The float tank is an effective tool in a weight loss program, as well as treatment of addictive behaviours and letting go of unhealthy habits.
How does Floatation Therapy help with weight loss?
Stress reduction and endorphin production
On a physical level, floatation therapy can help by clearing cortisol and other stress hormones from the body, while at the same time releasing endorphins, which are natural feel-good chemicals. It also releases dopamine, associated with feelings of motivation and reward.
It is this release of endorphins that has scientists finding links to support the effectiveness of floatation therapy in weight loss programs and the treatment of other addictive behaviours. Simply put, these natural opiates help us to create pleasurable feelings, thereby decreasing the need to eat for comfort.
Another way in which float therapy aids in weight loss is through the increased self-awareness that comes from being in a deeply relaxed state. You are able to increase your body awareness, your emotional awareness and the float tank also provides a space for self-analysis.
It may provide you with the opportunity to discover what your trigger mechanisms are, as well as gaining clarity on your motivations and expectations around weight loss and your relationship to yourself and food.
There are two elements necessary for motivating oneself to accomplish certain goals and be free of non-adaptive or stressful behaviour. The two elements are relaxation and focused attention.
The float tank is an effective tool for positive self-motivation for weight loss, or making other positive changes within yourself because it provides the following:
- Eliminates all external stimuli so you can concentrate on yourself
- Produces a very deep relaxation so you can be open to suggestion and adapt positive thoughts and attitudes
- Produces chemical changes in your body which enhance clarity of thought, improved memory and problem-solving.
Combined with complementary modalities, the float tank is an effective tool for self improvement and weight loss.