Practice the Wim Hof breathing technique to enhance the floating experience of increased blood circulation, energy levels, meditation, and relaxation as well as reduced stress by following the below steps:
1. Inhale deeply, drawing in your breath until you feel a bit of pressure in your stomach. Hold for a few seconds and then exhale, pushing out as much air as you can. Hold for 2-3 seconds. Repeat this warm up 15 times.
2. Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth in short, powerful bursts. Keep a steady pace and use your whole chest and diaphragm area. Take these power breaths about 30 times or until you feel tingling in your extremities, your blood is now oxygenated.
3. During your power breaths, close your eyes and focus on each part of your body. If you sense something that doesn’t feel quite right, send energy or warmth to that area, and then release.
4. After you’ve completed your 30 power breaths, inhale deeply, fill your lungs to capacity, and force all the air out. With your blood fully oxygenated, stay at the down breath for a few minutes until you feel the urge to breathe.
5. Inhale deeply again. Release any tension in your sternum and hold that breath in at the top for 15 seconds.
6. Meditate. You will now only need to breathe a few times a minute and will become completely still, yet alert, allowing for an ideal meditative environment.
7. Optional: Repeat steps 1-6.
Try this again in the shower. Once you completed your shower at a comfortable temperature, begin this breathing technique and on the down breath, turn the shower to cold for three minutes letting the water hit all parts of your body. Cold water showers increase alertness and energy (equivalent to a cup of coffee!), improves blood circulation and immunity while lowering blood pressure, stimulates weight loss, speeds up muscle recovery, eases stress and relieves depression. All these benefits sound familiar...
Fast and slow conscious breathing has been shown to reduce perceived stress by an average of ~25% against baseline measurements.