TIPS FOR FLOATING – PART 1
MEDITATION AND FLOAT TANK THERAPY
This is the first article in a three part series aimed at teaching you how to improve your floatation practice. Each article contains one simple tip that you can put into action today, providing you with benefits both now and in the future
The use of floatation tanks has been linked to many health benefits, including those related to:
- Stress relief
- Improved blood pressure
- Relief from aches and pains after exercise
- Clarity and improved mental function
- Improved mood
- Improved sleep quality
- Increased creativity
- And much, much more!
Although, you need to take a proactive and conscious approach towards your practice to ensure you’re getting the most out of each and every float.
The following tip will help you increase the potential benefits and progress associated with float tank therapy.
Incorporate Meditation Techniques into your Float
Floatation tanks are great for promoting a relaxed state of calm. Though, this state doesn’t just happen without a conscious effort towards mindfulness.
Incorporating meditation techniques, while in the tank, will complement the floatation experience. As your senses are limited to an extent in each session, the flotation tank is a perfect tool for increasing focus and improving your practice of mindfulness.
Try these steps to initiate your meditation:
- After you enter the tank, and have comfortably found your equilibrium, close your eyes and take ten deep breaths.
- Feel your belly and chest expand as you inhale and effortlessly exhale, visualising the air leaving your body
- After the initial ten deep breaths, return the breath to its natural cadence. Don’t try to force the breath now, just watch it and be aware of its process
- From here begin to count each breath as it occurs. Count one as you inhale, one as you exhale, two as you inhale, two as you exhale – all the way until you reach the number ten and then begin again counting from one onwards
- If you feel your mind wanders during the process, simply acknowledge that it has happened and begin counting again from one on upwards.
This technique is not as easy as it sounds and you may find that you are constantly starting over and over again. This is ok, it is normal. Don’t judge yourself, feel frustrated or think that you have failed. Just noticed that it has happened and begin again.
Performing this process will help you detach your mind from your thoughts and the chaos from your day. You should be aiming to reach a complete state of focus in the tank limiting the distracting senses and erratic thoughts.