Floating and the Amygdala
Floating, is your chance, to begin controlling the functions of your brain without the necessary discipline that meditation entails. Floatation therapy allows your body/mind to enter the “theta state”, your most relaxed state, through the complete “weightlessness” of the floating environment. The benefits of this practice are compounded, when utilized on a consistent basis. Stress is the number one ingredient in most of our dis-eases. Floating will not only relieve your stress, but, will empower you to seek more balance between the body and mind. The body put in the right environment, can go along way, in restoring your well being!
Decreased Amygdala Size:
Studies have shown that the amygdala, known as our brain’s “fight or flight” center and the seat of our fearful and anxious emotions, decreases in brain cell volume after mindfulness practice.
Diminished or enhanced functionality in certain networks/connections:
Not only does the amygdala shrink post mindfulness practice, but the functional connections between the amygdala and the pre-frontal cortex are weakened. This allows for less reactivity, and also paves the way for connections between areas associated with higher order brain functions to be strengthened (i.e. attention, concentration, etc.).