There’s something special about the feeling you get when floating. It allows you to be at one with your thoughts and like meditation it can make you feel like your floating on air. Floating therapy also known as sensory deprivation is certainly nothing new but it has grown in popularity over recent years.
These aren’t just the brainchild of science fiction realms but can have a multitude of benefits to your mental health. Research from neuropsychologists at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in the US shows that something amazing happens to the brain when the body adopts a floating position. The studies showed that floating can reduce anxiety in the brain and the results were as successful as medication. Imagine, regular flotation sessions instead of pharmaceutical drugs.
I was intrigued so I wanted to find out more. Could this be a viable treatment for those dealing with stress or anxiety?
Floating therapy involves climbing into a pod-like pool. The body is immersed in shallow water which contains epsom salts and the water and room maintain an equal temperature of around 35 degrees so you can’t really tell which parts of your body are submerged and which aren’t. It’s an unreal and soothing experience, the room is seeped in darkness but rather than making you feel uneasy it leaves you feeling tranquil.
Flotation therapy has been around for a long time, but it has gained popularity as more scientific evidence on its positive psychological impact has emerged.
Flotation tanks helps to quiet the brain and the research showed that this activity left people feeling serene and calm. But the benefits aren’t restricted to the time spent in the tank, regular sessions extend that feeling to other parts of your life. How do you feel about living a calmer, less anxiety life. Of course, we can’t talk about this therapy without discussing the placebo effect. It could be that the therapy itself isn’t working but rather our belief in it that gives results or maybe just dedicating some time to be at one with our thoughts is what makes this work.
It’s not a miracle cure but it can make you feel more relaxed.
Whatever the reasons I found this treatment worked wonders. Thoughts?