While you may know that floatation therapy promotes pain and stress relief, as well as a number of other health benefits, did you know that floating also strengthens the immune system? Floaters often enjoy better overall health after floating without realizing they are experiencing this benefit.
How It Works
Although an improved immune system is related to health benefits associated with floating, such as improved circulation and a better hormonal balance, the primary reason that floatation therapy boosts the immune system is that it allows the body to focus more energy on building up defenses.
By placing the body in a low-impact, relaxing environment, floating encourages the body to stop sending so much energy to unnecessary functions. Without the need to use so much energy, the body can focus on rejuvenation so that it is better prepared to combat germs and diseases. In fact, floatation therapy is so relaxing to the body that the immune system is able to strengthen itself by working at a heightened level.
In addition, the Epsom salts in the float tank draw out many toxins that might be weakening the immune system. As these toxins leave the system, the body is once again able to redirect more energy towards strengthening it.
Boosting the Immune System
To make the most of this benefit of floatation therapy, there are few steps that you can take in conjunction with a float session, including the following:
- Increase your time in the float tank when your immune system might need some extra help. For instance, during the winter months, the body might be exposed to more germs and viruses that could make you sick, so adding an extra float session to the schedule may be helpful.
- Wash your hands frequently to minimize your exposure to germs. We’ve all heard this advice before, but it truly does help to protect your immune system from unnecessary attacks.
- Practice other natural methods for boosting your immune system as well. For example, include foods in your diet that build up the immune system with important vitamins and nutrients. In addition, take vitamin supplements for some extra help, and be sure to get plenty of rest and exercise.
For residents of the Tacoma, Washington area, Northwest Float Center offers a relaxing oasis where you can enjoy the many benefits of floatation therapy. Visit us for more information and to begin enhancing your immune system’s defenses today!