Flotation therapy, a popular and relatively expensive therapy for relaxation is gaining popularity.  The most recent research finding is that it may help reduce symptoms of various mental health conditions especially anxiety.

Flotation therapy involves floating in a tank of warm, Epson salt-saturated water.  The tank is like a pod or an oversized hot tub.  The water level is shallow but enough to enable you to float.  The pod is open or closed so you are cocooned in a dark soundproof environment.  You can listen to music and/or add serene lighting to your experience. A session lasts between 60-90 minutes.

Flotation therapy heightens senses, aids in relaxation, and soothes the body and mind. Research has indicated that flotation therapy may lower blood pressure for some people and decrease soreness after high intensity workouts. There is also evidence that it can reduce various symptoms associated with anxiety including muscle tension, sleep difficulties, and depression.

Researchers feel that that floatation therapy is similar to mediation where your brain can better connect and understand your body and therefore manage anxiety better.  Researchers have yet to determine if it is the act of floating that provides the benefits or just the state of meditation that it provides.  However, if people who are unable to meditate effectively and find the same benefits from flotation therapy then it is beneficial to that person.

If you suffer from anxiety, or you have a hard time relaxing and meditating, flotation therapy might be the answer.  If you have any concerns or questions talk to your doctor.