How Does Float Therapy Help To Overcome Hypertension?

About half of the American citizens are considered to have high blood pressure according to the new hypertension treatment guidelines that were released towards the end of 2017. These new guidelines have a lower threshold which has dropped from the older 140/90 to the new 130/80. While some patients opt to take medications, they may be vulnerable to side-effects like leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia. In the wake of such times, floatation therapy is becoming increasingly popular among users who want to release stress from their bodies and embrace relaxation without having to go through these side-effects

What is Floatation Therapy?

Floatation therapy as the name suggests involves floating in a light-proof and sound-insulated float tank which is filled with warm water that contains Epsom salts which allow you to stay afloat, obscuring the normal sensation in your body. This type of sensory deprivation enables the floaters to become peaceful and experience the therapeutic effects of this treatment. As the water in the float tank is nearly of the same temperature as the floater, it allows them to immerse in the quiet and let the therapy do its magic. Floatation Therapy is also called as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) as it creates a gravity-free and sensory-free environment for the floaters where the effects of touch, smell, sight, and sound are removed.

How Does Floatation Therapy Work?

No Contact Pressure

Image of a man floating inside of a sensory deprivation isolation tank also known as a salt water floatation tank a tank used in meditation therapy and alternative medicine.

When you float, there is nothing pressing against your body and you don’t feel any gravitational pull as well. This allows your blood vessels to fully dilate, reduce blood pressure, and maximize the flow of the oxygen and red blood cells to your body. Some people even compare the experience of floating to meditation or yoga as it helps them achieve a natural restorative state.

Epsom Salts

According to World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 75 percent of the adults don’t get enough magnesium in their diet. Lack of magnesium in the body has been known to cause headaches, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiac diseases. The use of Epsom Salt or Magnesium Sulfate in the floatation therapy gets you into a deep relaxation state and detoxes your body. As the salt gets absorbed through your skin, it improves your dopamine production which helps eliminate the stress hormone.

Controlled Breathing

As you reach a state of equilibrium some time into the process, your breathing becomes slow and controlled which improves the functioning of both the mind and the body. The body learns to cope with stress by tapping into deeper levels of the subconscious. Flotation therapy also generates relaxing theta brain waves the effects of which can last for up to three weeks after a single float of around 45 to 60 minutes.

Floatation Therapy is increasingly becoming an effective treatment to boost the health and happiness of patients dealing with hypertension and high blood pressure issues. Some other benefits of this therapy include improving sleep and other stress-related illnesses, pain relief, better skin and reduced anxiety.


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