Floatation tanks help users naturally sink into a calm, meditative state over the course of the float session. During the initial minutes of floating, however, some users experience difficulty quieting the mind. If your to-do list, worries, and other random thoughts keep you tense during the first part of your session, consider some simple breathing exercises to quiet the mind and body for a more soothing float experience. Bring these tips with you on your next visit:
Try the 4-7-8 Exercise
One of the most common breathing exercises is called the 4-7-8, or relaxing breath exercise. It’s simple, takes virtually no time, and you can do it anywhere. Here’s how it works:
- Place your tongue behind your upper top teeth, close your mouth, and inhale deeply through your nose for four seconds
- Hold it for seven seconds
- Exhale through your mouth until the count of eight
- Repeat this cycle three more times.
While exact counts aren’t important, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth is. This exercise comes in handy whenever you need to calm your mind.
The Balanced Breath
If you’re the detail-oriented sort and you’re finding the 4-7-8 is causing too much stress to count out, simplify your efforts with equal breathing exercises. This is a trick yogis often use but is suitable for the novice breather. Simply inhale to a count of four and exhale to a count of four. You can use this exercise anywhere, but experts say it is particularly helpful for calming the mind before bed (or getting into a float tank).
We hear from first-time floaters that the prospect of sensory deprivation can be daunting. Though we’re sure you’ll find your float session relaxing, we understand that delving into uncharted territory can bring some stress. This is where abdominal breathing can be helpful: place one hand on your chest and another on your belly. Inhale deeply, concentrating on keeping the hand on your chest still, while the hand on your abdomen moves. Six to 10 of these breaths will help reduce your heart rate and blood pressure, calming a stressful reaction.
Take a Float
Want to know one of the best ways to control your stress levels and experience total relaxation? Schedule a float session at Northwest Float Center! Whether you’re floating for the first time or a veteran of the experience, you’ll reap the relaxing benefits of a float session for weeks to come. Get in touch with us to schedule yours today!