Academics / Research
Justin Feinstein, Ph.D. – Our laboratory is interested in understanding the intimate connection between the body and the brain, and developing new technologies to help bring this connection to the forefront of awareness.
Every moment of the day, the brain is continuously infused with signals from the internal world of the body, especially the heart, lungs, gut, and immune system. The brain attempts to organize all of these signals into detailed body maps, essentially providing the brain with a snapshot of how the body is feeling, moment by moment. It has recently been discovered that disturbances in these body maps form the foundation for a number of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, addiction, and anorexia. Our laboratory aims to correct these disturbances by experientially teaching patients how to consciously access their brain’s body maps.
Since much of the processing that occurs inside these body maps is happening unconsciously, we are exploring several new approaches that can selectively enhance “interoceptive awareness.” One approach involves specialized flotation tanks, which are highly effective at removing the distractions from the external world so that patients can more clearly experience their internal world. Another approach involves real-time neurofeedback using fMRI and EEG, providing patients with the ability to literally view the brain activity inside their own body maps. Over time, and with repeated practice, these approaches offer patients the unique opportunity to reshape their internal experience.
About Justin Feinstein, Ph.D.
Director, LIBR Float Clinic and Research Center
Principal Investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa
Department of Psychology and Faculty of Community Medicine
Horace E. Walcott, DVM, MSPH, MSc – Principal Investigator of ATSU Survey of FL-REST A.T. Still University, Arizona
FL-REST has been demonstrated to elicit altered states of consciousness (ASC) in general, the relaxation response (RR), and shamanistic states of consciousness (SSC). My co-investigator, Dr. Jeff Alexander and I are conducting a survey of floaters to examine the comparisons of novice and expert floaters. We are interested in the ways in which ASC, RR, and SSC are elicited in expert and novice floaters. There are possibilities that there are additive, agonistic, and synergistic effects when novice and expert floaters elicit ASC, RR, and SSC.
ASC, RR, and SSC have been germane components in the pillars of complementary and alternative health and medicine and have been gaining acceptance in genomic-based scientific medicine. For millennia, ASC, RR, and SSC have remained shrouded in the practices of yogi philosophy, Eastern mysticism, and shamanistic practices in traditional societies However, investigative methods in Western scientific medicine have been demonstrating that ASC, RR, and SSC can be elicited voluntarily during FL-REST and the three psychophysiological states have potent prophylactic and therapeutic effects on FLOATRs.
There will be multiple benefits derived from a fundamental inquiry of the levels of ASC, RR, and SSC elicited by novice FLOATRs and expert FLOATRs. In general meta-cognition has been demonstrated to be a major difference between novices and experts. Additionally, studies have been conducted to examine the differences between expert and novice meditators who elicit the RR, expert and novice mystics who elicit ASC, and master and apprentice shamans who elicit the SSC. By FL-REST, FLOATRs can elicit ASC, RR, and SSC at the levels of novices and expert, without extensive rituals, preceptor ship training, and ascetic living. Singly and in combination, ASC, RR, and SSC continue to have profound positive health influences on individuals and communities globally.
Horace E. Walcott, DVM, MSPH, MSc
Neuroendocrine Aquatic Toxicologist, Zoo Veterinarian, Yoga Meditation Master
Doctor of Health Science Candidate
Chemistry Teacher and Weston Research Mentor, Brooklyn Tech
National Semi-Finalist Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Award 2013
Institute for Policy Studies /DuPont Summit Medal 2012
ARS Award 2011
Siemens Founders’ Award 2010
LASPAU Award 1983
Government of Guyana Scholarship for Veterinary Studies 1977-1984
Advanced Training in yoga meditation, Mount Abu India, 1977, 1980, 1985
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John Baker – is a former Major League Baseball player that has played for the Marlins, Padres and Cubs. He also spent time in the minor league organizations of the Athletics, Dodgers and Mariners. John’s baseball career has taken him across the country and over seas. In the name of baseball, he has spent time in Holland, Belgium, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Iraq and Kuwait. After attending De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, John was a walk on at Cal in 2000, he later earned a scholarship for the 2002 season. He was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the fourth round of the 2002 MLB draft and made it the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Florida Marlins. Besides writing about and discussing baseball, John enjoys reading, playing the guitar, exercising, watching MMA and spending time with his two young children. He lives in Danville, CA.
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Born to parents from Hong Kong and Indonesia, TJOE™ began traveling at the early age of 5. She spent her summers as a youth traveling abroad while learning languages and experiencing cultures in Singapore, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. After beginning a promising career as an investment advisor in Silicon Valley, CA, she starred in an independent film as a favor to a director friend. One thing led to another and less than a year later she was modeling for Neiman Marcus and starring in a national TV campaign for Motorola. This led to relocation to Los Angeles in 2013, falling into her true passion of hosting, and being named Miss Hong Kong 2014.
She is an adventurer at heart who is ready to share her zest for life with the world and empower individuals to be their personal best. Watch her get a lesson in stand up paddle surfing, harvest medicinal plants from the jungle and explore “off the grid” eco-resorts laden with solar panels and tree houses. So let the eco-revolution begin, and experience green travel TJOE-style!
Andy Hnilo – Actor and model living in Los Angeles, CA.
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“I have used the Float Clinic float deprivation tank now for two weeks and I cant say enough about the facility. They keep a pristine, friendly, sanitary environment along with user friendly, comfortable tanks that get the job done better than any sensory deprivation tank that I have ever used. I leave feeling refreshed, renewed and balanced after what usually is a long, hectic day with my schedule. I am extremely particular with the products I use and the things I do to my body, and I absolutely made it a must to visit Float Clinic at least twice a week for its therapeutic benefits. Not only for physical recovery but to release my mind leaving me with that clean slate to take on the next day at 100%. I’ve truly never experienced anything like it before.”
Holistic Wellness Practitioners
The Centre for Epigenetic Expression – is a chiropractic think-tank created by Dr. Wanda Lee MacPhee, Dr. Michael Acanfora, and Dr. Noah DeKoyer. These wellness-based chiropractors have a combined 40+ years of experience working with tens of thousands of patients in Nova Scotia, Canada and Hudson County, New Jersey, USA. The seeds for The Centre for Epigenetic Expression have been sown as a result of being accountability partners for 5 years. We share a desire to help humanity live an innately healthy lifestyle. We are passionate about bridging the gap between the Chiropractic Lifestyle, the public, and the Holistic Wellness Community. Our mission is to educate, empower, and inspire our community thereby facilitating the active unfoldment of human potential. We invite you to share in our mission as we facilitate The Pain Relief Project – Natural Solutions that Actually Work! In 2015 CEE created the successful podcast, Beyond Your Wildest Genes.
Dr. Wanda Lee MacPhee has been involved in the chiropractic profession for 20 years with provincial and national experience in both the regulatory and professional association roles in chiropractic. A practice consultant, speaker and group facilitator, she has worked to facilitate practices that grow into their potential. As co-founder of the Chiropractic AudioCoach in 1997-2012, Dr. MacPhee created an early platform for chiropractors to share and learn in tele-seminar and online formats. She is one of 15 chiropractors in Canada to be awarded the Canadian Chiropractic Association Medal of Merit. Married to a second generation chiropractor, Dr. Andrew Kleinknecht and mother of two, Dr. MacPhee practices part-time at St. Margaret’s Bay Chiropractic and part-time as taxi driver for hockey, ringette, band, dance and sailing.
Dr. Michael Acanfora has been in the chiropractic profession for 17 years. Dr. Acanfora is a published author, sought after speaker and has been involved in the state chiropractic society for the last 15 years. Dr. Acanfora, along with his wife, Denise, was recognized as Man and Woman of Vision by Holy Family Academy in 2007. Dr. Acanfora was feted by the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance as chiropractor of the month (December 2003) and, also, the Spirit of Total Solution Award in 2007. Host of the cable television show, “The Health and Wellness in Bayonne Show”. Dr. Acanfora is a Paleo advocate, coach and speaker and has lost over 100 pounds since 2008. Dr. Acanfora owns and practices chiropractic at Acanfora Chiropractic and The Wellness Institute in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is cofounder of The Women’s Empowerment Project ,as well as the podcast, Beyond Your Wildest Genes.
Dr. Noah Dekoyer is a lifelong Chiropractic patient and Paleo Diet enthusiast. At a very early age Dr. Noah suffered from chronic strep throat and earaches, and his health was restored from specific Chiropractic adjusting. Dr. Noah graduated in December 2000 from Life University. He is a member of the ANJC since its inception, an avid runner, a Toastmaster, a Rotarian, Board Member of the Ahern Scholarship Foundation, SHINE Doctor, and co-founder of EPOC NJ. In full time practice in Bayonne, New Jersey at Family Chiropractic Centre of Bayonne and Grand Street Chiropractic in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has been married to his beautiful wife Kerri for 12 years and has two incredible children. Dr. Noah can be reached at 201-437-0033, on Facebook, at my blog drnoah.wordpress.com, at my app in the IPhone app store, or at www.fccofbayonne.com.
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