Martin Jacobson: World Series of Poker winner on floating for focus and stress-relief


Martin Jacobson, winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker, on how floating improves his focus at the poker table, and his overall wellbeing.

Stress relief and relaxation

Martin says ‘Playing poker is stressful at times, so floating is a great tool to help cope with the stress. It relaxes you and focusses you when you play. When I come to Floatworks I feel so calm. I associate it with a higher level of mindfulness. The environment is relaxing and you feel welcome straight away. It’s unique in that way.’

An uncertain start

It can take two or three sessions to allow yourself to fully relax and gain the most from a float, but even when people have felt unsure inside the pod, they usually leave feeling much calmer. Martin says ‘I remember my first float wasn’t a great experience as it takes a while to get used to it, but the moment I stepped out of the pod my attention span and focus was completely different from before. I was so clear-headed and it was a wake-up call for me.’

Floating’s for life, not just for poker

Martin says, ‘I discovered floating three years ago. Now I float more regularly than I did in the beginning, and I really see some tremendous results. I’d say floating has made me more successful in life overall - I feel healthier and more clear-minded and balanced. I can’t compare it to anything else, it’s a very unique experience.’