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Overcome Anxiety Through Float Therapy

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Imagine the feeling of floating effortlessly on a cloud while being supported by a liquefied bed of minerals blended to produce the most profound relaxation experience you’ve ever felt. So powerful that it lasts for days.

What is float therapy?

Float therapy includes floating in a lightless, soundproof tank filled with salt water at body temperature. The float tanks are designed to help the user decrease all their senses -- light, sound, and feeling -- helping the user acheieve a state of meditation and relaxation. In the absence of gravity, stress and tension lift from your body and mind. 

Floating can assist with both physical and mentail ailments that often challenge western medicine. The overall health benefits include:

  • Calms the analytical and worrisome side of the brain
  • Increases endorphins in bloodstream
  • Decreases stress hormones in blood stream such as adrenaline and cortisol
  • Increases cardiovascular efficiency due to dilation of blood vessels
  • Increases nutrient deliver
  • Decreases muscles tension, BP, HR and oxygen consumption

In order to keep you afloat, float tanks are filled with thousands of pounds of Epsom Salt. Epson salt is comprised of magnesium, sulfate, and other healthy minerals. Magnesium helps regulate the activity of over 325 enzymes, reduces pain and inflammation, and plays a key role in nerve and muscle function. Sulfates assist in the assimilation of nutrients, help to flush toxins and ease migraine headaches.

Float therapy has been proven to help those who suffer from anxiety and or depression.

Completely free from external stimulation, the brain is able to synchronize its two hemispheres. At this point, the mind and body go into a deep state of relaxation, and the brain begins to release theta waves as if in a deep state of meditation. With consistent use over time, floaters will notice their anxiety or depression symptoms diminish.

In one study, 32 patients were diagnosed with stress-related muscular pain, and 16 of the participants also received a second diagnosis of burnout depression. Patients were treated with flotation and after 6 weeks they exhibited lowered blood pressure, reduced pain, anxiety, depression, stress and negative affectivity, as well as increased optimism, energy and positive affectivity (Department of Psychology, Karlstad University, Sweden. 2005).

How To Deal with Claustrophobia and Anxiety

Many people are hesitant to try floating because of claustrophobia or have anxiety about the whole sensory reduction experience, but that is a common fleeing feeling that most people are able to overcome. 

Many places offer a relaxation room where you can go and chill before and after your float session. Take advantage of this time to create your own relaxation ritual to help you drop into the right headspace to get you ready for your float. 

Use the bathroom before hand so you can completely relax and let go. At this time, some people might enjoy indulging in a small amount of cannabis, or mellowing out with a calming kava spray like 1Hour Break®. Kava is a natural plant that promotes calmness, relaxation, and a sense of well-being. 

Remember that introspective exercises are an important part of float therapy, so don't forget to take deep slow breaths. And while you're at it, try meditating

We want you to get out to your nearest float therapy center and try it out! 

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About the Author

Marlena De La Cruz

Marlena De La Cruz

I’m an occupational therapist and holistic health practitioner that is passionate about educating underserved communities about integrating holistic therapies with their current mainstream health care. Food and travel excite me; Mother Nature grounds me.

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