Blood pressure influences the human body in several ways. High blood pressure carries an increased risk of heart attack and several other dangerous conditions, but regulating blood pressure can be difficult. Floatation therapy has been found to reliably reduce blood pressure to healthy levels without the use of medicines or invasive medical treatments.
Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) is a concept that has existed since the 1970s, and it basically centers on the idea that limiting external stimuli encourages the body to improve its internal processes. This includes regulating blood pressure. As you float, your blood pressure naturally decreases and red blood cell distribution increases. Your blood vessels relax as you do, promoting stronger blood flow and reducing blood pressure.
Blood Pressure and Stress
Stress is one of the biggest factors contributing to high blood pressure. We experience several types of stress every day. A near miss on the highway during our morning commute can scare a person and trigger stress hormones, such as cortisol, to be released. Disappointment from a missed promotion at work or only having enough time on a lunch break to scarf down a candy bar instead of healthier foods are both examples of stress one can encounter in any given day.
The stress we experience throughout the day or on any consistent basis causes stress hormones to release into the body, known as the “fight or flight” reflex. Our body reacts to negative stimuli by bracing us to handle it. However, consistently high levels of stress hormones are very unhealthy. Floatation therapy offers a completely natural remedy for stress.
When you float, your body can regulate its natural chemistry without the influence of external stimuli. The Epsom salts in the floatation tank water also contain magnesium, which is absorbed through the skin and encourages increased dopamine production. Dopamine is the “feel good” reward hormone naturally produced in our brains. Blood pressure drops when we feel good, so naturally stimulating increased dopamine production is a great way to manage high blood pressure.
Lasting Benefits of Floatation
If you’re trying to reduce your blood pressure, floatation therapy is a fantastic way to do so, and the benefits last much longer than you might expect. The magnesium in the Epsom salts allows blood vessels to relax as your whole body relaxes. Magnesium is an important substance for regulating several bodily functions, including sleep, but many people are deficient in magnesium and do not realize it.
The benefits of floatation therapy last for months once you start regular sessions, and it gives your body the chance to become accustomed to regular periods of deep relaxation. If you’re having trouble with high blood pressure, contact Northwest Float Center with any questions or to get started with floatation therapy today.