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So, no, bathing in epsom salts does not increase the magnesium concentration in your body. If it did, swimming in the ocean would do so. I use it on a regular basis on myself to alleviate my fibromyalgia symptoms, and also on my entire family when they have sore muscles, and it works almost immediately. Only a very small percentage of it circulates in your bloodstream.

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When a person is having a heart attack, one of the first things they do is administer an IV of magnesium sulfate I believe. It helps the muscles in your body and your blood vessels dilate and relax. That is why so many people tell you to go Oceanside to heal. We are all low on magnesium since it is depleted in our soils and food sources. Magnesium absolutely absorbs thru the skin via neuro-receptors. The same way you can put a clove of garlic in your shoe and within a short time, have garlic breath.

Not all people with tinnitus have lost any hearing. Have my hearing checked regularly, and keep being told I have more sensitive hearing than a regular person with acute hearing. Anyone think this tank would help calm it, and insomnia? Reality wrapped in peer-reviewed technical literature, ignited by disgust at faith versus reproducible observation. Does it hurt to think? You say all this, then command this person to not reply to your wanderings. This shows gross disrespect for others but mainly yourself.


Right, wrong, or any level of indifference, you are pompous individual. With no self respect, or respect for others statements or opinions. I llook forward to your feedback. Why not read up on the vast literature of scientific research supporting the various benefits of float tank therapy before spouting off uninformed nonsense?? How and why do you think you know better than all of this accumulated evidence? Did this in the 80s when Altered States was big. It takes 30 minutes for your nerves to stop seeking stimulus then all goes quiet.

Lights are brighter, sound louder. I would do it again in a heartbeat. However, magnesium sulfate Epsom Salt can also be absorbed into the skin, reducing inflammation. Magnesium sulphate helps to create serotonin happy chem in the brain… so not quite so cosmetic. Both are very beneficial, and have a very synergistic relationship with each other. With your access to the float gone,your peace will also go away.. But with meditation whatever is the state of your surroundings you will remain immersed in the centre of silence.

I have experienced it.. I am not against this practice but just being dependent on this is not the way. As a beginning you can use it but later you have to be on your own..

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Out of curiosity, how much time have you spent in the float tank? I, and many others, would disagree that the peace disappears without access to the float tank. Numerous people have found that it lasts for a significant amount of time. So I have to do it again the next day. How many years worth of prior meditation did it take you, until you became immersed in the centre of silence? And do you have any ways to guide a mother of 4, who is very stressed out, to that point? First i want to make it clear that I am not against anyone using it.

It never disappears ,it is just that you lose access to it. Meditation is not just sitting in a particular place closing your eyes and observing your thoughts, meditation is being being mindful in each every action you do, observing every action you do.. Be mindful in every act you do.. And by your own you will experience something much more substantial than what you experience with the float.

Making it an issue will not help. Sooner than later you will find yourself being in a state of awareness more and more…. No matter what your religious persuasion you may want to think twice about sensory deprivation. Hillstrom mentioned John Lilly, MD who used sensory deprivation himself.

After years of this experience he was not so excited about it. I have to add that he also used LSD. But read the book for information on how this might affect you. I think I will stick to mindful swimming myself. Lilly was also super super cautious about using LSD. Lilly was quite excited about floating, from the first time he experienced it, all the way until he died. Renowned American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics Richard Feynman.

In my experience of running a floatation tank centre for the past 22 years the effects of the floatation experience are cumulative and can stay with you for weeks at a time. For the uninitiated floatation can be a fast track to the meditative state. This has been proven through EEG readings that liken brain wave patterns achieved whist floating to those attained by experienced meditation practitioners. I have seen time and time again people come to our float centre suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. They have 3 or 4 one hour float sessions and completely turn their state of mind back to a far happier and balance disposition.

The peace induced by a float tank session lasts much longer than that induced by a meditation session, so both have their place. The benefits of float tank therapy overlap with meditation to a large degree but you are still going to gain more benefits by meditating daily and floating occasionally than meditating alone. There is research showing that the cumulative effect of floating can have long term effects when out of the tank, for example on cortisol or stress hormone levels.

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So in certain respects, floatation has much longer term effects than meditation. So I would say do both…floatation is very likely to augment your meditation practice out of the tank, but it has been found to have longer term and more comprehensive and far reaching effects than meditation alone. I went for a sensory deprivation using floatation tank in San Diego area in as I had read much about it earlier through various sources.

After that 1 hour session I felt relaxed and one stunning difference is that the senses had become very sharp. Colors became vibrant, hearing became acute and presence of mind improved for few days. For those who already practice some kind of meditation or relaxation the changes will be subtle, but for others it will be really dramatic. If we had cheaper ways of inducing similar sensory deprivation at homes, it would be very very beneficial. DO NOT discourage people from mediating whatever form they choose! I have a hard time sitting for meditation practice anymore since I broke my back in a car accident.

This tank sounds like heaven to me. Fast forward to They are used by sufferers of fibromyalgia There is a current study going on. The Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa Oklahoma just built a state of the art float facility to begin conducting scientific studies on the effects that floating has on the brain. People with PTSD are reporting positive results from floating.

The main thing is that it works. As another poster noted, senses become enhanced after a float. For some people, this can be a disconcerting thought… until they try it. The whole reason you get the results is the Epsom Salt, magnesium sulfate solution. It really has hardly anything to do with the sensory deprivation or actual floating.

The magnesium sulfate is a nerve stimulant, and most people are severely deficient in this mineral. Only a small percent of the magnesium in your body is held in your blood; all the rest is held within your cells. The magnesium is absorbed through your skin via osmosis, and therefore your cell functioning increases, hence the heightened senses and quicker reflexes. It nourishes your nerves. When people are having a heart attack, the solution fed intravenously is a form of magnesium.

It relaxes the muscles and dilates the blood vessels. If you are low in magnesium and high in calcium, your muscles are tighter than they should be. Are you a world leading scientific authority of float tank therapy?? The magnesium from the Epsom salts does indeed play a role in the therapeuitic effects, but claiming that it responsible for ALL the benefits of floating is an unfounded and ridiculous statement not supported by the scientific research on floating. Why are you wasting your time on a discussion about the benefits of it?

Get on another discussion about the benefits of meditation therapy. Maybe if you shared the resources you are making your deductions from, people would respect your opinion more. And how on Earth did you possibly interpret me being against floatation therapy?? Please point out a single word of mine that was attacking floatation as a form of therapy.

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  • You made a statement…that ALL the benefits gained from floating are from magnesium absorption…as if you know this as indisputable, proven fact. I think it very likely the magnesium contributes to the therapeutic effect, but to say that is the only variable in floatation that has a beneficial effect makes no sense and the research in so far suggests there is more to it than that.

    Yes, you are a shark on whiskey. But most of the benefits are from the Epsom Salts, otherwise we would be hearing a lot more from people using just plain water, and there would be companies opening up using the same. Nobody does this with plain water because it would then just be a quiet, dark bathtub.

    There is ongoing research in the US at the float clinic at the Laureate Institute for Brian Research at the University of Oklahoma looking at what extent magnesium is absorbed by the body during floatation. When did I ever state I was against floatation therapy??

    Floating Away: The Science of Sensory Deprivation Therapy - The Crux

    It is very unlikely that ALL the benefits of floatation therapy come from the magnesium being absorbed via the epsom salts…what is unreasonable about that? Interesting…soaking in Epsom salts is definitely no new age thing. People have been soaking up the benefits of that for a long time pun intended …. I started taking magnesium daily and saw my mood dramatically improved every month at my period. While previous studies focused on how brain representations of other body parts usurp the area that once represented the amputated limb, Makin's study focused on the lingering representation of the limb itself.

    Makin's interpretation of her results is that the experience of pain is causing the brain reorganization rather than brain reorganization causing the pain. But physiotherapist Lorimer Moseley of the University of South Australia, who was not involved in the study, disagreed. The two explanations of phantom pain are different paradigms, Moseley said — "there is no reason to suggest that one is true and the other is not. The problem, Makin said, is the study shows that pain and remapping are correlated, but does not show that one causes the other. Nevertheless, the study "confirms the idea that we might be able to treat phantom limb pain by treating that brain-map," Moseley said.

    Email Tanya Lewis or follow her tanyalewis Original article on LiveScience. She received a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Brown University.

    Tanya has lived on a tropical island, witnessed volcanic eruptions and flown in zero gravity without losing her lunch! To find out what her latest project is, you can visit her website. An amputee suffering from phantom pain maintains a representation of the phantom hand in their brain.