The Benefits of Floatation Therapy

A woman floating in a flotation tank

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Floatation therapy is a unique type of hydrotherapy that simulates zero gravity. How? By dissolving 800 to 1000 pounds of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) into approximately 200 hundred gallons of water in a small shallow pool.

Would You Like to Float Like a Cork?

There are several important benefits to creating this dense saltwater solution. The most immediately recognizable benefit is that you will float like a cork in a mere 10 inches of water, with your face and the top of your body poking out of the water. This is regardless of your body type or ability to float in a swimming pool.


As opposed to a swimming pool where gravity is lowered, gravity in a floatation tank is essentially nullified by the extreme buoyancy caused by the dissolved Epsom salt. This provides a rare opportunity for people who are suffering from various types of joint and muscle pain. Without the constant pressure of gravity, a person resting in a floatation tank can relax and unwind more thoroughly than even the most comfortable bed allows.

Floating Releases Endorphins

Taking a break from gravity in floatation tanks also causes fascinating and significant changes in the brain. Endorphins are released. These are powerful natural pain relievers and mood enhancers that promote a sense of well-being while further enhancing the healing benefits of the zero-gravity environment.

Meditative State of Relaxation

A person who has a high-stress level will find it virtually impossible to maintain that stress level after a float session due to endorphins being released in the brain as well as their brainwaves shifting from beta to alpha and even theta. Theta is a rare brain state that is normally reserved for people trained in meditation. An important contrast to meditation is the fact that a person can achieve a theta brain state in their very first float session, making it a quick and easy shortcut to deep relaxation.

The benefits achieved in a one-hour session are significant on their own, but when compared to other therapies, floatation tanks are in a category all their own.

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