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The impact of floatation therapy on body image and anxiety in anorexia nervosa: a randomised clinical efficacy trial

Body image disturbance and anxiety are core features of anorexia nervosa (AN), a psychiatric disorder with one of the highest mortality rates. This study examined the efficacy of a novel non-pharmacological treatment, floatation-REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) on body image disturbance and anxiety in inpatients with AN.

Floatation Therapy for Specific Health Concerns -A review of the research on this increasingly popular intervention

The purpose of this article is to introduce healthcare providers to the concept of floatation therapy. This paper explores which types of patients will most likely find floating beneficial for specific health challenges. In addition, it discusses patients who should avoid floatation therapy.


Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) in anxiety and depression: An experience sampling study

Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) is a behavioral intervention that systematically attenuates external sensory input to the nervous system. Previous studies have demonstrated acute anxiolytic and antidepressant effects of single sessions of REST in anxious individuals, however the duration and time course of these effects is unknown. In the current study, we used experience sampling and multiple sessions of REST to explore the time course of the anxiolytic and antidepressant effects over a 48-hour time period.

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Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy for Chronic Pain

Flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST), among other effects, has been associated with producing a relaxation response. Patients lie in a tank, floating effortlessly on water with a high salt concentration. The water is heated to skin temperature, and the tank is shielded against light and sound. As a consequence, mechanical, thermal, visual, and acoustic c stimuli are reduced to a minimum. Previous studies have shown positive effects of flotation-REST, such as increased relaxation, lowered stress levels, improved sleep quality, reduced anxiety and pain relief.

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Exploring the acute cardiovascular effects of Floatation-REST

The central nervous system (CNS) exerts a strong regulatory influence over the cardiovascular system in response to environmental demands. Floatation-REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) is an intervention that minimizes stimulation from the environment, yet little is known about the autonomic consequences of reducing external sensory input to the CNS. We recently found that Floatation-REST induces a strong anxiolytic effect in anxious patients while paradoxically enhancing their interoceptive awareness for cardiorespiratory sensations.

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Does flotation-rest (restricted environmental stimulation technique) have an effect on sleep?

Some therapies described within alternative and complementary medicine are advertised as sleep-promoting, including flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique). Flotation-REST induces deep relaxation through sensory isolation in a water-filled tank and is plausibly reported to mitigate insomnia problems, which have consistently been associated with stress, worry and arousal. However, the effects of flotation-REST have not been previously summarised. The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the efficacy of flotation-REST on sleep in clinical and non-clinical samples.

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Flotation-restricted environmental stimulation therapy improves sleep and performance recovery in athletes

The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects of flotation-restricted environmental stimulation therapy (FLOAT) on recovery from exercise.

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The Elicitation of Relaxation and Interoceptive Awareness Using Floatation Therapy in Individuals With High Anxiety Sensitivity

Floatation-REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy), an intervention that attenuates exteroceptive sensory input to the nervous system, has recently been found to reduce state anxiety across a diverse clinical sample with high levels of anxiety sensitivity (AS). To further examine this anxiolytic effect, the present study investigated the affective and physiological changes induced by Floatation-REST and assessed whether individuals with high AS experienced any alterations in their awareness for interoceptive sensation while immersed in an environment lacking exteroceptive sensation.Describe the item and include any relevant details. Click to edit the text.

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Flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy and napping on mood state and muscle soreness in elite athletes: A novel recovery strategy?

Flotation-restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) involves lying supine in a dark, sound-reduced tank, while immersed in a saline solution, effectively increasing the density of the water which allows an individual to float . This form of therapy has been used as a relaxation tool for stress-management  for treatment of chronic pain , headaches , hypertension , insomnia , rheumatoid arthritis , behavioural problems , and also to increase internal focus and primary-process orientation important for complex skill execution . More recently, anecdotal reports and unpublished observations of athletes using flotation tanks to aid in their recovery from training and competition have yielded interest in this strategy. Indeed, the psychophysiological stress, coupled with inadequate recovery often experienced by elite athletes can lead to overtraining and under-performance , hence the need for strategies that target both physiological and psychological recovery.


Preventing Sick-leave for Sufferers of High Stress-load and Burnout Syndrome: A Pilot Study Combining Psychotherapy and the Flotation tank

 Relaxation can be used for stress reduction and increased wellbeing. There exists a multitude of techniques for relaxation and mindfulness training e.g. meditation, yoga, qigong . Persons suffering from high stress load may get beneficial health effects from relaxation training. Participants in this study were all diagnosed as suffering from ‘burn-out syndrome’ with symptoms of stress, fatigue and problems organizing daily life. They experienced their ailments were not relieved by rest, and they were on the brink of immediate full-time sick leave. 

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Examining the short-term anxiolytic and antidepressant effect of Floatation-REST

Floatation-REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) reduces sensory input to the nervous system through the act of floating supine in a pool of water saturated with Epsom salt. The float experience is calibrated so that sensory signals from visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, thermal, tactile, vestibular, gravitational and proprioceptive channels are minimized, as is most movement and speech. This open-label study aimed to examine whether Floatation-REST would attenuate symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression in a clinical sample. Fifty participants were recruited across a spectrum of anxiety and stressrelated disorders (posttraumatic stress, generalized anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, and social anxiety), most  with comorbid unipolar depression.

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Reduced environmental stimulation in anorexia nervosa: an early phase clinical trial

Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) alters the balance of sensory input to the nervous system by systematically attenuating sensory signals from visual, auditory, thermal, tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive channels. Previous research from our group has shown that REST via floatation acutely reduces anxiety and blood pressure (BP) while simultaneously heightening interoceptive awareness in clinically anxious populations. Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder characterized by elevated anxiety, distorted body representation, and abnormal interoception, raising the question of whether REST might positively impact these symptoms.

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