Looking after your heart health seems like a bit of a no-brainer but huge numbers of people suffer from high blood pressure and heart problems due to modern life just making it so difficult to do the right things and avoid the wrong ones. We all know that regular exercise and not eating fatty foods, smoking or drinking alcohol are recommended for healthy hearts but not so many people know that floatation therapy is also helpful for keeping your heart in good condition and lowering blood pressure for a number of reasons.
It’s easy to imagine that stress is bad for your heart but, in fact, according to the British Heart Foundation, stress is not a risk factor associated with heart disease. It does, however, increase blood pressure and reducing stress has many benefits for the circulatory system and all round health. Just relaxing muscles, like you do when you float free from gravity in our float pods, helps blood flow as the blood vessels stop being squeezed and the more the body relaxes, the more the stress hormones like cortisol – which increase blood pressure as part of the ‘fight or flight reaction to stress – are removed from the body. This lowers blood pressure and the release of ‘feel good’ hormones like endorphins lower it further. People have reported lowered blood pressure after just one float but those who float regularly can experience extended periods of reduced blood pressure.
A way that stress really can lead to heart trouble is through our reactions to it and the way we can fall back on bad habits to tackle it. Stress leads us to smoke more (or start smoking in the first place), drink more alcohol, eat more fatty foods and be less inclined to exercise. It can rob us of our self-discipline and lead us to do the sort of things that are very bad for heart health in the long term. Floating not only reduces stress so makes you less inclined to fall back on naughty things, it’s also been proved to help people break habits and fight addictions.
According to WebMD, it’s important for people with heart problems to get enough magnesium as it helps to regulate heart rhythm, prevent angina and reduce blood pressure by supporting nerve function in the body and relaxing the muscles around the blood vessels. Many people are low on magnesium but you can give your magnesium levels a boost by laying in a bath of Epsom Salts for 20 minutes. Our float pods are full of water saturated with the best quality Epsom Salts so it’s a great way to top up your magnesium.
Reducing stress, letting muscles profoundly relax, breaking bad habits and getting more magnesium into your body are good for your health all round which leads to more motivation, better sleep, more of an inclination to exercise and lower blood pressure which are all good news for your heart. If you would like to know more about how floatation can benefit your heart or any other part of your body, please call 01273 933 680 or book a session here to give it a try.