2. You can lose track of time
Typically, a float session lasts an hour (but can be shorter or longer). However, when you are floating in the dark with no benchmarks and a smartphone to check, you can quickly lose track of time.
This means that your 60 minute session can end up looking like 15 minutes, even if you are sure you do not fall asleep during the session. “In a floating tank, you lose track of time. A minute can seem like an hour, and vice versa ”, said a writer for Slate.com.
3. Salts have healthy properties
We’re not saying that the salts in temperature-controlled water will heal a gaping leg injury or cure cancer, but like the SpaWeek blog points out, salt can « provide exfoliation and restore moisture and electrolytes to the skin. »
Epsom salts are also packed with magnesium, which is better absorbed by the skin (depending on the source) and may provide benefits such as reduced stress and better sleep.
4. It can help fight chronic pain
PainDoctor.com Note that floating reservoirs can be a good approach to control chronic pain. In fact, the source talks about the benefits for fibromyalgia patients in particular – a condition characterized by severe pain, fatigue, mood swings, and problems sleeping.
The source mentions something called the Fibromyalgia Floatation Project (FFP), which estimates that « spending an hour in a float tank will help sufferers significantly reduce pain. » The float apparently provides pain relief by encouraging relaxation as well as the production of hormones, including the “feel good” hormone called dopamine.