A meditation float is a form of sensory deprivation that helps to reduce anxiety, increase creativity, and promote physical and mental wellness. It is also a way to experience deep relaxation without leaving the comfort of your own home.
The first step is to prepare yourself mentally for the float. Focus on positive, peaceful thoughts rather than negative ones, and make sure to leave behind any worries about work, your family, or other pressures.
Once you are in the tank, it is a good idea to use a breathing exercise to calm your mind. This can be done by drawing in deep breaths until you can’t hold them anymore, and then slowly releasing them through your nose or mouth. You can do this exercise on your own, or if you prefer, you can follow a meditation track that is guided through the speakers.
As you begin to relax, your body and mind will naturally begin to shift into a state of deep rest and healing. This is a meditative state called theta brainwaves, which are known to be a deeply healing and relaxing mental state.
This can be a hard transition to get used to at first, but it can be incredibly beneficial to your mind and body overall. You may find that you are able to go deeper and more relaxed than in any other meditation.
In addition to physical and mental relief, floating is a good tool for those who suffer from chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study published in 2016 found that patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experienced significant improvement in their symptoms after undergoing twelve float sessions over seven weeks. This improvement was sustained six months later.