We absolutely love hosting folks who are new to floating. One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is ‘How do I quiet my mind?’ 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 quiet your mind, relax your 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:
- Allow your body to find its most comfortable floating position. Try putting your hands on your belly.
- Relax your neck and shoulders and let your jaw relax.
- Bring awareness to your breath, and notice its depth and pattern.
- 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.
- Hold the breath for a moment.
- Now release your breath slowly and smoothly as you count to 7. Feel your belly draw towards you, belly contracting.
- Repeat nine more times – try counting to 5 on the inhale, and 10 on the exhale for the next repetitions.
- When you are finished, return to natural belly breathing – slow and deep.
For additional tools, try alternating a body scan with this breath work. Learn more about body awareness HERE