In this installment of Live Long San Diego, we’re back to unwind in a new and cool way. Before we get into that, have you ever heard of flotation therapy? Flotation therapy provides a remarkable way to calm the mind, relax the body and amplify the spirit. The experience involves lying on your back in an enclosed float tank, which is filled with ten inches of water heated to the same temperature as your skin and saturated with one thousand pounds of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt. The amount of Epsom salt used provides buoyancy of the body that has been compared to the sensation of floating weightlessly in space. It’s a cool experience!
Floating has been proven to reduce stress in countless studies at Universities and research centers over the past several decades. Inside the tank, an interesting thing happens when your body is weightless and your mind is protected from external stimulation – your body starts to overcome stress and the hormones associated with stress. Your adrenal system starts to shut down, that is, your fight-or-flight response is not needed in the sensory deprivation tank because you are so deeply relaxed, protected and at ease. Stress is a major cause for illness and many illnesses sprout in one way or another from stress. In a sensory deprivation tank, your cortisol levels plummet and your dopamine levels rise – easily and naturally overcoming stress – giving you a feeling of bliss which commonly lasts for days afterward. Flotation therapy is a profound tool for overcoming stress and maybe the best part about floating is that you don’t need to DO anything. You can literally reduce stress without a technique. You get in the tank, float, and allow your body to do the rest.
As a lot of you know, I’m a huge supporter of our military, our service members and mental health awareness. One of the things I’ve seen first-hand are the effects of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) has on our service members. If you’re not familiar with it, PTSD is a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. A lot of people who experience it are often told to deal with it through psychotherapy sessions and medication. Flotation Treatment is and has been proven to be an effective means to deal with it.