So, what are Theta waves anyway?

I am writing this on a foggy, grey day in January, which today is also being called “blue monday”. The combination of the weather, the lack of sunlight, the reality of your new years resolutions, and credit card bills coming in all have a profound effect on your mood this time of the year . So, if you are feeling a little ‘off’ or are experiencing increased feelings of anxiety or depression, this could be why. I know that I am definitely feeling it.

So, I am here to explain how floating can help!!

Stress, depression, anxiety all stem from your brain chemistry. When you are stressed or anxious, your brain produces particular neurotransmitters and hormones like Adrenaline and Cortisol and ACTH. Most of us have heard of the ‘fight or flight’ stress response, but the same response can also be triggered with feelings of helplessness or frustration.

When you float, you enter the deeply relaxed and meditative state. This is amazing for your body to feel refreshed and reset, but it also does great things with your brain.
Emerging science shows that floating has a significant decrease on pituitary / adrenal activity by sharply reducing the biochemicals associated with stress and anxiety – so reduces the adrenaline and cortisol. Some studies have shown that cortisol levels are reduced for up to 5 days after floating. More studies have shown a very distinct improvement in mood and feelings of well being post-float. So, not only does floating have a positive impact on your brain chemistry, but it can also interrupt the cycle of depression or anxiety long enough so that you can get a toe hold and work your way out of the bad state of mind.

Also, when you are deeply relaxed, your brain releases the desirable neurotransmitters and hormones like endorphins that make you feel so good.

I have definitely increased my floating frequency lately, trying to climb out of this funk. One technique that I have been using to help me relax into my float is to start with a list of things that I am grateful for. I think of what I am grateful for, then I pause for a few minutes and really focus on the feeling of it . It normally makes me cry, but they are all good tears. Plus, I just tell people that I got salt in my eye ….

I would love to hear in the comments below some of the tips and tricks that you have for staying positive in this not-so-nice time of year.

So, if you are in a funk , call us today or visit us online at blissfloatcentre.ca to book your float today.

New Year’s Resolutions – yay or nay??

As 2017 draws to a close and we look towards the year ahead, New Year’s Resolutions are a hot topic of conversation these days.  What are your thoughts?  Do you love them, make them, and stick to them?  Or, do you fall into the category of wildly abandoning resolutions by mid-February.  I am definitely in the second category – Resolutions?  What resolutions????

Instead, I have turned towards goal setting, journalling, visualizing, and quiet reflection of the year that has passed.  To me, this practice just seems so much more sustainable and feels much gentler.

As I review 2017, so many huge learning moments come up for me.  Some learning moments that I never want to learn again (ugh) and a few that I would learn again in a heartbeat.  2017 was a huge year for me – both personally and professionally.  For starters, I am so grateful to all of my float ‘family’ – you, my dear customers.  As much as (I hope) floating has made a positive difference in your lives, I can honestly say that your stories, comments, hugs, and messages have definitely made a wonderful difference to my life.  Thank you all for joining me on this wild ride of entrepreneurship!    So, as I visualize and plan for 2018, I am definitely including the highlights from 2017, with the intention to magnify all the salty goodness.

As far as the lessons I never wish to learn again (and there are some huge ones) I give thanks for the lessons, and then purposefully and firmly let them go.

I find that my float practice changes a little bit this time of year.  I always use floating to simply unplug so that I don’t become a crazy person, but my last few floats have been much more ‘processing’ floats.  The quiet gives me the space to sift and sort.  I can be much more mindful when choosing the experiences from 2017 that I wish to repeat.   It is so much easier for me to visualize, feel, and yes – almost touch and taste my goals and desires.  As far as letting go, in the quiet it is so much easier to vacuum out all the dark corners of thoughts that I no longer need – it actually felt like I did some serious house cleaning during my last float, as I felt so much lighter afterwards.  I am fairly new to journalling, but the words come so easy to me after floating.  So clear. Intentional. Raw.   I intend to re-read my notes later in the year when I feel that I am getting off-track.

So, if you are tired of resolutions that fade quickly, consider trying a different approach.  Feel free to bring your own journal to your next float, or please feel free to borrow pen and paper from us – we have lots exactly for this purpose!  Sit, enjoy some tea and make plans to make 2018 the best it can be.

 

Happy New Year!

Janette

 

 

Tips from the Tank – June

The list of benefits to be gained from a float practice is seemingly endless. That in itself is amazing. Each float can be a bit different, and often offers exactly what your body or mind needs in that moment. I have been amazed at some of the random places that my mind goes during my float. Sometimes, I work out problems, sometimes I get big ideas, and sometimes I simply fall asleep. I love the randomness of thoughts that come during some floats, and am often surprised and entertained at what shows up for me.

Over the past few months, however, I have been playing with Intention setting before my floats. Have you heard the saying “where the thought goes the energy flows”? Setting an intention before your float can help to focus your energy to one area of your body or mind that you would like to shift, change, resolve, or explore further. Try setting your intention with a sense of curiosity as to what will be revealed. Let your mind explore the subject, rolling it around, looking at it from different angles. Be open to the thoughts that come. Relax into your intention – perhaps unrelated thoughts will come up that end up shedding light on your intention.

From the website https://mindfulminutes.com/intention-setting-101/

Intentions can be a clear and specific topic, or as simple as a word or phrase you’d like to align yourself with, like “open your mind and heart,” “love,” “softness,” “strength,” “compassion for myself and others,” “peace,” or “freedom.” Try to keep the intention positive, so instead of saying “stop being a coward,” or “spend less time alone,” choose the intentions, “be courageous” or simply, “community”.

Here are some thought-starters to help you get started in forming an intention:

  •  What matters most to you?
  •  What would you like to build, create, or nurture in your life?
  • What would you like to let go of?
  • Who would you like to forgive in your life?
  • How do you feel when you are your happiest self?
  • What makes you proud?
  • What word(s) would you like to align yourself with?
  • What fears would you like to release?
  • What are you grateful for?

 

We would love to hear how this works for you, and if intention setting had a positive impact on your float practice.

Posted: June 6, 2017 By: Comment: 0

Tips from the Tank – May

We absolutely love hosting folks who are new to floating. One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is ‘How do I shut my mind off?’ While there are many meditation and relaxation techniques for you to explore, we find that one of the simplest methods is simply to focus on your breath.

When was the last time that you sat still and really focused on your breathing? Was it shallow and quick, or deep and slow? A good breathing technique will calm the mind, relax the body, relieve stress and act as a bridge to accessing the theta state. (the state between waking and sleeping)

One simple breathing technique that we suggest here is a measured breathing technique. Simply put is is as follows:

  1. Allow your body to find its most comfortable floating position. Try putting your hands on your belly.
  2. Relax your neck and shoulders and let your jaw relax.
  3. Bring awareness to your breath, and notice its depth and pattern.
  4. Breathe in slowly through your nose, sending your breath into your core and belly. Count to 4 on the inhale – feel your hands on your belly expand.
  5. Hold the breath for a moment.
  6. Now release your breath slowly and smoothly as you count to 7. Feel your belly draw towards you, belly contracting.
  7. Repeat nine more times – try counting to 5 on the inhale, and 10 on the exhale for the next repetitions.
  8. When you are finished, return to natural belly breathing – slow and deep.

Give yourself the space and time to breathe deeply during your next float and see what happens. We would love to hear about it!

 

 

Posted: May 11, 2017 By: Comment: 0