on June 10, 2014 in Health
Soaking in a warm hot tub is relaxing in itself. Add meditation to that, and you’re in for one of the most relaxing and beneficial experiences you’ve probably ever had. Mindful meditation is used to focus your mind on your body instead of on the ever-changing and busy world around you. With each breath, you should feel the stress and worries of life melt away from you. The tension in your muscles should begin to fade away, and eventually your body and mind should fall into a state of deep relaxation.
Reaching this state of deep relaxation through meditation can benefit you in a number of ways. Mindful meditation has been proven to reduce stress, as it is linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Mindful meditation also allows us to analyze our body objectively, and helps us to regulate our emotion and attention.
To reach an even higher level of relaxation through meditation, try meditating in a warm hot tub. Although you probably won’t reach the level of relaxation you desire the first few times you meditate, you will become better at focusing your mind each time you practice. Eventually, meditating in the hot tub will help you reach a level of mental wellbeing that is rarely achieved in our society. If you’re new to meditating, give it a try by following the steps we have listed below.
How to meditate in a hot tub
1. Set a timer to alert you in 11 minutes. Beginners should start meditating in 10-minute intervals, with one minute added for you to get situated and comfortable in the tub. If you are more experienced at meditating, set your timer to 15 minutes or longer, though we do not recommend staying in the tub for more than 20 minutes at a time. If you are using a timer on your phone, turn it to silent mode so that you are not distracted by incoming calls or texts. Disconnect yourself from the outside world.
2. Make sure to turn off the hot tub jets, as silence allows for minimal distraction. Try to sit cross-legged on the hot tub seat with your spine erect and your chin tilted slightly downward. Make sure that you are comfortable. Now, leave your eyes halfway open, and concentrate on the water in front of you.
3. Take three big, deep breaths. Allow your torso to rise and fall with each breath, and focus on this movement. Feel the air entering and leaving your body.
4. Now, return to breathing normally, but continue focusing on your breath. Concentrate on your individual body parts, starting with your head all the way down to your toes. Notice how each body part feels and moves with your breath. Don’t consciously move any part of your body. Just notice how each body part feels in its natural state.
5. After you’ve successfully focused on each body part, concentrate on your body’s buoyancy in the water. Feel your backside on the seat, and your legs on the bottom of the spa. Notice the lightness of your body in the water. Feel your hands on your thighs.
6. Finally, go back to concentrating solely on your breathing until the 11 minutes have passed. This is very difficult to do for beginners. Don’t worry if you get distracted. It’s normal. Noticing your mind wandering is actually a good thing because it proves that you are aware of your thoughts. Acknowledge the fact that you were distracted, and then gently go back to focusing on your breath. Concentrate on the air moving into your lungs, and out of your lungs. Feel it going through your entire body.
If your mind continuously wanders from your breath and you begin to feel frustrated, try mantra meditating. To do this, repeat a sound or phrase over and over again. Concentrate solely on the sound or phrase. Also, consider adding aromatherapy to your meditation to enhance relaxation.
Deep relaxation through mindful meditation is difficult to achieve your first few attempts. In fact, meditating may seem to be more frustrating than relaxing at first. But the more you engage in this activity, the higher level of clarity and relaxation you will reach. The mental wellbeing and relaxation you will eventually achieve as a result of meditation will be sure to outweigh the effort you put into mastering it. This is why meditation has survived over thousands of years. Best of all, meditation gives you another great way to enjoy and relax in your hot tub.
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