Cancer. It’s a dark word that far too many of us are familiar with. We all know what a nightmare it is to those diagnosed and to those that love them. Instead of bumming everyone out about how awful cancer can be, I want to offer some real talk about how floating can help cancer sufferers and their loved ones.
In a general sense, spending time in the float tank offers a rare opportunity to relax completely. The sensory depravation removes stressful stimuli to wipe away the overwhelming parade of doctors, treatments, and unknowns that affect sufferers of cancer.
In the float tank, you are weightless. You are free from the weight of your own body, that body that can sometimes feel like it’s betraying you. Time in the tank also helps to lift the weight of the diagnosis for a moment.
Float tanks have been proven by multiple studies to provide relief for sufferers of chronic pain due to conditions like cancer, fibromyalgia, and muscle injuries. The weightless takes pressure off of areas that are under deep stress. The warm water and sensory deprivation allow the muscles and mind to unwind – a treasure in stressful times.
When used regularly, floating can be a seriously effective treatment.
Magnesium – a mineral critical to many cellular functions and metabolic processes – is an important element in overall wellness. As a whole, most Americans are deficient in the mineral and for cancer patients it can be even more extreme.
Popular chemotherapy drugs, like Cisplatin, can cause magnesium deficiency. For someone who is already suffering from cells gone rogue – it’s bad news.
The good news is that the float tank is loaded with Epsom Salt – otherwise known as magnesium sulfate. About 20-30 minutes into the float experience, your body is absorbing magnesium at an escalated rate from the solution. Putting that magnesium back into the body can counteract some of deficiency and allow cells to function more efficiently.
If you or someone you love is fighting cancer, don’t go it alone. Floating can be a great tool to ease symptoms and relieve stress involved in the fight. And as always, Honest Floating sends loves to all those affected.
Give floating a try and book an appointment online today. Honest Floating is located at Hands in Harmony, Massage Specialist & Spa.