Sensory deprivation in a floatation tank is now being used as a form of preventative healthcare. Its results showed substantial reductions in levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and along with improved sleep quality and overall mood. This proves that flotation therapy is an excellent way to prevent and treat many emotional and physical ailments.
The relaxation response method (RR) is the exact opposite of the fight-or-flight response. It is the physiological process that relieves stress, occurring during states of deep relaxation. RR can combat stress so efficiently because of its calming effects on the nervous system. It is through this process that RR lowers heart rate and blood pressure and slows down breathing.
According to one study, in order to ignite the RR response while the body is under stress, it is crucial to reduce all sensory input and movement by the body — which makes floatation therapy the perfect solution. The research described the mechanisms of this method: “During flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) an individual lay in a horizontal floating posture immersed in highly concentrated salt water (magnesium sulphate) in a flotation tank. All incoming stimuli are reduced to a minimum during this period (usually 45 minutes), i.e. sound and light, and the water is heated to skin temperature. ”
Researchers saw an improvement overall with anxiety and depression. They also saw an improvement in various lifestyle factors. Sleep quality, pain, optimism, and mindfulness were all measured and shown to increase with treatment. These results further strengthen the case for flotation therapy.
Consistently high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol also wreak havoc on the body. Elevated levels of stress hormones raise the heart rate. Floatation therapy helps lower stress and promotes better heart health. Floating naturally lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Furthermore, floatation therapy has no negative side effects!
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