LEARNING TO RELAX EVEN IN FEAR
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.
THE ART OF FLOATING
SPECIAL THANKS TO
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.