Float Therapy on the Rise as Form of Mental and Physical Relaxation

Countless people across the United States suffer from joint and muscle pain every single day. Some of them will choose to utilize physical therapy to help themselves feel better, but others may choose to buy a hot tub or spa as a way to relieve their injured bodies. In fact, 22.4% of hot tub owners bought their tub with the primary purpose of helping them recover from an injury.

While some individuals use their spas to ease physical pain, others use them to relieve mental irritation. An estimated 83.9% of hot tub owners bought their own tub with the primary purpose of relaxing and relieving stress. But there’s one form of treatment that’s helping people relieve both physical and mental strain at the same time: float therapy.

According to Windsor Star, sensory deprivation pods are the latest resource for treating stress and body aches. The goal of the tanks is to help people sleep better, clear their minds, and soothe their muscles. Anyone who plans to float in one of the tubs will find themselves surrounded by cool-toned lights in an enclosed space, and a ton of Epsom salts that both soothe achy muscles and aid in the floating process. Once the person is inside, the top of the pod will close, forcing them to lose all sight, touch, and sound simulation.

Jackie Dent spoke with Windsor Star about what she thought of the treatment before trying it.

“I definitely was skeptical about it,” she said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect and whether it would actually work. I assumed I would get in and just sink, but I floated and it was really relaxing.”

Psychiatrist Nathaniel Morris told the Herald Tribune that he kept hearing about float therapy from his patients. He heard about it so much that he decided to try it out himself.

Morris’s patients continuously raved about the therapy, and when he tried it, he found himself feeling at peace. He was limited to one hour in the tub, and before he knew it, he heard two taps on the pod alerting him that his time was up. Morris says that time simply just got away from him during his state of intense relaxation.

13ABC says that this therapy is all the rage, and that it continues to grow in popularity. For one float therapy spa in Ohio, their reservations keep piling up. They constantly see new clients, as they stop in on the recommendations of their friends and family. People just can’t seem to get enough of it.

It’s the perfect place for the 14.8% of hot tub owners who consider their soaking time to be their “alone time.” While it is a much different experience from sitting in a tub on your patio, the principle is still the same.

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