In our hectic and noisy world, it can be difficult, if not impossible, for people to relax. Many people practice meditation to help with this, and others go to floatation spas. Both these practices have health benefits, but combining the two serves the body and mind at the same time, helping you re-center yourself and enjoy more physical improvements.
What is Meditation?
Many people are skeptical of meditation because they equate it with unfamiliar religions or philosophies that “empty the mind.” Most of us believe if our minds are empty, we are not being productive. True meditation does not empty us or discourage productivity. Instead, it helps us to refocus by being quiet and still for fixed periods. Thus, meditation clears the head for enhanced activity later.
Meditation does not have to be religiously connected, nor does a meditator have to monitor his or her thoughts or concentrate on not thinking. The simplest meditation can involve sitting on the floor comfortably with eyes closed, completely still and quiet, for 10-20 minutes. Many meditation experts recommend focusing on breathing to help quiet the mind – for example, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth on counts of seven to ten. They also recommend stretching first, as this helps the muscles loosen and relax. If desired, you can focus on Scriptures, other religious texts, or positive affirmations, but again, religious engagement isn’t required. You can focus on a single point within the room, a particular poem, or a particular mental image.
How Does Meditation Help Floatation Therapy?
Many candidates are nervous when they try floatation therapy for the first time. They fear drowning or being submerged in the capsule. This cannot happen because of the huge amounts of salt in the water – generally, spas use about a thousand pounds of Epsom salts. If you are still nervous, deep breathing and meditation will help calm your mind. Candidates often seek floatation therapy because of muscle issues such as hypertonia, strain, or arthritis; meditation can teach your muscles to relax and let water flow freely over them.
What Should I Meditate On During Therapy?
Ultimately, this is up to you, but there are as many choices as there are stars in the sky. Many people choose to focus on a certain point within the floatation tank while keeping as still as possible. If you have a religious preference, you can focus on Scripture or other parts of your holy book. Some people like to visualize a favorite or relaxing place – popular choices include the beach, a secluded mountain cabin, or a favorite childhood spot. While talking or singing during floatation isn’t recommended because it disrupts sensory deprivation, you can focus on special lyrics or parts of a poem.