A safer and older trend which claims to have multiple health benefits is the flotation tank or floatroom. More and more people are trying flotation — either via flotation sessions in a spa setting, costing from $70-80, or in home units which vary in price from $2,000-20,000.
The basic components of the therapy are the heated salt-saturated water (usually about 10 inches deep) containing 800 to 1,200 lbs. of salt which provides a weightless environment, and the sensory deprivation aspect. The floating pool is individual and sound-proofed, either a darkened small room or closed tank. Some units have stereo systems. Enthusiasts and tank providers claim multiple benefits from the experience.
As lawyers, we look at these things skeptically, but we did notice one key point which we would like to share with you. The salt which all these tanks use is Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfate. Magnesium and sulfur are absorbed well through the skin, so immersing in Epsom salts is extremely beneficial. Most of us are low in magnesium, which is essential in many ways, including good cardiac function, bone re-mineralization, blood pressure management, and keeping away depression. It even has benefits for those with fibromyalgia. Using 2 cups of Epsom salts and soaking for 10-15 minutes in your own tub will do the trick and set you back about $30 for a 20-lb. bag. Increased salt density does not necessarily translate into increased absorption, so you should get the same magnesium benefits as a higher-density soak.
If you are not a bath person, another option is to add Epsom salts to a spray bottle and spritz sore spots daily. Results may take time, but many people report relief from even back pain after 3 to 4 weeks. It is a great home remedy for muscle soreness. If you are craving a more spa-like experience, another option is to use magnesium chloride-rich Dead Sea salts instead. Either way, you are on your way to better health at a fraction of the cost!
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