By HU Pei-cheng from the Department of Medical Psychology, Peking University Health Science Centre, Beijing, China, SU Ying College of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Aqua Mediation Can Improve Your Emotional State

The results of this study show flotation during aqua meditation could improve mood state and reduce anxiety and depression levels significantly.

The mechanisms may be as follows:

Researchers studying Aqua Mediation believe that the usual level of stimulation encountered in modern society is too much for some people to handle. An environment of overwhelming stimulation leads to too much stimulation and information flooding the cognitive system.

Many people cannot deal with all this information and stimulation effectively. So maladaptive reactions to the situation occur. If the person is taken out of that environment and put into a less demanding one, these reactions could be avoided, reduced or eliminated. The person’s whole mood status could be improved as well.

According to the cognitive theory of emotion; emotion is affected by three factors:

  • Environmental
  • Physiological
  • Cognitive

During Aqua Mediation, external stimuli are extremely reduced so the stimulating events are few. So the mood is improved.

  • Some preliminary studies have suggested that Aqua Mediation may facilitate the release of endogenous beta-endorphin in the brain: beta-endorphin is a peptide that can induce euphoria state in human beings.
  • Flotation can induce deep relaxation. An individual feels comfortable, amused and pleased when he or she is relaxed.
  • The effect of improving mood state may come from the collaborative operation of all the mechanisms.

Considering the results of this study and other studies, it can be suggested that Aqua Mediation may be helpful in the treatment of:

  • Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)
  • Psychological disorders
  • Psychosomatic diseases

The results of this study shows that gender may influence the mood improving effect of Aqua Mediation. The improvement for women is better than that for men. This shows that the Aqua Mediation may be especially well-suited for females.