Beneficial health effects of treatment with flotation-REST on stress and blood pressure

Małgorzata Szypłowska, Adrian Kuś, Konrad Gładysz, Małgorzata Neścior, Kamil Szpiech


Flotation-REST is a method where an individual is immersed in a tank filled with water of an extremely high salt concentration, whereby environmental stimulation is restricted. Restricted environmental stimulation technique (REST) is a method used to achieve a deep relaxation and subsequent beneficial health effects on stress and relaxation. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate potential positive health effects of flotation-REST.Flotation-REST treatment decreased the degree of stress. Another study's results indicate that flotation-REST reduces systolic and diastolic blood pressure due to greater relaxation. It was concluded that flotation-REST has beneficial effects on decreasing stress, therefore the method has potential as a complementary treatment of stress-related ailments. However, more studies are warranted to further evaluate the treatments efficacy.


flotation tank; flotation; flotation-REST; REST; relaxation; stress; health; blood pressure

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