One of the reasons floatation therapy is so effective is that sensory deprivation causes individuals to live in the moment. They become aware of their breath, their heartbeat, and the flow of their thoughts with nothing else to distract them. The relaxation and calm experienced in the floatation tank can extend between float sessions with the practice of mindfulness. Here’s how to center your body and being even after you leave the floatation center.
Taste Your Food
People tend to eat without really thinking about what they’re putting in their mouths. If you eat watching TV, working through lunch or scrolling on your cell phone, you’re missing out on one of life’s simple pleasures.
Stop multitasking during meals and instead savor every flavor. Take a moment to appreciate the aromas of your food and the colors and textures. Feel the coldness of your utensils or the way food feels as you grasp it with your fingers. Chew slowly and notice how food fills each part of your mouth with tastes and sensations. When you swallow, take in how that bite contributes to the fullness in your stomach.
Connect Through Movement
Choose activities you perform every day to trigger regular moments of mindfulness. When you get dressed in the morning, feel your muscles and tissues as you reach for clothes. Experience the stages of your household coming to life as your family members turn on lights and begin to make noise.
Instead of just walking from your car to your workplace, be mindful of the way your body moves. Feel how your feet interact with the ground and your hands move through the air. Notice any feelings of anticipation or anxiety you feel for the day ahead and how those feelings impact your body.
Pause to Breathe
In the float tank, you likely became aware of the movement of breath in and out of your body. That awareness of breathing anchors you in the moment. Set a timer on your phone to pause once or twice during the day to just focus on the air that comes in and out of your lungs.
Feel how air moves in your nose or mouth and expands your chest or stomach. Inhale slowly, then exhale gently, allowing your shoulders to fall naturally and your hands to rest relaxed on your legs.
Schedule regular floatation therapy to relieve stress, manage pain and reduce anxiety. Plan your next float or talk to an expert about experiencing it for the first time today.