Are you trying to lose weight? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. According to the CDC, 49.1% of US adults have tried to lose weight in the last 12 months.
It’s one thing to lose a few pounds for vanity, but medical obesity is a big problem in the United States. In fact, 100.1 million U.S. adults and 14.7 million children are obese.
Obesity prevalence increased from 30.5% in 1999 to 41.9% in 2017, so unfortunately, obesity is on the rise. Aside from not fitting into jeans like you used to, obesity can also increase your chances of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, some cancers, and breathing problems.
More people are turning to all-natural float therapy for stress reduction and relaxation during their weight loss journeys. But can floatation therapy really help your body manage weight?
Let’s look at how float therapy works, the benefits of floating for weight loss, and what you can expect during your first float session at Krysus HP.
What Is Float Therapy?
A balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management are key to achieving your weight loss goals. However, if you want to lose weight, make an appointment with your doctor first. Weight is complex, and it’s important to order routine blood work to make sure nothing else is going on in your body. Hormones, genetics, and other factors could have a big impact on your weight loss, so when in doubt, chat with your doctor before you try to lose weight.
But if a doctor cleared you and you’re looking for a holistic addition to your weight loss plan, flotation tank therapy could be what you’re looking for.
Float tanks are special pods that contain warm water that contains hundreds of pounds of concentrated Epsom salt. The dissolved salt makes you buoyant in the water, which gives you the relaxing sensation of your body floating and defying gravity. At float centers like Krysus, we use special pods with soft lights and music to make the experience even more relaxing.
With floatation therapy, you float for 30, 60, or 90 minutes in a darkened pod that removes external stimuli. In this distraction-free environment, you float silently and enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet.
The Benefits of Floating for Weight Loss
Floatation therapy can’t cure or treat any disease, but it has so many benefits. From stress reduction to improved focus to decreased physical pain, floating is a great way to find mental and physical relief.
Float therapy alone might not make you skinny, but it has many benefits that support weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
Chronic stress has a big impact on your body’s digestion. Too much cortisol (stress hormone) can slow down your metabolism and make it much harder to keep your weight in a healthy range. Allowing yourself to relax can also ease gut inflammation, constipation, heartburn, and more.
A 2009 study found that stress from work, relationships, and finances led to weight gain in both men and women. The study suggested that reducing stress could limit weight gain—which would make it easier to lose weight.
Fortunately, floating is a great way to reduce stress. Float tank therapy minimizes anxiety by giving you space to detach from the stressors of everyday life. It doesn’t hurt that it improves sleep quality, too.
If you suffer from emotional eating related to stress, regular floating is a helpful tool for both managing stress and preventing weight gain. Simply enjoy the float in silence or try your hand at meditation to reduce anxiety.
Food addiction is a real problem that’s more prevalent in people who are obese or who struggle with stress eating. Food addiction makes it very difficult to manage your weight and feel like you have control over your body and your relationship with food.
This type of therapy is definitely not a substitute for proper medical intervention and treatment for addictive behaviors. However, floatation therapy can support stress reduction and a healthy mindset that will support you as you overcome addiction.
Stress and distractions make it really hard to manage addiction. If you feel you have a negative or stressful relationship with food, flotation therapy can support your doctor’s treatment plan by providing much-needed relaxation.
Exercise-Related Pain Reduction
Nearly 63% of adults start exercising to lose weight, which makes it the number-one weight loss strategy in the U.S. (behind calorie reduction and dietary changes).
The downside is that, if you aren’t already athletic, you might experience soreness, muscle tightness, or achy joints when you start exercising. That’s a normal part of starting any new exercise program, but the aches and pains might keep you away from the gym longer than you like.
Consistency matters when you’re trying to lose weight, so it’s important to manage aches and soreness before they derail your workouts. Floating is a great way to recover in between gym sessions. In fact, plenty of athletes hop into a float tank to recover more quickly between intense workouts.
Floating takes the weight off of your joints and muscles, which gives your muscles time to heal. The magnesium in the Epsom salt-saturated water can also help manage your pain.
Along with therapies like light therapy or vibrational therapy, float therapy is natural and doesn’t have many side effects. If you’re already eating well and exercising, entering a float tank for weight loss gives you additional support and all-natural relaxation.
There’s no need to take an extra pill: simply show up, float, and relax.
Book Your Krysus Float Now
Weight loss isn’t easy, but it’s an investment in your health. Whether you want to drop a few pounds for beach season or need to manage your weight for health reasons, float therapy is a relaxing addition to your weight management plan.
While floating alone won’t cause you to lose weight, it supports a holistic approach to weight loss that complements direction from your doctor, healthy eating, and exercise.
We know that floating can sound intimidating if you’ve never tried it before. The team at Krysus HP is here to help you every step of the way. We specialize in showing new floaters how to enjoy all of the benefits of flotation therapy—without the stress or hassle.
See the benefits of float therapy firsthand: Book your first Krysus HP appointment now.