We all have anxiety. That's a fact. We can't escape it. But too many of us have anxiety too much of the time.
The problem is that far too many of us carry such a heavy, debilitating burden of anxiety: generalized anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, burnout, etc.
There's millions of us who are stressed out of our minds. It's an epidemic. And it's costing us billions.
When we're over-anxious, we shut down. We don't go to work. We don't reach out and touch our friends and family the way we should.
Most of us don't even get treatment, and so we lose out on so many of the opportunities that life offers us. We've hit a wall. So we can't take on any more tasks, relationships, opportunities, or exciting projects.
We're desperate for some respite. We need a break!
NEUROSCIENCE HAS SOME GOOD NEWS
For years, those who float have told us about the amazing ways that floating banishes their stress. For decades, people have been shuffling out of their float rooms, smiles on their faces, barely able to articulate the depth of their relaxation response. Words fail them.
Now, recent research has been using fMRI's to peer into the brains of those who float. That research confirms that floating alters our brains to reduce stress significantly, just like anti-anxiety medicine. (And floating does not have the anti-anxiety medicine's highly addictive qualities.)
On August 20, 2016, neuro-scientist Dr. Justin Feinstein revealed results of a key study about to be published. He's the Director of the Float Clinic and Research Center (FCRC) at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR).
You can see Dr Feinstein unveil his ground-breaking research here. (We'll let you know when it's published.)
So many people know that floating works. Now, neuroscience is beginning to show us how it works on de-stressing us!
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
Floating helps keep that stress away. It's not just that you're drunk on relaxation for a mere few hours, and then the chronic stress floods back into your life and threatens to drown you all over again.
In 2005 Sven-Ake Bood and the Human Performance Lab at Karlstad studied the long-term relaxation effect from floating. (See "Eliciting the Relaxation Response With the Help of Floatation REST in Patients with Stress-related Ailments", Bood et al, International Journal of Stress Management, 2006, Vol 13, No. 2, 154-175).
What was the upshot of their study?
After floating 12 times, the test group showed substantial improvements to measures of their subjective pain, sleep quality, optimism, stress, anxiety, and depression. That's huge!
What’s more--and this is really worth pondering--these benefits were still maintained four months later. If you're interested, read the study for the comparisons between the control group and the test group.
LIFE AFTER STRESS
Pop anti-anxiety pills, and you can keep the stress away.
But floating can do so much more than fend off the chronic stress. It can bring a new sense of well-being into your life.
Practice the art of floating and it can further enhance your quality of life. Deepen your meditation. Spark your creativity. Enhance your mindfulness. Speed up your learning. Manage your chronic pain.
Do you know any pills that can do all these things?