High blood pressure is a lot more common than you might think. It isn’t just an ailment for the elderly: anyone can experience high blood pressure for a variety of reasons.
In fact, around 70% of U.S. adults will struggle with high blood pressure at some point in their life. A staggering 48.1% of the adult population (119.9 million people) has hypertension. Thirty-four million adults need to take medication to get their blood pressure under control.
While there’s no replacement for medical interventions, lifestyle changes can certainly help manage high blood pressure. Holistic, side effect-free options like float therapy are growing in popularity as a helpful addition to high blood pressure treatment plans.
Let’s look at how flotation benefits people with high blood pressure, plus what you can expect during your first visit to a float therapy center.
- How Floating Lowers Blood Pressure: What To Know About Float Therapy for High Blood Pressure
- The Health Benefits of Floating and Blood Pressure
- Floatation Therapy Is Great Stress Relief
- Float Therapy Improves Sleep Quality
- Floating Lowers Blood Pressure
- Promote Blood Pressure Health With Float Tank Therapy
- Contact Krysus for Your First Float 5
The Health Benefits of Floating and Blood Pressure
Also known as Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy (REST), floatation therapy creates a relaxing, gravity-free experience that makes you feel weightless.
You float in a tank of water with concentrated Epsom salt that’s heated to skin temperature. Paired with darkness and soothing music, float tank therapy is an effective way to relax, both mentally and physically.
It might sound unconventional, but float therapy is gaining traction as a way to manage blood pressure health. While it certainly isn’t a replacement for medical treatments or medication, floating does have many health benefits for people with high blood pressure.
Floatation Therapy Is Great Stress Relief
Like massage therapy and sauna therapy, floatation therapy has shown significant reductions in indicators of stress. In a June 2023 study, researchers found that float therapy not only decreased anxiety and depression, but its effects lasted as long as 48 hours after a float session. It’s no wonder why so many people with anxiety experience near-immediate relief during float therapy.
There’s been a long-established link between stress and high blood pressure. Stress causes acute increases in blood pressure, although there isn’t evidence to suggest that stress causes hypertension.
Even so, the anxiety-relieving effects of flotation can help your heart stop racing and put your body into a state of deep relaxation. Floating has very few downsides, so it can offer much-needed relief to people with high blood pressure who want a safe, natural way to manage stress.
Float Therapy Improves Sleep Quality
Did you know that there’s a strong link between poor sleep quality and high blood pressure? Poor sleep increases stress levels, makes you less likely to be physically active, and encourages you to indulge in tasty foods that aren’t always heart-healthy.
According to a 2014 study, researchers found that patients’ “optimism and sleep quality significantly increased” with float therapy. If you’re having trouble sleeping and you worry about your blood pressure, chances are, regular float therapy could help manage your high blood pressure symptoms by supporting healthy sleep.
Floating Lowers Blood Pressure
Just one in four patients with hypertension have their blood pressure under control. Allowing high blood pressure to go unchecked puts you at a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and early death.
The good news is that you can make lots of lifestyle changes to tackle high blood pressure from multiple angles—with no medication or crazy side effects. The stimuli-free environment of the float tank can steadily lower your blood pressure over the course of a session.
Float therapy induces a state of deep relaxation, which reduces your body’s need to fight gravity. Free of the distractions and stresses of your day, float therapy gives your mind and body a much-needed break from daily life.
While most floaters say they feel more relaxed after their session, the research suggests that floating does have an effect on blood pressure. According to a 2022 study, researchers found that REST therapy “lowered sympathetic arousal and altered the balance of the nervous system,” which lowered blood pressure for many participants.
Promote Health With Float Tank Therapy
Everyone experiences float therapy a little differently. Floating can’t cure high blood pressure, but it can certainly provide physical and mental relief.
If you’ve never tried float therapy before, don’t worry! Krysus HP’s friendly staff will help you feel right at home during your first float session. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect during your float:
- Prepare for your float by avoiding alcohol or caffeine. It’s also good to avoid shaving or waxing the day before your appointment.
- Krysus staff will lead you to a changing room where you’ll change into a robe and slippers. From there, you’ll go to your private float room.
- Disrobe and take a quick shower using the in-room shower. Krysus will provide you with towels, earplugs, a swimming cap, and floaties to help you enjoy your float.
- Enter the float tank. In the beginning, it will play music with soft lighting. As you drift away, the lights and music will fade.
- The lights and music will slowly come back on to bring you back to reality. You will take a shower to rinse off the salt (we provide shampoo, conditioner, and body wash).
- From there, you’ll go back to the changing room and go about your day in a blissful state of relaxation.
Contact Krysus HP to schedule your first float session today.