Fear

Mainstream media vs floating

Media promotes inaccurate stereotypes about the nature of floating. 

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What do you see in your mind when you picture an isolation tank? What words enter your head when you think of floating?

If popular culture exerts a powerful influence in your life, there’s a good chance those thoughts and words are not positive. Mainstream media has never approached floating or float tanks with an open mind. The whole concept is treated as mysterious, dangerous or odd.

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Floating traces its roots to ancient cultures and has improved the lives of thousands of people all over the world. Such a rich history does not seem to matter in mainstream media. You rarely see floating portrayed in a positive light.

Two viewpoints usually emerge when floating is discussed. It is mocked and dismissed as a bizarre new-age ritual by some critics. Other critics shroud it in fear and mystery and work hard to dissuade people from giving floating a chance by convincing them it will cause negative changes to their personality and character.

These stereotypes paint an inaccurate picture of the true effect floating has on the mind and body. Spending even an hour inside an isolation tank produces a multitude of positive changes.

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A person who floats feels better. Stress melts away. Pain decreases. Learning increases. New thoughts and ideas emerge from the unlocked subconscious mind. The best part is it feels good because it is natural to who we really want to be deep down.

Isolation tanks are not objects to be feared or ridiculed because of a lack of understanding. They can serve as the greatest tools for unlocking the mind and healing the body. A person who gives floating a chance can truly impact their own life in positive ways.

Media reports that fail to capture what the true essence of floating is have missed the point of why people do it in the first place.

No Fear in Floating

There is no denying that floating has a powerful impact on the mind. Studies have shown that brain waves are altered in significant ways when a floater spends significant time in an isolation tank.

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Is floating dangerous? That’s a common question for many people who are unfamiliar with how an isolation tank works. They hear crazy rumors and start to think that floating in a tank will simulate the high experienced on drugs like LSD.

Popular culture helps perpetuate this myth. Movies like Altered States portray characters devolving into lower life forms and losing their humanity as a direct result of sensory deprivation while floating. Such a concept might make for an entertaining movie, but it is far fetched.


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It is true some people see certain images and hear certain sounds inside an isolation tank. Nothing about the experience endangers the mind. Quite the opposite is true.

Floating impacts your five senses in positive ways. You see, hear and feel things that heal your body and your mind from the damage caused by the outside world.

Mental benefits associated with floating are almost limitless. A floater can experience rejuvenation on so many levels. Regular floating sessions help them experience enhanced memory, concentration and creativity. They sleep better. Many floaters find chronic pain and stress that normally holds their body hostage dissipate.

In essence, they feel like a new person because they are a new person.

Floating is nothing to be feared or dismissed through ignorance. It is a vehicle for rejuvenation and relaxation. Mind-blowing hallucinations associated with certain types of drugs are an exception in defining the floatation experience.

Spending time in an isolation tank is a gateway to peace, not fear.