Mind and Body: Benefits of Meditation

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Floating in one of our tanks is a truly incredible way to relax. There are few sensations comparable to floating weightlessly in a stimulation-free room. It’s so effective because it offers a unique and immersive type of meditation.

When you’re not visiting Northwest Float Center, you can still destress using meditation. In fact, frequent sessions offer an incredible selection of benefits. For example, you can see a big improvement in focus in just one day. Floating can affect your mood, mental performance, and physical health all at once.

Mood and Brain Effects

Several studies have shown that mindful meditation decreases depression and can treat existing cases. One Belgian experiment indicated that mindful meditators’ positive moods persisted as long as six months after a short program.

Meditation is especially helpful for depressed pregnant women. A study published by the University of Michigan Health System reported that depressed women experienced more intense bonding with their babies after mindful meditation.

Anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, see incredible improvements with a mindfulness regimen, too. This is because the practice can actually reduce the density of brain areas related to stress while increasing concentration in the frontal lobe and hippocampus for better emotional control. This means that meditation is fantastic for panic disorder.

Mental Performance

Virtually everyone would like to be able to concentrate more. Meditation has been hailed as an incredible focus booster. People who meditate for long periods were shown to have more folding of their cerebral cortex, allowing the brain to process information faster and make more consistent decisions.

One study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre indicates that meditators could form a higher tolerance to physical pain. In fact, people who meditated for 20 minutes before a procedure reported better results than those given morphine.

Physical Benefits

Your brain isn’t the only part of your body that benefits from meditation. The practice works to harmonize the rest of your body too. Regular mindfulness brings an astonishing 48% reduction in overall risk of stroke, heart attack, and death related to cardiac issues. Meditation also:

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammatory disorders like asthma

No matter where you are, you can enjoy the benefits of meditation. With just a few minutes a day, you could see these changes and many more. Of course, one of the best places to practice meditation is floating weightlessly in one of Northwest Float Center’s beautiful tanks. If you’re ready to see the difference for yourself, call today.

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