Floating to Relieve Pain and Regulate Sleep

Chronic Pain Relief

About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. The emotional toll of chronic pain can also make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers.

Scores of people have had relief from the effects of chronic pain through floating. Some studies have demonstrated that deep relaxation stimulates the production of the body’s own opiates or pain killers known as beta-endorphins. The elevated endorphins along with the healing benefits of magnesium (there are more than 1,000 lbs of epsom salt in the tank) and the fact that the central nervous system is not fighting with gravity during a float, all work together to relieve and in some cases eliminate pain.

Better Sleep

Sleep problems, including insomnia and sleep deprivation, are common. Good sleep is necessary for optimal health and can affect hormone levels, mood and weight.

It is very common to hear reports from people that they had one of the best night’s sleep after a float. Advocates of this therapy believe that the deep relaxation and absorption of magnesium reset the body’s Circadian Rhythm (our internal clock tied to sleep – wakes cycles) helping to completely regulate sleep patterns for restful sleep.

psychologists from Sweden’s University of Karlstad partnered with a workplace wellness program to study the effect of floatation therapy in generally healthy adults. Approximately half of the individuals were randomly selected to participate in a series of 12 floatation therapy sessions (about two per week for seven weeks), while the other half were placed in a control group that did not include floating. At the end of the seven-week period, all of the participants completed a second round of questionnaires—and the results were very noticeable in five areas. Individuals who had experienced floatation therapy reported significant increases in sleep quality and optimism, while their levels of stress, depression, and anxiety levels dropped notably compared to those who did not float.

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