Advice for First-time Floaters – Part I


If you have never floated in an isolation tank, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t start now. Floating is equal parts relaxing and therapeutic. The physical, mental and emotional benefits from this activity are countless.

What should you know before you experience your first floating session?

  • Don’t worry about claustrophobia: The tank is not as dark and cramped as you might imagine. There is plenty of room for comfort inside the tank. You can also leave a light on inside the tank so you are not immersed in complete darkness. The bottom line is you are in a place designed to calm you, not scare you.
  • Give yourself time to relax: Some of your muscles may take a few minutes to relax. The human body needs time to adjust to new surroundings. Allow yourself time to soak in your new environment with your senses. The relaxation will come. Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and let the tank do its job.
  • Experiment with floating: Find the position where you will feel most relaxed and comfortable. Some people enjoy floating with their arms at their sides. Others prefer to put their hands behind their head. The most important thing is to relax your neck and shoulders and allow your body to assume a floating position that best promotes relaxation.