Float therapy is often used as a method to relieve physical pain and stress, but it is also known to enhance mindfulness. The float tank is an ideal environment in which floaters can calm their minds and reach a place of positivity through mediation. If you’re new to floating and want to try meditating, here are three useful techniques:
Focus On Your Breath
The most simple method of meditation is breath awareness, which helps your mind from wandering by focusing your attention on breathing.
Once in the tank, take slow, deep breaths through the nose and completely fill your lungs with air. Hold your breath for a few seconds then slowly exhale all the air out of your lungs. Focus on the feeling of the breath entering and leaving your body. Repeat as many times as you’d like.
Once you experience breath awareness, explore body awareness to promote muscle relaxation while floating. Start by taking a deep breath, then direct your attention to a specific area of the body, such as your feet. Concentrate on the body part and allow tension to release as you exhale. Try this exercise with various parts of the body where tension is commonly stored, including your shoulders, neck, hips and jaw.
Relieve Stress Through Visualization
The last method of meditation is visualization. While performing either of the first two exercises, add a visual component, such as light, to help focus your attention. While you inhale, imagine a light permeating your entire body. If you are experiencing any problems or negative thoughts in your life, exhale all that negativity in the form of a dark cloud or smoke. This process can help get rid of issues that hold you back from a more positive outcome.
Floating is linked to a wide range of health benefits. It has been scientifically proven to be a qualified method for reducing stress, depression, anxiety, and can increase optimism and sleep quality. Significant pain reduction has also been reported after using flotation techniques.
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