Claustrophobia and Floating
Three or four years ago, I didn’t know what an isolation tank was and was not really interested in any of the health benefits associated with it. Once I became acquainted with flotation therapy, as many people do, my first words were “There is no way in the world that I am going to get inside one of those things, I am claustrophobic”. Nowadays, I hear my clients repeating these same words and I sympathize with what they say.
Very valid assertion. If you consider yourself Claustrophobic a sensory deprivation tank is not very appealing; however, today people suffering from Claustrophobia can enjoy the same sensory deprivation experiences as people who are not afraid of being “locked up” in a tank.
Today the sensory deprivation chambers have evolved into beautiful, modern and technologically advanced pods where the floater can control the lights and the music. However, the most important feature the new pods have is that the floater can control whether to float with the top open or closed.
Once the claustrophobic person floats for the first time and overcomes his/her fears they become great floaters. I have noticed the following behaviours tend to develop:
1. They become more self-confident and feel proud of themselves
2. They tell everyone how they were able to conquer their claustrophobia and start helping other people do the same
3. They can fully relax and enjoy their float while being liberated of the fear and the anxiety caused by Claustrophobia. In addition and most importantly, they start enjoying all the health benefits associated with the high content of Epsom Salt and pain relief achieved while floating
4. Usually the newly acquired confidence leads them to try new things such as floating with the top half closed or moving into closing the top completely
5. At the personal level, they start taking more risks. I have heard many stories of people feeling so confident that they decide to start that project that they had been thinking about for a while or to change jobs, or move to another city
Definitively Claustrophobics make great floaters!