3 Reasons Why You Should Float to Treat Depression and Anxiety
Schedule a float at Flōte and experience the incredible benefits of float therapy for treating your depression and anxiety.
By: The Float Mind | October 1, 2019
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 17 million Americans suffer from depression and/or anxiety, something that can severely impact the quality of life. It affects well-being, personal relationships, careers and more. While many people turn to pharmaceutical medications, the side effects they often bring, from addiction to weight gain, loss of sexual desire and fatigue, also interfere with the ability to truly enjoy life.
The good news is that floating at Flōte can help, and without the potential for dealing with a host of unwanted side effects. Why? Read below.
1. Float to Access Theta Brainwaves (Deep Meditation)
When you float at Flōte, you're bound to experience a theta or even a delta brainwave state. Why is that important? Because theta brainwaves are often associated with meditation. Without light, sound, gravity and other external stimulations keeping consciousness occupied, your brainwave activity begins to slow down from beta to theta.
Beta is often associated with stress, anxiety, and depression to name a few. This is why many people suggest meditation to help deal with depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, it's difficult to meditate when we're trying to block the outside world from our internal focus. Fortunately, floating at Flōte allows for everyone to experience a meditative state fast and easy. These meditative states, also known as a theta brainwave state, help dissolve stress, anxiety, and depression.
2. Floating Allows for A New Perspective (without anxiety)
As floatation therapy helps to remove most external stimuli, the body experiences a natural restorative state similar to meditation. The chronically anxious brain enjoys a state of calm, often bringing a mild sense of euphoria. People have also reported feeling more optimistic, an increased sense of well-being, deep inner-peace and even feeling as if they were born anew after floating. It’s kind of like a mental “reshuffling” that can provide a whole new perspective on life.
When someone finishes a float at Flōte, they often emerge feeling wonderful, rejuvenated and ready to take on anything. This is often described as the "post-float glow". This is a glimpse of the reality that floating can provide for most people. Floating helps clients adopt a new perspective. A perspective without anxiety.
3. Floating Provides Magnesium to Help Fight Depression
The buoyancy in a float tank, which allows one to restfully float at the water’s surface, exerting no effort while experiencing total stillness and silence, is thanks to Epsom salt. Epsom salt is not salt like you’d pour from a shaker, but a pure mineral compound made up of sulfate and magnesium. Long known as a natural medicinal remedy for a number of ailments, soaking in the Epsom salt-filled float tank helps to naturally increase internal levels of magnesium.
Magnesium is an important mineral that many are lacking – when levels are optimal, you’re much more likely to feel happy and calm because it’s essential for producing feel-good hormones like serotonin. Some reports have estimated that as many as 80% don’t get enough of this nutrient yet it acts as a natural anti-depressant. Research from the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine offered promising results showing magnesium can help ease depression symptoms, supporting an earlier Croatian study that found patients who committed suicide often had very low concentrations of magnesium.
One of the most effective ways to increase magnesium levels is by absorption through the skin as it allows the mineral to bypass the digestive system, eliminating the risk of diarrhea.
How Often Should You Float to treat Depression & Anxiety?
The effects of floating are cumulative, but the number of floats necessary to ease depression depends on the individual. It’s very similar to going to the gym. One session at the gym isn’t going to produce six-pack abs. Although many people experience significant relief immediately after their first session with the results lasting several days or more, more sessions are needed to significantly decrease one’s symptoms of depression and anxiety. Of course, the more severe the condition, the more sessions may be needed. As a general guide, a weekly float is a great place to start as a method to treat depression.
Click here and book a float at Flōte. One float might be the first step to getting rid of depression for good.
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BEFORE YOU GO
Dr. Justin Feinstein is Director of the Float Clinic & Research Center at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.
The following was an excerpt taken from the 2018 Float Conference in Portland, OR on the results of his clinical trials on Floatation Therapy.
For more information visit www.clinicalfloatation.com. (Thank you to Jesse Butterfield for the edited video).
The Float Mind
The Float Mind is an online media content provider dedicated to delivering inforpublic on the benefits of flotation therapy and a media hub for float industry professionals.