MEDICAL BENEFITS OF FLOATATION THERAPY IN NEW LIGHT

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“How can sitting in a dark salt bath be therapeutic? I’ll just fill my bathtub with Epsom Salts and call it a day.”

Anyone who has tried to describe floatation therapy to the uninitiated is familiar with those dismissive retorts. An all-natural, wonderfully simple holistic therapy that boasts a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits? Sounds too good to be true.

Not to Dr. Justin Feinstein, a neuropsychologist with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), whose research on anxiety and flotation therapy is giving skeptics pause.

While he was familiar with floatation therapy as a fringe fad, Dr. Feinstein had his first personal experience with floating while studying cognitive neuroscience at California Institute of Technology. His interest in anxiety, the evolution of brain structures, and theories of consciousness lead him to pursue an understanding of interoception.

Interoception is our sense of and connection to our internal physiology. Interoceptive stimuli are responsible for hunger, respiration, and immune system response, for example. Quite simply, interoception helps us relate to our physiological status and provides a psychological bond to our bodies as a part of ourselves.
Our sense of interoception is also deeply connected with our sense of exteroception – externally originating sensations like touch, sight, and motor awareness that also provide valuable information about our physical status and safety.
Through the courses of his research, Dr. Feinstein found that patients with anxiety disorders experienced a disruption in their interoceptive pathways. He hypothesized that the currently rising rates of anxiety are caused by a flood of external stimulation.
In short, our smartphones are distancing us from ourselves.
Society clearly isn’t going to reverse the tide of technological change, but Dr. Feinstein pursued floatation therapy as a potential antidote to the stimulus overload. Could floating restrict external stimulation and heighten our sense of interoception, effectively treating the root cause of psychological distress?
Early testing shows promising results; Dr. Feinstein and his associates at LIBR’s Float Clinic and Research Center have seen positive outcomes for those experiencing anxiety, depression, and disordered eating. Participants in these exploratory studies not only report feeling better after three sessions, but results from fMRI and EEG scans taken both before and after floating support claims that floatation has a real impact on our brains. In some cases, the difference in pre- versus post-float brain scans mirrors the effects of medication used to treat clinical disorders, without potentially harmful side-effects.
Still think all you need is an hour away from your e-mail to reap the relaxation benefits? Think again. The control groups in Dr. Feinstein’s studies were also placed in a dark, soundproof room, reclining in an anti-gravity chair. While many of the control participants report feeling more relaxed after each session, the physiological effects just don’t stack up when compared to those of the floating group.

It’s still too early to claim floatation therapy as a psychological cure-all, but research is starting to verify what your local float guru has been saying all along: Floatation therapy offers the purest path back to your true self. Schedule a float in Relaxopod or RelaxORoom to Experience Nirvana

FLOATATION THERAPY FOR FIBROMYALGIA PAIN RELIEF

WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.
HOW CAN FLOATATION THERAPY HELP?
Many fibromyalgia patients also suffer from mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, both of which can exacerbate pain. One way to treat not only the fibromyalgia, but also the stress and anxiety that may accompany it is visiting a float tank, also known as a sensory deprivation tank.

There are many ways, both physical and emotional, that fibromyalgia patients find relief in the float tank:

Immediate and Ongoing Relief of Physical Pain
Thanks its sense of weightlessness, floating provides immediate relief on the muscles and joints, making it a natural therapy for fibromyalgia patients. The effects aren’t just in-the-moment, however: in one major study, fibromyalgia patients reported feeling less and less pain and muscle tension over a duration of a few weeks of regular floating, not just immediately after exiting the tank.

Increased Quality of Sleep
Floating has been linked to better quality and frequency of sleep in general, and the same effects hold true for fibromyalgia patients. This is especially important as insomnia is a frequent problem for sufferers, and a lack of sleep only reinforces the cycle of fatigue and discomfort during the day.

Less Stress & Anxiety
Some fibromyalgia research has shown that stress can aggravate the physical symptoms of the disease, so any way to lower stress is a huge win for patients. Floating has been well-established as a method of alleviating stress, and coupled with the physical relief of symptoms, the relief can be extremely effective for fibromyalgia sufferers.

Boosted Magnesium Levels
Some research points to magnesium deficiencies as a possible cause (or contributing factor) to fibromyalgia. Given that float tanks are full of magnesium-rich Epsom salt solution, fibromyalgia patients may find extra relief of symptoms thanks to absorbing magnesium through their skin during a float.

Enhancing Concentration and Focus
Some fibromyalgia patients report experiencing “fibro fog”—essentially, the inability to focus or concentrate, perhaps due to the discomfort of chronic pain. As many athletes have found, spending time in a float tank can help boost the powers of concentration, helping to restore some of the mental acuity impacted by “fibro fog”.

Fibromyalgia can be a devastating disease, but floatation therapy can help! Book an appointment now to try floating for the first time to keep the pain at bay.
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Taking a break from gravity in floatation tanks also causes fascinating and significant changes in the brain. Endorphins are released. These are powerful natural pain relievers and mood enhancers that promote a sense of well-being while further enhancing the healing benefits of the zero gravity environment.

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A person who has a high stress level will find it virtually impossible to maintain that stress level after a float session due to endorphins being released in the brain as well as their brainwaves shifting from beta to alpha and even theta. Theta is a rare brain state that is normally reserved for people trained in meditation. An important contrast to meditation is the fact that a person can achieve a theta brain state in their very first float session, making it a quick and easy shortcut to deep relaxation.

The benefits achieved in a one hour session are significant on their own, but when compared to other therapies, floatation tanks are in a category all their own.

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