Stress & Anxiety Relief
"...numerous studies, including one from the National Institutes of Mental Health show float sessions can help treat hypertension and reduce stress related hormones..."
- ABC7, Chicago
Anti-Stress benefits of floating
- Floating significantly reduces blood stream levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol, ACTH, epinephrin and nor-epinephrin for up to five days after a float.
- Floating increases the output of neural transmitters such as dopamine and other pain killing endorphins.
- Floating induces whole brain integration; synchronizing both hemispheres and increasing communication between lower brain (brain stem), mid-brain (animal brain) and the higher brain (neocortex).
- Floating reduces blood pressure and heart rate.
- Floating leads to a boost in the immune systems response, helping to reduce stress related illness.
- Floating promotes a sense of well being, confidence and heightened sensory awareness.
- Floating reduces fatigue, helps recovery from Jet lag and has been demonstrated to help with overcoming insomnia. (It also helps with hangovers.)
- Floating can help relieve chronic pain caused by arthritis, migraines, joint and back injuries.
- One hour of floating is equivalent to four hours of deep sleep.
Meditation may help relieve stress for some people but for many others, it is difficult to find the time or persistence to practice. Running helps many people de-stress but just as many other people find it makes them more tired and exhausted. The amazing thing about floating is that you don't need to do anything and it works for everyone. In a floatation tub your body undergoes physiological changes in response to the lack of gravity and other sensory stimuli. The physiological changes that happen in the float tub, such as the lowering of cortisol and release of endorphins, can persist for many days after a float session. Since stress is one of the primary causes of disease in our culture, relaxation, which promotes the release of stress and anxiety is more than just an enjoyable experience, it is a necessary condition to promote good health.
It might be true that human beings did not come out of a weightless, sense restricted environment such as a floatation tub. But it is also true that human beings did not originally come out of a world filled with traffic, cell phones, crowed cities and busy stressful schedules that begin before sunrise and continue long after the sun has set. In such a hectic modern world people need a tool that can enable them to take a break and calm their nerves, relax and re-energize - the float tub is just such a tool.