US Military Veterans Given 3,000 Free Floats to Help With PTSD

Shirley Amy
August 5, 2019

True REST Float Spa has been playing its role in helping current and past military personnel with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) issues. In fact, since 2015, it has donated close to 3,000 free floats to American veterans and active-duty military personnel .


U.S. Military Appreciation Day

In order to demonstrate its appreciation and support for the great men and women in the U.S. military, those special people who selflessly put their lives on the line to keep us safe, the 11th day of every month, has been designated by True REST Float Spa, as “U.S. Military Appreciation Day.” This way, any veteran or active-duty military member is entitled to a complementary 60-minute float to help ameliorate their condition.

The Low Down on PTSD

PTSD & depression can lead to several prescribed medications, an increased rate of suicide, & a disconnect from friends and family.

Social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression, PTSD and stress, are rapidly becoming more prevalent among veterans, active-duty servicemen and women, and the general population at large.

But fortunately, there is an excellent proven holistic, natural treatment. Scientific clinical research has demonstrated that: “float therapy in a sensory deprivation pod is an alternative treatment for people with stress and pain-related conditions”

So What Exactly is Float Therapy?

This describes someone floating as they lie completely still on the surface of a specialized Epsom salts water solution which does not generate any stimulation. – That is to say, the experience is devoid of all distractions including: smell, touch, taste, light, sound and movement. And this in turn,

means that the regions of the brain which are associated with these activities, are basically are turned off. The temperature of the water is  perfect, as it is professionally adjusted so that the body, water, and air, are a perfect match. As floating on a salt solution generates a wonderful feeling of weightless, it is also highly beneficial for the spinal cord.

Research Findings

The director at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Float Clinic & Research Center, Dr. Justin Feinstein, noted that; “at the 2018 Float Conference, he conducted a randomized controlled trial of 20 healthy patients and 37 patients who suffered from anxiety across the spectrum, many who suffered from co-morbid depression”.

Each participant was randomly chosen for two experiences: watching a DVD of a documentary on nature, with scenes which generate relaxation; or a float therapy session. All subjects spent an hour and a half doing both selections. While watching the DVD, and doing the float, Feinstein made a note of each participant’s blood pressure, electrocardiogram waves and EEG brain waves. Further, blood samples were conducted prior to, and after each experiment .

The results indicated that: all patients experienced an increase in serenity – or mood – and relaxation post float; muscle tension and anxiety significantly decreased post float, drastically more than those who participated in the Earth study. Moreover, while floating, patients found that their  diastolic blood pressure and high frequency heart rate variability were ameliorated.

Further Research

Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health (through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health), donated the first ever research grant for floatation therapy research. This will enable Feinstein to further study the long-term effects of floating on patients mental health issues.

Shirley Amy

Shirley Amy is a Holistic Health Specialist and professional writer who's published 4 books. Her interests include optimum wellness, mental health, fitness, and positive lifestyle change. She holds University and College qualifications in the fields of Health Science, Nutrition, Mental Health, Fitness, Holistic Therapy and Aromatherapy.