Imagine being weightless, warm and completely free from the outside world for an entire hour of your day. Sound like bliss? Then you should try ‘floating’ or floatation therapy.
Getting your float on
Floatation therapy takes place in a floatation tank filled with epsom salt water solution – that’s what makes you float! These tanks are enclosed, spa-like pods, heated to body temperature. They’re are also light and sound proof, removing all outside stimulation. This combination of weightlessness and sensory deprivation can result in a deep level of relaxation unlike anything else.
Floating is a ‘relaxation shortcut’ because it can be a more effective way to de-stress, slow down and focus than other alternative therapies. You can also boost your creativity and mental clarity from experiencing uninterrupted peace.
Floatation therapy: Floating depression and anxiety away
Aside from helping with stress, floatation therapy may also help in the treatment of mental health disorders such as anxiety. Floating works to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is what brings the body back to a state of balance when we experience something stressful. Paired with all the meditative elements of floating, this can help to reduce panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms.
Float tanks have also been used in the treatment of depression, with regular users reporting increased feelings of optimism.
Keeping your physical health afloat
Floatation therapy is also linked to a range of physiological benefits. Epsom salt is packed with minerals, including magnesium, which can help:
- relieve headaches
- reduce hypertension
- prevent the onset of diabetes
- promote bone growth
- heal tired muscles (making it a favourite with athletes!)
Floating is also great for pain relief and easing muscle tension. Research has also found that floatation therapy may lead to a better night’s sleep, which can improve overall wellbeing.
If the idea of floating appeals to you, Avaana can connect you with a licensed float centre. At the beginning of your appointment, a professional will talk you through the process, ensuring you’re able to get the most out of the floatation experience. Get ready to float all your troubles away!