Maybe you already meditate. Maybe you’ve never gotten the hang of it, but you really want to start. Either way, floatation therapy can help. Floating can provide a serene environment enabling you to enter a deep meditative state. If you’ve never been able to meditate, floating could be the answer. If you do it all the time, it can help take you to an even deeper level of relaxation.
Studies have shown the benefits of meditation time and time again. This mental health exercise can prevent depression and treat minor existing cases. It also works to combat different forms of anxiety such as post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Researchers in Belgium have even proved that a short program lasting just a few weeks left impressions on the participants for as long as six months afterwards.
Mindfulness can also improve mental clarity overall. Research has shown that people who meditate are able to concentrate more easily, make decisions more quickly, and remember more effectively.
Meditation is so effective because it actually changes the brain. Over time, practicing mindfulness can reduce the density of the sections of the brain which contribute to stress. It also improves concentration along the hippocampus and frontal lobe by increasing the folding of the cerebral cortex, making for better emotional control.
How Floatation Helps
Floatation is a great place to start meditation because it provides the perfect environment to focus on your brain. You’re weightless, so your body can unwind and be completely comfortable. The temperature of the water is the same as your body so you can’t feel anything – it’s like hovering in space. There are no lights or external stimuli, which means all of your focus remains where you want it to.
While floating, you’ll be able to experience a deep sense of relaxation as the stresses of everyday life melt away. In the quiet serenity of the room it’s much easier to focus on your breathing, which is the first step to mindfulness meditation. When it feels as though there’s nothing but your body, it’s that much easier to scan every part and become fully aware of your senses.
Floatation doesn’t just aid meditation while you’re in the tank, though. The deep relaxation you experience during your session will likely carry over for several hours or even days. This recharged and clear feeling makes it easier to practice your meditation in other places, too.
When you’re ready to reset your mind and body, come visit us at the Northwest Float Center. You’ll be glad you did.