When it comes to relaxation and stress relief, flotation therapy and yoga can be a perfect match. Many flotation centers even offer yoga classes on site. Flotation and yoga, both often thought about as New Age or alternative health practices, can rejuvenate and strengthen your body when practiced in tandem, leaving you feeling strong and refreshed.
How Flotation and Yoga Benefit Each Other
As part of a larger set of health practices, flotation and yoga can have direct benefits on each other. One thing that both practices have in common is that they can relax and ease muscle tension. In yoga, your body is stretched and warmed up through a series of movements that may be of varying levels of intensity and difficulty. The relaxation achieved in yoga class may gradually make you more flexible and able to achieve more difficult poses. Flotation therapy can benefit your yoga practice by helping to relax muscles between sessions, making you more flexible and advancing your practice.
Yoga can also help to release toxins from tight muscles, and the increased blood flow to the soft tissues that is encouraged by flotation therapy can help to remove those toxins and get them out of your circulatory system. This can help your whole body feel better and more energized, as you get rid of the waste products your tense body has built up.
How Flotation Can Boost Your Yoga Practice
Meditation is a common component of many yoga classes, but the practice can be challenging and sometimes frustrating, especially for beginners. For some people, quieting down your brain can simply feel like an impossibility. Flotation therapy helps to slow down brain waves, taking the brain from its higher beta state into an alpha state. In alpha state, a brain mode closely associated with deep meditation, the brain releases theta waves and the mind is quiet. Achieving theta state through meditation alone might take months or years, but it can take as little as 20 minutes in a flotation tank. Some people joke about the ease with which alpha state can be accomplished in a flotation tank by calling it “lazy yoga.”
Flotation therapy and yoga can each have greatly beneficial effects on your health on their own, but as combined practices, they can work together to leave your body ready, refreshed, and strong. A combination of flotation therapy and yoga can help build both physical and mental flexibility through stretching and relaxation. Try combining a yoga class with an hour in a flotation tank and feel the rejuvenating effects this duo can have on your body.
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