Why Floating is good for those who suffer from Claustrophobia:
One of the most common reasons people give for feeling nervous before a float is that they experience feelings of Claustrophobia which is the fear of being in enclosed spaces with little to no control over your environment. A common example of this is being stuck in an elevator between floors. In this instance, the person is stuck or trapped in the elevator and cannot leave until someone comes to get them out.
In the float tank, you are free to leave the lid open or closed, you can have the light on or off, and the tanks at Freedom Float are some of the largest float tanks available so it’s like laying in a nice big bath. When you are floating in the pods, it’s a safe and luxurious atmosphere and those who are anxious or worried before their session tend to be the ones who get the most benefits afterwards.
The Top 5 reasons why floating can benefit those with Claustrophobia:
Lowering stress hormones
When we are stressed our bodies produce harmful chemicals such as cortisol which induces a fight-or-flight response and ultimately cause our bodies to wear out. Cortisol also temporarily inhibits other systems of the body, including digestion, growth, reproduction and the immune system. When the body feels claustrophobic, it’s best to lower your cortisol levels to reduce stress and anxiety and this is why Float Tanks are a great place to overcome these feelings. Floatation Therapy is very effective at lowering these stress hormones due to sensory deprivation and magnesium absorption.
Space is Relative in the Pod
With reduced external sensory input, there are no perceivable confines in the tank and even with the light on, it’s like laying in a small car-sized bath so it’s not intimidating or entrapping at all. With your eyes closed, you can imagine wide-open spaces allowing you to enter a place of seemingly infinite space within the pod, and you can turn your attention inward to address any feelings or thoughts that may no longer serve you.
“I thought floating would be a bit scary but I found it to be a relaxing environment and I feel so much better after having this experience” – Lydia
Mastering the Mind
Practising visualisation can train the brain to overcome the many things life throws at you and ultimately improves your adaptability in all areas of your life. This practice of visualisation is also an effective way to master the mind over matter techniques essential for overcoming claustrophobia. The common obsession with controlling life’s every turn can be the source of much suffering so learning to surrender to “what is” can be a huge step in learning to let go and accept the present moment for what it is. This practice of surrendering takes time to master but the pod is a great place to start due to the atmosphere of peace and calm. Soon you will be able to take the skill with you when you leave for everyday life.
“Floating is like an Onion. At first, you might only get one or two layers deep, and after time you can shed more of those layers down so you can rebuild from your core”. – John
Claustrophobia is classified as a type of anxiety disorder and a 2018 study showed that a single one-hour session in a sensory deprivation tank was capable of causing a significant reduction in anxiety and an improvement in mood for the 50 participants with stress and anxiety-related disorders. You can also reprogram your brain to reduce anxiety by using floating as a tool for inner transformation through the use of breathwork, meditation, visualisation and mantras, and redirecting the thought processes that cause those fears in the first place.
Magnesium’s Role in Relaxation
Magnesium is a critical mineral which is involved in over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of our bodily tissues but mainly in the bones, muscles, and brain. You must have magnesium for your cells to produce energy and the essential chemical reactions within your body to function and to help muscles relax. Research has found that magnesium can help with brain functions that reduce stress and anxiety. Magnesium not only aids in healing the skin, muscles, joints bones and nervous system, but also regulates hormones balancing cortisol and melatonin by bringing cortisol levels down, and melatonin levels up. 65% of people admitted to the intensive care unit and about 15% of the general population have a magnesium deficiency. By floating for 20 minutes or more, you will absorb a significant dose of magnesium through the skin which will help you relax if you are prone to having claustrophobic feelings.
“Thank you for helping my healing process & return to myself. I’m grateful to be in this moment & feel the natural ebb & flow”. Lisa Gillman
For those who are thinking about trying floating and are anxious about feelings of claustrophobia, we recommend the “Regular Dose of Freedom” which is a sharable 3 pack. After 3 floats you will either feel absolute bliss after a session or if not, with the sharable packs, you can share your remaining floats with someone else. Call 55 35 77 78 or go to our Prices section for more info.
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