Deep relaxation should be easy to find in the shallow waters of the float tank. Once you’re within the comforting environment of your personal tank, floating effortlessly atop soothing Epsom salts, all you really need to do is lay back, get comfortable, let go… and relax.
“Alone with your thoughts” isn’t what it used to be.
Which, in this day and age, is often easier said than done. We’re so used to being tethered to the outside world and to our devices that when it’s time to simply do nothing, we have trouble. We fidget. Our minds race. We wonder who called us – we wonder who we’re supposed to call/text/email – and then before you know it, much of your float has gone by before you’re able to fully relax.
“Going Deep” = Perfectly Relaxed
Even for experienced floaters, getting in the relaxed “groove” doesn’t always come easy – but the sooner you’re able to quiet your mind and just “chill,” the sooner you’ll be able to “go deep” and reap the full benefits of floating. If your mind is off to the races on your next float, here are a few simple tips that should help slow its roll.
FOCUS ON YOUR BREATHING
Deep breaths in; deep breaths out; repeat. That’s it! Long and slow will do the trick; focusing solely on your breathing will lower your heartbeat and slow errant thoughts.
LISTEN TO MUSIC
Before you float, your representative will ask if you’d like to listen to soothing music. If you go this route, try to focus solely on the notes and the melody – see if you can’t “lose yourself” in the music. (You can choose to listen to music for your whole float, just the first few minutes, or stick with silence.)
Picture yourself somewhere you associate with relaxing, such as your bed on a Sunday morning, or at the beach on a much-beloved vacation. Go there with as much detail as possible. Not only will it help recall a happy moment – it should also help curb those racing thoughts.
This works for the author. Focusing on the falling numbers helps take your mind off the outside world when your thoughts hit the racetrack. Start with the number 500 and then slowly count backward in your head, silently picturing each number. In no time flat, you’ll likely lose track of the count – and before you know it, you’ve “gone deep.”
While there’s no hard and fast rule, it ordinarily takes about 15-20 minutes for your mind and muscles to fully relax during a float. Stay with it! Even experienced floaters sometimes have trouble with unquiet minds. Remember also that what you do beforehand will make a huge difference: arrive a few minutes early; avoid caffeine prior; and try not to float on a full stomach.
Anxiety relief, pain cessation, enhanced creativity and so much more – reaping these rewards fully begins from a place of relaxation. Got a float tip of your own? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s continue the conversation. You can also now book your float with our convenient online portal (below) – or call us at 818-639-3572 during normal business hours to schedule. Happy Floating!
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