A new recovery tool on the rise for the fitness world is even benefiting Olympic athletes. From Steph Curry to Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, people are raving… about floating. Yes, floating. Floating in salts, that is.
All walks of the fitness world are loving the benefits of this miraculous process. Invented in 1954 by John C. Lilly as a part of REST, or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. By adding 850lbs of salt to water, anyone can float at the top. The water is then kept at skin temperature with the idea that you do not feel it at all. The tanks are lightless, and soundless, giving them their other name, Sensory Deprivation Tanks. This is because it is scientifically proven that loss of sensory input results in relaxation of the body, and no matter how you resist, you are bound to relax. This helps you reduce stress, relax, and actually increase recovery time from injuries.
But the mental aspects are not as nearly beneficial as what you are bathing in, magnesium salt. Granted, most float tanks use Epsom salt as their primary ingredient, which is magnesium sulfate, not the more powerful and beneficial magnesium chloride which comes from The Dead Sea, the world's “natural float tank”. Magnesium is coursing throughout the tank and by soaking for an extended period of time your magnesium levels raise. Raising your magnesium levels can improve your circulation, improve your body’s ability to use insulin, ease muscle pain, regulate electrolytes, and relieve stress from the inside out.
Float tank companies have begun switching over to Dead Sea Salts in recent years, preferring the added health benefits and looking to the Dead Sea as the natural inspiration it is. The Dead Sea itself has been flocked to for centuries for its healing benefits. Benefits we now know are caused by its large deposits of Magnesium Chloride.
The mental and physical benefits of float tanks are overwhelming and easy to write off because it is “just floating” some would say. But it is scientifically and research proven that this process can help speed up injury recovery and reduce stress.
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Or try a small portion of the experience by using Mg12’s Dead Sea Bath Salts in your own bath at home!