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Floatation therapy is said to be the antidote to stress. It provides a deep state of relaxation. Many users claim to have enhanced senses after floating. In this heightened state you may notice colors, sounds and smells that you otherwise may have missed. Quantifying these types of benefits can be difficult to prove but researchers are beginning to show how it works. A Swedish study published in the Journal of Complimentary & Behavioral Medicine in 2014, suggested that inducing a deep state of relaxation reduces the body’s stress response which is a contributing factor to many illnesses.
Floating places the body in a zero gravity environment taking pressure of your spine and letting your muscles fully relax. This combination allows for a more natural alignment of the spine and relieved pressure on your vertebra and discs. The result is back pain relief without the need for pills and medication.
The deep state of relaxation produced during floating can help rebalance the brain’s neurotransmitters. During flotation our brains release a flood of endorphins. Endorphins are natural pain fighters. Opioids made especially for your body which are good for lifting your mood. These feel good hormones leave you upbeat and optimistic.
Nearly one in 5 adults in the U.S. suffer from a type of anxiety order, including general anxiety disorder (GAD). It’s not only widespread, but it’s one of the most difficult health conditions to treat. Floatation therapy may be able to help, as just recently, researchers from Sweden’s Karlstad University tested its effects on anxiety disorder symptoms. They found that symptoms had significantly changed for the better following 12 sessions of the therapy over a four month period. Over one third who were treated were actually reported to be in full remission of their symptoms, and the majority of the other participants experienced at least some beneficial effects related to regulating emotion, depression and/or sleep problems. At the six-month follow-up point, all were still experiencing improved outcomes.
Floatation therapy is also useful as a part of a detox regime because the Epsom salts in the tank draw toxins out of the body. Showering immediately after exiting the tank to washes away the Epsom salts as well as the toxins.
Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman are just a few athletes who have been vocal about their love of floating.
Your skin is going to love your float session. Magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salt) is a natural exfoliator that can help remove dead skin cells helping to reveal clear, glowing skin. Epsom salts are also effective for unclogging pores, reducing blackheads and clearing up breakouts. Skin conditions like rosacea and eczema can be treated during your float session thanks to the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of magnesium.
Insomnia or other sleep issues can be detrimental to your quality of life. Getting quality sleep on a regular basis helps to ensure peak brain function. This helps you make better decisions, solve problems, improve focus and be emotionally stable. It puts you at a lower risk of developing infections and certain illness too. Hypertension, stroke and heart disease have all been linked to a lack of quality sleep. Research has found that floating just two hours a week for two weeks drastically reduced insomnia. Even if you don’t generally experience sleep problems, after a float session you’re likely to find that you sleep much deeper and feel much more rejuvenated and restored the next day.
As just mentioned, floatation therapy may help treat stress-related illness, and that includes fibromyalgia. That because a float session reduces the markers of bodily distress syndrome (BDS) which is often used to describe the negative physiological changes that occur when one is under a significant amount of stress. Signs of BDS have been linked to fibromyalgia symptoms as well as chronic fatigue syndrome. A study that was presented at a 2012 floatation summit in Sweden showed “compelling evidence” that floatation therapy, also referred to as Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST), can have a “beneficial impact” on those who suffer from fibromyalgia. The researchers discovered that there were “significant reductions in pain and muscle tension.
According to the World Health Organization, some three-quarters of adults don’t get enough magnesium in their diet, a mineral that’s essential to many body processes. In fact, a lake of magnesium has been associated with many different adverse health effects, including headaches, hypertension, diabetes and the development of heart disease. It’s also important for bone growth and can affect athletic performance too, which is why many athletes favor it as the body can absorb magnesium from the Epsom salt-infused water, which helps to facilitate flushing of lactic acid from tired muscles, allowing them to recover from an intense workout faster.
For hundreds of years, bathing in Epsom salt was used therapeutically, and one of the primary reasons it was so healing was because it naturally increases magnesium levels. It may also be at least partly behind the reason it’s so effective for treating insomnia. Magnesium has been found in multiple studies, including 2009 research from the Medical University of Lublin in Poland, to help one sleep due to its ability to relax GABA receptors in the brain and the nervous system, promoting a sense of calm and virtually slowing down the mind and body so that you can relax enough to fall asleep. You may also find that your complexion has improved, you feel less anxious and your blood pressure is at a more optimal level, along with many other positive impacts getting enough magnesium can bring.
Epsom salt has positive effects on hair too. Many of us toss all sorts of things onto our locks in the name of beauty from those harsh, alcohol-based sprays and volumizing products to the extreme heat from styling tools. All of that can make damage those tresses, making it look frizzy and dull. A floatation session can help, as the Epsom salt strips gunk from the hair and restores natural time. It also helps to create more volume and the appearance of thicker hair. In fact, some people find that after floating, they can get out and let their hair air dry and it looks gorgeous, kind of like an attractive, just came back from the beach look.
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