Did you know that over 40 million Americans suffer from the same psychiatric condition, often leaving them paralyzed with fear, panic or obsession? Yes, in fact anxiety is the most common of all conditions, twice that of depression, and something that has quickly become an epidemic in the 21st century.
The term “anxiety” can be used to describe a number of different things such as: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), social anxiety or even panic disorder. And while each may result in a slightly different outcome, the fact remains that these disorders are debilitating and life altering, many times interfering with the opportunities and experiences with loved ones.
So how does floating come into play? While float therapy is gaining traction amongst former skeptics, the science behind floating has long supported the amazing benefits produced by a relaxing float.
Quiet Your Senses
While in a float room your senses that are normally on overdrive due to the crazy world outside, are suddenly given permission to turn off. From the darkness of the room, the silence surrounding you and the still water offering nothing but liquid relaxation, you are truly relinquished from the hustle and bustle of life.
Anti- Gravity Alleviation
Due to the high volumes of Epsom salt in the water, your body floats without effort. This results in an alleviation of any pain you may be feeling physically, while mentally allowing yourself to disengage from the moment. With water that regulates to your body temperature and the unprecedented feeling of weightlessness, those that suffer from pain-related stress are temporarily at peace.
Meditative and Mellow
With the combination of quieted senses and anti-gravity floating, the mind can finally truly relax. For many, this produces an almost out of body experience, causing a meditative state that brings clarity, calm and focus for hours, or days to come. Furthermore, this newfound state allows you to refrain from being hyper-vigilant, a known issue with people who deal with paranoia and anxiety.
Reduced Blood Pressure
For many people, high blood pressure and heart rate are the very real- and very dangerous- manifestations of anxiety. There have been proven cases of lowered blood pressure and decreased heart rates after enjoying a session in a float room simply because of the listed reasons above.
Better Sleep, Better Your
Those that suffer from sleep disorders, or perhaps PTSD, are finding relief in their nightmares and inability to wind down at night. Floating for just an hour, or maybe even an over night float, can help people to get a fuller, more restful night’s sleep.
It’s safe to say that float therapy is quickly becoming a go-to treatment for a number of issues. From just wishing to wind down and disconnect after a long day, to specifically addressing real ailments, pains and anxieties, floating is providing the reprieve many are looking for.