A powerful antidote to stress and anxiety
A small amount of anxiety and stress is normal and healthy, but many of us experience levels which damage our health, wellbeing, and enjoyment of life.
Reducing stress and anxiety is complex, but there are mental and physical drivers that floating can have a significant impact on.
An hour in a float tank lowers blood pressure and levels of cortisol and other stress-related neuro-chemicals such as norepinephrine, adrenaline and ACTH*. It also reduces activity in the amygdala - the area of the brain which is overactive when we’re stressed or anxious.
A 2018 study by the Laureate Institute for Brain Research found:
‘Floating substantially reduced anxiety, with participants reporting significant reductions in stress, muscle tension, pain, depression and negative affect, accompanied by a significant improvement in mood characterized by increases in serenity, relaxation, happiness and overall well-being […] the most severely anxious participants reported the largest effects’
Justin Feinstien who led this research said:
‘Essentially what we found in the preliminary data is that the amygdala is shutting off post-float,” Feinstein says. “It’s nice to see that that can be done in a way that doesn’t require medication.’
Entering this state in the pod allows our mind and body to recharge, and reminds us of our natural, relaxed state so that we can find our way back to it more easily.
The mental health charity, Mind, also suggests strong links between poor sleep and anxiety, which may be why many people who float to reduce stress or anxiety tell us that they slept better after their session too.
*(Hutchinson, 1984; Kjellgren, 2003; Bood et al, 2006; Dierendonck, 2005)