Floatation therapy is an alternative health niche that has paved it’s way as an independent means of treatment for many conditions. Although the science is yet to catch up on the benefits, people have been using floatation tanks for psychological benefits since at least the 1970’s.
Once a fringe group of treatments with little reputation, the sometimes extreme benefits when it comes to improved creativity, improvements in stress relief, general anxiety relief and a lessening of phobia symptoms is a main reason people are seeking out this type of service in the modern day.
The session begins with you and the floatation tank, often in isolation (an earlier alternate name for the tanks used was isolation tanks) with nothing but yourself floating in the sound proof and dark tank. During the first 20 minutes or so, you become aware of your thought processes, you can then take time to realise what stress you are under and then usually decide to stop thinking about them, taking in the moment while experiencing the float, something that is a luxury as the availability of such tanks is not widespread.
Once you are able to float without thought, your sub-concious mind is able to find relief, and from this many benefits are experienced in the realms of motivation, creativity, stress / anxiety relief and sometimes even phobias. Most people report that after a session, they feel extremely relaxed, almost the same as if one was heavily medicated on anti-anxiety sedatives, with this effect lasting up to a month following.
The first session is often getting used to the novelty of floating, adjusting to the experience and learning to calm thoughts, the second session is usually quite different, where by you are somewhat accustomed to the experience and focus more on your thought processes.
It is recommended that in the second session you learn to bring yourself at ease with the tank, moving minimally except for making yourself more comfortable, and place a little more effort on removing intrusive or automatic thoughts. Following this, your future sessions will become much easier, and provide much more benefit to you during such a time.
Most people prefer their second session to be around 2 hours in length, along with subsequent visits. 1 hour is often perfect for a first introduction to the tank and floatation therapy.
It is also extremely important to not go into the tank expecting anything, by entering without expectations on the benefits, you will be much more at ease with the experience, and be able to relax much more easily without stressing about thoughts or feelings you wish to remove during the time you are in there.
I have personally tried floatation therapy, and this is the best general advice I can provide newcomers who are seeking floatation mainly due to extreme stress and anxiety in their daily lives. I went into the tank expecting nothing but a novelty experience, but came out with much more than I had ever thought possible. Keeping this same mindset of non-expectation provides ongoing benefits in future sessions and ensures you get the most out of your floatation tank session.