I’m Obese—Should I Float?

Kriss BrooksFlotation Therapy, HealthLeave a Comment

Floatation therapy certainly helps with weight loss, but what if you have a medical condition or are recovering from gastric bypass surgery? Should you still float? The good news is floatation therapy is open to everyone.

Weight Loss

Floating has proved effective as a weight loss tool. Scientists believe success comes from the increase of endorphins while floating. Natural opiates balance cravings and improve pleasurable feelings, increasing the dieter’s motivation to avoid unhealthy food addictions.

There are two main qualities required to break any addiction, including food: motivation and focus. Floating provides both by:

  • Removing external stimuli and directing concentration inward. The water temperature matches the body’s, so there is nothing to feel. Light and sound are removed, so the floater has nothing to focus on but thoughts. This relaxation leads to positive thought patterns. The floater is able to identify root causes and meaningful solutions to unhealthy eating habits.
  • Providing deep relaxation that opens the subconscious to new positive thought patterns. Floating is especially effective when used in conjunction with psychotherapy or hypnotherapy. Ruminating on healthy eating habits and positive self-esteem affirmations while in a deep state of meditation improves results. In this state, it is easier for new ways of thinking to pass through and embed in the subconscious for permanent change.
  • Creating chemical changes in the body that enhance problem solving and clarity of thought. Adrenaline, cortisol, lactate, and ACTH are all stress chemicals removed from the bloodstream during floatation therapy. Cortisol and ACTH weaken the immune system and cause feelings of depression. These negative chemicals are replaced by feel-good endorphins.

Special Considerations

Floating is safe for anyone, even those with medical conditions that contribute to obesity and those recovering from gastric bypass surgery. Floating may even benefit other symptoms of your medical condition. It promotes low blood pressure and reduces cortisol and inflammation that causes joint and muscle pain. If you have any concerns, consult with your physician before using floatation therapy.

  • Gastric bypass surgery. If you recently had gastric bypass surgery, and your incision is still healing, you will want to delay floatation therapy. Normally, you can resume floating after your physician clears you for submerging your incision area in water.
  • Size of tanks. The standard float tank size is 5 feet wide by 8 feet long and 4 feet high, large enough to comfortably accommodate any size floater. If you’re still concerned, call your float center and ask for exact measurements before your first visit.

Floating is a great complimentary therapy to any weight loss program. Regardless of the cause of your obesity or where you are in the process of weight loss, floating can help. Contact us today – at Northwest Float Center.

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