Floatation Therapy and its Benefits
Floatation Therapy effectively boosts a person's health and happiness, by helping them have total relaxation. Today, we will be talking about its importance, along with a couple of benefits that Therapy offers.
Alleviating Stress and Treating Stress-Related Symptoms
Floatation Therapy, also known as sensory deprivation treatment, aims to provide a deep sense of relaxation and inner peace. A room or pod is filled with water, that has the same temperature as the human body, mixed with high amounts of Epsom salt for buoyancy. Floating effortlessly inside a private room, or a tank allows the floater to destress. Users say that after the therapy, there's a sense of being more aware of their surroundings, and that colors appear to be more vibrant.
Research shows that it is an effective and non-invasive way to treat stress-related pain and illnesses. A Swedish study published in the Journal of Complementary & Behavioral Medicine in 2014, suggested that floatation therapy works by reducing the body's stress response, inducing deep relaxation and relieving tension.
Anxiety disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders today. In the U.S. (United States) alone, 40 million adults struggle with the negative effects the disorder entails. Although it is not viral, or communicable in any way, it still serves as one of the most difficult health conditions to treat.
Researchers from Sweden's Karlstad University tested Floatation Therapy on those who have anxiety disorder symptoms, and the results were very much positive. Following 12 sessions, they discovered that the symptoms were significantly mitigated over a 4 month period. A third of those who underwent Floatation Therapy reported to be in full remission, while majority of them said that they were able to experience some beneficial effects when it came to emotion regulation, sleep problems, and/or depression (Patterson, 2018).
Many people suffer from sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, and more. Lack of sleep makes it difficult for someone to function normally. It also puts an individual at risk for other health conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, weakened immunity and impairments with both bodily and cognitive functions.
Floatation Therapy has been shown to provide better quality of sleep. A thesis submitted by Elizabeth Jean Ballard from the University of British Columbia, found out that floating for just two hours a week may assuage insomnia symptoms by making them feel refreshed, relaxed, and well rested (Ballard, 2018).
Though it's true that Floatation Therapy lost followers in previous years, it is certainly making its way back due to it’s calming and therapeutic qualities Floatation Therapy helps many people by relieving them of stress, lowering their level of anxiety, and giving them a restful nights sleep. Floatation Therapy has a lot of benefits to offer, and one simply needs to try it, for them to experience the advantages themselves.
Ballard, E. (2018). The use of flotation rest in the treatment of persistent psychophysiological insomnia. [online] Open.library.ubc.ca. Available at: https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/831/items/1.0098140 [Accessed 9 Jul. 2018].
Patterson, S. (2018). 10 Incredible Benefits Of Floatation Therapy. [online] Natural Living Ideas. Available at: http://www.naturallivingideas.com/floatation-therapy-benefits/ [Accessed 9 Jul. 2018].