Meditation and Hot Tubbing
Taking care of your health is important. Our team at Imagine Backyard Living is here to help you make the most of your wonderful outdoor oasis. That’s why we want to encourage you to get into hot tub meditation. Yes! You can combine these two items for the ultimate practice in rejuvenation and relaxation.
Perhaps it’s already your habit to take a good soak at the end of every day to unwind. Now you can up the ante on your relaxation factor by combining it with a short mediation practice. As a great way to relieve stress, reduce pain, and avoid fatigue, mediation is all the rage these days with an increased awareness on mindfulness.
Here’s how to go about incorporating mediation techniques into your hot tub routine:
Turn your outdoor lights down low and turn the heat on your hot tub down a touch so you are shooting for a temperature between 90 and 100 degrees. Next, be sure to turn off your pumps and any equipment to allow for a peaceful and quiet environment. If you like calming music, feel free to turn it on as it can be a great mood setter.
Make your way into your hot tub and then turn your focus onto your body. Find a comfortable position, whether seated or kneeling, and sit up straight. Now, start scanning your body searching for areas of tension, pain, or stiffness. Many find it works best to start at the toes and work your way up. Focus on each area of the body slowly while relinquishing any sensations to the hot water.
After you find a comfortable meditation position, you’ll want to turn part of your attention to developing a long, slow breath. Try and breath deep into the belly with your lower diaphragm while allowing your ribs to open. Breathing is a tool that can help your mind focus on the simple mechanics of breathing in and out which can help drown out other thoughts.
Now you are breathing deeply, you are comfortably embedded in a wonderful warm environment but what about those pesky thoughts? First of all, it’s okay. It’s natural! Everybody’s mind intrudes. The key is that you acknowledge thoughts and allow them to float away. Everytime you notice that your mind is caught on something, just simply return your focus to breathing.