Walking through our front door for the first time can be somewhat intimidating.
Although we've tried our best to create an inviting space and strive to communicate a feeling of empathy and understanding with everyone that comes in, the fact is that what awaits for most is something entirely unfamiliar. However well disguised, this uncertainty often brings up a surge of emotion- excitement, anxiety, fear- and rightly so; while the range of experiences during any particular float vary from person to person, everyone who steps into the tank is in some way or another confronting themselves- it's just you alone, in the dark, with nothing but your thoughts to color the experience.
A flood of similar questions usually fuels the emotional uncertainty: "What am i going to do in there for an hour (or more)?" "Will someone walk in on me?" "How am i going to manage being alone for that long?" "Will i get bored just laying in the dark?" "What if i get locked in the tank?" "What if my mind starts playing tricks on me?" "Will I go crazy in there?"
When it's finally time to step into the tank all of these emotions are still attached at the hip. The experience can become quite unsettling, since you're thrust into an environment that offers you little choice but to notice intrinsic physical and mental stimulus. You're left to sort it all out- that deluge of thoughts, that tension in your shoulders, anything repressed or ignored that might float its way up to immediate consciousness.
As difficult as letting it all go can be, the space that lies beyond is well worth visiting. Those who are willing to step outside of their comfort zone and disconnect from the outside world to wander the depths of their mind might find a solace in floating unlike any other yet experienced.
I speak for all of us here at Equilibrium when i say that one of the greatest pleasures we have is seeing the relaxed and revitalized look of everyone after their first float, their sense of inner calm and vibrant glow; they've faced the darkness and found that just beyond is a world that yearns to be explored, with a new understanding of what true "rest" and "relaxation" really is.
How do you push past barriers in the tank to get to a place of deep relaxation?