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Floatation therapy is an “effective, noninvasive method for treating stress-related pain,” including extensive stress, burnout depression, and pain related to muscle tension. This study found that floatation therapy is more effective than a placebo. Participants also decreased their level of alcohol intake during the study, suggesting further benefits from floating.

Bood, Sven A. “Effects of floatation-restricted environmental stimulation technique on stress-related muscle pain: What makes the difference in therapy – attention-placebo or the relaxation response? Pain Res Manage, Ulf Sundequist, Anette Kjellgren, Gun Nordstrom, and Torsten Norlander, 2005, 10(4), 201-209.