Benefits of Floating for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
We commonly associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with military service, but this condition can impact anyone who has experienced high amounts of stress, a traumatic incident, a substantial loss or life changing event.
Classified as a mental illness, PTSD is characterized by prolonged episodes of vivid flashbacks, nightmares and incapacitating anxiety stemming from a traumatic event. The horrors of war, an abusive relationship, a car accident, being held hostage, witnessing a bad accident and being the victim of violence are just some of the things that can cause PTSD.
PTSD sufferers experience a range of symptoms, such as insomnia, feeling constantly on edge, detachment from surroundings, depression and mental fatigue. Some turn to drugs and alcohol to get relief from the unrelenting symptoms.
But did you know there is a much healthier way?
Floating in a sensory deprivation tank returns the body to a womb-like state of safety and control. Without any external stimuli, and being enclosed in a calm, soothing and very private space, the mind and body get relief from the torments of PTSD.
In fact, the benefits of float therapy for PTSD are so profound, TIME Magazine wrote a feature article (time.com/floating) about the therapy and its effects, pointing out the science behind it and profiling the therapy’s success on a discharged soldier.
Float therapy can give your fight-or-flight stress response (which becomes and remains elevated with PTSD) a much needed “time out.” In the float tank, you get a retreat from the constant and overwhelming sense of fear. Repeated therapy exposure prolongs the benefit long after the session has ended, providing longer and longer episodes of wellness.
If you or someone you love suffers from PTSD, it is important to seek the help of a mental health professional. Speak with your doctor about adding float therapy to your recovery plan and experience the true liberation that floating can bring.