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"First time in 10 years I’m completely PAIN FREE"

Said a Float client after her first ever Floatation Therapy session.

Chronic pain affects different people in so many differing ways. It is life-changing in many folk, fighting constant pain, whether standing up, sitting down, lying in bed, trying to sleep and long journeys are a challenge.

For example, with fibromyalgia comes many symptoms; extreme tiredness and fatigue (that does not get better with sleep or rest), headaches, migraines, energy loss, lack of focus and clarity, mood swings, amongst other things such as Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and cognitive and memory problems (sometimes called “fibro fog”).

Our first-time Float client gave us her feedback, and like many chronic pain sufferers, has tried so many things to address the condition and problems.

So why did Float Therapy work in this way?

Let me first explain what’s happening In a float room - a person floats on the surface of water that is saturated in Epsom Salts (think Dead Sea), keeping them buoyant. Light proof and sound-proof, so no distractions from the outside world. The only thing you hear, is your own heart beating. The water isn’t hot, it is controlled to be at skin temperature, so having lost the sense of sight and sound, the water and the body are at one with themselves. This is called sensory deprivation or sensory enhancement. Float room environments are often called an isolation tank or by it proper name, R.E.S.T. (restrictive environment simulation therapy).

There are so many scientific and medical research papers written about the health and wellness benefits of floating.

Benefits that work for both the body and mind, so these facts are fully supported.

The antigravity nature of floatation should not be underestimated when it comes to treating chronic pain, MS, arthritis and fibromyalgia. Because floating removes the effects of gravity, it allows your muscles and joints to relax and decompress.

During your float session, unlike virtually any other time in your life, your muscles have an opportunity to relax fully, which is essential for pain relief.

Floatation therapy reduces the stress hormone, called cortisol. Because stress is a known factor in the above complications, this is an essential benefit of Float Therapy.

While floatation won’t cure or remediate these conditions all on its own, the rest, relaxation, stress reduction, and anti-gravity experience offered by Float Therapy, are all essential to providing relief from joint pain and promoting a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle.

Like many pain sufferers, if you’re at the end of your tether with pain, Float Therapy could be an interesting avenue to explore. After all, who wants to live in pain?

If you talk to anyone who has used Floatation Therapy as a treatment for chronic pain, MS, arthritis or fibromyalgia, you’ll find most if not all report outstanding results. Not only does Float Therapy reduce the immediate pain, but it can promote long-term stress reduction and wellness.

Written by Fiona Ross, Urban Wellness Float.

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