Can Floating help with anxiety and depression?
Float therapy has consistently shown to be effective in improving sleep quality, reducing stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD. It also provides powerful natural pain relief and ease chronic stress. In addition, Float therapy has also been a powerful tool to boost cognition, aid problem-solving by letting people achieve Theta State, and generally helps people think more clearly.
People suffering from Anxiety and Depression benefit significantly from float therapy aka REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy).
Sensory deprivation helps with anxiety and depression
According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Depression and Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concerns. Over 40 million Americans (19.1%) suffer from anxiety disorders. Meanwhile, depression affects more than 18 percent of adults in the United States. Anxiety disorders are commonly associated with persistent, excessive worry and fear. Feelings of dread, worry, restlessness, irritability, pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweating, tremors, insomnia, upset stomach, frequent urination, and diarrhea are some of the symptoms. Depression symptoms include sadness, loss of interest in activities, physical aches, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, and suicidal thoughts. According to Healthline, stress signals trigger adrenaline and cortisol production by your adrenal glands. As a result, the heart rate increases, and the fight-or-flight response is triggered. Sensory isolation allows for deep relaxation by removing almost all external stimulus.
Researchers are finding that floating offer long-term results for a variety of mood and mental health issues. In addition to showing promising benefits for depression, anxiety and stress, floating has also been shown to help with muscular pain and sleep disorders.
What is it about sensory deprivation that appears to be so good for both the mind and body?
There are many people who are unsure of what to expect when they enter the tank. The sensory deprivation tank is used as part of a treatment called restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST), which significantly reduces sensory stimulation to create an environment of relaxation that cannot be achieved in an everyday setting. A sensory deprivation tank contains just enough water to allow a floater to relax on their back while experiencing less gravity. It is also important to note that tanks are soundproof in order to minimize distractions.
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