For any float center, the most important aspect is the water. After all, it’s why people come to float centers. That said, plain water just won’t cut it. Facilities such as Northwest Float Center only use water that has been treated heavily with Epsom salts. That’s because when it comes to your relaxation and floatation, science and preparation are key. The benefits of Epsom salts in a float chamber are:
- Reduced stress. That’s right; the salt we use works in a natural way with the chemicals in your body. Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Stress and adrenaline drain your body of its natural magnesium. When you use a float tank, magnesium is absorbed through your skin to replace what has been lost. You can also experience increased levels of serotonin and adenosine triphosphate, which cells use for energy.
- Eased pain. These salts work to remove inflammation in your body and the pain associated with it. From cuts and scrapes to muscle fatigue, you might be surprised how a float session can cut back on aches and other discomforts.
- Flushed toxins. Sulfates can help draw out heavy metals and toxins from your body. This is due to reverse osmosis—a process where salt and contaminants are drawn out of your body through the surface of your skin and you’re left feeling refreshed.
Aside from the benefits to your body, float chambers provide some other neat aspects thanks to their Epsom salt content. One such example is incredible buoyancy. We can’t speak for everyone, but at NWFC, we have an impressive ratio of water and salts. In every tank, you’ll find 240 gallons of water and a whopping 950 pounds of magnesium sulfate. The solution becomes so dense that it’s impossible not to float.
Our water is always clean. The ratio of salt makes the water in our tanks inhospitable to bacteria without using harsh chemicals like chlorine. As an added measure, our guests shower before entering the water to remove any large debris, such as loose hair.
But the precautions don’t stop there. Between each session, we filter every gallon three separate times. Our filter and brominator are rated for 10 microns, so nothing will get through. Each user will enjoy the fantastically clean water. That means you can focus on your magnificent floating experience and not about hygiene.