Sensory deprivation therapy, including floatation therapy, is becoming increasingly popular throughout the U.S. Northwest Float Center is Tacoma’s original float center. Founders Kriss Brooks and Alex Ziegler, along with the NWFC team, are dedicated to providing quality float experiences.
How Floatation Therapy Works
The NWFC team knows life is stressful, particularly if you live in a busy urban area. The founders state they want clients to get in a float tank, relax, and “hit the reset button” on their lives. The ability to “reset” every now and then is crucial, as external and internal stimulation often makes true relaxation impossible.
Float tanks offer a unique form of sensory deprivation. You can float with the tank open or closed, so you don’t need to worry about feeling claustrophobic—though most people find this isn’t an issue. While in a float tank, your entire body floats while your ears stay positioned just above the water. You can’t hear any noise or take in external stimulation of any kind. In fact, for the optimal float experience, the NWFC team recommends floating in total darkness; each tank is equipped with a light for this purpose.
What Can NWFC Do for Me?
Floatation therapy is a proven solution for several physical and mental ailments. In addition to general stress relief, our clients use floating to cope with depression, seasonal affective disorder, and anxiety disorders. Floating may help you or a loved one cope with symptoms of common conditions like OCD, ADD/ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders.
The NWFC team recommends floating for sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, particularly veterans. Sensory deprivation quiets the inner and outer world, allowing the person with PTSD to focus on healing and rejuvenating rather than his or her traumatic experiences.
However, you need not have a mental or emotional condition to benefit from floating. The NWFC team sees clients benefit physically every day. Floatation therapy is a proven remedy for everything from muscle pain and atrophy to nicotine or alcohol addictions. It can even alleviate chronic illnesses like migraines.
Our founders know the benefits of floatation therapy firsthand. Founder Kriss Brooks sustained a significant back injury overseas but found floatation therapy was a transforming experience. Similarly, founder Alex Ziegler was able to “fully let go” and experience the benefits of meditation while floating. Like many of our customers, Ziegler experienced true physical and mental stillness in a float tank.
If you’d like to experience the benefits of floatation therapy, contact us by phone or online. We are open seven days a week. We schedule only 24 floats a day to ensure each client gets individual attention. Contact us today to schedule your first float.