Smoking is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. Many people feel the side effects of trying to quit, such as weight gain and mood swings, are worse than actually smoking. However, your heart and lungs are damaged with each puff. The good news is that floatation therapy can help. If you’re a smoker who wants to quit, discover how floatation therapy can bring you one step closer to kicking the habit for good.
What Happens When You Quit Smoking?
While most people are aware of the benefits of quitting, they may not know how quickly those positive changes set in. As little as 20 minutes after your last smoke, your heart rate will return to a normal level. As little as two hours after quitting, your blood pressure and circulation will improve. Your risk of coronary artery disease begins to drop one day after quitting smoking, and within two days, your nerve endings will begin to regenerate. As a result, your ability to smell and taste things will improve.
It takes about three days for nicotine to completely leave your system. At this point, you’ll start experiencing side effects like headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, and increased appetite. Floatation therapy can help you with all these symptoms and decrease your drive to smoke.
How Float Therapy Helps You Quit
Floatation therapy is known to alleviate a host of mental and physical illnesses and symptoms, including addiction. However, floatation therapy does more than ease your cigarette cravings for a short session. It targets the area of your brain that tells you to give in to your craving for nicotine. Over time, floating will help your brain rewire itself so it no longer associates nicotine with pleasure, relaxation, or stress relief.
Floatation therapy provides total sensory deprivation. At NWFC, we recommend floating in total darkness with your tank closed so sights and sounds can’t reach you at all. During a float, you’ll be buoyed in water kept at body temperature; you’ll never feel too hot or too cold. In addition, you won’t feel the force of gravity as you do in other types of therapy such as yoga, Pilates, or aerobics.
Floatation therapy releases endorphins, which make you feel happy, peaceful, and relaxed. When used in conjunction with other quitting aids, floating may speed the quitting process. You may find yourself completely weaned off nicotine faster than people who don’t float.
To schedule a floatation therapy appointment and learn more about how floating helps smokers, contact us at any time.