The Float Zone's Mission and Vision
To empower the local community by offering floatation therapy to assist one’s pursuit of a healthy mind and body.
To establish a diverse web of connected community relationships that values floatation as a complement to fostering physical and mental health.
You may be following recommendations to float through the advice of a medical or alternative healthcare professional. You may be seeking physical or mental wellness. You may simply seek the inspiration and excitement of a new experience.
Whatever your reason, floating blends well with your world!
Why We Float
Trying new and different therapies has always been easy. I grew up in a very eclectic family and was introduced to numerous healing arts practices, such as crystals, color healing, energy work, acupuncture, martial arts, yoga and meditation at a very young age. I have integrated my love and understanding of alternative therapies both personally and professionally. I have reached a very high level of neuro-musculo-skeletal specialization and recognition.
Ironically, I have also spent much of my career managing my own chronic back pain with multiple incapacitating incidents, cumulating with a major episode in 2013. MRI studies indicated multiple disc herniations for which surgery was suggested.
During this pain episode, I was visiting family in Boulder, Colorado and I tried floating. I emerged from the floatation session with a significant reduction in pain, along with such an uplifted and relaxed emotional state. It was transforming. I realized in that moment, I could avoid surgery, along with a float tank for my home, lifestyle modification and continuing to practice what I preach to others.
While in the process of getting a home float tank, I experienced a rapid and progressive neurological issue in my legs, feet and torso from what I initially thought was from severe disc herniations. Medical intervention led to many more MRI’s and tests, only to find a constellation of symptoms consistent with multiple sclerosis. The neurosurgeon expressed a 50% chance that I might not walk again due to the surgical locations, coupled with an underlying central nervous system dysfunction created by the MS. Faced with both incapacitating pain and a neurological disease that distorts and magnifies both physical and emotional states, I literally collapsed from within while trying to maintain a personal and professional life.
I floated in my home float tank almost daily during this time. The physical and emotional improvements that consistent floating provided, enabled me to avoid surgery and to manage my multiple sclerosis - without experimental medications.
Having been a pioneer in alternative medicine in Richmond, VA for over two decades and constantly seeking new and different options for those with physical and mental disability, it became clear that I needed to bring floating to Richmond.
This began a gradual process to move away from clinical practice towards a vision of re-purposing my skill set and helping others on a broader scale. The Float Zone was inspired by my journey towards physical and emotional wellness.
I float weekly to manage pain. I float to visualize the reduction and elimination of brain and spinal cord lesions. I float to ease the anxiety of chronic pain and the mind games that MS plays with the brain. I float to be able to exercise regularly and reduce post-exercise soreness. I float to clear my mind. I float to give me energy. I float because it enhances all aspects of my life.
Through my personal challenges, I hope to be an inspiration, an example and a resource for those seeking to overcome any disability and to enjoy life to its fullest.
-Dr. David Berv