Headfloater®

About-Headfloater®

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HeadFloater is a neoprene headband designed to comfortably encompass the skull and relieve head and neck pain and stress. Internal bungee cords connect in a figure-eight cross and attach to hand straps.

Our video shows how the HeadFloater bungees compress and decompress the skull while lengthening the neck: a very pleasurable and therapeutic experience.

Why HeadFloater WORKS

HeadFloater works harmoniously with the anatomy, balancing the neuro-musculoskeletal and respiratory systems. Easy, gentle moves set in motion a series of actions that strengthen your balance and breath.

Although HeadFloater works the very first time, it’s better with daily use. As your awareness is fine tuned, you begin to activate the correct motor patterns for healthy posture and a more attractive alignment. Your back becomes stronger and more aligned. Your head floats upward.

It’s actually hard to miss a day using the HeadFloater. So relieving, to cradle your heavy head and release the tension in your neck and shoulders. You feel so light that you almost experience a floating sensation.

Clinical Advisor Marika Molnar, PT explains why placement of the “figure-eight” bungee configuration is important for cranial release:

“The suboccipital muscles are the small muscles in the upper cervical spine (between the occiput and C2) that can develop tension and muscle spasms from poor posture and stress. This leads to headaches and pain in the neck and spinal column. This upper cervical area is exactly where the most concentrated number of mechanoreceptors are (muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs). These give information about position sense: proprioception for the whole body. Relaxing the tension in these muscles will reduce stress on the entire body as well as improve coordination and increase the benefits of all exercises performed afterward.”

 Physical Therapist and PMI certified teacher Kathleen Wiener:

“Upper back and neck tension are common complaints that are becoming more prevalent in physical therapy clinics. With the increase use of computers and increasing number of hours seated at a desk, it’s hard to avoid these aches and pains even in active individuals. Prolonged sitting posture contributes to shortened neck muscles and weak upper back muscles. As a result, smaller muscles not designed to be “postural muscles” have to work hard to keep our head righted in the plane of gravity.”

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Disclaimer: Not all movement is suitable for everyone. To reduce the risk of injury, consult your doctor before beginning this or any other body program.

HeadFloater® patent 9,204,987 B1.

Fit and Use

HeadFloater® (HF) Information

Placement: The strap adjuster goes on the forehead at the hairline. The neoprene band circles the head and sits under the occipital ridge at the base of your skull. Adjust size for a snug fit. Make sure the straps are even and the HF labels are visible.

Book Size: Your head needs to rest on a paperback book. The demonstrator’s head rests on one that is ½ inch thick. Many people will need a thicker book. If your chin lifts upwards and your head tilts backwards, you need a thicker book to support your head.

Side Extend Move: Men use 4th one; women use 2nd or 3rd counting from the closest to your head as #1. Inhale and extend the straps gently; exhale and release. Repeat twice. Pause and repeat twice and Extend on the exhalation.

Single Side Extend Move: Same as above for  thumb loops. Extend the right strap on the exhale while your head turns to the left. Then extend the left strap to the side while your head turns to the right. Repeat the sequence.

Head Suspend: Move thumbs to 1st or 2nd loop and raise bent arms overhead. Interlace fingers & press palms together. Allow head to rest in the HF supported by the straps and  your arms. This move takes  practice: most people find “letting go” more difficult than doing something! You may lift your head a tiny bit just so you can allow it to UNWEIGHT ITSELF. Imagine that a massage therapist is  holding your head and saying, “RELAX and give me the weight of your head.” Feel the weight of your head and then relax your arms and rest your hands on your head. Then raise your arms and  repeat. Finally,  remove HF and then  roll to a seated  position very slowly. Make sure straps are tighten before you do this move. Pull straps before lifting.

Seated Side Extend on a Chair: Sit forward in your chair. Feet planted on the floor. Engage abdominals.  Sit up tall  and  breathe. Feel your head is floating towards the  ceiling. Then do  Side Extend Moves 2-4  times. Breathe naturally. Close your eyes. Again, relax arms. Feel your shoulder blades moving closer together. Breathe into your back ribs. Use HeadFloater supine for a week before trying seated version.

Seated Side Rotation: Extend straps to cradle your head and then turn your torso slowly. Your head and arms go along for the ride. This is a smooth gradual movement. Return to center and do the other side while breathing naturally.

Watch video and listen to Podcast before trying HF.

HeadFloater® Podcast

Download song featured in HF video and podcast (right click to save)

DO NOT HOLD Positions more than 10 seconds. Feel each move and then relax your arms. Then repeat. Always pull gently. This is an Awareness Device.

The Problem

Dysfunctional sitting or standing posture while working at the computer or bent forward while texting causes a forward head position which puts the thoracic spine into excessive flexion. The head weighs about 12 lbs and this weight increases incrementally by 10 lbs for every inch the head is forward of its ideal position.

Technology and the Body

HeadFloater in Pilates Style Magazine

Forward Head Syndrome

Breathing And Your Brain- Five Reasons To Grab The Controls (Forbes)

Neck Pain

You should understand that when participating in any movement or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you participate in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge PhysicalMind Institute from any and all claims or causes of action.

 HeadFloater® patent 9,204,987 B1.

Testimonials

 

"I first was introduced to HeadFloater at the PMI office in NYC. At that time it was only a prototype. I immediately saw its many benefits and uses. I especially like using mine now when I am sitting at my desk working on my computer. It's a wonderful tool to alleviate neck and shoulder tension."

- Kevin A. Bowen, Former PMA President

"Excellent product - simple to use and surprisingly effective! I use it to treat persistent neck tension in my Levator Scapulae--typical of too much work in front of a computer--and it relieved pain and tightness within days. Nothing else has worked so well."

- Bob Hanumn

"The HF is to the Cervical Spine and shoulders as the PFM is to the CORE:  the essential beginning of truly integrated, supportive movement. HeadFloater gave me a nice correction in my sub occipital muscles. Great for dealing with Forward Head. A very subtle use of  then entire shoulder girdle. HF gets muscles to orchestrate--not just fire. LOVE IT!!!"

- Zoe Stein Pierce, B.A M.F.A C.M.A, ZMoves FW

"Clients can’t feel whether their back is working--one reason is they can’t see it! HF eliminates this obstacle and makes them have an AHA moment---and then a smile."

- Jill Balch, Total Pilates of Tulsa