Floating can dramatically reduce cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is an adrenal hormone that releases when the body experiences stress. Anything disrupting the body’s equilibrium causes cortisol release. This may be due to a poor diet, excessive exercise, work-related stress, or other everyday situations that upset the body’s balance.
Cortisol causes the body to enter a “high alert” state and should only be released for a short time. Stress hormones are naturally produced as a defense mechanism. This is sometimes referred to as a “fight or flight” reflex: the body prepares us for taking self-preservation measures when we encounter an external threat. This shouldn’t happen very often in our modern world, but stressful facets of daily life can unfortunately encourage cortisol production.
Excessive cortisol in the body can produce several unhealthy symptoms, including:
- Headaches, and other aches and pains in the back and neck
- Sleep disruption, or poor quality of sleep
- Exhaustion, even when you sleep adequately
- Sudden weight gain, or the inability to lose weight
- Increased susceptibility to sickness, such as the common cold and the flu
- Increased desire for unhealthy foods
- Diminished sex drive
- Stomachaches and other digestive issues
- Increased anxiety
Floatation Provides Natural Stress Relief
Cortisol, the stress hormone, can be regulated with herbal supplements, relaxation techniques, and adjustments to your daily life and habits. However, floatation therapy is one of the most effective treatments for reducing the body’s cortisol levels. Floatation also does this without disrupting the body’s natural chemistry by introducing more foreign substances.
Floatation allows the body to relax in a way that balances hormones and lowers blood pressure. Floating in Epsom salt also replenishes magnesium levels in the body, which encourages serotonin production. Serotonin elevates your mood and helps reduce stress and anxiety levels.
The sensory deprivation afforded by floatation therapy helps the body calm itself and restore equilibrium. When you float, your mind can relax since it isn’t processing much sensory input.
The benefits of floatation therapy extend far beyond your experience in the tank. Research shows that the positive effects of floating can be felt for several months once you begin floatation therapy on a regular basis. Individuals who combine psychotherapy with floatation have seen incredible benefits from the deep relaxation and lowered stress that floatation allows.
If you’re dealing with stress and think you may benefit from floatation therapy, get in touch with Northwest Float Center today. We’ll answer any questions you have about floatation therapy and start you on the road to a less stressful life.