Float therapy is very often used as a method of physical relief, but it is also used for its ability to enhance mental clarity. The float pod is an ideal environment in which individuals can calm their minds and reach a place of relaxation. Due to minimal distraction inside the float pod, meditation can be intensified during your float session. Floating does not require anything special to access the profound benefits of floating, here are a few float pod meditation techniques that can help enhance your experience.
Focus On Your Breath
The most simple and widely-used method of meditation is breath awareness, which can help your mind from wandering by focusing your attention on breathing. Breathing exercises can help minimize the body’s reaction to stressful situations and dampen the production of harmful stress hormones, including cortisol.
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Try practicing breath awareness in the float tank by taking slow, deep breath in and out through your nostrils. Hold your breath for a few second before slowly exhaling, allow your body to come down and release all the air out of your lungs. Try to focus on the feeling of the breath entering and leaving your body, or try making a mental count of each breath. Repeat as many times as you’d like.
Once you have had experience with breath awareness, explore the practice of body awareness to promote muscle relaxation while floating. University of Oregon researchers found that integrative body-mind training can actually result in brain changes that may protect against mental illness and promote overall health.
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. Perform 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, visualization, is best practiced alongside both breath and body awareness. While performing either of the other 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 out the negativity in the form of a dark cloud or smoke. Visualization meditation can help get rid of the problems or thoughts that can hold you back from a more positive outcome.
Practice A Float Pod Meditation Technique With Us
Escape the stresses of your daily life and try one of the meditation techniques mentioned above with us in one of our float tanks at Soma Novo. We look forward to seeing you!