If you’re new to floating or find it hard to unwind, then you might be awfully familiar with the perception of ‘mind speak’ whilst attempting to relax. A regular battler – even with the physical and mental exhaustion I feel after a day’s work – I often struggle to completely rest at night, battling with unnecessary thoughts about my never-ending to-do list, or work issues better addressed during business hours.
I figured I couldn’t be the only one though, so when I conducted further research into the matter I was somewhat pleased to note that this is quite a common occurrence; and one that can even plague us during our hour-long floatation sessions.
Though we are well aware by now that floating can have immense benefits of relaxation and mental, physical and spiritual healing, I want to highlight how we can reap even greater rewards during an hour long session – practicing effortlessness.
During floating our bodies become more relaxed than is possible during everyday life, but only will we reach our utmost meditative potential if we fully let go of all the thoughts plaguing us – including our thoughts and efforts to relax. Otherwise known as the The Law of Reversed Effort, the theory being that whatever you “try” to do, the result will be just the opposite. Arguably one of the hardest concepts to grasp, letting go of all our thoughts and efforts requires great attention and training.
Years of brain research indicates that everything we ever experience is stored in the brain and can be instantly recalled – if we know the right signal. Once a state of deep relaxation is achieved in the floatation tank, the brain uses this as its own signal of safety, peace and relaxation and has the power to suddenly switch from tension and stress to deep rest and recovery. If practiced regularly and easily maintained then the state can be readily repeated in other places, allowing the body to reach peace and relaxation almost upon demand (Read more here: Science Behind the Magic in Isolation Tank).
If you’re new to floating then by all means the best approach to take is none at all. Don’t enter in with pre-expectations of the outcome; enjoy the moment and allow your subconscious control your body’s response. On the other hand, if you’re conscious about getting the most out of your float, then here are few ways to let go of everything, including effort.
Folks at Waikato University recently took a closer look at Float Tanks & how they might improve your athletic performance + help muscle recovery (Flotation-restricted environmental stimulation therapy improves sleep and performance recovery in athletes). In this small study, they compared floating to passive recovery. They found Floating had a positive impact on: muscle recovery […]Read more
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