Like chips and salsa, yoga and float therapy are a match made in heaven. Floating and yoga promote natural wellness and provide an opportunity to focus on your individual practice and leave all distractions at the door. The rise in alternative health practices have people looking inward for stress relief and relaxation. So how does float therapy and yoga compliment each other so well?
Yoga and float therapy both encourage the mind to unwind, and the body to relax by releasing muscle tension. In yoga the goal is achieve flexibility and relaxation through a series of movements and poses. With time and practice flexibility improves and deeper relaxation is achieved. Like yoga, float therapy is a practice, the more you train, the better the experience and the deeper the relaxation. Float therapy can advance your yoga practice and improve your mediation skills.
What Exactly IS Float Therapy?
Float therapy is floating effortlessly inside of a flotation tank in total darkness and without sound. The water is heated to the same temperature of your skin, and without reference, it is hard to distinguish where your body ends and water begins. 1,000 lbs of dissolved Epsom salt keeps your body buoyant and therefore weightless. When the mind does not have to process information such as sound, smell, touch or even the effects of gravity, it is like turning off your brain and and your senses, an experience very hard to replicate outside of a floatation tank.
Improve Your Yoga Practice
Both float therapy and yoga promote relaxation, physical relief, and is an individual practice dedicated to improving yourself and overall wellbeing. In yoga, your body works through a series of movements that challenge and stretch the body, gradually increasing flexibility and strength. Float therapy is so powerful because it helps keep your body and muscles loose, by floating in a large quantity of Epsom salt. Soaking in Epsom salt reduces inflammation, and the buoyancy you experience promotes increased blood flow throughout the body, resulting in more energy.
Improve your Meditation & Mindfulness
Meditation is integral to the yoga practice experience, and my favorite part of yoga. However, for a lot of people meditating can prove to be quite difficult. Shutting out the world and clearing you mind is a lot easier said then done. Float therapy is the ideal environment to naturally slow down brain waves and easily tap into a theta state, which is lower brain frequency associated with a quiet mind and deep meditation. The floatation tank is the perfect place to engage, practice and tap into mindfulness and mindful behavior. Since we live in such as constant state of distraction it can take months or years of practice to achieve a theta state while meditating. Inside a float tank, a theta state can be reached in as little as 30-45 minutes, due to the fact there is nothing to distract you, including gravity. Float therapy is like meditating on steroids, you can access difficult levels of mediation rather quickly. If you are looking for ways on how to advance your meditation practice, float therapy is easily the quickest way to achieve a master level of zen while doing absolutely nothing. Float therapy; a new way to meditate.
Float Therapy and yoga each have their own unique benefits, but when combined, they can work together leaving your mind and body feeling refreshed, renewed, and reset. If you have the opportunity to practice yoga and follow it up with a float session you can experience first hand the profound effects it has on the body as well as the mind.
500 E-RYT Yoga & Mediation Instructor Chadd Marcus discusses the benefits of floating and yoga together as dedicated practice.
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