Frequently asked questions
What is Epsom Salt and why is it used in Flotation Rooms?
Epsom Salt, named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate.
Renowned as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.
The wonders of Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body
Will I get dehydrated from soaking in salt for too long?
Your skin doesn’t even prune up, this is due to the high levels of Epsom Salts in the water.
You do absorb a lot of Magnesium from the Epsom Salt, so we advise keeping hydrated before and after your first float!
Your body will absorb magnesium, especially if you are deficient. Some customers mention getting itchy feelings on arms or legs during a Float. This is due drectly to magnesium deficiency. It will go away.
How much Epsom Salt is in the room?
It varies from week to week, based on the number of customers floating. We measure the salinity using a Hydrometer and test the specific gravity EVERY WEEK. Some weeks we add half a bag and sometimes, a whole 25Kg bag.
This is why we ask people to wring off their bodies before leaving the room. To leave as much salt as possible with us, rather than it going down the drain of the shower.
When we refill the entire Float room, we use well in excess of 520Kg approximately.
Is the salt toxic?
Quite the opposite.
Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate and is 100% organic and kosher. It is found naturally in many spa waters. It is very different from sea or table salt, which is mainly sodium chloride.
Epsom salt has been used medicinally for centuries to treat various health issues.
It is non toxic and won’t harm you if you swallow some, but try not to as it has a very bitter and salty taste.
We use it for two main reasons: it raises the density of the water, creating the enviroment to make you float, and it softens your skin.
What bone or skin conditions does magnesium help?
In summary, there has been a lot of research undertaken on magnesium sulphate, In some people, the effect of Magnesium is pretty instant and realised during the Float session. e.g. people with bone related condition like arthritis often mention they felt their hands or joints becoming relaxed and movement becoming much easier.
Some people find this immediately after they come out of the Float Room.
Many people with MS get instant and significant relief immediately following their Float Session.