Float therapy has been around for many years, but recently the sensory deprivation technique has grown in popularity. Float therapy has a number of benefits, such as improving circulation and reducing stress. However, one of the main benefits of float therapy is often overlooked – aiding meditation. When done properly, a float therapy session can be transformed into an eye-opening, enlightening experience by simply meditating. So, how do you turn a float therapy session into meditation time? Here are 10 tips for using float therapy for meditation.
The Benefits of Meditation
Before we delve into the meditation tips, let’s discuss the benefits that meditation can provide. Centuries ago mediation was used as a prayer technique and a way to promote spiritual growth. Recently, meditation has taken a secular form that focuses more on relaxation and self-improvement. There are many types of meditation, but they all have similar results and benefits. Commonly, meditation has been used to:
These are just a few of the many benefits that meditation can provide. If you’ve never meditated before, you can easily use a float therapy session as a way to do so. Here’s how.
10 Tips for Using Float Therapy for Meditation
The following are ten ways that you can meditate effectively during your float therapy sessions:
1. Check Your Breathing.
Focusing on your breathing is one of the most effective and frequently used methods for inducing a meditative state. Simply pay attention to your breath as you inhale and exhale.
2. Don’t Let Your Mind Wander.
Your mind will surely wander to other things if you’re only focusing on your breathing. Don’t let this get you down. Just return your focus to your breathing.
3. Evaluate Your Body.
The weightlessness you experience during float therapy gives you the perfect opportunity to evaluate your body. Start by focusing your attention on a certain body part, such as your toes. How do they feel? Is there any tension? Pain? Slowly work your way up your body, focusing on how each part feels.
4. Use A Guide.
Before your float session, you may find it useful to consult with a meditation guide. You can find many guided meditation videos and techniques online. Try them out at home before using them during your float therapy session. We recommend the Headspace App - 10 free guided sessions.
5. Stay Committed.
Stay committed to getting the most out of your float session with mediation. If you feel like you’re losing focus, simply bring your attention back to your breathing.
6. Enjoy the Experience.
Both float therapy and mediation can be daunting to newcomers. However, try your best to enjoy the experience. Accept the fact that you may experience emotions or feelings that you never had before.
7. Love Yourself.
Don’t forget to love yourself, no matter what feelings or thoughts arise during your float therapy meditation.
8. Don’t Be Afraid of Your Feelings.
Sensory deprivation combined with meditation will only ensure that feelings arise. Don’t be afraid of these feelings. Whether good or bad, accept them as they are with a loving attitude.
Often people assume that your mind must be free of all thoughts for mediation to be effective. This isn’t true. It’s okay and normal for you to have thoughts. Just don’t let these thoughts overpower you. Acknowledge them, release them, and continue with focusing on your breathing.
10. Know Yourself.
Going deep inside your mind can be scary, but it will surely happen during float therapy meditation. Use this time to explore your mind and get to know yourself.
The above list is by no means the only way to meditate while floating. Leave a comment below and share how you meditate while floating in a sensory deprivation float tank. We are always interested to hear what you have to say.
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