Why floatation tanks use Epsom salts?

The buoyancy in a float tank is provided by creating a super saturated mixture of Epsom salts and water, allowing the user to float effortlessly on top of the skin temperature solution.

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Epsom Salt Floatation tanks are an excellent way of combating stress, alleviating muscular aches and pains and for reaching Zen like states of relaxation. Soaking in Epsom salts has been found to stimulate lymph drainage, and promote the absorption of Magnesium and Sulphates.

Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulphate (MgSO4·7H2O), a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulphur, and oxygen. It has been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities, and offers many health benefits when used for floating.

Magnesium is the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body, so it is little wonder this low-profile mineral is so vital to good health and well being. Magnesium, a major component of Epsom Salt, also helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.

Magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted Magnesium from soil and the typical diet contains much less Magnesium than that of our forefathers. In fact, the modern diet with its fat, sugar, salt and protein actually works to speed up the depletion of Magnesium from our bodies.

Epsom salt

Did you know each of our floatation pod is filled with half a tonne of Epsom salt?

Health benefits relating to bathing in a Floatworks Pod with half a tonne of magnesium sulphate, include:

Improve Sleep

Magnesium deficiency can be a key indicator of poor sleep as adequate magnesium levels are essential for sleep and for the mind the rest, research indicates magnesium can help your brain produce neurotransmitters that induce sleep.

Relieve stress

Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation. It can also prevent or easing of migraine headaches.

Improve exercise performance and recovery

Reduce muscle pain, cramping and headaches as a result of flushing toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. It is well known that adequate magnesium levels are helpful for exercise because magnesium helps your body use glucose and lactic acid according to research.

Better regulated blood sugar

As magnesium improves the body’s ability to use insulin to control glucose levels, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.

Improve heart and circulatory health

It can reduce irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.

Improve nerve function

As it regulates electrolytes. Also, Calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.

Healthier skin and hair

Soaking in an Epsom salt float tank can improve skin elasticity and moisture, reduced acne and allergies, and glossier hair.

Experience it yourself

When floating in a salt tank, Magnesium is absorbed through the skin due to natural molecular diffusion, the body optimizes the levels of Magnesium, so there is no overload effect from floating in the salts for extended periods.

While increasing your Magnesium levels, Epsom Salt also delivers sulphates, which are extremely difficult to get through food but which readily absorb through the skin. Sulphates serve a wide variety of functions in the body, playing a vital role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulphates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are believed to help detoxify the body’s residue of medicines and environmental contaminants.

Float tanks are becoming more popular with many multi tank facilities opening around the globe.

All customers get a one-off introductory offer to enjoy 3 float session for only £99, so why not make the most of it and book a session at Floatworks today?

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