A thought on… Claustrophobia

A thought on…

Claustrophobia in the pod

It’s normal to be a little claustrophobic. Most people have a healthy fear of heights, spiders, unfriendly dogs, and often clowns. When you see the pod for the first time, it’s normal to get a little jittery. Anxiety and excitement are close friends after all, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which one you’re experiencing.

If you’ve never floated before, the pod can seem a bit nonsensical. You don’t often find yourself enclosed in darkness and half submerged in salt water that makes you feel like a cork in the ocean. When you close the door for the first time a feeling of awe and trepidation may take hold.

I believe this to be the essence of most claustrophobic reactions: Being out of/losing control. IF we were to shut the door and lock you in there, no matter what for the whole hour, then yes, anxiety would be expected.

But that’s not the case, during the induction we explain the ins and outs of the pod, we show you how to use the light, open the door and how to get comfortable. This is your float, your session, and your experience after all. You get to control whether you dive into the deep end, or gradually dip each toe centimetre by centimetre. While we encourage you to attempt the full sensory deprivation experience, what is more important is that you’re able to go at your own pace when exploring the environment.

Your expectations will influence your initial sessions as well. When you get in for the first time and it feels strange rather than instantly amazing, you can start to get a little uncomfortable and even irritated. Your ego can get in the way too. Do these statements sound familiar?

“I could NEVER float”

“That WOULDN’T work for me”

“I couldn’t be alone with myself for an HOUR”

“NO WAY am I going to close the door”

These responses can be part of the story you’ve been telling yourself, one that you can become so entrenched in that it’s hard to see any alternative. You’re afraid of the dark, small spaces make you uncomfortable, being alone is boring, etc etc.

The problem is that when you define yourself by the limits of your past reactions, you can inadvertently close the doors to new experiences and realities. The process of finding out who you are takes a lifetime, don’t let too many negative reactions narrow your reality to a razor blade fineness.

To recap… Of course, floating is strange! We live in and ARE sensory beings, going into a sensory deprived environment is not part of anybody’s 9-5 reality.

Here is a list of three things to remember if things start to get a little weird:

1. Breathe

When anxiety arises, relax your body and focus on your breath. It sounds almost too simple, but following your breath is one of the best ways to ground yourself, get back to your body, and out of your mind. When we focus on our breath we also interrupt our stream of consciousness, which is important if we catch ourselves dwelling or spiralling into a panic.


2. Question question question

This is a little more philosophical, but question why you’re afraid. Start a dialogue in your head, talk to yourself as if you were watching someone else in your situation. What would you say to comfort that person? Chances are the response will also comfort you.


3. Lights on, door open  

If you’re still uncomfortable, you can always switch the light back on, and open the pod door. While there is some stoicism in toughing out discomfort, it’s also good to know you have the option. You can also wedge a rolled up towel between the pod and lid door, stopping it from closing completely if you want to ease into it more slowly. Letting go is a choice, don’t force yourself, take it gradually if you like.

This thought experiment might not change your initial reactions to the pods and sensory deprivation in general. The purpose I would say, is to get you to question your fears, perhaps even follow them, seeing where they lead instead of backing away. Where you go from here is a long process, but in my opinion, a long meandering journey is preferable to a short and narrow one.

See you in the tanks and happy floating x

Why One Float is Never Enough

The following piece comes from one of our regular floaters James Davidson, about the need to float regularly from his experience of the past few years in the tank. 

Physical learning curves and preconceived ideas in the tank

Your first float acts as an introduction to the practice. Just as you wouldn’t expect to master meditation after a single sitting, or become fluent in Japanese after one class, why would you expect one float to solve all your problems? Before you can dive deep in the tank, you have to introduce yourself, you have to say hello. That’s what the first float is for, checking in with yourself.

The more you float, the easier it gets, and the deeper you can go in the tank without distraction.

When I started floating regularly, I learnt that some aspects of floating can take longer to master then others. Here are some pointers for beginners that can help your budding practice.

The Ping Pong Effect

When you first jump in, you’ll bump against the walls a bit as you get comfortable. If you fin yourself perpetually bumping the walls however, you’re moving too much. It’s funny how lying still can be a lesson in itself. What’s usually happening is that you’re trying too hard to be still, and end up tapping the sides more forcefully than you need. If you let yourself bounce around for the first 10 minutes or so, the water will calm itself. You’ll always be moving the tiniest bit in the tank due to your heartbeat and your breath, but this movement is fairly minuscule. You’ll soon find yourself in the infinite middle, then you can start enjoying the water.

Novel Buoyancy

Initially, the sensation of floating will feel very exciting, but this will wear off in time. When we hear that the novelty wears off on something, we usually interpret it as a bad thing, but this is not the case. When floating for the first time the water is so interesting, it can also be distracting. Getting comfortable in your environment means sussing out your environment first. You may even feel more alert to begin with, as novelty is stimulating.

Floating Positions

It can take a couple of sessions to perfect your floating positions. The sheer buoyancy of the water is unparalleled in nature (even the dead sea is not this buoyant) so it can take a while to trust that the water will support you. This is most evident in your neck and shoulders. You may find halfway through your float that you’re straining to keep your head above water. Relax, your head will float just like the rest of you, without assistance. Your legs, neck, and spine, when left alone will find their optimal position. Your arms, however, have a few different angles. It’s best to experiment; I usually begin arms down, and if I start to feel any strain or tension in my neck, I raise them above my head. The tank is great at showing us just how much tension we’re carrying, so don’t worry if either position feels a little strange at first, let your arms move when they need to and the tension will release itself.

Epsom Salts

No matter how long you’ve been floating, every once in a while, you’re going to get salt in your eye, and it’s going to sting. The first thing to remember is that it’ll pass, if you stay still you’ll tear up and cry the salt out. Failing that, you can sit up (carefully) and gently spray your eye with the bottle provided. You can also reach for your face cloth (note to self, bring face cloth into tank for this reason) and gently wipe your eyes. If that’s not working, you can jump out and have a quick rinse in the shower.

Leaving the Tank Mid-Float

It seems like a taboo to get out of the tank during the float, almost as if you’ve failed the yogi test. You must be too wound up, too stressed, to out of touch with yourself to stay in the whole time. Nonsense! If you need to get out and rinse your face, do it. It takes a minute or two at most. Same goes for visiting the bathroom. If you need to relieve yourself, get out and do it, there’s no relaxation while you’re holding it in. The amazing thing is, jumping back in you’ll find you’re just as calm and quiet as when you got out.

Letting Go

Allowing your body to do it’s thing, and letting the environment of the tank do it’s thing, simply lets the experience happen. The tank will work on you, without you doing anything. Your preconceived ideas and expectations are necessary at first (if you weren’t excited or expecting something, then you probably wouldn’t have booked a session). What’s important to remember, however, is that you have to respect the process, which means respecting yourself. Don’t beat yourself up when you start to get bored, be gentle with yourself when you start feeling restless and give yourself time to relax. Let your thoughts wear themselves out and just be there.

It’s hard to put into words what I’ve experienced from floating regularly. I’ve floated through restlessness and confusion; but also calmness, safety, and a stranger feeling of understanding as if I’ve gained closure on some long past anxiety. I leave the tank feeling as if my body’s been reset, but each time it feels like I’ve only scratched the surface. I’m always wanting more.

Reconnecting to Self – The Heart Beyond the Tank

What does it mean to connect to your true self? Better yet, to reconnect? 

We took this into the tank. Float after float, allowing our minds to wonder, explore, contemplate and ponder. Sitting with our innermost thoughts so that we may ask ourselves something big. Who are we? Who am I? Who are you?

With the spirit of this in heart and mind, we caught up with ultimate floater Leigh Coward, one of our very own who is committed to his journey to reconnect. With post float vibrations high and a warm tea in hand, we asked Leigh to join us in the chillout room for some tank talk. We got to the heart of his personal trials and triumphs at Beyond Rest and found out just how important community can be when on the path to reconnection. 



1. What is at the heart of Beyond Rest?

BR has manifested a highly connected community in its four years of being established. Each centre is a haven for people to connect with themselves through floating, and with others who are using floatation for similar purposes. Some use floating for it's physiological benefits, others use it to be meditative, to relax, to repair, to problem solve, to enhance creativity...whatever it may be, although, we can identify the common denominator here, floatation attracts those who are in a process of self-development. This enthusiasm is mirrored in each member of the community, because of this identification with self-development, we attract and share an enthusiasm, which spreads, and is a positive contagion within our society. The inner-network we form at each centre spreads between every centre, and because each community member carries an ethic of enthusiasm and positive drive, what often happens is, when we all meet together, so much positive creative energy is developed, that this carries through into the lives of each individual. Many of the community are entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes, all operating at a high-performance level. By surrounding ourselves around one another, we encourage each other to achieve and perform to our highest levels in each of our personal, and collective endeavours.

2. What’s the secret sauce behind the Beyond Rest team?

What works particularly well for us at BR, is we keep a fluid structure - we are not guides, we are not gurus, we are all on the self-development path together. There is an absence of hierarchy amongst the Staff members and everyone else in the community. The community doesn't really have a beginning or and end, it opens itself up to those who are enthused about floating and cultivating the self. Because of this, there is an aura of empowerment being generated at each centre, because everyone is willfully contributing to the wider community. This goes for the relationship between the Staff and the customer's too, as we love to connect with everyone about their experiences in the tank, while sharing insights, stories, techniques that can add to or refine one's time spent inside the tank.

3. As a float advocate, how has the Beyond Rest community influenced your life? 


Being a part of the BR community has been instrumental in any attainment of personal growth I have had. Ultimately, I am responsible for my own growth, but when there is a community as wide and as informative and inviting as the BR community, you can imagine how easy it is to meet someone who is going through exactly what you are going through in that moment, or may have something you need - whether it be a perspective or an offering - to elevate yourself. In addition to the community, I feel the float tank is a relic for encouraging the connection with the self. To be afforded the space to do personal work in a harmonious environment such as a float tank can be a major catalyst for self-development too.

4. Tell us how the community meetings at Beyond Rest are a launch pad for mutual self-development?

Each BR centre holds regular community meetings; these meetings are extremely powerful, as they provide the opportunity to 1.) express, and 2.) receive. You can learn a lot from listening to someone else, especially someone else who is looking to develop themselves...the chances are, there will be at least a few parallels to my story, if I tune in and create space for my brothers and sisters to speak what is on their minds. Because the space is being catered to in such a harmonious fashion, it creates an awesome arena to really speak what is on your mind. It could be a creative idea, a blockage that needs shifting, whatever it may be, having the space to express yourself and simultaneously be received can be a powerful tool to develop new habits and positive manifestations. 

5. Can you describe the culture at Beyond Rest in three words, and tell us why it’s one of a kind.

The culture at BR is electric, exciting, and enthusiastic. We each love and believe in the benefit of what we do. This makes it a delight to share and communicate with the wider community, as we come from a place of love and self-respect. In order to respect others, you must firstly respect yourself, I think that's imperative. Through the inner-work we each do, we carry ourselves with the positive momentum we generate through this lifestyle. To have an opportunity to spread and interact with the wider community at this time is such a privilege.

As Leigh would agree, floating isn’t just our day job or a weekend hobby, it’s a lifestyle. It’s something that brings our team and those around us together. We are community, we are family, and we are individuals with our own path and our own purpose. What makes Beyond Rest so special is the way we respect one another’s journey while nurturing our own. Connecting with each other is a way to also reconnect with our true selves. 

And, it just so happens that we’re also a pretty awesome bunch of people!

Until next time, Floaters 😊 💧

Felicity Carr 

The Floating Plateau

So as an employee at Beyond Rest, I have been floating for well over a year now, I have noticed the experience has levelled out.. Like most people, my floats started off amazing and got better and better, but eventually it seemed I just couldn't get to the void anymore.. My first thought about this was "the novelty has worn off.." but that didn't feel right, floating isn't just another novelty, it's an incredible tool for personal development, among a plethora of other things.
I kept wondering, I realised eventually that I can't simply rely on the tank to do all the heavy lifting, I'd need to use the mindfulness tools that I'm so familiar with to achieve the same blissful state that once came so easily in the tank, the difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.

So in a bid to do just that, I thought I'd log my future floats and invite the members of Perth Float Community along to share my journey..
This is the first report of many, I hope you follow along and feel free to offer any advice or share your own experiences in the comments below :-)

Float 1, 3:30pm

I decided I would try a method that a co-worker uses in the tank, which is to count breaths as a means of taking ones attention off the mental chatter,
A breath in and out counts as one. I also went in with the mindset of whatever happens, happens. No expectations. I got into the tank and lay with arms outstretched above my head and began breathing.

At breath 8 I began to really notice myself relaxing.. In between breaths the chatter was still there, distracting me with all kinds of irrelevance.

By breath 13 it was getting difficult to remember between breaths that I was counting.. by the mid 20's I had lost count a few times and just continued on where I guessed I'd left off. Despite this difficulty, the rhythmic breathing alone had me feeling deeply relaxed, and the attempts at counting was helping to keep the breath on point. Eventually I gave up counting and instead kept moving my attention to either my breath or "body feeling" when I noticed runaway thoughts. This was very effective, I have a tendency to move around in the tank due to tension in my neck/shoulders. Surrendering to this with body awareness, I've decided, is a great way for me to stop moving and push through the tension.

I kept this up for the duration of the float, taking my attention gently away from thoughts and placing it on breathing and either my body's energy or my heart. The thoughts didn't altogether stop, but I did get to a state of relaxation far deeper than any recent float in memory. Another bonus of the meditation on my body was that I came face to face with a body of emotional tension/stress/anxiety, which came as somewhat of a shock. I consider myself pretty relaxed and stress free, a point which is frequently highlighted at Beyond Rest by people I spend time with! 
Don't let this cool calm exterior fool you guys, beneath lay turbulence!

I think my experiment is off to a good start.. I put to use a mindfulness technique which definitely made a difference to my float, and learned something about myself in the process. I didn't completely switch off my brain, and I didn't slip into the void, but neither was I expecting to make such progress in one session.

This concludes my first entry, I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope you get something out of this project of mine in the future!
Peace :-)

Jonathan Gibbs 

Enhance Your Float Experience With The Ajna Light



Enhance Your Floatation Experience With The Ajna Light. 


The Ajna light uses light flicker frequencies to entrain brainwaves, bringing you into a relaxed and meditative state with rapid ease, preparing you for an optimal float session.
The Ajna light is a groundbreaking  new way of relaxation, a powerful aid to natural stress relief. It helps take your meditation practice to the next level.


Guiding you through a range of brainwave states, the Ajna light automatically brings you into a more relaxed, meditative space. The Ajna light offers a unique experience that helps accelerate your journey into wellbeing, peaceful, states of body and mind. As the body automatically understands and responds to the light flickers, relaxing you and allowing you to reach deep meditative states within minutes.



What it does: 

- The Ajna Light activates the pineal gland, energetically associated with “third eye” or Ajna Chakra responsible for a person’s  higher vision, intuition and soul’s purpose.

- Induces a hypnogogic trance like state; the state between  wakefulness and  sleep.

- The light has healing and emotion clearing potential. 


As you take a journey deep into your heart, you may experience a sense of self beyond the physical, connect with your inner-wisdom and experience your true nature.


The Ajna light pushes boundaries of light and sound wave technology with the latest software and high powered LEDs to induce a hypnagogic trance state with rapid ease.


Creator, Guy Harriman, worked for 23 years as a chip designer in Silicon valley, California including four years with Steve Jobs. He is also a healer and yogi with over 30 years experience. 



Those with epilepsy, or a family history of epilepsy

Those who experience frequent headaches which may be a precursor to epilepsy

Those on antipsychotic medication

Those at risk of psychosis, or who have experienced psychotic episodes


Please note:

If your eyes are strained, for example after prolonged computer use, please inform our staff so the light intensity can be lowered.

We normally run sessions for 20-25 mins to create a calmer mind before a float session, improving the overall float experience.


If you would like to experience an Ajna light session prior to your next float, please inform our staff on your next booking.


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