With all that is required of you to be a parent, it can be draining both physically and psychologically. From constantly lifting your kids to running between baseball practice, ballet lessons, and the playground, it can be hard to find a moment to rest. Though anyone can benefit from floatation therapy, it can be especially beneficial for parents. It is just the thing to help you relax and recharge to keep being a great parent to your kids.
Before we get into the benefits float therapy will offer you as a parent, a quick explanation of how floating works is needed. Floatation tanks provide an experience of complete sensory deprivation which leads to relaxation of both your body and mind. The tanks are sound-proof, light-proof and odourless. The water is heated to the temperature of your skin which allows you to adjust to the water and not feel it. The water contains 800 pounds of magnesium-rich Epsom salts. When you enter the tank, the salt is what allows you to float effortlessly to the top of the water.
For new parents, carrying your babies and toddlers can cause wrist, back, and shoulder pain as those areas are mostly used for lifting. The muscles in those areas can become sore and the tendons can potentially become inflamed. Floating will help to relieve pain and soreness and when you do have to lift your kids again, there will be less strain on your body. The Epsom salts in the water reduce inflammation, calms muscle tension and improves pain management.
While floating, you feel weightless and your body can completely relax and your brain will slowly stop sending pain signals to the parts of your body with pain or soreness. Floating will give you the much-needed space to be completely at peace, away from external stimuli that you experience every day. You are free to focus on your breathing, meditate, clear your mind, and shut off your brain.
While you are floating, it is also a good time to focus on reflecting on yourself and sort through anything you need to. You can become more self-aware and focus on what is happening within yourself. You have the time to understand your emotions, motivations and purpose. Focusing on personal reflection can show you what you are doing well and what you can improve on as a parent, or otherwise. Being mindful of your emotions can make you more confident and sure of yourself which will translate into your life.
Mental Health Booster
The demands of parenthood can cause exhaustion, irritation, and forgetfulness. Floating allows you to focus fully on yourself at that moment. An hour-long float session lowers your blood pressure and reduces your cortisol levels which is also known as the “stress hormone”. Because of this, floating can also be helpful for anxiety and depression as it turns off the parts of your brain that makes your thoughts race or worry.
Sleep is extremely important for your overall health and without enough sleep, our bodies and minds can’t function properly. As a parent, you can be hard-pressed to find downtime away from your kids to reset and reboot. Floating can be a great way to fix your rest issues and many people find 60 minutes are equivalent to 4-6 hours of sleep. While you float, your stress levels decrease, endorphins are pumped through your body, and your blood pressure and heart rate are better regulated. All of this puts you in a perfect environment for catching up on some much-needed rest.
Parenthood can be a tough job and finding something that works for you to help you relax is really important. With these benefits of floating for new parents, floatation therapy can be just what you need to improve your physical and mental health. Everyone needs time to rest and take a step back and floatation therapy can help you do that.
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