19 Sep Debunking Float Therapy’s Biggest Myths and Rumours
For the uneducated or ill-informed, sometimes float tanks get a bad rap.
It’s understandable, though. Someone who’s never looked into how a float tank functions and goes off myths and rumours can get spooked. The float tank is too small. There’s a lack of light. You can’t breathe. These are perfectly normal reactions of someone who’s never actually been in a float tank.
The reality couldn’t be further from that. Spending time in a sensory deprivation tank means being in a carefully controlled environment that is completely safe and secure. The point of being in a float tank is to help get over certain anxieties, not cause more.
If you’re planning on opening a float centre, there are some common myths and rumours about float tanks you need to know. It’s crucial to know these things so that you can assure clients they’re being taken care of. No matter how minuscule it might seem to you, debunking these myths and rumours for your clients is of the utmost importance.
Claustrophobic People Can’t Do Float Tanks
Convincing someone who hates confined spaces to try spending time in a float tank is tough. They have a strong belief that their claustrophobia won’t allow them to float and it’s actually quite a common concern.
What people need to realize is that float tanks are controlled environments. At any point in time, a person who feels uncomfortable can easily exit the float tank. It’s also very well ventilated with fresh air coming through the tank. You can’t even get locked in if you tried as there is no secret latch to do so by accident.
If you stumble upon a potential client who is concerned about their claustrophobia, make them feel comfortable. Explain to them that they’re welcome to keep the tank door open or for at least for part of the time. They can listen to music and have lights on so it’s not a completely sensory deprived experience as well. Cabin-style float tanks are also ideal for people with claustrophobia. They allow floaters to stand up with a button inside the cabin to turn on the light, too.
There are plenty of options for people with a fear of confined spaces and who knows, being in a float tank long enough might even help quell those anxieties.
People Can Drown In Float Tanks
Floating in a float tank means exactly that: you’re floating. You’re on your back and gently resting over water with tons of Epsom salt to hold you up.
The water in a float tank is also very shallow. You’re not swimming in the Pacific Ocean, it’s a small bed of water that’s just enough to keep you floating. Even if you fall asleep in the float tank, you still won’t drown.
Still skeptical? Afraid you might somehow turn over and be face down in the water? Okay, let’s go with that for a second. If you were able to turn over with your face down in the water, the Epsom salt would inevitably get in your eyes and cause a stinging sensation that would undoubtedly wake you. There’s quite literally no way to drown in a float tank.
Your First Float Says It All
Remember your first day at a new job and thinking to yourself, “I’m not sure about this place.” Did you walk out the door and never come back?
If you did, perhaps it actually wasn’t the right place for you. For most of us, however, starting a new job takes an adjustment period. It’s the same thing with floating. Some people, however, believe that if they don’t see any benefits after their first float then it’s a complete waste of time and money.
Like anything in life, practice makes perfect. The more you go to a float tank, the more you understand about your pain points and how to address them. It’s an ongoing process because life is always throwing new curveballs at you. Giving yourself time to get better at letting go of things and floating with an open mind is a critical part of the float tank experience.
Now that you’ve debunked some big myths and rumours for your clients, give us a shout for more information about opening a float centre and our incredible float tanks. We’re here to help!