Research from Karlsbad University in the Czech Republic, presented in 2012 at the Float Summit in Sweden, concluded that regular float sessions in a sensory deprivation tank can provide significant relief of stress and chronic stress-related ailments like anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia. source: Float Summit, 2012, Sweden
Floating can decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels. One of the benefits of floating is turning off all of the excessive sensory stimulation and allowing the body and the brain to take a much needed break.
Results from flotation research indicate there is a reduction in both pain and stress. While floating on your back, the muscles that support posture become relaxed. The warm water, combined with the relaxed state of the muscles, dilates blood vessels which increases blood flow and decreases blood pressure. Natural endorphins are released to reduce pain. Removal of lactic acid is accelerated. source: Biomed central
Improve Creativity and Performance
Research into flotation therapy at Ohio State University showed flotation therapy reduced stress and had the benefits of improving creativity in jazz musicians, accuracy in rifle shooting, and focus before academic examinations. The benefits of floating linger long after you leave the float pod. source: Music and Medicine
May help with addictive behaviors, aid in the cessation of smoking
One study found that 25% of patients who underwent REST (restricted environmental stmulation therapy, aka float tank) achieved long term abstinence from smoking. When combined with weekly support groups, REST resulted in 80% of patients achieving long term abstinence, nicotine patch alone has a 5% success rate.
A University of Arizona study used chamber REST as a complement to traditional outpatient substance abuse treatment and found that 43% of the patients after 4 years continued to be sober and drug free. No one in the control group remained clean after 8 months.
Epsom salt is a great exfoliator and is good for your skin, hair, and nails. It has also been found to be helpful for milder cases of psoriasis and eczema.
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Magnesium sulfate, a major component of Epsom salt, is important to many body functions. It helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes. Magnesium ions also play a vital role in the reactions that generate and use ATP, the energy storage unit of the body’s cells. Studies show that Magnesium may decrease inflammation which can relieve pain, help with fibromyalgia symptoms, and relieve muscle cramping. It has also been associated with easing migraines, increasing oxygen use in the body, and decreasing stress by assisting with the binding of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that promotes relaxation and elevates mood.
The American Academy of Sciences estimates that through diet, women get 70% of the recommended magnesium levels required for good health, and men get around 80%. There are many processes within the body that can interfere with absorbing Magnesium through oral Magnesium supplements. However, while floating in Epsom Salt Water, Magnesium and Sulfates are absorbed readily through the skin through osmosis.
Sulfate, the other constituent of Epsom Salt, is another mineral absorbed while you float. Sulfates play a role brain tissue formation, joint proteins and the proteins that line the wall of the digestive tract. Sulphates stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are believed to help with the detoxification of environmental contaminants and medicine residues within our bodies. Sulphates may also help with the absorption of nutrients and assist with decreasing migraine tension. sources: ancient minerals.com, medicalnewstoday