It is possible to float your way to less pain, depression, anxiety, and stress in Ottawa and although it sounds too good to be true, science says it is possible. Although floating in a sensory deprivation tank sounds frightening, it has the opposite effect. Magnesium saturated water kept at a temperature that matches your skin’s  will keep you readily buoyant so you do not have to worry about staying afloat. With little to smell, feel, hear, or taste, you stay in a cocoon of silence and warmth with only your company and thoughts. Therein lays the magic of floating that will put you in a reflective state to heal whatever ails you. There are numerous benefits accrued to floating therapy but here are five of the major ones.

It decreases depression and anxiety

While under stress, your hypothalamus, the almond sized part of your brain just above your brainstem gestures your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Chronic stress leads to an overactive hypothalamus, which can cause depression. Floating helps fight anxiety and depression by reducing cortisol production. According to studies, people who float for twelve sessions observed decreased depression, anxiety, stress, pain, and improved sleeping patterns. The outcome lasted four months after the floating sessions. In one single case study, a twenty-five year old suffering from autism, depression, and anxiety took part in regular floating sessions for about a year and reported beneficial therapeutic effects including improved quality of life, healthier behavior, and subjective sense of well-being. They said that they felt good almost like they were someone new.

It reduces stress

Floating combats stress in two major ways. First, the magnesium in the water inhibits ATCH, a hormone that drives your adrenal glands to release the stress hormone cortisol. Magnesium also improves the quality of sleep, which in turn contributes to less stress. The sensory deprivation component of floating also minimizes stress. According to recent studies, people who float eight times in two weeks saw their cortisol decrease by about twenty percent. They also indicated a fifty percent decrease in cortisol variability, meaning, they handled stressful situations better without the cortisol spikes. A meta-analysis of several studies reveals that floating also has relaxation, mood, and performance-improving effects, particularly in cases of burnout or prolonged fatigue.

Improvement of athletic performance

If you like to work out, then it will interest you to know that floating will help you bounce back faster from your workouts by reducing lactic acid in the blood. The advantages of floating extend to athletes on the field as well. A study on basketball players found strong evidence of athletic skill improvement after floating sessions. This outcome may be because of lesser arousal state post floating that allowed players to maintain better concentration while playing.

Relieving of physical pain

For people with burnout-related and chronic stress-related depression, floating served as a fundamental part of pain treatment plans, in one study. Since floating oxygenates your body by promoting vasodilation better blood flow to the brain limbs organs it plays the role of minimizing muscular pain and even pain from herniated disks or deteriorating disc disease. Float therapy provides considerable reduction in muscle tension, anxiety, stress, and sadness for those suffering from fibromyalgia. Floating also increases feelings of well-being, relaxation, ease of movement, and energy of movement in the same group of people.

Enhances creativity

People in the creative industry such as writers, musicians, and actors also gain a lot from floating therapy. Research into the journal music and medicine reveals that floating improved the technical ability of performers during jazz improvisation.

A float session lasts an hour to ninety minutes. During your first time, you may experience restlessness in the tank but your mind and body will settle into the sensory deprivation in due time. If you are an Ottawa resident, float therapy is worth the try.

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