn about their hobbies, and even observe their therapy sessions. Live float sessions can be watched, offering a glimpse into the profound impact of the project. It is our hope that these experiences inspire others to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and find their own Warrior Within.
What is Floating?
Floating takes place in a flotation tank, which is approximately 4 feet tall and 7 feet long. The tank is filled with body-temperature water infused with 1500 lbs. of Epsom salt, creating buoyancy and alleviating stress and pain. The high salt concentration makes the body incredibly buoyant, akin to a beach ball floating on the water's surface. In this weightless environment, one's arms and legs can be moved consciously, yet without feeling their movement. The tank itself is completely dark and soundproof, inducing a sensory-deprived atmosphere.
Exposure to this environment triggers a chemical reaction in the brain. Cortisol levels decrease while endorphins and dopamine increase, leading to relaxation and a state of deep introspection. This safe and nurturing womb-like environment allows participants to enter a semi-conscious state known as Theta, where the brain and body can reset internally. By confronting their own experiences and accepting them as things that happened to them in the past. Forgetting their experiences is not healthy but accepting them is. Our Military Heroes deserve to feel proud not suffer mentally or physically. These brave individuals are valuable members of our communities. They deserve to feel our love and gratitude.
The Warrior Within Float Project has designed a proprietary float room rather than an enclosed box. This tank resembles an in-ground, no entry swimming pool. This pool is large, deep and can accommodate the handicapped or an amputee.
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Inside the float tank. Stay tuned for live float sessions on Patreon. Watch as guests return to the womb-like atmosphere of the float tank, join in and witness their recovery