Some people think floating involves big tanks of salt water. This is true, but it’s not the kind of salt you use at the table. There are some big differences between Epsom salts and sea salts. At Northwest Float Center, we use Epsom salts in our tanks for their myriad benefits.
Difference Between Epsom and Table Salts
Many people are surprised to learn Epsom salt is not true salt. Epsom salt does not flavor food. Epsom salt does not contain sodium; it is used for medical and relaxation purposes, such as soothing overworked muscles. It is a compound of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt can flush toxins from the body and produce proteins in joints and brain tissue. The extra proteins often help heal injuries and improve cognition, memory, and concentration.
Other Benefits of Epsom Salt
In addition to helping your joints and brain, Epsom salt is great for the skin. According to experts like Rosemary Waring of England’s University of Birmingham, Epsom salt is useful in easing sunburn pain. It exfoliates the skin, which improves its texture and may alleviate acne and rosacea. Unlike sea salt, Epsom salt won’t leave residue on your skin or dry it out.
You can use Epsom salt as a laxative, although doctors caution you not to ingest Epsom salt without their permission. At NWFC, we do not advocate ingesting Epsom salt for digestive problems. However, regular floating sessions may alleviate them over time. Additionally, floating will reduce the stress that often causes constipation, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal issues.
Epsom Salt is Safe
Some NWFC clients worry that Epsom salt is like bath salts. They may have had bad experiences with bath salts, such as becoming irritated or itchy because of scents or ingredients. Epsom salt, however, is not a bath salt; it is unscented and contains no potential irritants. Its only ingredients are naturally occurring magnesium and sulfate. Northwest Float Center does not use any proprietary blends.
If you have had a bad reaction to magnesium or sulfate, do alert a NWFC staff member. You can still float; we will come up with ways to modify the experience and keep you safe. You may also want to speak to your doctor before floating.
How NWFC Uses Epsom Salt
We use high concentrations of Epsom salt in our tanks to facilitate buoyancy and enhance sensory deprivation. The relative density of Epsom salt in a tank is about 1.25, which helps you feel weightless but also keeps your nose and mouth above the water so you can breathe easily.
When you float in a tank filled with Epsom salt, you will replenish the magnesium that naturally occurs in your body. Magnesium regulates many biochemical reactions and plays a role in over 300 natural bodily functions. Regular floating sessions can protect you from the physical pain and complications associated with magnesium deficiency.
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If you’d like to learn more about Epsom salt or schedule a floating session, contact NWFC today.