The process of grief can be devastating. For those dealing with loss, there are many resources to help you work through grief. One little-known resource is floatation therapy. Floatation therapy is proven to help people work through all kinds of emotional upheaval, including grief. At Northwest Float Center, we can’t replace who or what you’ve lost—but we do want to help you feel enabled to cope.
Causes of Grief
The word “grief” usually connotes death, but there are several other causes of grief. Most people have experienced at least one of these:
- Divorce or other relationship loss
- Job loss
- Loss of a cherished dream
- Selling or losing your home
- Death of a pet, which can cause intense grief
- Physical or emotional trauma
Additionally, many people aren’t sure how to deal with grief effectively. They may believe ignoring grief will make it go away, or they may put themselves on a timeline in which to “get over” their grief. In reality, grief has no schedule; what it looks like and how long it lasts will vary according to the person, the type of loss, and unique factors surrounding that loss. There’s no such thing as a typical grief response.
Most people are familiar with the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, sadness or depression, and acceptance. Everyone goes through these stages at different times and at his or her own pace. No matter what stage of grief you’re in, floatation therapy may help you process it more effectively.
How Float Therapy Helps the Grief Process
The optimal floating experience involves total sensory deprivation. Therefore, when you finish a session, you may find colors are brighter and some of your favorite sounds, like music, are more enjoyable. Over time, this heightened awareness may help you learn to enjoy your surroundings again.
You can keep the tank door ajar or open if you like, although we recommend closing it for the complete experience. We also recommend floating in total darkness; each tank has a light you can turn on or off at your leisure. As you float, you’ll be free of gravity and any external stimulation, which will help your mind restore its chemical balances. Floating also releases endorphins that may give you a “break” from the grieving process.
Consider using float therapy in conjunction with counseling, meditation, or other healthy grief outlets. Contact us to schedule an appointment or for more information.