In this video, we answer one of our “most frequently questions” about floating and claustrophobia.
Can I float if I’m claustrophobic?
Ninety-nine percent of the people that come in and ask us this question are usually put at ease once we show them the space. So, why don’t you come in and I’ll show you how it works.
This is your room. It’s self-contained. When you come in, this is the cabin. The door is held by gravity. There is no latch or lock and there’s no magnet. If you want, you can lie in the cabin with the door slightly ajar. You can prop it open with the bench and keep it open and the door won’t close at all. Then you can progress to closing the door a little bit and then closing it all the way. It’s all about having control of your environment. You have complete control. When you come inside the tank, there’s an opportunity to keep the light on. That will help you feel much more in control.
How big is the float cabin?
The cabin is 4 ½ feet wide, 8 feet long and 7 feet high. On my tippy-toes I can barely touch the top. It’s very open and spacious and, again, you have complete control. There are handles all around the doorway so you can use them to get in and out. it really is just about seeing it to understand that you have complete control of the situation. Float is about sensory deprivation, with no light and no music. That is one option for floating. But we really don’t want you to miss out on having the physical benefits of floating, which is being able to relax your muscles and your joints and decompress your spine. We’d hate for you to feel like you couldn’t have that experience because of your claustrophobia. There’s definitely a way to make it work.
What about the lights in the room?
Our lights are on a motion sensor. They will turn off a few minutes after you enter the cabin. If you want the lights to remain on, we can absolutely make that work for you.
What about music in the float cabin?
Music is also something you have complete control over. It can be turned off or set on low, medium or high.
What if I have severe claustrophobia and I want to play a certain type of music to put my mind at ease?
For our members, we offer the opportunity to have your own audio track. We ask that you give us advance notice and we can put that together for you.
If you have any more questions, please contact us or call us at 860-255-7771.
We hope to see you soon!