The dissertation confirms what earlier studies have indicated: sleep was improved, patients felt more optimistic, and the content of the vitalizing hormone prolactin increased. Anxiety, stress, depression, and perception of pain declined. Those who took part in the research project all had some form of stress-related pain, and after only twelve treatments in the floating tank, their condition improved.
"Through relaxing in floating tanks, people with long-term fibromyalgia, for instance, or depression and anxiety felt substantially better after only twelve treatments. Relaxing in a weightless state in the silent, warm floating tank activates the body's own system for recuperation and healing. The stress hormone decreases, as does blood pressure. The findings confirm and reinforce our earlier studies on the effects of relaxing in a floating tank," says Sven-Åke Bood.Many people experience improvement
This research is being carried out at the Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University and is being done in collaboration with the health authorities under the Värmland County Council. The studies included in the dissertation have been previously published in journals like the prestigious American publication International Journal of Stress Management. More information: Sven-Åke Bood, Karlstad University, phone: +46 (0)54-700 22 47 or cell phone: +46 (0)73-812 41 09.
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