During your float
When you manage to move carefully, the water stays calm too. As you become more confident or experienced the sensation of finding it difficult to identify where the body begins and the water ends can be strong.
Here the sensation of weightlessness begins. Leaving the lights on is your choice, however, darkness, which can initially be a little unsettling can allow the imaginative mind to take centre stage.
It’s just you and the silence…or does your brain suddenly sound like the local primary school playground during lunch? It takes time and practice to quiet your mind. Don’t panic if you feel restless. A productive way to start is to focus on your breathing – try a’ breathe in, breathe out’ mantra in your head as your body breathes in and out. Or adapt the yoga nidra approach, silently speaking to every part of your body from head to toe, one by one, to relax.
Go with the flow
It’s OK if your mind is still active. Let your thoughts come and go. Think of your brain as a computer – it takes time to shut down all the ‘open’ programs. Eventually, you move to a more relaxed and can even enter a prolonged theta state. A place we rarely access, normally only achieved after long periods of meditation. Here, you experience a boost in problem-solving capabilities, creativity, and vivid mental imagery. Suppressed emotions or memories may arise, and you may also access your subconscious. Every float trains your brain to get here quicker.
Keep an open mind
It’s the only way new ideas can get in. At the base level, the tank gives you quality downtime without any effort. If you approach it with an open mind, you can also make it your tool for contemplation and growth.