One of the essential aspects of float therapy is the 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts we add to every float pod. This allows guests to float effortlessly atop the skin-temperature water for a zero-gravity experience. However, while there are great for the actual act of floating, there are numerous benefits and uses for Epsom salts.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is a chemical compound of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. It was discovered in Surrey, England in 1695, and has since has been known for its medicinal properties worldwide. While regularly confused with table salt, it’s an entirely different compound than salt; Epsom salt is considered a sulfate.
As a healing agent and pain reliever, the uses for Epsom salts vary, as do its benefits. It can also help individuals both mentally and physically, especially when it’s dissolved in water.
Uses for Epsom Salts
The benefits and uses of Epsom salts mostly come from magnesium and sulfate ions that are released when submerged in water. Magnesium is an essential ion in the human body, and many people don’t consume enough of it in their daily lives.
Physically, Epsom salts are excellent for relaxing the body’s muscles. There are multiple claims that these magnesium ions can be absorbed through the skin, increasing magnesium intake overall. By relieving tension throughout your body, the magnesium in Epsom salts can reduce chronic pain and can even help reduce headaches or migraines.
There are other reports of reduced swelling throughout the body, which also works to decrease pain. Magnesium is also one of the minerals which help the body flush out toxins, making floatation therapy with Epsom salts a detox booster, especially when it comes to lactic acid buildup from post-exercising. Many athletes or those who work out find beneficial uses for Epsom salts to help recover from a workout to prevent injury. In some cases, the uses for Epsom salts include soaking before an upcoming competition as preparation.
Many people also tout the calming effect soaking in Epsom salts can have. Floatation therapy allows ultimate rest and relaxation. In addition, there are hundreds of cases where our members have reported improved mental health after a floating session. This is another effect of magnesium, as it is known to reduce anxiety, depression, stabilize mood swings and alleviate stress.
In turn, this can help other internal processes within the body, such as improving sleep, decreasing cardiovascular diseases and supporting the stabilization of moods. The uses for Epsom salts range widely, but its holistic nature is perfect for total body health and wellness.
Where to buy and other uses for Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are safe, affordable and can usually be bought at any grocery or drug store. In addition to being used in floatation therapy, those interested in the benefits of Epsom salts can easily buy their own and use them at home.
The most common way to utilize Epsom salts at home is in a hot bath. This can be a relaxing treat for yourself at the end of a hard day and an affordable way to reduce your stress without leaving your house.
Another potential use for Epsom salts is directly ingesting them by dissolving 2 teaspoons in at least 8 ounces of water. This method can act as a laxative; however, it is only recommended for occasional use and not a long-term solution. It’s advised to consult your doctor before ingesting Epsom salts.
Although the benefits and uses for Epsom salts are great on their own, their overall positive effects are magnified when used in conjunction with float therapy. Floatation therapy is a safe and effective way to achieve increased magnesium intake while also providing a calm and safe space for guests to feel rejuvenated.
To learn more about how True REST Float Spa utilizes Epsom salts, visit www.truerest.com/float-therapy/#float for more information. Call today to schedule your float therapy session to experience its incredible benefits and find a location near you by visiting www.truerest.com/locations/.