Ready To Quit Smoking or Drinking? How Floating Can Help

The relaxing benefits and physical relief that can be achieved by floating is well known but did you know that floating can also be used as a therapy treatment for drug and alcohol addiction?

In fact, studies have proven REST to be very effective in helping individuals stop smoking. This is because when you float your brain produces theta waves, usually produced when someone is sleeping. And when you float your brain can access the theta state for a much longer period of time, which allows longer access to the deeper parts of your subconscious mind where addictions take root. 

Beyond that, floating also promotes the release of endorphins in the body which regulate your mood and creates the feelings of joy and happiness commonly associated with drug and alcohol effects. The feeling that you're left with is a natural high that is hard to achieve anywhere else. 

Now you might be thinking, "This sounds crazy! Are you really telling me floating can help me break my drug or alcohol addiction?"

While we can't guarantee anything and say, Yes 100% it will, we can speak for one of our float family members who it did, Elbert Hartman.

Elbert tell us, "Since I began floating, I have lost over twenty-five pounds, resumed my long lost yoga practice and quit drinking alcohol completely. My life has become extraordinary and I know that floating has played an instrumental part in allowing this to manifest within me."

Another one of our float family members, Ryan Lawson, says "Since owning a float tank I have made a breakthrough in my relationship with my wife. I also have been cutting my alcohol drinking tremendously. I don't even keep alcohol in the home anymore, its more of a social thing. No more bars either. We are saving so much money! I also quit an 18 year drug addiction!"

So as you can see, for some people, floating can be extremely helpful in not only breaking an addiction but helping to improve all other aspects of life!

Controlled studies have also shown that 25% of people who underwent REST therapy ended up quitting smoking and remained free of nicotine for up to five years. Plus, REST therapy combined with various other techniques like weekly support groups showed that 80% of study participants were smoke free for at least a year and a half. 

In order to benefit the most from floating sessions should take place on a fairly regular basis, allowing your body and mind a chance to replace cravings and anxiety with feelings of relaxation and peace. You can start by going once a week or more, depending on how you feel and how often cravings start to sink in. 

When used properly, float tanks can be an effective and safe treatment that anyone who wishes to break an addiction can try and benefit from. You never know how one float session just may change your whole life. 


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