Floatation tanks use Epsom salt to enable buoyancy, but this is not its only purpose. Epsom salt, known to scientists as magnesium sulfate, is used in high concentration in floatation tanks so that the relative density of the solution is 1.25. This density of Epsom salt makes the user’s head buoyant so that the nose and mouth are above water for breathing.
Scientists have discovered a secondary effect, which is important to the therapeutic benefits of floatation. This beneficial result is mainly due to the fact the magnesium contained in Epsom salts is an essential body mineral.
Because magnesium plays a role in over 300 body functions and regulates many kinds of biochemical reactions, it must be maintained at the proper levels in order to prevent chronic diseases. In many areas of the world, however, farming practices lack adequate magnesium, which is normally absorbed from food. This results in lower than normal levels of magnesium in the diet. The effects of magnesium deficiency are quite serious and can be painful.
Hypomagnesemia, a temporary magnesium deficiency, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and migraines. Sufferers of magnesium deficiency will present with muscular complaints like cramps, tremors, or spasms. They may also experience hyperexcitability, poor memory, fatigue, insomnia, and a range of other mood related symptoms. Moderate to sever magnesium deficiency can cause serious heart issues as well as personality changes and even death.
It should be obvious, with these potential side effects, that magnesium deficiency is not something to take lightly. On a daily level, magnesium also plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism and its deficiency may even lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. It is imperative to maintain proper levels of magnesium for good health.
Floatation is an ideal therapy for keeping optimum magnesium levels. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin due to natural molecular diffusion, which tends to correct magnesium deficiency. Because the body naturally optimizes magnesium levels, the extended exposure to Epsom salt that is part of the floatation experience will not pose any risks.
If you are concerned about your magnesium levels, consider floatation therapy. At Northwest Float Center we educate our clients on all of the benefits of floatation. Visit our site for more information on how to schedule a float.