Many people appreciate the value of yoga as an important refreshing activity with immense healing value.
However, considered alongside the increasingly popular floating, or float therapy in terms of their impact on the body, a lot of people tend to look at these two types of therapy as being poles apart.
On the surface, yoga is naturally a physical activity that involves positioning the body in particularly awkward positions to stretch out. Flotation on the other hand is a passive activity involving placing your senses to immense rest.
How floatation Happens
A floatation therapy involves floating in a Shavasana position in a giant pod with typically over a 100 gallons of water enriched with about 900 pounds of Epsom salt.
The water is so dense that your body will float perfectly. And it’s extremely healthy; just the latest health trend taking Australia by storm.
The floatation tanks are also optimised to maintain the water at body-temperature so you won’t feel there’s any water in contact with your skin at all.
You are supposed to switch off the lights once you are inside the tank. On top of that, you’ll put earplugs on. Complete darkness in a completely soundproof environment and no feel of the impact of water on your body, you’ll feel as if you are suspended in mid-air.
These conditions create sensory deprivation that helps your mind to drift away into a profound dream-like state.
On the Flipside…
The health benefits of these two therapies (floatation and yoga) are rooted much deeper – in what they both do to the brain.
Studies are increasingly unveiling ways in which the mind is connected to the body. And while Yoga and floatation on the surface may seem very different, their health and wellness benefits greatly go together.
These two avant-garde therapies and their benefits are making waves in the world of health and fitness.
Yet, while these two apparently overlap in terms of how various people apply them, very few already consider using both the therapies together to complement each other.
Here, we take a look into how float therapy and yoga can work hand in hand to complement each other and create a holistic, healthy and happy life.
1. Relax and ease muscle tension
A float therapy can directly elevate the benefits one gets from yoga as part of a larger set of health and fitness practices.
They both are primarily effective in relaxing and easing muscle tension. But the impact comes in differently from each of the two therapies.
Yoga stretches your body and warms it up through a series of movements often with varying levels of difficulty and intensity. In your yoga classes you’ll achieve a sort of relaxation that may progressively make you more flexible and enable you to do more difficult poses.
You may have several yoga sessions. And flotation therapy in between your yoga sessions will serve to help relax your muscles and boost your yoga performance. With more flexibility, subsequent yoga sessions are likely to be more beneficial than ever. It will also help you become more capable of advancing your practice.
2. Release toxins and wash them out of the body
Yoga is effective as a way to release toxins that often accumulate within tight muscles.
The relaxation achieved through float therapy helps increase blood flow throughout the body and particularly to the soft tissues. With this enhanced flow of blood, the toxins released during your yoga therapy will effectively be washed out of your system.
If yoga and floatation are used concurrently, this process of releasing and washing out of toxins can help your circulatory system to get rid of those toxins.
Your entire body will eventually benefit from freedom from toxins and make you feel better and more invigorated.
3. Boost meditation
Floatation can significantly help yogis with a quick boost in meditation to levels that are often difficult to attain through yoga.
Many yoga classes have meditation as a central component. But many people often find it challenging and even frustrating to quiet down their brains to that required level.
You may experience this challenge particularly if you are a beginner in yoga. Quieting your mind may seem impossible.
Flotation therapy comes in handy. It helps to slow down your brain waves and take the brain from its beta state (higher) into a lower alpha mode where it’s closely associated with deep meditation.
In the alpha state, your brain releases theta waves and your mind is quiet.
It might take you several months or even years to achieve the theta state through meditation alone. But you may take as little as 20 minutes to achieve that state in a flotation tank.
4. Doubling the improvement of sleep
You might have encountered the cliché: sleep is a weapon. It generally implies that sleep is extremely essential to your body and is central to a healthy body.
Using yoga alone will help improve sleep among people with problems getting sleep. But combined with a float therapy, the rate at which you attain a perfectly healthy sleeping pattern is likely to double.
A floatation tank creates an environment that trains the brain to relax and instantly fall asleep. Simple as it may sound, the art of sleep can be difficult and may take some learning to master.
The saltwater floatation chamber is free from the constant external stimulations and this allows you to fall asleep in a relaxed environment. This eventually trains your brain to master the habit of falling asleep as soon as you put your body to rest.
This is the same with Yoga, where relaxation is central to the treatment. Your brain learns to relax and your body develops deeper REM cycles to make you fall asleep quicker.
Yoga helps to improve your sleep by keeping you balanced and relaxed through its long, slow patterns of breathing and meditation. Stretching in yoga also relaxes your nerves and prepares them for better sleep, just like most strenuous physical exercises.
Yoga and flotation can have greatly beneficial contributions toward your health and fitness objectives each on its own.
However, combining the two helps build both your physical and mental flexibility through progressive stretching and relaxation.
Elevation Floatation and Yoga is the first and only studio to bring these two forms of physical and mental therapy together in a unique, healthy and relaxing setting.
If you haven’t already tried this combination, give us a call. There’s no better time get started toward a healthier lifestyle than today.