Many people that are interested in floating have concerns about being claustrophobic during their experience.
At Northwest Float Center we have run thousands of floats, and consistently have had no issues with people feeling claustrophobic. The reason is simple: you are in control. During a walkthrough explaining the experience, you will be shown how the float tank operates and some ways to personalize the float to enhance your comfort.
There are no locks or latches on the doors and they can be propped for extra light. You also may end the experience early if desired. While you may be apprehensive at first, once you realize that you are in full control, prior anxiety will simply float away.
Being in a float tank is like entering a car, or a small room-the initial unfamiliarity may trigger anxiety, but after a few minutes you will adapt to the environment and complete relaxation will ensue.
Time to Relax
Ready to float but are still a little nervous? No problem! There is always a light on in the room, and you can leave the door to the float tank open the entire time if you desire. Another option is to place a towel in the door, keeping it slightly ajar.
This allows you to use the glow from the room’s salt lamp to gain familiarity with the tank while relaxing into the water. Once you feel comfortable and your eyes have adjusted, you may be ready to close the door for the full sensory deprivation experience.
Our main priority is your comfort and overall experience. Although we recommend floating in silence, you are more than welcome to listen to music with our underwater headphones that fit any smartphone or ipod. In addition, we provide a robe and slippers that you may use to exit the room and ask for anything from one of our staff members.
Techniques for Relaxing
Breathing exercises are the easiest way to get your mind to relax and let go of all unimportant thoughts. At first, everyday thoughts may flood your brain such as:
“Did I write that email?”, “What am I having for dinner tonight?” “That guy always remembers my name but I can never remember his!”
But as soon as you start to concentrate on your breathing, these thoughts will slip out of your head and you will find yourself in a very relaxed and peaceful state where you no longer feel restricted by your body or mind.
A very popular breathing technique is to count your breaths. Saying to yourself “One” as you inhale and “Two” as you exhale.
Another way to relax is to mentally scan your entire body, starting at your feet and moving up to the top of your head by clenching and releasing your muscles, and letting go of any aches or pains along the way.
If you would like to go more in depth about ways to relax while floating, one of our staff members can guide you through some simple relaxing practices that will enable you to get the most out of your float.