Since opening our doors almost two years ago we have seen many clients present with stress, anxiety and depression symptoms. A surprisingly significant amount have been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is a debilitating disorder that can develop after an individual survives an accident, combat, form of abuse, natural disaster, or even witnessing a traumatic event. Feeling fear and panic during a dangerous situation is normal (essentially, that is our fight-or-flight response), but PTSD develops when those stress response feelings and symptoms linger long after the trauma has passed, affecting daily activities, relationships, quality of sleep and other areas of life.
Many PTSD sufferers have been finding solace in the calming environment of the float therapy pod. The float pod is 12 inch deep of skin temperature water with 500kg of saturated Epsom salt solution. You are in complete control of having your light switch on or off, and the door open or closed. The comfortable float pod environment is stimuli-free, where PTSD sufferers feel safe to address any trauma memories and triggered thought responses. It can be likened to an internal counselling session.
Floating in a float tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system which when active produces the ‘fight or flight’ stress response. This then activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation and healing. Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones and increased energy hormones. Other PTSD symptoms can be alleviated such as; Deep relaxation, reduction in anxiety levels, a feeling of well-being that is similar to anti-anxiety medications and an improvement in sleep and insomnia symptoms.
Researchers and Neuro-Scientists worldwide have been conducting research studies on the positive benefits of float therapy, particularly for PTSD and mental health conditions. Last year Time Magazine released an article featuring an Australian Veteran, who after suffering severe PTSD post serving in military, discovered float therapy gave him significant relief from his symptoms.
In conjunction with a prescribed treatment plan, float therapy is giving positive outcomes and results to PTSD, Anxiety and Depression sufferers. It has been a most humbling and rewarding journey witnessing many of our float community that have suffered PTSD and other mental health conditions, having an improved quality of life due to floating regularly.
If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD and wanting more info feel free to give our friendly team a call on (07) 5535 7778.