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Float-es has many benefits for your healthy needs

 

Web MD  

Source: Web MD: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/ss/slideshow-severe-psoriasis-treatment

 


 

Floating For Stress/Pain Management
 

Flotation therapy can be a very effective tool for stress management, as outside stimuli are almost eliminated and central nervous activity slows considerably.
 
With nothing to react to, the floater’s levels of the stress hormones epinephrine and adrenaline are decreased, while the levels of endorphins increase.
These “feel good” substances are produced in the body by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, and work as natural pain relievers.
 
With the promotion of relaxation also comes the promotion of the parasympathetic response (Paradise, 2009). The parasympathetic response allows the body to naturally balance itself out chemically and metabolically, allowing healing to take place.
 
A recent study measuring the effects of flotation R.E.S.T. on chronic pain yielded some promising results. 37 patients suffering from chronic pain participated in the study, with 17 patients in the control group and 20 in the experimental group. The results of the study showed that those who had been suffering the most severe pain saw their pain levels drop appreciably after nine sessions in the float tank over a period of three weeks. The study also saw the patients’ levels of optimism rise and levels of depression and anxiety decrease (Kjellgren A., 2001).
 
Also, flotation therapy is important in terms of being a small component in a larger, more comprehensive pain management program (Fine, Barrie). Relief from pain is noticed immediately during and immediately following floating and this can allow for a more positive outlook from the patient about the success of a more comprehensive pain-management program. Studies show that flotation therapy, along with other techniques, such as counseling and relaxation activities, worked more effectively than just one of these therapies alone (Fine, Borrie).

FFP  


Source: FFP Fibromyalgia Flotation Project: http://fibromyalgiaflotationproject.com


 

Health Benefits of Floating

Researchers and float tank users report many different beneficial effects from floatation, from general well-being through to mental and physical benefits.
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The density of the water is such that it provides the floater with the ability to float with complete buoyancy. 1000 pounds of Epsom salt is added to 10 inches of water, which makes it impossible for the patient to sink.
 
The water inside the float tank is maintained at a constant temperature which is very close to the temperature of human skin. This assures that the floater is protected from the unpleasant sensation of overly hot and cold temperature.
 
An alternative name that has been given to flotation therapy is R.E.S.T. therapy. R.E.S.T. is an acronym for Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. Just as the name implies, the idea behind R.E.S.T. is based on the premise that, in today’s fast-paced world, we are constantly subjected to external stimuli and stress, so much so that we experience sensory overload. Flotation therapy is a technique where almost all external stimuli are screened out. This greatly reduces the central nervous system’s workload, and allows the floater to focus his or her energies inward to promote healing.

 


 

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