Floating in Recovery: Hidden Benefits for Eating Disorder Patients

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Eating disorders are a disease affecting men and women of all nationalities and age groups across the nation. Multifaceted, the desire to control the intake of food often finds its roots in issues of body image, self-esteem, cognition, and emotional management.

Recognizing an eating disorder early is crucial when combating the disease. Long-term habits are more difficult to break, and the road to recovery is far more difficult. Malnourishment, anxiety, and stress from the disorders can become chronic and lead to life-threatening problems. It is recommended to seek help immediately.

What Does Floatation Therapy Do?

R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) is a sensory deprivation technique that relaxes the mind. Patients are placed within a tank of saltwater so their bodies are buoyant. The tank is dark and soundproof so their senses are shut off. The weightlessness puts the mind at ease. Since the water is lukewarm, it becomes very difficult to tell where the body begins and ends.

In short, floatation therapy forces its users into a meditative state. The benefits are enormous. It temporarily eliminates stress, anxiety, and the mindless chatter cruising through our brains. This ultimately drives patients to increased resistance to stress and heightened focus. The body releases hormones to decrease stress: serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. The brain waves slow, inducing a light sleep and a clear mind.

The Role of Floatation Therapy

Overcoming eating disorders is about mental fortitude. Bulimia and anorexia are rooted in routine, which requires a newfound mental fortitude to resist these habits. Medications and therapy combined with careful focus on medical needs of the patient have been shown to be helpful.

Floatation therapy goes the extra mile. It provides additional, important relief for those suffering from eating disorders. The added hormones, lowered blood pressure, and relief from continual mental pressure to overcome the disease build a foundation of psychotherapeutic support. By softening their state of mind, patients are able to listen to their body.

Listening to Your Body

Searching for the perfect diet to combat eating disorders is endlessly challenging. It requires adding calories and developing an eating routine that helps the body run correctly. There are three key ways listening to your body help fight the disease:

  1. Detect Hunger. Binge eating disorders are hard to fight because the body readily accepts food during times of stress, boredom, and other problems. Key to regulating food intake is the ability to know when you are actually hungry.
  2. Know When to Stop. Most people understand when they have had enough to eat. This holds true for eating too little and too much.
  3. Practice Moderation. Nourishment cannot be found in a steady diet of fast food. Moderating vitamin and mineral-rich foods speeds recovery.

Floatation therapy makes it easier to pay attention the difference between thoughts about body and thoughts about food. Contact Northwest Float Center to help you or a loved one find peace through floatation.

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