These proven benefits of float therapy come from these 3 elements:
2. Epsom Salt / Magnesium Sulfate
3. Theta-State / Naptime / Meditation
Over a thousand pounds of Epsom salt has been dissolved in just ten inches of water, greatly increasing density, allowing you to float like a cork. Even with a relaxed neck the face remains comfortably afloat. Soon the ability to perceive your body dissipates into the warm water.
The body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested in this gravity-free environment. Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles relax fully as your spine lengthens and your joints and bones take a well-deserved break and chronic pain is relieved.
Floating increases magnesium intake from the abundance of Epsom salts. Magnesium is incredibly important to health and wellbeing, and almost everyone is deficient in this mineral that is vital in over 300 enzymatic functions. Adequate levels of magnesium are correlated with lower incidences of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure, better quality of sleep, cholesterol improvement and lower stress levels. It is also necessary for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.
Theta State / Naptime / Meditation
Eliminating the bombardment of external stimuli, floating transitions your mind to the restful state known as theta - shorter brain wave patterns which are normally experienced only during a deep meditation or just before falling asleep or awakening. Officially known as sleep stage one, theta has been dubbed the twilight state because of its characteristics: clarity, inspiration, flashes of dreamlike imagery, and feelings of inner peace.
Because of these effects, floating is effectively used in the treatment of depression and addictions. It is also used in schools and universities as a tool for super learning and athletes use it for pre-competition visualization and preparation.