As with anything in life, different people prefer different styles of isolation tanks to relax and unwind. Some isolation tanks offer more benefits than others, but there are several options available. Northwest Float Center uses rectangular tanks, but we tout the benefits of other options and encourage you to find the one you like best.
Rectangular floatation tanks have been around the longest and are the ones NWFC uses. They can be filled with up to 850 pounds of Epsom salt, allowing clients to float without fear of sinking underwater. These tanks are not large enough to stand in, which may make clients feel claustrophobic. Many clients prop the hatch door open, or leave the tank completely open during a session. We recommend closing a rectangular tank for full sensory deprivation, but want you to be comfortable with the experience.
Float pods are becoming more popular around the world; the most common brands are made in the U.S. and U.K. Float pods are curvier and wider than rectangular tanks, which allows you to stand as you step into and get settled in the pod. This sometimes makes clients feel more secure, especially if they struggle with claustrophobia. However, you cannot stand once a pod lid is closed. The pod gives you more room to lie back, meditate, or simply float. Some pods come with LED lighting, which clients use to personalize their relaxation experiences. However, this does interfere with full sensory deprivation.
Cabin-Style Float Tanks
Cabin-style tanks are built into walls and accessible through doors, similar to showers, tanning beds, or bathing areas. They give you the most room to float, and may be your best choice if you are floating in a group. Most cabin-style tanks come with audio and lighting options. If you need these elements to relax, you can customize them. Cabin-style float tanks generally feel less claustrophobic than rectangular tanks or pods.
Open Float Rooms
If you are intensely claustrophobic or struggle with anxiety, an open float room might be best for you. They are completely open with no doors or hatches, and resemble a regular bathtub. Like cabin-style tanks, open float rooms are big enough for clients to float in groups, which may further alleviate anxiety. The architecture of float rooms varies, but sensory deprivation is a goal. Float rooms are particularly accessible to clients with disabilities who may need room for a wheelchair or other aid.
To explore floating and learn about tank options, contact NWFC today.