FLOATING

LEARNING TO RELAX EVEN IN FEAR

  IN THE NEWS:  Story on how floating 1-3 times a week for 8 months in floatation tanks helped me heal my secret childhood fear of drowning.

IN THE NEWS: Story on how floating 1-3 times a week for 8 months in floatation tanks helped me heal my secret childhood fear of drowning.

My first float tank experience was in North Carolina with my brother Ben.  He had recently watched "Float Nation" a documentary on float centers.  I remember not being able to turn my mind off until the very end and promising myself I would try it again and learn to relax in water.

When I moved to California to "Follow the water" I wanted to work with water.  I began working at Oakland Floats as a marketing strategist.  I committed to floating whenever I worked which was 2-3 times a week.

When I got in the tanks to float, in pitch black with no noise in a closed space, my fear of drowning came up with a vengeance.  Each time I floated I used breathing and visualization techniques to further understand my childhood fear of drowning, the vastness of water and how to calm myself even in the midst of anxiety.  

I recommend floating for anyone with physical and mental traumas and who want to more deeply connect with their mind and body through water.

“Here’s this dichotomy — I love everything about water, but I’ve always been terrified of drowning,” she says. “But I would go into the tanks, the more womblike ones, and at first, I would feel the panic. But I just went with it. In the tank, you can hear your heartbeat and feel your breath, so when I inhaled, I thought ‘I am safe,’ and when I exhaled, ‘I am home.’”

— Anne Koller, Excerpt from Mercury News article on floating
 

THE ART OF FLOATING


SPECIAL THANKS TO 

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Angela Hill for writing about my story of rising above the fear of drowning and Aric Crabb for capturing the best pictures of floating I have ever seen. 

John Balquist, Founder of Oakland Floats for taking a leap and opening a floatation center on one float experience. You, your team and floatation center were instrumental in providing a space for me to heal a 20+ year old fear and learn more about the benefits of sensory deprivation.