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.
The major obstacle keeping people from enjoying the benefits of floating is simply a lack of information. They are unaware of how safe and healthy floating can be for the human body. No one should miss out on spending quality time in an isolation tank. It is time to set the record straight and offer up some helpful answers to common floating questions – Q: How clean is the water in the tanks? A: Up to 1000 pounds of Epsom salt is dissolved into the water in a typical flotation tank. This is enough to prevent the growth and spread of microbes and bacteria. Water used in floating is filtered out and sterilized after each floating session before being reintroduced into the tank. Epsom salt is the perfect antiseptic and it makes a isolation tank cleaner than the average swimming pool or hot tub. Q: Is the tank dark inside? Isolation tanks are designed to provide an environment where a person can relieve stress through relaxation or meditation. Blocking out light helps the body to block outside distractions and reach a true relaxation point. Some people who feel nervous or scared in darkness can prop open the door to their tank with a towel to permit some sunlight to enter. Many tanks also feature a soft light below the water. Q: Is there any danger of drowning? No one should ever be afraid they will drown while inside an isolation tank. The high quantity of salt makes a person float on top of the water and stings the eyes when it comes in contact with their face. A typical flotation tank is filled with about 10.5 inches of water. It serves as a tool to relax the muscles and let a person float peacefully while meditating or relaxing. Q: Who can float? Flotation tanks are designed for people who are a variety of shapes, sizes and ages. It poses no danger to anyone, expect people with severe medical conditions. If you have a chronic disease or are pregnant, you should contact a physician before floating. Otherwise, hop in and enjoy.