From pain to stress relief, floatation has continued to gain popularity as an unorthodox (and effective) treatment for an array of physical and mental conditions. These include everything from tangible muscular pain and fatigue to harder-to-define difficulties, such as depression.
At the root of many of these conditions is the integral connection between the mind, constantly engaged, and the body, which takes its cues from the mind, therefore also constantly engaged. Floatation therapy allows users experience an unbroken mind-body connection. The floatation chamber induces a meditative state, clearing the mind, allowing the body to fully relax.
For example, anxiety disorders begin in the brain, but the effects they have on the body are extremely physical. Panic attacks and general anxiety tighten muscles for long periods of time. Headaches begin. Posture is affected. This is just a single example. The important takeaway here is floatation chambers begin healing with the mind, both halting the body’s reaction to anxiety and spreading the healing to the rest of the body.
The stresses of the day pile on and many people are unable to block the nagging thoughts that wear down the psyche. Mindfulness is an intangible, but very real, state of being. This property is characterized by a present state of attentiveness. It is a point of time when your worries are stripped and you are able to observe the thoughts rampaging through your mind from a distance.
In fact, a research team working out of Berkeley published an article in the 2010 issue of Emotion linking how the mind affects the body. Researchers found significant health benefits from those that were able to clear their head and achieve mindfulness. The connection between their mind and body was stronger, more resilient to daily stresses, and functioned better.
The Benefits of Floatation Therapy
Floatation therapy induces mindfulness. The quiet of the tank, the weightlessness provided by the water, and the solitude work together to put your brain to temporary rest. The health benefits of this therapy have been shown to positively alter the neurological blueprints of your brain. There are five specific benefits cited by research:
- The immune system is improved, reducing chance of illness and fortifying stress response.
- Social relationships of those using floatation therapy improved.
- Improved day-to-day mindfulness, which caused study participants to experience events with a more practical, aware mindset.
- Chronic mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety, are reduced or eliminated.
- Less negative associations were made to daily events, and neuroticism levels in participants decreased.
If you find you are wound tight at the end of long day, suffer from chronic pain, or simply are looking for a more mindful state, contact Northwest Floatation Center today.