Fight Depression with Float Therapy

Depression is a serious problem. The good news is floating can help, and without the potential for dealing with a host of unwanted side effects. Read on to find out more.

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Dealing With Depression: A Resource Guide

Depression is a Serious Issue

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 17 million Americans suffer from depression, something that can severely impact your 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.

Floating Replenishes Magnesium - "The Miracle Mineral"

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 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. Also called "The Miracle Mineral", 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 percent 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.

Floating Gives the Brain Much-Needed Rest

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, a deep inner peace and even feeling as if they were born anew after floating. It’s a mental “reshuffling” that can provide a whole new perspective on life.

Floating Releases Endorphins

Endorphins are those “feel-good” hormones that are released during exercise, when having sex, eating chocolate, laughing, meditating and other activities, including floating. Those endorphins can boost your mood and help you fight off depression.

How Often Should You Float to Treat Depression?

The effects of floating are cumulative, but the number of floats necessary to ease depression depends on the individual. Many people experience significant relief immediately after their first session with the results lasting several days or more. 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 and increase or decrease as necessary.

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