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7 Ways Floating Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline and kidney failure. While medication can lower blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness and insomnia.

Fortunately, floatation therapy has been found to reliably reduce blood pressure to healthy levels without the use of medicines or invasive medical treatments.

#1 Relieves Pressure

When you float your entire body is relieved of all contact pressure. With nothing pressing against your body, your blood vessels are able to fully dilate, instantly reducing blood pressure and maximising blood flow, oxygen and red blood cells to your entire body.h you.

#2 Contains Epsom Salts

The Epsom salts help relax your muscles and detox your body – getting you into deep relaxation. The lowered muscular tension ensures better blood flow.

The salts are also absorbed through your skin and encourage increased dopamine (‘feel good’ hormone) production. Magnesium also eliminates the stress hormone ACTH and helps produce serotonin which helps you relax and get a better night’s sleep.

#3 Requires Minimal Energy

When you float, you reach a state of equilibrium marked by deep stillness. Not only are you physically not doing anything, but there’s no sensory input to process either, so you enter into a state of minimal energy output. Your body uses less oxygen, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard and your blood pressure is lowered.

#4 Can Improve Breathing

Slow and controlled breathing, which a floatation pod facilitates, not only keeps the mind and body functioning at their best, it also helps to lower blood pressure, promoting feelings of calm/relaxation and helping us destress. The idea with breath awareness is to distract the mind from thoughts, words and/or images by focusing all of your attention on the natural rhythms of the body.

To practice breath awareness in the floatation pod, simply breathe in as deep as possible through the nose, pause a few seconds (not holding the breath but allowing it to flow through the body before exhaling) and then fully exhale all the while focusing your attention on the process. When thoughts inevitably arise, don’t resist them. Simply let them pass like a cloud moving through the sky and gently return your awareness to your breathing.

#5 Promotes Harmony & Balance

The conditions of the floating pod, combined with your relaxed internal state, enforce the feeling that the float room is a very safe and comfortable environment. There are no external stimuli to process, which alone can cause stress, anxiety and activate your sympathetic nervous system. The usually dominant left hemisphere of the brain is slowed down and the right hemisphere enters a state of increased activity. This allows both hemispheres to synchronise and achieve a state of harmony and balance.

#6 Can Be Accompanied by Music

The right music can also help lower blood pressure. Should you wish, we can play soft relaxation music to help you enter a state of calm at the start of your float. You also have the option to keep that same music playing throughout your session – giving your mind something to focus on.

#7 Facilitates Better Lifestyle Choices

Floating is also great for making internal changes that can help lower blood pressure, e.g. choosing healthier food and giving up smoking.

Let’s get that blood pressure down. Book your float here.

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