Dictionary.com defines addiction as: The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
Floating is known for having many health benefits. One of the lesser known, yet perhaps one of the more important, is its ability to reduce addiction. Author Michael Hutchinson of The book of Floating says,
“…both behavioral/cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists now agree that the floatation tank is a powerful tool for overcoming addictions, both by changing addictive behavior and personality characteristics, and by bringing about rapid and striking changes in human biochemistry”.
Recent studies have shown that 25% of smokers who float have been able to quit smoking altogether, with an even larger number who feel a reduced need to smoke.
Overeating is different from smoking. Smoking is an all or nothing habit, while overeating is a much harder habit to judge. Many people who over eat do so because of habit, stress, tiredness, or use it as a way of coping with negative emotions. Floating helps reduce these negative emotions, relieves stress, physical pressure on the body and helps promote healthy sleep.
Many hospitals have used floating for alcoholic patients for years. They report a whopping 45% reduction in alcoholic consumption. This could be due to many things, one of which being the reduction of “feeling the need to drink”.
How does it work exactly?
Floating can help cure addiction through: 1) Relaxation of the Mind and Body 2) Shifting Biochemistry 3) Increasing Awareness of Internal States
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, why not suggest floatation therapy as a safe and effective way to cope.
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