Fear is a driving force behind action and reaction. Many people make decisions out of fear and it can influence their lives for good or bad. When it comes to floating, some people let fear make up their minds for them.
They hear incorrect rumors about what goes on inside an isolation tank. Wild images pop up inside their heads. Suddenly, they treat the idea of a floating session with the same level of horror as going to the dentist or waiting in line at the DMV. You cannot pay them to get near an isolation tank, much less float in one.
It does not need to be this way for anyone. A little bit of education can help first-time floaters relax so that they let go of their internal fears and soak in the experience.
The best thing for dispelling fears is to address them from the start. Some first-time floaters worry about not being in control of the situation. They might harbor incorrect fears about being trapped in the tank, not having enough breathable air or potentially drowning. Other floaters worry about being in the dark or a small space because they suffer from claustrophobia.
Confronting these myths before they enter the tank will bring a sense of relief. Make a point to let a floater know they can leave the isolation tank at any time. Emphasize to them they can use the tank in the way that feels most comfortable to them. Feeling safe drives away fear every time.
Once a person gains a better understanding of floating, they will embrace the positive mental and physical changes it brings. Usually all it takes is a single session to eliminate a fear of floating.