Updated: Jul 29
Ask Float Doctor with Elizabeth Heitzmann, LPC
DEAR FLOAT DOCTOR: A friend of mine has a membership at your place and swears by the many benefits of floating. I am a little confused about what happens. I heard that people fall asleep while floating all of the time. My friend said that because of the deep state of sleep you’re able to get into while floating, an hour sleeping in the tank is equivalent to four hours of sleep. Is that true? I am more so interested in the detoxification that is mentioned about floating. How does it detoxify? ~Curious in Sheboygan
Dear Curious: We have 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts in each of our 3 tanks at our facility. Epsom salt (MgSO4) is not the same as table salt (NaCl) and is absorbed by the largest organ of our body: the skin which has an amazing ability to filter toxins and deliver nutrients to the entire body. Absorbing magnesium via the skin while floating is said to be superior to taking oral supplements since the digestive system generally inhibits assimilation into the body’s cells and the magnesium is often flushed out. A damaged gut can also make absorbing magnesium and other minerals through food or tablets more difficult. Floating gets it directly into the cells of the body and stimulates down to the cellular level to synchronize to a restore and reset frequency called theta.
This process is initiated by absorption of Magnesium which is required in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Getting a fresh resource of supersaturated magnesium can put these chemical processes into overdrive while in a meditative state to later function better and more efficiently for more than a week beyond the float session. Magnesium is the lightest structural metal used today, some 30% lighter than aluminum. The body can repair the central nervous system our “biological wiring” and strengthen bones with this bioavailable metal dissolved in the solution.
Sulfate is a critical resource of extracellular matrix proteins, it aids in the detoxification of drugs, food additives, and toxic metals from the body. It also prevents blood from coagulating during transit through capillaries. Both of these elements are absorbed to optimum levels and are part of the natural detoxing that happens when floating.
Fun fact, float therapy is said to have the equivalent cleansing effects of a 3 day fast!
The book, “The Magnesium Miracle,” reports on a study in which cells that were deficient in magnesium were twice as likely to experience attacks from free radicals, thereby increasing wrinkles, and causing other issues like anxiety and skin conditions or exasperate digestive problems. Low levels of magnesium in the body increases production of histamines, which can cause respiratory and other symptoms in our body.
I hope that explains the detox part well enough. It is a complicated process, but seeing people have measurable swelling reduction after a single float is evidence enough for many.
As far as the deep state of relaxation question, the first ever users of these tanks reported feeling not only relaxed but had even deeper experiences including “personal discovery” and “self-actualization”. The calmness opened their psyches to connect to themselves better.
Float therapy is designed to promote calmness and tranquility, eliminate fatigue, reduce inflammation, detoxify, improve sleep, and alleviate stress and anxiety, all while energizing, rejuvenating, and revitalizing the mind and body. We love seeing our clients’ glow after their sessions.
Thank you for your question, we look forward to helping you soon!! Hopefully your contribution will help others as well in their journey to healing. Check out our website for more information. There are some great videos to help you better understand floating at: www.floatdr.net. Find yourself at Float Doctor!
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