Letting go sounds easy, but many of us are subconsciously and consciously dealing with busy minds, common fears, and small paranoias; “What is it going to be like?” “What if I can’t relax?” “What if I freak out?” “What if it is not safe?”
These negative thoughts block us from relaxing in both the float tank and our daily lives. If we can overcome our negative thought cycles, we can benefit from the experience of letting go. To get to this experience, one must free the body from the interference of the conscious mind and calm the flow of thoughts, images and words.
Brain research now suggests, that once you have entered this state of profound relaxation it can be recalled, reentered, and maintained. With natural body memory and practice, maintaining deep relaxation can be utilized for a wide range of techniques for behaviour or attitude change such as: self-hypnosis, autosuggestion, visualization, free-flowing imagery, self-healing, prayer, meditation, autogenics exercises and so on.
“There is a certain trick to letting go but is quite easy to learn, and once learned it is not easily forgotten” – Michael Hutchison, “The Book of Floating”