Do you hear that? Or, rather, not hear that? It’s called silence.
So many of us live our lives as if silence and stillness are to be avoided. In a world that is filled with noise, whether it be the background noise of life, or an increased attachment to devices which provide an on-demand distraction by way of movies, music or social media, we never seem to give our minds a break.
We don’t get the chance to just enjoy some peace and quiet, and this is not good for your health. Experts and research studies alike confirm that time spent in silence can bring numerous health benefits that can include:
- lowering blood pressure
- improving concentration and focus
- calming racing thoughts
- stimulating brain growth
- reducing cortisol
- stimulating creativity
- improving insomnia
- encouraging mindfulness
The non-stop demands and constant noise place a burden on the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is the part of the brain that is used in problem-solving and decision making. This leaves our attentional resources depleted which allows us to become distracted and mentally fatigued.
A float pod provides the perfect environment for complete silence, with no chance of being tempted by your device. With the silence and complete lack of sensory input, a 60 minute float will allow your brain time to let down its sensory guard and replenish its resources.
Imke Kirste, a Duke University regenerative biologist, conducted a study that discovered that two hours of silence per day prompted cell development in the hippocampus, the brain region related to the formation of memory.
“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence and the truth comes to me” Albert Einstein
I am sure that given the chance, we would all like to strive for excellence, and the benefits that come from seeking silence can improve not only our overall health, but also help improve innovative thinking that we put into our work, and our lives in general. While many people believe that working non-stop will bring them results, they forget the wisdom of scientists, inventors and spiritual leaders that have come before, who found their answers within the contemplation of sheer silence.
Though an absence of sound may feel like emptiness, you may discover that dialling down the noise offers surprising fullness for body, mind, and spirit alike. The simple yet powerful experience of the silence you get in a float pod, and the clarity that it brings, may be just what you need most right now.
Book a float to take the opportunity to experience your hour of silence.