Floating Calmly On Water And Its Benefits For Health
Floating calmly on or in water sounds like a strange thing to do regularly. I know what it’s like to be completely consumed by stress, anxiety, depression, and noise triggered by the world around us. It’s tough out there and as we get older we realize how valuable those silent times we used to call ‘boring,’ actually are to us. It can be almost impossible to find time to be quiet and find a place to let your thoughts drift away. Floating calmly is the perfect way to do this
I first came across the concept whilst staying in Kenya, where we literally floated our way down the creek. All we had to do was lay there and let the current carry us.
I know, this sounds too good or too bizarre to be true. But it’s a real thing and even science says it’s possible.
Floating Calmly To Remove Noise
Recently there are companies catching onto the concept and creating floating pods that cut off all outside sensories so that it is just you and your water pod. But if you can get out into nature instead and float down a creek or ocean, you’ll have a much more rejuvenating and energizing experience.
It might sound like a foreign or scary concept at first, but that’s the point, you’re meant to let yourself go. These urban inventions called sensory-deprivation tanks are not terrifying at all. They’re there to mimic the same effects as you would receive by floating peacefully down a creek, river or ocean as I did. Ultimately you’re going to get one heck of a relaxing and calming experience.
Apparently, these floating pods use magnesium-saturated water (aka Epsom salt). They also keep the temperature low to match your skin’s temperature. Therefore, this keeps you effortlessly buoyant so you don’t have to worry about staying afloat. When you go floating on real water out in nature, you’re kept up by the slight current which automatically carries you. Of course, when you do this, you travel with an experienced guide and somebody who understands the tides.
Before you know it, you’ll be fully relaxed. Your entire being is at peace with nothing to touch, taste, smell, hear, or feel. Ultimately, you immerse yourself in your own cocoon of warmth and silence, with only your thoughts to keep you company. Okay, and perhaps the beautiful sounds of nature if you’re floating outdoors. This is exactly where the magic of floating happens. I believe that it puts you in a meditative state is that you can heal from within, going forward.
Improve Depression And Anxiety
Floating calmly on a regular basis can relieve tons of stress. When your body is stressed out, your hypothalamus (the almond-sized part of your brain just above your brainstem) signals your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Unfortunately, chronic stress leads to an overactive hypothalamus, which can lead to depression. Floating helps combat depression and anxiety by minimizing your cortisol production.
Apparently, people who floated for 12 sessions noticed decreased pain, stress, anxiety, and depression as well as improved sleep quality and general optimism. Better yet, these results lasted up to four months post-flotation.
After I floated, I felt really good. As if I created a fresh start for myself. A new person. Therefore, I believe it can make a massive difference to your quality of life. It really does, which is why I want to continue with this because I seriously need it.
Amazing Pain Relief Benefits
If you’re going through a tough phase and are experiencing a lot of pain in your body, then, floating calmly is a good route for you to take.
For people with chronic, stress-related muscle pain and burnout-related depression, floating could be an integral part of your pain treatment plan. Studies show that floating oxygenates your body by promoting vasodilation. This creates better blood flow to the brain, organs, and limbs. It serves to minimize muscular pain and even pain from degenerative disc disease or herniated disks.
If you struggle with pain, muscle tension, stress, anxiety, and sadness or fibromyalgia. Floating also increases feelings of relaxation, well-being, energy, and ease of movement in the same group of people.
Boost Your Athletic Performance
Are you hitting your workouts and training hard? It might be time to dial it down and take time for peace and quiet.
Floating helps you bounce back faster from workouts by reducing lactic acid in the blood. When you float free of gravity, lactic acid passes out of the muscles faster. This process reduces overall muscle stiffness and pain.
This is common amongst athletes. Therefore, floating peacefully can help athletes of all sports, on and off the field. One study on basketball players found strong evidence of athletic skill improvement post floating. These results may be due to a lower arousal state post floating, which enabled the players to maintain better focus while shooting foul shots.
Musicians, writers, artists and creative performers also gain from floating. A study in the journal Music and Medicine found that floating improved the technical ability of musicians during jazz improvisation.
What Happens On Your First Float?
You must expect your first float session to last between 60 to 90 minutes. It might feel a little uncomfortable at first and you could feel slightly restless. Especially if your first time is in a float tank. But after a while, your body adjusts and begins floating calmly. Soon the body relaxes entirely and loses touch of its sensory surroundings,
Some float studios have water-based speakers with guided meditations to help you ease into your session.
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