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The Therapeutic Benefits of Floating in Epsom Salts

The Therapeutic Benefits of Floating in Epsom Salts

Floatation tanks, also known as sensory deprivation tanks, use Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfate, for several reasons.

Firstly, Epsom salts are added to the water in the floatation tank to increase the buoyancy of the water. It usually requires approximately 1000 liters of water and 550 kg of Epsom salts, which are abundant in magnesium and sulfate. This generous amount of Epsom salts increases the specific gravity of the solution to around 1.27, making it conducive for the buoyancy necessary for floating.

When added to water, Epsom salt unlocks the power of magnesium and sulfate ions from within. Discover their remarkable therapeutic benefits today—a known source of healthful relief when used in a floatation session. 

Although said to be beneficial, there is no scientific consensus that magnesium and sulfates are absorbed through the skin, as widely believed. Despite this lack of proof, these substances still play an integral role in vital bodily functions.

Magnesium, the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most crucial positively charged ion in the body, is vital for maintaining good health and well-being. Magnesium can provide a holistic and therapeutic approach to well-being as the essential constituent of Epsom salt. By regulating over 325 enzymes’ activity, muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production, and toxin elimination, its use during floatation therapy allows for an overall peaceful atmosphere that encourages relaxation while promoting health.

The Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Bathing

When added to a warm bath, Epsom salt provides numerous health benefits that can alleviate physical discomfort and promote relaxation. This article explores the health benefits of bathing in Epsom salt and why it is an excellent addition to your self-care routine.

Stress & Anxiety Relief 

Individuals diagnosed with a lack of magnesium in their systems may be more inclined to experience feelings of unease, stress, or difficulty sleeping. Though the efficacy is still largely inconclusive, Epsom salt baths are suggested for those suffering from moderate levels of stress-related tension – even if it only serves as a practical placebo effect.

Sleep Improvement

Maintaining adequate levels of magnesium in the body is crucial for achieving quality sleep, as magnesium deficiency can adversely affect the mind’s ability to rest. Studies suggest that magnesium is vital in producing neurotransmitters inducing and maintain sleep. Therefore, it is essential to consider the benefits of magnesium-rich Epsom salt baths or floats in promoting relaxation and restful sleep.

Foot Care

Many podiatrists and foot surgeons have praised Epsom salt as a natural remedy to soothe sore or injured feet for decades. It’s common for these medical professionals to recommend daily Epsom salt soaks as part of their treatment plan.

Post-Workout Recovery

Epsom salt baths provide a unique solution for easing muscular aches, pain, and cramps. By releasing magnesium ions into the bathing water, nutrients not found in typical tap water, such as glucose and lactic acid, can be broken down more efficiently by helping to regulate calcium absorption while also balancing out electrolyte levels within the body. In effect, an enjoyable bath can bring soothing relief from inflammation or soreness caused by exercise or daily life stressors.

Chronic Pain Relief

Numerous individuals attest to the potential of Epsom salt baths and float therapy in alleviating pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. It is believed to be due to increased magnesium levels, which tend to be lower than optimal among those suffering from these ailments.

While a 2015 study proposed that skin application of magnesium chloride could have beneficial effects on symptoms experienced by its participants, it was limited by a small sample size and lack of a control group—so caution should still prevail when interpreting its findings.

Experience the Benefits of Epsom Salt through Floatation Therapy

Float therapy provides a practical and relaxing way to experience the benefits of Epsom salt. Not only does the high concentration of magnesium in the salt promote physical well-being, but float therapy also incorporates sensory deprivation, allowing for complete relaxation and rejuvenation.

If you’re looking for a unique and relaxing way to experience the benefits of Epsom salt, we invite you to try out our sensory deprivation pool at Utah Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. You’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in a tranquil and therapeutic environment that can help improve your physical and mental well-being.


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