Meditation and mindfulness are practices that can help you reduce stress, improve your mood, and enhance your well-being. But if you find it hard to meditate or be mindful in your daily life, you may want to try float therapy as a tool to help you achieve these benefits.
Float therapy is a type of therapy that involves floating in a water-filled sensory deprivation tank, which is designed to reduce external stimuli and create a calm and peaceful environment. Floating can help you enter a deep state of relaxation, where your brain waves slow down and your body releases tension and pain.
In this article, we will explain how float therapy works, how it can help you meditate and be mindful, and what to expect from your first float session at Float Hub in Shoreditch.
How Float Therapy Works
Float therapy is also known as flotation therapy or REST (restricted environmental stimulation therapy). It was invented in the 1950s by Dr. Jay Shurley and Dr. John Lilly, who wanted to study human consciousness and the brain’s reaction to a complete lack of external stimuli.
A float tank is a dark and soundproof tank or bath-like pool that is filled with warm water saturated with Epsom salt. The salt gives the water buoyancy, allowing you to float effortlessly on the surface. The water temperature is matched to your skin temperature, making you lose perception of where your body ends and the water begins.
The idea behind float therapy is to cut out outside stimuli like light, sound, gravity, and temperature fluctuations. This allows your mind to become calmer and quieter, while your body relaxes and heals itself.
## How Float Therapy Can Help You Meditate and Be Mindful
Meditation is a practice that involves focusing your attention on a single object, such as your breath, a mantra, or a sensation. Mindfulness is a practice that involves being aware of the present moment without judgment or distraction.
Both meditation and mindfulness can help you reduce stress and anxiety,
improve your mood and mental health, boost your immune system and cardiovascular health, and enhance your creativity and focus.
However, many people find it difficult to meditate or be mindful in their daily lives because of various challenges such as:
– Lack of time or space
– Distractions or noises
– Difficulty concentrating or relaxing
– Negative thoughts or emotions
– Physical discomfort or pain
Float therapy can offer an easier way to achieve deep meditation
and mindfulness because it provides an ideal environment for these practices.
Here are some of the benefits of using float therapy as a tool for meditation and mindfulness:
– It reduces sensory input that can interfere with your focus.
– It can help you enter a theta state (the lower frequency brain waves associated with deep relaxation).
– It increases awareness of your breath and heartbeat (the natural anchors for meditation).
– It’s shown to lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and increase endorphins (the feel-good hormones).
– It can relieve muscle tension and pain that can distract you from being present.
By floating regularly, you can train yourself to become more familiar with the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, such as:
– A sense of calmness and peace.
– A detachment from worries or problems.
– A clarity of thinking or insight.
– A connection with yourself or something greater.
## What To Expect From Your First Float Session at Float Hub
If you are interested in trying float therapy as a tool for meditation
and mindfulness, here are some tips on what to expect from your first session at Float Hub in Shoreditch:
– Before you float, you will need to shower, remove any jewellery, and avoid any caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine.
– You can choose whether to wear a swimsuit or not.
– You will also be provided with earplugs, a towel, and other amenities.
– You will enter one of our six spacious float tanks, which are among the most advanced in world.
– You can choose whether to have lights on or off, music on or off, or both.
– You will lie down on the water and adjust yourself until you find a comfortable position.
– The session will typically last around an hour, you can opt for shorter & members get free upgrades to 90 minutes (subject to availability on arrival)
– During the float session, you may experience different sensations, such as:
– Feeling weightless
– Losing track of time
– Having vivid thoughts
– Deep calm and peacefulness
– Muscle relaxation and pain relief after around 30-40 minutes
The key is to relax and let go of any expectations or judgments. Just focus on your breath, your body, or whatever comes up in your mind. After the float session, you will hear a gentle music signal to let you know that your time is up. You will get out of the tank and shower again to rinse off the salt.
You can then enjoy a selection of organic herbal teas in our lounge area, where you can also journal or chat with other floaters. You may feel refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated after your float.
Some people also report having better sleep, more energy, and enhanced creativity for days after their float.
Ready to Try Float Therapy?
If you are curious about how float therapy can help you meditate and be mindful, why not book your first session at Float Hub in Shoreditch today?
We are London’s most advanced and premium float centre, with six of the world’s best floatation tanks and a team of friendly and professional staff.
We are also rated #1 on TripAdvisor for our excellent service and customer satisfaction.
Whether you are new to floating or an experienced floater, we have something for everyone.
You can choose from our single floats, shareable packs, intro packs, or memberships to suit your needs and budget.
You can also take advantage of our spring special offer: 2 floats for £95!
Don’t miss this opportunity to discover a deeper state of relaxation with float therapy and floatation tanks in Shoreditch, London. Book online now or call us at 020 3581 7108 if you have any questions.