Floatation Therapy for PTSD | Perth | Fremantle

floating for ptsd


Floatation Therapy for PTSD | Perth | Fremantle

floating for ptsd


Floatation therapy provides a rare opportunity to unplug from the routine and chaos of daily life. Many people dealing with stress or anxiety can find relief in the float tank, but perhaps no group needs that relief more than individuals suffering from PTSD

our mission

Part of our ongoing mission here at Float Fremantle is to make floating accessible to the people who need it most.  Every day of the year, we offer a $10 off discount for all active and retired military personnel, law enforcement, WA Fire & Rescue, St John Ambulance Service WA and RSL Australia.

Furthermore, for every 10-pack we sell, we donate a float to those suffering from PTSD. If you think you qualify for one of these floats, please email us at [email protected]

We would love the opportunity to introduce any individual suffering from PTSD to the nurturing physical and emotional relief that can be found in the float tank.  If you’re new to the idea of floating, please take a look at our FAQs, and then feel free to contact us with any remaining questions you might have.

When you’re ready to try floating, you can book online anytime! And if you would like to treat a loved one with PTSD to a float, gift certificates are always available.

Float Therapy Relieves PTSD-Related Stress

Michael Harding, on Floating for PTSD

Australian soldier Michael Harding, featured in Time’s 2015 article on floatation therapy, developed PTSD after spending hours under siege and witnessing the death of his second-in-command. After his medical discharge, he suffered from anxiety, sleep problems, nightmares, and emotional distress. Talk therapy, medication, and alcohol didn’t help, so when Harding’s wife found mention of floating in online forums, he tried it. As Time describes:

By three floats, Harding says his anxiety and hyper-vigilance had subsided. By three months of floating, so had his night sweats. “After floating, I was really mellowed out,” he says. “I’m not really sure how it does it, but I do know that floating has allowed me to feel in a more confident, comfortable headspace.
— Michael Harding, Time Magazine

What is PTSD?

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a tragic and sometimes debilitating disorder that can develop after an individual survives a trauma. Feeling fear and panic during a dangerous situation is normal (essentially, that is our fight-or-flight response), but PTSD develops when those agitated feelings and symptoms linger long after the trauma has passed.

What are the Symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD can be incredibly debilitating, although they can vary depending on the person affected. Symptoms include(1);

  • Flashbacks to the traumatic event (accompanied by physical symptoms like sweating or a pounding heart)
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent and intrusive memories
  • Avoidance of things associated with the trauma
  • Emotional numbness & losing interest in the hobbies and passions that once gave them great pleasure
  • Aggressive outbursts

Who suffers from PTSD?

While combat veterans are perhaps the most well-known segment of the population that experiences PTSD, the disorder can also occur when an individual survives a disaster, car accident, physical or sexual assault, or even witnesses a family member or loved one experience danger, harm, or death. Estimates from the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder suggest that between 5 to 10 per cent of people will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. However military veterans, especially those who served in combat situations, and members of search and rescue teams are much more likely than the general population to suffer from PTSD.

How can floating help PTSD?

Living with PTSD is not easy, but treatment options are available—and as a complement to traditional methods of treatment such as cognitive and exposure therapy. Fortunately, floatation therapy is a natural therapy that can help alleviate PTSD symptoms and nurture physical and psychological healing.

Floating Relieves PTSD-Related Stress. First and foremost, floating has a proven track record of reducing stress. Especially for PTSD sufferers who experience ongoing anxiety and tenseness, an hour of complete quiet and calmness in a float tank can be an incredible relief.

We recommend floating with the interior pod lights on and door open to ease into sensory deprivation before completely switching off your senses. Our pods are also able to play soothing music if requested.

We recommend floating with the interior pod lights on and door open to ease into sensory deprivation before completely switching off your senses. Our pods are also able to play soothing music if requested.

Floating Alleviates Comorbid Disorders & Symptoms. A person suffering from PTSD often develops one or more related disorders (clinically known as “comorbid disorders”), such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse(2). Floating can provide immense and immediate relief to many of these related disorders, as well as relief from the chronic pain that many survivors of combat wounds or physical traumas may carry with them years after the initial event.

While treating these symptoms is not precisely the same as treating PTSD, an individual who feels less pain, gets a good night of sleep, and is able to curb unhealthy smoking or drinking habits is very likely to feel better overall—and be better equipped to confront and deal with the trauma behind their PTSD.

Floating Enhances Meditation, a Complementary PTSD Therapy. Finally, floating can enhance one of the most promising alternative treatments for PTSD: meditation. Multiple studies(3,4) have shown that meditation practice combined with traditional therapy can improve the severity of PTSD symptoms—and there is a growing body of research that indicates time in the float tank makes meditation more accessible and effective for its practitioners.

Personal Accounts on Floating & PTSD

Many people suffering with PTSD have reported finding great relief in the float tank. Here are just a few of their powerful testimonies:

  • One young veteran interviewed by an Austin, Texas news channel described his experience as immensely helpful, saying “I was able to put in line three years of stuff that was trapped in my head…I came off of Zoloft all the way and was on no medications at all. I’m more inclined to learn, I’m more inclined to be in a positive mood.”
  • Chief Master Sgt. Michael A. Roberts described his float experience. Roberts, who suffers from PTSD as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), said the practice of seeing multiple different medical specialists over and over exacerbated his stress stemming from the incident that caused his injuries.

    “Float therapy is far superior to other traditional routes, [such as] varying types of drug regiments—one way or another they just temporarily overpower your brain and cause some form of blurred reality—and explaining your situation over and over again to multiple specialists as each one gets to know you and your situation, which caused me recurring internal anxiety and agitation,” he said. “I’ve tried them all.  When I’m in the float pod the absolute serenity and calmness is entirely therapeutic.”

    Roberts said the peace he achieves is entirely internal and self-perpetuated. “My pains and stresses are automatically lifted away without me having to say a word to anyone… or take any new pill”

  • Float Boston asked an individual living with PTSD to chronicle his experience in the float tank. Part of his recollection included the powerful effect of floating on his insomnia and nightmares, saying, “The evening after the first float, it felt as though I was able to “conjure” the connection of higher and lower brain, and relax into sleep. That night, I did not experience any nightmares, and woke feeling rested, and calm.”


  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. National Institute of Mental Health, last revised February 2016.
  2. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey. Ronald C. Kessler, PhD; Amanda Sonnega, PhD; Evelyn Bromet, PhD; Michael Hughes, PhD; Christopher B. Nelson, MPH, PhD. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 1995.
  3. Transcendental Meditation in the Treatment of Post-Vietnam Adjustment. James S. Brooks, Thomas Scarano. Journal of Counseling & Development, November 1985.
  4. Meditation-based mantram intervention for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: A randomized trial. Jill E. Bormann; Steven R. Thorp; Julie L. Wetherell; Shahrokh Golshan; Ariel J. Lang. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, May 2013.
  5. Quality of life with flotation therapy for a person diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, atypical autism, PTSD, anxiety and depression. Anette Kjellgren, Hanna Edebol, Tommy Nordén, Torsten Norlander. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2013.

Floatation Therapy for PTSD | Perth | Fremantle

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