Monday, May 22, 2006

Float the pain away

Floating therapy is exactly what the name implies: floating in a big tank of water to relieve chronic pain.

The research study shows that individuals suffering from stress-related health problems such as chronic pain, depression, or anxiety are often helped a great deal by floating. The effect remains four months after the treatment period.

Here's why the researchers think that floating therapy has the positive effects that it does:

Stress is largely about how we worry about things that have happened and are going to happen. When an individual, instead, manages to reach a sort of ‘here-and-now’ state, the brain can rest. These researchers believe that floating is a way of achieving just such a state. In a dark and silent floating tank, the patient is cut off from many sense impressions. Besides the rest the brain gets, the muscles also become relaxed.

—Mellow Monk


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