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Things To Do In A Float Tank

Switch Off

The first thing to remember when switching off is get comfortable. You will find it easier to switch off if you’re in a comfortable position (arms behind head, or star-fished out), and protect any open cuts if needed, so your skin doesn’t sting.

The second thing to remember is that it’s normal for us humans to have around 60,000 thoughts in a day, so our brains won’t actually switch off like we’re robots. The key is to allow thoughts to float by (pun intended). Which leads me to meditation.

Meditation

There are many types of meditation, the one I would highly recommend practising during floating would be Mindfulness Meditation.

Mindfulness Meditation involves bringing full attention to the present moment without judgment. Practitioners observe their thoughts, emotions, and sensations as they arise, learn to let them go and stay in the moment.

Body Scanning

Body Scanning is also a form of meditation where we systematically bring attention to each part of the body, promoting relaxation and awareness of bodily sensations.

Body scanning will help you identify areas where you are not fully relaxing your muscles and are holding your body in a certain way. A common example of this is holding your head up slightly in the water, due to tension in the neck and shoulders. When you notice this, place your awareness on the area of tension, and as you exhale, focus on letting go and releasing the tension into the water trusting that you will float effortlessly.

Breathwork

Concentration Meditation can also be done as it involves focusing attention on a single object, such as the breath, or a mantra, to develop mental clarity and focus.

Another form of breathwork is Box Breathing. Also known as square breathing. This technique involves inhaling for a specific count, holding the breath for the same count, exhaling for the same count, and then holding the breath again for the same count. The pattern creates a square-like shape and is often used to reduce stress and anxiety as it helps to calm the nervous system.

Yoga

Practicing yoga inside a float tank can be a unique and also a meditative experience. The buoyancy of the water inside the tank creates an environment where you can achieve deep relaxation and enhance your yoga practice. However, it’s essential to approach yoga in a float tank with caution and adaptability, as the confined space may limit traditional poses.

Remember, when practicing yoga in a float tank, be aware of the space and water around you to ensure your safety. The weightlessness of the water might affect your balance and stability, so it’s crucial to approach these poses mindfully and cautiously.

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Deep Relaxation

Deep relaxation can be achieved by doing the tasks mentioned above such as Breathwork and Meditation. A float tank, also known as a sensory deprivation tank is great way to completely relax as it’s one of the very few activities we can do in life that allow no external stimuli which we are constantly exposed to in today’s digital world.

Day Dream

When’s the last time you had a chance to day dream and let your mind wander? Using a float tank is the perfect opportunity to do so to increase your creativity, mind-body connection, self-awareness and even emotional healing.

Daydreaming in this setting may allow you to explore your emotions and thoughts more deeply, leading to increased emotional growth.

Visualization

Visualisation exercises in a float tank can promote mental clarity and focus. By concentrating on specific images or scenarios, you can improve your ability to concentrate and direct your thoughts effectively.

Self-reflection

Isolation in the float tank encourages introspection and self-awareness. With fewer distractions, you may gain insights into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, helping you understand your mind and body better.

Problem-solving and creativity

The sensory deprivation experience can help in problem-solving and overcoming creative blocks. By eliminating external distractions, individuals can focus solely on the challenges at hand, potentially leading to novel solutions.

During floatation, you may enter a meditative state that is associated with increased theta brain wave activity. Theta waves are linked to creativity and insights, and spending time in this state may enhance creative thinking.

If you don’t completely switch off, try not to worry, especially at the start as you will need a little bit of time getting used to the unique sensation of being in a float tank. People sometimes have a misconception that you need to completely switch off to ‘float correctly’ or achieve the benefits, but this is not the case. If your mind just keeps racing, then the best thing to do is simply allow it to race and treat it as more of a ‘thinking’ or ‘creative’ float. Simply reframing it in this way will mean that the float will be just as beneficial for you and you might even leave your session with new ideas, new perspectives on problems or a fresh spark of creativity, as well as being very relaxed!

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