Float your stress away with Flotation Therapy

Many view this type of therapy as an elevated yoga experience and it is not a new concept, it has been around for more than forty (40) years.
It is a Restricted Environmental Simulation Technique (R.E.S.T) where you are floating for an hour in a salt water bath that is the same temperature as your body. The environment is dark and quiet. It has been said that this experience is more effective than regular yoga because the water helps to relax your body and your mind. Rejuvenation of the brain is the main purpose of this experience. This type of therapy is safe for pregnant women.

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Some benefits of this type of relaxation therapy include, but are not limited to: allowing muscles to heal properly because all pressure and weight is removed from the joints. This therapy has been said to relax and loosen muscles to allow the healing process to accelerate. Endorphins are released during a single session and the salt used in the bath is absorbed into the skin and harmful toxin buildup in the body is removed and in turn headaches and inflammation is reduced.
After a session that lasts anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, you will feel well rested (like you experienced six to eight hours of blissful sleep). You will have a renewed sense of peace and creativity.

If you want something a bit more luxurious then you should grab a corporate limo and go to an exotic retreat with your office to relieve some stress.

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5 Things Nobody Tells You About Meditation

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Are you new to meditation? Or have you thought about starting at some point in the future?

For an activity that’s supposedly meant to be simple, calming and quiet, there sure are a lot of questions and concerns people have about it. Even after trying to meditate once or twice, you’ll probably be left with more questions about your experience then you had before you began.

Here are just a few things I wish someone had told me before I started practicing meditation for myself.

1. Meditation should be simple, but it won’t necessarily always be relaxing.

I don’t know about you, but when I first started meditating, I thought I was supposed to enter some mystical transcendent state and be able to stay there comfortably for 30 minutes or longer. What I found was that I struggled to sit still, my mind was all over the place and it was usually anything but relaxing or calming.1361196.large

In fact, a research study found that participants experienced less relaxation and elevated heart rates with some forms of meditation — love-kindness meditation and observing-thoughts meditation in particular. So if some days you have great success with your meditation session and other days you struggle to get through it, don’t beat yourself up for it. It’s normal, and it’s all part of the journey.

2. Your mind isn’t supposed to be totally blank.

It’s very possible to concentrate too hard on suppressing thoughts. For a long time, that’s what I thought I was supposed to be doing to make it work. It was another faux pas I fell victim to that made meditation much more difficult than it should’ve been.

If you dive a little deeper into learning more about proper practice, you’ll discover that it’s not about suppressing thoughts at all. Instead, meditation is largely about becoming the “watcher” of your own mind. The key is to simply observe your thoughts and let them flow freely through your mind without getting sucked back into them.

3. You can meditate with your eyes open if you want.

I didn’t know about this when I first started, but there are lots of different types of meditation where you can keep your eyes open. If you have a hard time keeping your eyes closed, or even if you possibly find yourself clenching your eyelids too tight, you might want to try an open-eyed meditation.

In general, leaving your eyes open is great if your meditation is focused more on your awareness, especially of your surroundings. For more internal work and observation of thoughts, closed eyes are often ideal. I personally love to do both.

4. As little as 5 to 10 minutes can make a difference.

One of the most common excuses people give for avoiding meditation is that they don’t have time to do it. Many assume they need a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes to do it, and they think that the chaotic environment of their home or workplace isn’t a good place to do it.

If you truly want this to become part of your life, the first thing you have to do is stop making excuses. In reality, just a few minutes of meditation is better than nothing at all. And with a pair of headphones or even regular earplugs, you can get it done almost anywhere.

5. You’ll get more out of it by making it a consistent, daily habit.

Just like exercise and healthy eating, meditation is a practice that offers more benefits when you make it a consistent habit by aiming to do it every day. Although you’ll undoubtedly experience several “off” days as we all do from time to time, making it a daily practice is key to getting better at it and seeing it affect other parts of your mental health and everyday life more directly.

If you can schedule your meditation around the same time every day — whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, or night — you’ll be setting yourself up for far more success compared to anyone else who doesn’t plan ahead of time. Make it a part of your routine as much as possible, and eventually you’ll be wondering how you ever lived without it!

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Call This “Combination Meditation”

Say “meditation” and people think of sitting in a lotus position and chanting to yourself. There are, however, variations on that theme. Like the Zap technique. That’s the actual name given to it by its creator, Rohan Gunatillake. He invented an “urban mindfulness” app called Buddhify. The Zap technique is part of the app. In a nutshell, the Zap technique involves:

1. Mobile meditation, as opposed to the more expected stationary style. The Zap technique is designed for practice during everyday activities when around others, but not necessarily interacting with them. When you’re walking to work, doing shopping alone, eating out by yourself, etc.download (6)

2. Casually observing others and silently (mentally) wishing them well. It could be a simple “I hope your day goes well” unheard by them. This deviates from meditation people normally think of because the serenity is internal and simultaneously directed externally, to and for others besides ourselves.

3. An awareness that others have stresses as we do.This empathy promotes humility on our part and keeps our ego in check.

Everyone, including us, is bombarded by negative “vibes” that didn’t exist even a generation ago. A person will find it easy to put the Zap technique to work for them anytime, anywhere as it helps them focus on mankind’s common desire for peace of mind.

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