If you have never floated before, you may have some fears and concerns about what floating might be like.
There are some unfortunate myths that circulate about floating that might add to these anxieties. Not to worry, though – most of these myths have no basis in fact! Let’s debunk some of these myths about floatation therapy, and talk about what the experience is really like.
Myth: I won’t be able to float in the tank or keep my head above the water.
Fact: Even if you have trouble floating in a swimming pool or in the ocean, you will be perfectly buoyant in a floatation tank. This is because the water is supersaturated with Epsom salt, which makes it far denser than your body. While your ears will be below the water as part of the sensory deprivation experience, your face will stay easily above the surface.
Myth: I will be trapped in the tank.
Fact: You are in full control of the situation, at all times. While some people may experience some initial discomfort as they get used to the experience of sensory deprivation, most find that they quickly settle into a state of calm relaxation. Additionally, the door to the tank can be left open, reducing any potential sense of claustrophobia. If at any point you are uncomfortable, you can stand up and exit the tank.
Myth: Floatation tanks aren’t clean.
Fact: We spend a lot of time making sure that our tanks are clean. The water is filtered multiple times in between each floatation session, and the extreme salinity of the water further adds to its cleanliness.
Myth: I might run out of air.
Fact: The floatation tank is not a completely closed environment, so there is plenty of air circulating at all times.
Myth: I might fall asleep and drown.
Fact: The density of the salt water is such that it is impossible to sink to the bottom of the tank. Sleeping in the tank is perfectly safe. First of all, it is highly unlikely that you would roll over due to the density of the water. Additionally, if you did manage to roll over, you would immediately wake up, since the salt water would sting your eyes and nose.
Myth: I won’t be able to resume normal activities right away.
Fact: It’s absolutely possible to get right back to work or daily tasks after a period of rest in a floatation tank. That being said, many people prefer to enjoy the deep state of relaxation and calm for a while before diving back into their daily responsibilities.