Can Floatation Therapy Help Abused Kids?
Sadly, child abuse and trauma are a big problem. Abused children, those in the foster system, or kids who experienced other trauma have special needs. These individuals can benefit from float therapy, especially in conjunction with other therapies.
Children of abuse and trauma suffer from a variety of symptoms including anxiety, anger, dissociation, mood swings, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), shame, and self-destructive behavior. The key to reducing these symptoms is to distance the mind from the incident, regain confidence in the individual, and trust in those around them.
The most common type of treatment for this condition is psychotherapy. This can be effective, but it can take a long time to see significant results. Therapists are finding positive results by adding floatation therapy to their treatment plan.
Narrative therapy separates the problem from the person and helps minimize or eliminate the issue. This can be effective, but sometimes children of abuse have difficulty with this concept. They can’t see a way of separating themselves from what happened in the past, and they feel helpless to change their current feelings.
Adding floatation therapy after narrative therapy can provide deep relaxation and inward concentration necessary to move through their issues and make progress. Floating eliminates outside stimuli, ¬making it easier for the mind to focus on the problem.
Floating complements this method of psychotherapy well. Mindfulness is an Eastern technique started by Buddhist meditation. It focuses on acknowledging what the mind is thinking without judgment.
After recognition of a negative thought, the person strives to change their thought pattern to be more positive. Instead of regretting the past or worrying about the future, the person focuses on what can be done in the present to increase happiness. Floating allows the brain to think more creatively, opening opportunities to see areas of change in one’s present life.
Group therapy for individuals of abuse and trauma allow children to make their problems public after long-term feelings of shame or guilt. This outlet can be a freeing and healing experience. Group therapy also strives to improve damaged self-esteem and improve social connections. This change is accomplished by reinforcing positive attributes about the person’s character.
Oftentimes, children have a hard time believing these positive statements. Here is where floatation therapy can speed up recovery. The deep relaxation and meditative state induced by floating, compounded by the amount of endorphins released, accelerates the transition to improved self-esteem. The newly found confidence encourages social connections.
See if floatation therapy could benefit you or a loved one who has experienced abuse or trauma.