Floating minimizes anxiety in a way that rivals medication and prescription drugs. For those suffering from depression, floatation offers an alternative to pharmaceutical treatments, and the benefits last far beyond stepping out of the tank after a float session.
Those who suffer from depression benefit from floatation in several ways, both physically and mentally, without the use of any type of drug or invasive medical procedure. Floatation is also completely safe for anyone, regardless of medical status, so anyone with depression can benefit from floatation if other treatments are ineffective or unavailable.
Meditation and Deep Relaxation
The sensory deprivation afforded by floatation therapy enables an individual to focus internally. Meditation is very easy in a floatation tank since all external distractions are kept away, giving the individual time to focus inward. Most people who regularly use floatation tanks report that they lose track of time while floating. This is beneficial to sufferers of depression; it removes the immediacy of their negative feelings.
Those who suffer from depression often report feelings of anxiety, which can trigger the release of stress hormones. While floating, the body enters a deeply relaxed state, and those stress hormones are suppressed while the body’s natural painkillers and “feel-good” hormones, such as dopamine, are released. This allows an individual to balance his or her body chemistry and combat depression without drugs.
The deep relaxation offered by floatation therapy means that the entire body can relax and release tension. Those suffering from depression may have difficulty sleeping or may experience physical pains due to reduced inclination to eat well or exercise. When you float, every muscle in the body can relax, releasing any pent-up physical tensions.
The Epsom salts used in floatation tank water are rich in magnesium. While you float, you absorb this magnesium through your skin. Most people are deficient in magnesium and don’t realize it, but it’s crucial for several bodily functions. Increasing magnesium levels also encourages dopamine production and improves your mood.
Most people who use floatation therapy report how the positive effects last for a long time after they finish a session. Some individuals with extreme depression and other mental illnesses find that their conditions are resistant to conventional treatments. However, the deep relaxation, sense of timelessness, improved sleep, and feeling of wellbeing following a float are effective for treating some of these conditions, such as PTSD and anxiety disorders.
Those suffering from depression should consider floatation therapy as an alternative to drugs or for use in tandem with other treatments. While every patient will likely require a unique solution, the benefits afforded by floatation therapy are undeniable.
Northwest Float Center can answer any questions you may have about the process. Contact us today to start treating your depression with floatation therapy.