Floating to Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Schedule a float at Art of Floating and experience the incredible benefits of float therapy for treating PTSD.

By: The Float Mind  |  October 1, 2019


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Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has been increasing at an alarming rate among both active-duty servicemen and women as well as veterans and nonveterans. While many turn to pharmaceutical medications for relief, those drugs often come with a host of unwanted side effects that can make it difficult to enjoy life. 

Fortunately, more and more veterans and others who’ve been suffering from PTSD across the country have been finding relief from their symptoms through floatation therapy. This natural alternative treatment has been backed by scientific studies to provide relief from this and other stress and pain-related conditions. Lying in a small pool filled with 10 inches of saltwater that contains about 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, it helps to counteract the effects of gravity which allows one to gently float atop the bed of water. 

Incredibly therapeutic, the benefits floating provides help to ease many common PTSD symptoms.

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1. Access Theta Brainwaves to Rewire Traumatic Memories

When you float at Art of Floating, the brain is freed up from external stimulations such as light, sound, gravity, touch, temperature, and smell.  Without these stimulations access your circuitry, your brain drops from a beta frequency to a theta/delta state - the same state often associated with meditation and healing.

This theta brainwave state is very beneficial for people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.  Paired with appropriate counseling, people can use float therapy as a tool for reflecting their traumatic memory and using the theta state to attach a neutral charge to the memory (instead of a charge that causes anxiety).  

There is still much research to be done on this subject, but clients can experience the benefits without having to know exactly what is happening in their minds.


2. Enter a World of Peace For Stress and Pain Relief

With floating at Art of Floating, sensations like sound, light, touch, taste, and smell are all removed, virtually shutting off these areas of the brain allowing the body to experience a natural restorative state. Providing the brain with a break from all that stimulation induces the relaxation response which brings stress relief. It slows breathing, lowers blood pressure and heart rate while also taking one’s attention off any pain so that pain signals to the brain slow or stop to ease it. Floating in a zero-gravity environment provides even more pain relief benefits as it takes the pressure off joints and muscles, alleviating tension and stiffness too.

3. Relieving Anxiety

It’s not all that surprising that by easing pain and reducing stress, anxiety can be relieved by floating as well. A number of studies, including 2018 research published in Plos One, found that every single participant experienced significant improvement from panic disorder and anxiety after just one float session.


4. Improved Mood

Depression or poor mood is also common among PTSD sufferers, but floating at Art of Floating can help with this too. The same 2018 study referenced found that after a one-hour float session, not only were anxiety, stress and pain reduced dramatically, but that participants found a significant improvement to depression symptoms. They experienced a great sense of happiness and well-being, something that many others have reported as well – some have even noted a feeling a mild euphoria. 




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Check out a video from our Sponsored Float Center - Art of Floating.  Manager, Vanessa Worthing talks about her experiences at Art of Floating and what she loves about running her float center in Bloomsburg, Pa.

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