Health Benefits of Floating

Recommended by doctors, sports trainers, and therapists, mineral spa floatation therapy is a luxurious escape and a powerful tool for strengthening the immune system and improving health.

In the sound-proof and light-proof heated spa filled with 1,000 pounds of healing, soothing Epsom Salts, one can float away mental stress, physical stress, and chronic pain. Floating also has been shown to improve creativity, increase skin tone, and enhance athletic performance.

Some health benefits of floating:

Detoxification: Based upon the therapeutic powers of the mineral-rich Dead Sea, the Epsom Salts used in floatation spa therapy draw toxins to the surface of your skin, giving your body a powerful systemic detoxification. Mineral spa therapy helps to strengthen your immune system and trigger the release of endorphins.

Experience weightlessness: You cannot sink! Anyone, regardless of body type, will float effortlessly on top the the heated Epsom salt-water solution. Maintaining posture against the constant pull of gravity can create stress on joints and ligaments and can contribute to uncomfortable conditions such as arthritis. By allowing the body to float, this stress is temporariliy alleviated, allowing muscles and joints to relax and heal faster. No training, preparation, or skill is required.

Relax your mind: By relaxing the analytical side of the mind, floating induces whole-brain thinking that can help a person to become more creative and expressive. In the salt-spa environment, ability to absorb information and achieve desired goals can be enhanced through visualization and positive thoughts.

Improve athletic performance: Athletes find that salt spa therapy can improve recovery time. Even breathing the air of the salt spa can aid respiration and health of the lungs.

Neurochemistry and Endorphins: Tests indicate that floating increases the secretion of endorphins, which are sometimes called the “happy hormones.” Floating can result in increased happiness, improved mood, and relief of discomfort. Salt-spa floatation can relieve tension and stress, reduce anxiety, and improve mood as well as aiding relaxation and lowering blood pressure. It can relieve PTSD and anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it like to float?

Imagine a place that you could go and completely escape from life’s pressures and stress; a place where pain seems to melt away. Imagine all of your overworked physical senses being quieted, so that you can close the door to outside interference and open the window to inner peace and self awareness. This is what it’s like to float.

What is REST?

The acronym REST stands for Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy. It is a way to relieve stress and achieve profound relaxation by simply floating in 8 to 10 inches of warm salt water. “Some participants say they haven’t experienced this kind of peace since the womb.” (Ernie Randolfi, expert on stress management)

What is a floatation tank?

The floatation tank is a therapeutic, educational, and recreational tool in which you can put the world on hold. By restricting all sensory input, you can increase sensory awareness. You can learn to control your body and mind by being alert and listening to the subtle internal signals and messages available to you. The experience of weightlessness is achieved by floating in 1,000 pounds of healing, soothing Epsom Salts and skin temperature water. This results in freedom from sensory distractions, gravity, pressure, tension, stress, fatigue, and pain.

What happens to brain waves ?

It is well known that alpha waves are generated by the brain in times of relaxation, but with floatation the slower theta waves are generated, sometimes accompanied by vivid memories, free association, sudden insights, creative inspiration, and feelings of serenity and oneness with the universe.

How does floating help to produce theta waves ?

Although you can learn to generate theta waves by practicing meditation for many years, studies at Texas A&M and the University of Colorado have shown that floating increases production of theta waves simply by providing the environment to attain the meditative state. Floaters quickly enter the theta state while remaining awake and consciously aware of all the vivid imagery and creative thought that passes through their minds, and the effect is reciprocal for up to three weeks.

Will my skin wrinkle ?

No, because the high salt level in the water does not take salt out of your skin, which is the reason skin wrinkles. Floatation will leave your skin soft and smooth.

Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate.

According to the Mayo Clinic, magnesium sulfate is used for short-term relief of constipation and also used as a soaking solution to relieve minor sprains, bruises, muscle aches or discomfort, joint stiffness or soreness, and tired feet.

Other health benefits include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Decreasing swelling and discomfort
  • Helps to lower blood pressure
  • Improving symptoms of fibromyalgia and arthritis
  • Acts as a laxative
  • Relieves itchy skin
  • Remedy for ingrown toenails
  • Relieves insomnia