Restriction fatigue can be described as exhaustion caused by restrictions caused by COVID-19, and the changes these have brought to every aspect of human life.
Most of us have never experienced the restrictions imposed by the pandemic and the unknowns related to this. Some of the unfamiliar situations that are causing stress to many are:
- Social distancing
- Border closures
- Mandatory wearing of a mask
- Being tested
- Daily reports of new cases
Although life is gradually going back to normal, many Australians are still recovering from the effects of the restrictions in all aspects of their lives. One of the most effective ways to get rid of it is through floating therapy.
What Is Floating Therapy?
Floating therapy is a type of holistic yet modern experience that can improve your overall health and well-being. In this type of therapy, you will float inside a lightless and soundproof tank. At The Float Space, the float pods are filled with 600 litres of water that have been saturated with 550kg of Epsom salt, imitating the floating experience in the Dead Sea. The highly buoyant water allows you to feel weightless and more relaxed.
How Can Floating Therapy Relieve Stress?
Many Australians include floating therapy in their routine to relieve stress brought by the pandemic.
The float pod (or tank) reduces sensory stimulation, allowing your mind and body to restore balance. Inside the pod, you will feel weightless while surrounded by darkness and silence. To achieve a more relaxed state, you will be encouraged to float on your back, with your head partially submerged in the water. Your body should be fully stretched, without touching the walls of the tank. A floating therapy usually lasts 1 hour per session.
People use this type of therapy to improve the quality of their life, whether to relieve body pain, to address their condition, to perform better in athletics, or to supplement another therapy.
Benefits of Floating Therapy
Shane Perry, a finance advisor at Max Funding, says “There are so many things outside of our control, including how long the pandemic lasts, how other people behave, and what’s going to happen in our communities. I think the best thing we can do is to slowly work on adapting to the new normal while strengthening our physical, psychological, and mental state.”
Floating effortlessly and minimal external stimulation encourages the body to release more endorphins. These neurotransmitters balance brain chemistry, relieve pain, enhance mood, and decrease anxiety. This is why many individuals with depression and other mental conditions also undergo floating therapy, especially now that we’re in the middle of a global health crisis.
Research shows increased reaction time, tactile perception, visual acuity, and auditory and taste sensitivity post floating therapy.
When the brain is held in an environment where external distractions are minimalized, it turns hyper-suggestible. This means that the brain can absorb new information and stay focused easier.
Floating increases clarity and calmness, which is helpful in identifying certain behavioral patterns. It has a positive impact on individuals who want to quit smoking and losing weight.
Improved Sleeping Patterns
60 minutes inside the float pod can help you get 4-8 hours of quality sleep. Research suggests that extreme relaxation may reset the circadian rhythm, which is helpful for sleep-deprived individuals. Consider floating therapy if you suffer from insomnia, jetlag, or night shifts at work.
Enhanced Athletic Performance
Float therapy relaxes the muscles and triggers the release of repair proteins, accelerating the recovery time after workout. This rate is 4 times faster than any other known method. With faster recovery time, you can train harder and perform better.
Increased Immune System Function
Floating inhibits the release of stress hormones which weaken the immune system and regeneration processes. To put this simply, the more relaxed your body is, the stronger your immune function is. Strengthening your body’s defense is highly important in avoiding COVID-19.
Floating in highly buoyant water relaxes the joints and muscles, easing the pain. It also improves blood circulation, which consequently results in a more efficient distribution of oxygen, nutrients, defense cells, antibodies, and proteins required for repair and regeneration. This makes floating therapy particularly helpful during this time when you want to limit going out and visiting health centres.
Although we are no longer in total lockdown, some of us are still distressed by the news and social restrictions. Undergoing floating therapy is a non-invasive way to help your mind, body, and spirit relax as our communities gradually go back to normal.
Are you stressed by the restrictions of the pandemic?
Do you want to sleep better or relieve muscle pain?
Do you want to sharpen your mind and improve your mood?
Schedule a float therapy session at The Float Space now! Call us on 07 3844 4676 or book online here!