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Flotation Therapy in Dubai: A great new way to de-stress

If you are feeling stressed due to the fast pace of living in Dubai, you're in luck! There is a new type of stress relieving therapy that is now available to you. Flotation therapy may seem odd, but it's benefits are numerous, and utter relaxation is practically guaranteed. Curious to find out more? Take a look here as UAE Medical Insurance breaks down flotation therapy for you.

For those living in a big city like Dubai, finding a little alone time can be difficult, if not next to impossible. When all our time is gobbled up by work and family, it can be hard to unwind by curling up with a good book, or any number of other common methods of relaxation. That’s why it is important to make time to ensure that our mental and physical health is in good standing. After all, we owe it to ourselves to relieve our stress every once in awhile.

For those of us that can make some time for a little R&R (that’s rest and relaxation for those not in the know), there is now a new option that is already working wonders for many. Flotation chambers, also known as isolation or sensory deprivation chambers, are now available to all in the emirate. Here, UAE Medical Insurance takes a look at the benefits of these salt water-filled pods to help you decide if this type of therapy is right for you.


Odd pods for less stress

Alternative therapies like flotation chambers are rising in popularity in the UAE. While there are a number of different therapies and methods out there for stress relief – acupuncture, massage, meditation, etc. – flotation tanks are a unique offering. They may seem weird with their salty insides and a shape like something out of science fiction, but flotation chambers have a whole host of relaxing benefits that you can take advantage of now.

Flotation itself is also referred to as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (which forms the convenient acronym REST). The inside of each tank holds a healthy amount of water which possesses two important properties. The first of these is that the water temperature is maintained to be equivalent to human body temperature. By doing this, those who use the tank will eventually feel less like they are floating in water, and more like nothing at all is touching them, thereby restricting the sense of touch. The second feature of the solution in the tank is that it is filled with salt. This is merely to provide buoyancy to the user and keep them afloat, rather than constantly moving to stay on top of the water.

Once inside, the chamber could be filled with soothing lights and sounds, although sensory deprivation purists will likely opt for complete darkness and silence.

For those that are floating just for the sake of relaxation, there list of conditions that floating can assist with is substantial and includes:

  • Stress

  • Muscular pain

  • Rheumatism

  • Chronic pain

  • Fatigue fertility

  • High blood pressure

  • Migraine headache

  • Jet lag

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Post-natal depression

  • Pre-menstrual tension

  • Depression

  • Back pain

  • And more

Flotation tanks have even been used to assist with the cessation of smoking, alcoholism or drug use.


REST Specifics

While some people may opt for a simple, relaxing experience of floating in water that includes soothing music and ambient lighting, there is a different way to use a flotation chamber that some may find slightly more intense. By creating what is essentially a weightless environment for the user, their sense of touch is restricted. Combine this with an environment devoid of sound and light, and some interesting things begin to happen in the mind of the user.

Much like the dream state that we experience once we go to sleep, flotation REST allows our normal, waking alpha and beta brainwaves to transition into theta waves. Because of this, users have reported experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations that are typically reserved for their slumber. Even hallucinatory effects have been felt. What’s more, extended durations of this theta wave activity is believed to be linked to increased problem solving skills and creativity.

It’s easy to see how floatation tanks can be a boon to a person’s physical health, mental health and more. The one thing you may want to know now is, “How much does it cost?” At local flotation centers such as Point Zero, the cost for a one hour session in their flotation pods is AED 350.

Of course, if flotation therapy or other stress relieving therapies are covered by a wellness benefit in your insurance plan, then the cost of the pod reimbursable by your insurer. Don’t know if your current plan provides this type of coverage? Feel free to contact UAE Medical Insurance to help find the answers you need or obtain whatever coverage you are looking for. Not only are our agents happy to provide you with free advice with regards to your current plan, they can also help you find a new plan if your current policy isn’t up to snuff, and provide you with a free quote and comparison of plans from major insurers.

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