"The results are AMAZING!" say 30-year Police Veterans
This is a summary of what Beyond Rest Hawthorn has achieved over the last 12 months with Victorian Police (and now starting with the MFB in August) and hopefully with Ambulance Victoria in September.
- I read the article about Police and PTSD in the July 2018 Police Journal with an interview with Peter Bellion - Retired Police Officer suffering with Chronic PTSD
- Peter Bellion starts floating with BR Hawthorn September 2018 and sees immediate results
- Beyond Rest ran an editorial in the December Police Journal and we sought volunteers to join a flotation trial
- From January 2019 we had 30 Police officers float with Beyond Rest for twice a week for 4 consecutive weeks - a total of 250+ free floats at a cost of $17,000+
- ALL had huge success of varying degrees - feeling calmer, less anxious, clearer thoughts, great SLEEP in the pod and at home (which a lot of the officers were having difficulty)
- 17 Officers provided us with written testimonials of their successes - these can be provided
- We even got Graham Ashton and his security team in for a float!
- 10 Officers became members and have continued their floating experience
- 4 Officers - 2 active and 2 retired have provided written testimonials that we will be using in the October Police Journal with a summary of our successes to promote this treatment
- July 29 - we hosted a presentation by Dr. Justin Feinstein (a world leading researcher from the States on flotation and PTSD) in Melbourne. Justin is a guest speaker at the International Mental Health Conference in Brisbane.
- August 11, Channel 9 aired the article on Police, Floating and PSTD
- We have MFB Officers completing the same trial at Hawthorn this month but under the supervision of their psychologists and their Manager for Return to Work.
- Ambulance Victoria are completing their research on treatments for their officers and we are hopeful we will have their officers in September for the trial.
The best evidence we have on the success of the trial is from the testimonials and interviews we have obtained from the numerous officers. That is where the story is.
We now have a member - Anne - at Hawthorn who was retired from the Police force due to anxiety and PTSD and was reluctant to leave the house due to this illness. Anne joined our trial and stated after her 5th Float..."By now I was almost feeling a little addicted to the floats. I was much more relaxed and seemed to have more clarity. It was the first time in 4 years that I felt I had some control over managing my PTSD. The floats allowed me to completely relax, even if it was only for an hour. I truly think I was more relaxed and generally more focused.
Even my family think I am calmer and easier to be around. I have decided that I am well enough to apply for a part time job, something until recently would have been impossible. I believe that floating has given me control and clarity which has improved my quality of life."
Anne has returned part time to the Police Academy at a Law Instructor and went to an AFL football game (something she was not well enough to do for years!)
This is one of many stories that we need to tell other 1st Responders, employees and Work Cover. ##
BEYOND REST HAWTHORN
Beyond Rest provide a safe, calm and relaxing environment for clients to float to experience sensory enhancement in pods.
The float tanks look like a large, enclosed bathtub. They are built from fibreglass and are designed to block out all external distractions, such as sights, sounds, tactile sensations and gravity.
The reduced stimulation encountered in the floatation tank refocuses your attention to internal stimuli. The sensations of the body become more salient, making the flotation tank a walk-in biofeedback device.
This natural biofeedback initiates a self-regulation process that encourages relaxation. This relaxation is augmented by the full body absorption of magnesium that elicits the release of muscle tension.
As physical sensations become less noticeable, mental activity can come to the fore. For those not used to being alone with their thoughts this can be difficult. However, even unpleasant thoughts become more pleasant as the body descends into a more deeply relaxed state.
Eventually even the parade of thoughts subsides and the mind enters a meditative state.