Stressed out? Try floatation therapy for anxiety, pain relief

Stressed out? Try floatation therapy for anxiety, pain relief

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There’s a new way to relax and all you have to do is float. Tucker Barnes and Erin Como
checked out Hope Floats in Bethesda to find out more.

By: fox5dc.com staff

POSTED:APR 20 2016 11:56AM EDT
UPDATED:APR 20 2016 12:00PM EDT

BETHESDA, Md. – Stressed out? There’s a way to tackle your tension that you might not have heard about: floating naked in a completely dark tank filled with salt water. Floatation therapy gets rave reviews from many people who suffer from stress, anxiety, fibromyalgia and even PTSD– and all you have to do is lie back and relax.

Hope Floats Bethesda, located near the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, is home to three float tanks. Inside, they’re filled with about 12 inches of water and 1,000 pounds– yes, POUNDS– of Epsom salt. The amount of salt inside the tank gives you the feeling of weightlessness, alleviating pressure on your body. The water and the air temperature are the same– around 95 degrees– and when you crawl inside, it’s dark and completely silent (except for 10 minutes of meditative music played through underwater speakers at the beginning of your session), thanks to earplugs that protect your ears from the salt. Your only job is to lie back, float effortlessly– and let everything else go.

Hope Floats owner Kimberly Boone says the benefits from floatation therapy are both mental and physical. Many clients, she says, say it provides relief from anxiety, stress, depression, pain, and for some veterans, even PTSD. Athletes sometimes float to clear their minds and improve their focus, as well as for muscle recovery. Floatation therapy is also safe for pregnant women, Boone said…Continue Reading…

via: FOX 5 DC

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