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

BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALT BATH IN FLOAT POD / ROOM

 Epsom salt

There are a number of benefits of adding epsom salts to your bath but it can not replace the benefits of soaking in float pod or tank filled with 350 kg of epsom salts.
They will be as follows:

1.TOP UP MAGNESIUM LEVELS IN YOUR BODY
As magnesium is readily absorbed through the skin, into the muscles and blood stream, soaking or floating is an ideal way to top up your levels and promote relaxation. A float pod/ tank has 350+ kgs of Epsom salt available in it, which cannot be replicated at home and is impractical to keep or maintain for at home! So visiting a float centre would be the next best thing to do.

2.RELIEVE STRESS
Not only is 100 % me time ideal for stress relief, the added benefit that epsom salt has to offer is enormous! Magnesium helps produce serotonin which is a mood elevating chemical found in the brain, it also boosts energy with the assistance in production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

3. RELIEVE MUSCLE CRAMPS
A float tank session with Epsom Salts will help mitigate inflammation, relieve muscular soreness and most importantly assist in minimising painful muscular cramps. The magnesium component of Epsom Salts acts a muscle relaxant further contributing to stress reduction by relieving muscular tension

4. DETOX
Epsom Salts are commonly used in the detoxification process, through the skin by way of a bath. The sulfate component of Epsom Salts, helps in drawing the heavy metals and toxins out of your body.

5.HEART HEALTH
Magnesium has long been known to improve heart health and help in preventing heart disease and strokes. It does so by improving circulation and keeping arteries elastic.

6. FOOT HEALTH
The benefits of soaking feet during a float session in the managing of symptoms of Athletes foot, removing splinters from feet, treating toenail fungus and easing any pain produced by gout.

7. RELIEF FROM CONSTIPATION
Magnesium has long been used as a remedy to help relieve constipation. Most of the minerals that Epsom Salt contains can be absorbed by our body and will reach the blood stream. When you are constipated, taking an Epsom Salt bath can help ease stubborn bowels.

8. INEXPENSIVE MANI-PEDI
Epsom Salt can not only soak tired hands and feet but also to scrub dead skin off in the most natural way by opening up the pores of the skin.

9. IMPROVE YOUR FACIAL
Epsom salt also works as regular skin cleanser to create a gentle scrub that will help exfoliate skin cells and remove blackheads.

So why not take your experience to next level by soaking yourself in floatation pod or tank to experience a whole range of added benefits.