Red, white, and blue finds peace with floating and PTSD too


Many people look forward to Fourth of July celebrations, which often include fireworks.

While lighting up the night sky is an anticipated holiday tradition, it may be a trigger for some.

The VA says the loud noises can trigger those dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Larry Luzinski is a veteran who said there can be many different triggers for those who've been in combat.

“A loud noise will set them off,” said Luzinski. “Even a book dropping on the floor sometimes will make them think they got to head for cover.”

He said PTSD reactions come in many forms.

“Everybody’s got a different reaction,” said Luzinksi. “Some are just a mild jump, other people are running for cover.”

While there is no way to stop firework celebrations from happening, the treatment center says there are ways for vets to get help for upcoming celebrations.

One suggestion is surrounding yourself with a support system and reminding yourself that you will be hearing loud noises during the holiday week. We also offer our Hands for Heroes program for our float tank. This peaceful environment will help ease the discomfort of loud noises and soothe the central nervous system. While this is  no cure, it has surely been popular among veterans and instilling some quiet and calming time into their lives. 

Thank you for your service!!! 


Float Therapy Helps Veterans Suffering from PTSD




Our nation's heroes are hurting. After serving the US in conflict areas of the world, many veterans are returning home with PTSD and other ailments. There are plenty of traditional treatments, but for a section of veterans --  medication and therapy haven't been enough. 

What has been working for a growing number of veterans is float tank therapy. The isolation from stimulus can provide relief from the PTSD, anxiety, and depression that affects so many veterans. 

According to research from the Float Clinic and Research Center at Laurete Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, OK, floating has produced similar results for anxiety suffers as popular anti-anxiety drug, Ativan (lorazepam). Both Ativan and floating reduce activity in the amygdala -- the part of the brain responsible for the "flight-or-fight" response. In PSTD and anxiety sufferers, this part of the brain can be overactive and cause severe reactions to perceived threats.

In the following video, you'll see how some veterans in Texas are using floating as a part of their PTSD treatment. 


Give floating a try and book an appointment online today or call (319) 366-5454.

Honest Floating is located at Hands in Harmony, Massage Specialist & Spa -- 1615 32nd St. NE, Suite #3, Cedar Rapids, IA  52402