Think about the last time you soaked in a hot bath at the end of a really long day. Now try to imagine what it would feel like to step into a tub the size of a walk-in closet that has more than 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt, dim lighting, soothing music, soundproof walls, and water the temperature of your skin. You’ve just stepped into a float tank – one that offers time to do some profound meditation.
Floatation therapy has been around since the ‘50s but became more popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The industry is exploding again because of the enhanced float pods and the focus on meditation, enhanced well-being, and mindfulness. Not to mention the dozens of studies that both the military and private doctors are preforming to track the mental and physical benefits of floating.
Float tanks are one of the best places to access the theta brainwaves that allow for deep meditation because of the sensory deprivation. You’ll be able to meditate faster and longer without the sounds of cars driving by, others in the space, and mind chatter. In addition to the relaxing experience offered by the float tanks, many people experience profound and transformative visions during their sessions, so word of mouth plays a part in their popularity too.
Why does floating help with meditation?
You have the option to float in a pod or in a larger float room with the music on or off and with or without the light. Since the water matches your body’s temperature, you’ll forget where your body ends and the water begins. It’s very different than soaking in a hot bathtub where your exposed skin is in contact with the cooler temperature of the bathroom. The Epsom salt in the water forces you to float, so you won’t have to focus your thoughts on that. When all of these tactile experiences are eliminated, that part of your brain turns off because there’s no input being received. Therefore, you can let go and enter the meditative state much faster and deeper.
Accessing the theta state
The best meditation comes from accessing theta state, or the lower frequency brain waves that accompany deep relaxation, creativity, and visualization. During a floating session, you can get to this state quickly. It is in the theta state where we truly recharge and heal ourselves effectively.
If you’re new to floating, don’t worry. Many who try floating for the first time can access the theta state with minimal effort just like the seasoned pros. If you’re not sure what the theta state feels like, a telltale sign that you’ve gotten to it is when you feel a sort of pre-sleep sensation in which you can’t tell whether you’re asleep or awake. Time will go very quickly at this point, so most people feel like their 90 minute float only lasted 45 minutes.
After your floating session, you’ll feel renewed, happy, and at peace. Naturally, such feelings lead to improved mood, better sleep, and overall satisfaction. If floatation therapy sounds like the perfect way to enhance your meditative practices, book a session at Total Rejuvenation today. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Total Rejuvenation offers a wide range of services that will recharge your mind, body, and soul. Give us a call today to reserve your float tank.