How Flotation Relieves Stress And Anxiety
Stress and anxiety have become prevalent in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds, with recent statistics indicating that mental illness will affect at least 45% of Australians within their lifetimes. While prescription medication is the conventional go-to for the majority of sufferers, holistic therapies such as mindfulness meditation and float therapy have steadily gained recognition as effective supplementary or standalone treatments for improving these conditions.
A float tank is a good place for mindfulness meditation in Perth because there are no distractions. Research studies on the effects of floating have shown that it can result in a vast improvement in mood and reduced anxiety in participants who struggle with chronic stress and general anxiety disorder. The symptoms of other stress-related mental illnesses, including depression, PTSD, fatigue, sleep difficulties, agoraphobia and social anxiety, can also be significantly improved by introducing float tank therapy.
How Floating Improves Stress And Anxiety
The water in our 3 Dreampod tanks at Salt Float Studio contain high concentrations of magnesium sulphate, which directly impact the body and mind in several ways. Firstly, magnesium stunts the release of the stress hormone cortisol by inhibiting ACTH, a hormone released by the adrenal glands. Magnesium is also highly effective at improving quality of sleep, which reflects in the relaxing effect felt by people while floating.
The sensory deprivation aspect of the floating experience activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn lowers heart rate and blood pressure. For the body to reach a state of optimal relaxation, minimal physical movement and external stimuli is required. This is what makes float tank therapy ideal, as it features both of these attributes.
While the improvement in stress levels through reduced negative symptoms is substantial, the overall wellbeing of floaters also increases due to increased production of dopamine and endorphins – both of which are crucial to counteract depression and anxiety.
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The positive effects of float therapy extends well beyond the time you spend in the tank. People have reported that they’ve handled stressful situations much better after frequent therapy sessions, which indicates a significant overall reduction in their cortisol levels. Sleep patterns and quality of sleep also improve vastly in individuals who regularly float, with a single, hour-long session in float tank equalling six hours of sleep – resulting in improved energy levels and optimised physical restoration.