FLOATING FOR ANXIETY
💦 At the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, researchers have extensively studied floatation therapy, particularly in the areas of depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
"We have found that a single one-hour session of Floatation-REST is capable of inducing a strong reduction in state anxiety and a substantial improvement in mood," says Justin Feinstein, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist and director of the Float Research Collective.
Anxiety and stress-related disorders in these studies included post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and social anxiety disorder. In addition to reduced anxiety, there was a significant improvement in mood characterized by “serenity, relaxation, happiness, positive affect, overall well-being, energy levels, and feeling refreshed, content and peaceful.”
Through various experiments, scientists have determined that flotation therapy can bring about a state of relaxation so deep that only certain medicines can rival it. This state of relaxation allows the body to maintain its internal homeostasis. When allowed to operate freely, the body is highly effective at maintaining its own well-being. However, stress causes harm to our bodies by disrupting our natural biochemistry. When we are stressed our bodies produce harmful chemicals such as cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, and ACTH, which induce a fight-or-flight response and ultimately cause our bodies to wear out. Floatation Therapy is very effective at lowering these stress hormones, in particular cortisol, which cause anxiety, suppress the immune system and contribute to weight gain. It also triggers endorphin release in the brain, replacing stress with a sense of well-being that often borders on euphoria.
90 minutes in the tank feels like a great therapy session without the therapist!
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