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Time Magazine: How Float Clinics Treat Anxiety
While floating has always had fans in the wellness world, it’s undeniably grown in popularity. In 2011, there were 85 float centers in the United States, according to Aaron Thompson, who runs an online directory of flotation centers, and now there are more than 250. Floating has also attracted the interest of a small group of scientists who are trying to figure out if it has a place as a kind of therapy for some kinds of distress, including PTSD. Any proof that this helps people with stress disorders is anecdotal at this point, but something special appears to happen in brain while the body floats. Now, some scientists, like the neuropsychologist Justin Feinstein, are trying to find out what…
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Float Tank Lets You Heal In A “Different” Way
Minnesota CBS station WCCO files this report on a local float center in Minneapolis. The reporter actually floats for the first time, highlighting some of the many benefits of floating.
Says the reporter: The float tank frees your body from gravity’s pull, allowing you to release tension, stress and ease pain. The tank is a big box filled with 10 inches of water that contains 800 pounds of dissolved epsom salt, more than 10 times the amount found in the ocean. The result: You float like a cork.
“Once you start letting go of holding yourself, the body will let go and the mind will relax and follow as well.”
Once gravity is gone, sound and light disappear too.
“You’re in an environment where you are very physically relaxed and also for many people, mentally relaxed.”
Floatation Tanks, Three Powerful Healing Therapies in One
Floatation therapy is similar in concept to the dense mineral saltwater at the Dead Sea in Israel. Multiple therapies are occurring when you’re in a floatation tank. First and most obvious is the reduction of gravity. A 1/2 ton of magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is dissolved into a shallow pool of skin-temperature water to create this effect from floating, only deep sea divers and astronauts are able to enjoy this break from gravity’s pressure. The magnesium sulfate is a mild muscle relaxant, which contributes to the deep relaxation experienced while floating. When you float, your brain responds to this deep relaxation by releasing endorphins, which help to relieve pain, improve mood and boost T-cell count (improves immune system)… READ MORE >>