Flotation Therapy is a unique treatment where you can cut out all the stimulus and just relax. Relax into an a safe environment that allows you to release stress, anxiety, and even pain.
How Can Floating Help In The Treatment Of Addictions?
- Relaxation Of The Mind And The Body
- Much like the effects of meditation in terms of reducing anxiety, stress, blood pressure, muscle tension and changing brain wave activity, floatation therapy allows the person to experience a change in their state of being which is more relaxed, and at ease.
- Shifting Biochemistry
- As biochemistry and the nervous system shift into a place of relaxation and expansion, the need for substances that are used for this purpose is lessened substantially. Since endorphins (pleasurable, happy chemicals) are released when you float, the biochemical “need” for pleasure is satisfied, thus reduces one’s likelihood of needing to seek out other ways of meeting this need.
- Detoxify The Lymphatic System
- Floating in such a high concentration of Epsom salt has the affect of detoxifying the entire lymphatic within a one-hour period. By increasing blood flow to the lymphatic system, the body’s waste-maintenance system will operate more effectively. This detoxification process encourages lymphatic drainage while restoring and maintaining electrolyte balance. As well, increased blood flow to the muscles helps them dispose of lactic acid.
- Increased Awareness Of Internal States
- Floatation cuts out the need to place attention on external events, and instead shifts awareness inwards. With attention placed on one’s internal state, i.e. awareness of how you are feeling, what you are thinking and what is going on inside you, there are no distractions from your internal state.
- As there are no external problems to solve, problem solving can be turned inwards instead. Observing and monitoring the internal state can be motivating to do something about changing it.
- A Safe Alternative To Activate Pleasure
- Floatation therapy is safe, gentle and effective at relieving and reducing stress, anxiety, depression or other challenging states and feelings. Since these states can trigger the desire to repeat addictive behaviors for the sake of feeling pleasure as opposed to these pain-related states, the float pod can be a wonderful tool in providing a safe space to relieve both physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal and post-withdrawal.
- Even long after we have quit an addictive behavioral pattern, there are circumstances that will cause us to want to return to the addiction: stress, anxiety, depression, a certain individual, or other.
When we realize there is a chance that we return to our addictive behavior, we can simply take a float, stimulate our pleasure pathways, and avert the return to the habit. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, why not suggest floatation therapy as a safe and effective way to cope and treat the stress symptoms of addiction.