Isolation is a funny thing. The desire to isolate oneself can be just as strong as the desire to prevent it. For that reason, isolation can be both heavenly for relaxation and anxiety-inducing.
Have you ever wondered about what it might be like to be put into an isolation tank? If this concept is entirely new to you—it’s an activity that people are doing to alleviate stress and remedy stress-related illness. You read that correctly. Undertaking what might otherwise be considered a high-stress situation can become a method of coping with stress.
What Are Isolation Tanks?
Isolation tanks, or “sensory deprivation tanks,” are filled with high levels of Epsom salt for optimal buoyancy in the water. They are made up of an enclosed space designed to allow disconnection and flotation in darkness for an hour or so. A session can cost between $50 to $100.
Though there is little research detailing the benefits of isolation tanks for stress, a study conducted by BMC Complementary and Alternative medicine concluded that stress, depression, anxiety, and overall pain decreased for those who underwent flotation sessions for seven weeks. Remarkably, optimism and sleep quality improved in those individuals, as well.
What do you gather, GR8 fam? Would you take the plunge for lesser stress? Weigh in with the rest of the GR8NESS community and let us know.