Dissolving Claustrophobia in the Float Tank

Phewf! What a whirlwind of a couple days! A recent article in The Chronicle Herald has resulted in a major influx of new floaters – and with these new floaters, comes many a’ question.  I want to address right away the number one concern of first-time floaters: What if I am claustrophobic? Have no fear – so am I!

My main goal as the owner of TFC, is to ensure that EVERY new floater receives a thorough walk-through.  I spend approximately 5 – 10 minutes with each and every person to make sure that they are comfy-cozy before entering the float tank.  It is my goal through and through (and Palmer’s too!).  When someone steps into a floatation tank, they are empowered and instilled with the knowledge that they are in complete control of their experience.  Here are a few tips/tricks/hints/answers for those who have questions:

  • Avoid caffeine within a couple hours before your float.
  • The tank door opens manually – no fancy hydraulics or push-buttons – just use your own strength to open the door.  And of course, it doesn’t lock!
  • When you’re in the tank, you can get out at any time.  Each float room is private; lock the main door after I give your walk-through.  So if you’re having a difficult time relaxing, take a moment, open the door of the tank, sit on the edge if you’d like, and breathe.
  • Ask questions! I’m here to make you happy and help dissolve any feelings of unease you may be experiencing.  I’ve been there before.  Trust me.
  • You don’t have to close the door.  The only issue with this, is maintaining the equilibrium of temperature between the air, water and your skin’s surface (all at 34 degrees, by the way).  The air inside the tank will eventually cool off and may leave you chilled.  The solution: I leave a rolled-up towel sitting on top of each tank for you to put in the corner of the door.  What this does is allows for a small stream of light to enter the tank, showing you the way out.  As someone who experiences claustrophobia at times, the best way to gain relief is to know that there is a way out.  It calms the mind.  So seeing the exit clearly allows for your brain and body to relax because “Ahhh, I can easily get out if I need to”.
  • After a short period of time, any feelings of nervousness and claustrophobia tend to dissolve.  Be patient and breathe through it.  YOU CAN DO IT!
  • Come in for a massage first! Get uber relaxed pre-float and really soak in the benefits of Epsom salts.
  • Ask someone who has already floated (and experiences claustrophobia) about their experience.  Yesterday I had two gals with “crippling claustrophobia” float for their first time.  They came out and one exclaimed “I didn’t even use the towel in the door!”.  Then I got a hug 🙂 Talking with others helps.  Again, I’ve been there before and would love to share my experience with you.


Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask.  I’m here for ya!

With endless love & gratitude,