Commonly seen as a way to release stress and receive physical relief, float therapy is also an excellent method for enhancing overall mental clarity. With no exterior stimuli to disrupt you, a floating tank is the optimal place to meditate. Practicing breathing awareness and meditation techniques can dramatically enhance the state of relaxation experienced in the float tank.
Struggling to reach a state of deep relaxation while floating? Simply want to enhance the overall float experience? Try the following meditation techniques during your next session in order to maximize the benefits of your time in the float tank.
While floating, pay close attention to where your breath is originating from in your body. If you realize your breath is short or within your chest, let your breathing transfer down to your stomach. Try not to force this process. Instead, follow your breath with awareness and slowly guide it towards the stomach.
Breathing into your stomach shuts down the parasympathetic nervous system, the source of the stress reaction known as “fight or flight.” It also stimulates the relaxation reply known as “rest and relax.” While practicing this exercise, mentally count the number of stomach breaths by labeling each inhale as an “in-breath” and each exhale as an “out-breath.”
Start by paying close attention to your breath and it arrives at, enters, and leaves your nose. Focus on the delicate feelings of coolness as you inhale air and take note of the delicate warmness when you exhale. If you observe any specific thoughts during this process, simply allow them to pass and restore focus on your breath.
Practice Body Awareness
Once you practice breathing awareness, try experimenting with body awareness to enhance muscle relaxation while in the float tank. Researchers have found that body-mind training techniques can have positive effects. This includes protection against mental illness and an enhanced sense of well-being as a whole.
Begin this process by taking a deep breath, then guide your attention to a certain area of your body, such as legs, hands, or arms. Focus only on this part of your body and allow the muscles to discharge tension as you exhale. For the best results, execute this technique with the parts of your body where stress and muscle tension typically emerge from, such as your shoulders, neck, and jaw.
Enhance your floating experience by utilizing meditation techniques. Contact us to schedule your next floating session today.