Using a Floatation Tank to Boost Your Resilience

A staff member demonstrates the float tank used for studies at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Okla. Courtesy of Shane Bevel for Saint Francis Health Care System

All month we have been sharing ways to cultivate your resilience through self-care, the habit for this month as we look at Chapter 6 of Onward. Today’s suggestion might seem new to you if you don’t have any float spas near you, but they are worth looking into if you have the opportunity.

Elena shares that for a unique mind and body therapeutic experience, float in a sensory deprivation tank. By diminishing nearly all sights, sounds, smells, and touch, your mind can settle, sparking creativity, relaxation, and even emotional breakthroughs. And the NPR article Floating Away Your Anxiety and Stress shares some preliminary findings that seem promising:” One of Feinstein’s pilot studies, which is currently under review for publication, found that in 50 individuals with anxiety, all showed measurable signs of relaxation including lowered blood pressure, lowered activity in the brain, and significantly reduced symptoms of anxiety.”

So check it and a see if their is a float spar near you. Try it out a