Why Mothers Need to Float, Too

Mothers just might have the most difficult job on Earth. They certainly have a tremendous amount of responsibility; bringing a child into the world, ensuring that their needs are met and raising them well is more than a full-time job.

While motherhood is rewarding and a great joy, with so much responsibility, it isn’t without its share of stresses. While there are numerous stress relief techniques available to help with relaxation, using floatation therapy in a float spa is a unique and effective way to relieve stress as well as enhance a meditation practice.

 

Beyond Traditional Meditation

As you might know from personal experience, meditation on its own has tremendous healing benefits. It helps to quiet the mind and soothe the spirit. We become more in touch with our true selves and the supportive energies all around us. However, the weightlessness of floating in a deprivation tank can take meditation and contemplation to much deeper levels, allowing for a more fulfilling relaxation experience.

What is a float spa? Float spas have isolation or sensory deprivation tanks, which were first developed in the 1950s by doctor and neurophysicist John C. Lilly. Dr. Lilly was a brain researcher who studied altered states of consciousness and their relationship to specific brain waves.

Float spas are expertly designed for total comfort and optimal relaxation. They are designed to allow for total immersion and weightlessness, for relaxation and healing purposes. This facilitates a level of sensory deprivation that transports you to a deeper level of inner serenity than you ever thought possible. What could be better for a busy Mom?

A Return to Safety and Serenity

Your deprivation tank is made of fiberglass and filled with warm water enhanced with a highly saturated solution of Epsom salts to soften it and optimize the water environment. The heavy salt content of the water in the tank helps you to float effortlessly with a feeling of weightlessness during your session.

During a float session, the environment is darkened and you wear earplugs to close out any stimuli from the outside world. Once inside, you’ll float without any effort at all and soon have a pleasant and liberating sense of losing awareness of your body.

Many float spa users describe the sensation as what it might be like to return to their mother’s womb. What a gift for new mothers to feel safe and taken care of when they usually spend most of their time doing this for their children! A visit to the float spa is a wonderful way to recharge and rejuvenate.

Mothers often feel as though they’re “on the clock” 24/7. To have even a small amount of time to themselves is a gift. A session in a float spa makes a getaway truly quality time. Inside the tank, you hear little besides your own heartbeat and breathing rhythms, allowing for a true reconnection and return to yourself.

 

Relaxing the Body, Quieting the Mind

Mothers become accustomed to children making demands on a nearly continual basis. What a refreshing experience to feel absolutely no demands and get a total escape from outside stimuli, even for just an hour or so.

Meditation offers many of the same benefits as floating, but a floating spa can deepen the experience in profound ways. The chatter of the “monkey mind” has nothing to latch onto in terms of sensory experience, so it has no choice but to quiet down. You may even get to experience yourself as pure consciousness and tap into the essence of your own soul. Mystical, spiritual and transcendent experiences have been reported during floatation tank sessions. However, at a minimum, you’ll feel much more deeply relaxed.

Floatation therapy has been studied extensively, and numerous clinical benefits have been established. These include:

  • Relaxation
  • Stress relief
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced judgment and worry
  • Healthier sleep patterns
  • Reduced anxiety and PTSD symptoms
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Rejuvenates body, mind, and spirit

Float spa sessions can last as long as you wish, from as little as five to 10 minutes up to an hour or longer. The benefits are cumulative, so having regular float spa sessions enhances the positive effects of this therapy.

By now, the benefits of floatation therapy for mothers in a floating spa should be clear. It can facilitate a state of relaxation that is unlike just about any other modality or technique available today. While a regular meditation practice is valuable, the depth of relaxation and healthy self-awareness can be taken to new levels through regular sessions.
Sources

Discover Magazine

New York Times

Science Direct