Yoga is cool, trendy and part of a mainstream relaxation and health culture that is booming right now.
Floating is viewed as new, alternative, a little strange at first. You are naked and lay in what?
Let’s agree that Floating doesn’t come close at first glance. Consider the following;
Mental Hurricane to Relaxation in 60 minutes
“ The average person lives in a mental hurricane, with a mind so turbulent that the usual concentration span is only six seconds! Most people live in a storm of ideas: constructive thoughts war against biases, superstitions, fantasies, unremitting memories, dreads, doubts, and occasional frustrating emptiness.
People become so accustomed to the hurricane they think it’s normal! “
– Sri Ramakrishna
A relaxation technique is defined as any activity method or process designed to help a person relax and attain increased levels of calmness. Relaxation techniques are used as an element of stress management and have several health benefits. Types which incorporate movement may include Yoga, Taiji & other body work such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology.
Some relaxation techniques can be used in conjunction with others to further increase the level and degree of relaxation.
Enter Floatation Therapy or Restricted Environmental Stimuli Therapy (REST)
Yoga Vs REST
Sensory deprivation is the deliberate reduction of external stimuli. Ear muffs, hoods and blindfolds are simple sensory deprivation devices while more complex methods cut off all senses; sight, touch, taste, smell & sound and even gravity.
REST is described as relaxing and conducive to meditation. Consciousness seekers such as yoga practitioners interested in meditation and self-analysis will find the floatation tank very useful in attaining a state of “nothingness”.
Within yourself, deep in your brain, you can generate mental experiences independent of the outside world. The brain does not shut down and enter a state of sleep when deprived of external stimuli, but rather the isolated mind, devoid of any distractions becomes creative and highly active.
Everyone who has been in a floatation tank will tell you the experience was immensely pleasant allowing them to attain the deepest rest they ever have had.
Intentional activation of the relaxation response through floating eliminates the negative effects of stress. It activates the release of endorphins, which positively affects our biochemistry. This powerfully profound relaxation technique has been shown to keep people on their high for several days.
Typically a therapeutic session in a floatation tank lasts 60-180 minutes. Theta brain waves kick in during floating, and you will reach the Theta State, a state of very deep relaxation, that can last indefinitely in our tank without you experiencing any loss of consciousness.
Theta waves are always creative, characterized by feelings of inspiration and very spiritual. The brain waves are slowed down at a frequency of 4-7 cycles per second maximising time spent in REM and the Twilight State.
It is believed that this mental state allows you to act below the level of the conscious mind.
Independent they are good, together they are UNBEATABLE!
If you are interested in Yoga, beginner or expert, occasional or daily; try a float and understand what many people have already realised. Self-development is learned and cumulative.
That as in life, everyone’s journey in a float tank is different, but always pleasurable & beneficial mentally and physically. Together with other mindfulness activities like Yoga, you will reap the benefits exponentially.
- Relieve stress and promote a lasting and substantial reduction in people prone to anxiety states. Helps you sleep deeper and Relaxes your whole system.
- Facilitate a deep physical relaxation and mental clarity, Guides your body’s healing in your mind’s eye and encourages self-care.
- Increase verbal ability and also performance IQ. Learn in a suggestive environment of floating, or clear your mind in order to better absorb outside the tank.
- Better synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain, Increase your self-esteem and sense of self and belonging.
- Recall mental images live and spontaneously, encourage imaginative and creative thinking.
- Reduce pain, promote euphoria and stimulate the release of endorphins. Decrease inflammation of joints, Increase your blood flow, drop blood pressure, boost immunity.
Floatation therapy is a powerful tool for combating stress and its related conditions, try it just to prove to yourself that whatever you thought it was, perhaps it isn’t.