February is recognized as the month of love and as American Heart Month by the American Heart Association. The special month is meant to raise awareness on how Americans can keep their hearts healthy. Among other things like a proper diet and exercise, floating in a sensory deprivation tank is beneficial to your heart. A session in a float tank can aid in relaxation, reduced blood pressure, and a slowed heart rate.
It’s common knowledge that a float tank is perfect for relaxation. Relaxation is a great break for the heart, but it’s not the only reason floating is heart healthy. Here are 4 reasons to float for heart health.
- It lowers blood pressure and improves circulation. In the float tank, the body is completely weightless. Unlike sitting in a chair or even laying in a bed, there are zero pressure points on the body. This allows blood vessels to fully dilate -- resulting in reduced blood pressure and improved circulation. This ease of blood flow allows the heart to send oxygen and blood to the body with minimal effort -- a welcome break from the stress of everyday life.
- You get a healthy dose of magnesium. In every float tank, there are hundreds of pounds of Epsom salt mixed in with the water. This is what allows the body to float and it also contributes to floating’s benefits. During the float, your body absorbs the magnesium from the Epsom salt. Magnesium supplements have been shown in studies to help lower blood pressure.
- It relaxes your body fully. The state of equilibrium the body reaches during a float has a host of benefits. Because the body is weightless, it uses less oxygen. Less oxygen means the heart has to pump less to all the extremities. That stillness lowers blood pressure and heart rate during the float.
- It provides balance to exercise. Exercise is a critical component to heart health and overall wellness, but it does put stress on the body resulting in muscle soreness. A float in a sensory deprivation tank eases those sore muscles and relieves pain -- making it easier to keep up with a regular exercise routine.
Give floating a try and book an appointment online today or call (319) 366-5454.
Honest Floating is located at Hands in Harmony, Massage Specialist & Spa -- 1615 32nd St. NE, Suite #3, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 (319)366-5454