The Benefits of Floatation Therapy
By Beyondrest Melbourne
Water; we can’t live without it. It keeps us hydrated, regulates our body temperature, flushes toxins from our bodies and keeps our brains functioning optimally.
Water gives life to the plants and animals that keep us alive and it makes the world beautiful. Not to mention that most of the world’s oxygen is produced by algae that lives in the vast body of water we call the ocean.
But, the importance of water in our lives doesn’t only relate to its physical necessity for our bodies and the world at large. It can also be used to treat psychological stress and physical pain. Oh yes, my friends, floatation tanks have entered the chat. As it turns out, floatation therapy has a myriad of health benefits to offer, both mentally and physically. Read on for more.
Water for Healing
Whether it’s by sitting indoors listening to the rain, submerging ourselves in a rock pool or being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping on the Melbourne shore, many of us have experienced the therapeutic effects of water.
Floatation therapy is a relatively new field of therapy that has been shown, through a number of studies, to have a positive effect on the experience of physical pain and mental health. As a result, floatation therapy is gaining popularity among health professionals and their clients.
What is Floatation Therapy?
The name ‘floatation therapy’ is self-explanatory. Unlike the experience of floating on your own at Sk. Kilda beach in Melbourne for example, floatation therapy has two additional components that make the floating therapy experience an intentional and more effective therapeutic practice. Namely, the addition of magnesium in the water, and the fact that you’re in a controlled environment. The reason why magnesium is included in this practice is because it’s associated with deep relaxation.
In a nutshell, floatation therapy uses your body’s natural healing capacity in an artificially created environment that restricts interference from external stimuli. This is called ‘Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy’ (abbreviated to ‘REST’); it allows your body’s stress response system to become less alert.
The idea behind this form of therapy is that instead of being in a constant state of stress, as your body usually experiences especially when in pain, it is given an opportunity to unwind and get into healing mode.
States of psychological distress, and even physical pain, are often worsened by the body constantly being in a state of high alert or tension. The relatively safe space provided by floatation therapy allows the body and mind to focus on healing rather than responding to stimuli.
How can floatation therapy help?
According to some in the healing industry, healing is a holistic process. If one issue is treated, other problems start to show signs of improvement too.
Insomnia, stress and pain are intimately related. The idea behind floatation therapy is that by addressing pain and stress through this form of treatment, you would probably find that your sleeping patterns improve too. This, in turn, would reduce your experience of pain and psychological distress or unease.
In the long run, and with regular treatment, floatation therapy can help the body to heal itself through natural processes. This would remove the need to rely as heavily on pharmaceutical drugs or self-medication strategies for stress relief and pain management. The depression and anxiety that is sometimes associated with pain might also be diminished through regular floatation therapy sessions.
Who Should Consider Floatation Therapy?
Due to the fact that this form of therapy is a relatively new field, studies relating to the efficacy of floatation therapy on pain are still ongoing. This being said, research has been conducted to show that people with fibromyalgia, arthritis (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis) or stress-related pain (who experience headaches and muscle pain, for example) can benefit from it.
It has also been shown that floatation therapy is useful for effective recovery after rigorous exercise, as it helps decrease perception of pain. So, for those looking to increase their overall physical health and strength in the long run, floatation therapy helps reduce pain-related insomnia.
Even healthy people who want to increase their vitality and creativity can benefit from floatation therapy.
To Circle Back…
It’s clear that floatation therapy is an effective approach to healing physical pain and alleviating stress, especially in people who suffer from arthritis and fibromyalgia. It can also be used by anyone who wants to enhance their creativity, and even to recover from a strenuous pumping session. Whatever your ailment, it probably wouldn’t hurt to try out floatation therapy at least once.