Epsom salt soaks increase magnesium

What can magnesium do for you?

Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses.


The human body contains around 25 gram (g) of magnesium, 50 to 60 percent of which is stored in the skeletal system. The rest is present in muscle, soft tissues, and bodily fluids.

This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of key vitamins and minerals.

It looks at the recommended intake of magnesium, its effects on health, dietary sources, and possible health risks.

By soaking in the float tank filled with high levels of epsom salt you will absorb magnesium transdermally, through the skin.

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The history of floating

Where did floating begin? Why did it come about? All this and more in our edition of On Top of the Water. 


Once upon a time there was a man named John C Lily. He was testing a question of "What happens if you remove the stimulation of the outside world?" The actual scientific hypothesis was "Many scientists wondered what would happen if a person were cut off from all sensory stimulation and from interactions with the world outside. Scientists influenced by the "behaviorist" school, thought of the brain as an organ that reacts to stimuli. They predicted that if all outside stimuli were cut off, the brain would cease its activity resulting in a condition resembling coma, or dreamless sleep." The result was "Dr. John Lilly tested these hypotheses with experiments he set up at the National Institutes of Mental Health Lab in the Virgin Islands. He limited stimulation to the minimum possible level while removing sources of discomfort and stress. His "isolation" tank design approached this ideal as closely as possible and the experiment was up and running by the end of 1954." 

His results? Incredible focus, relaxation, a greater degree of self-control, strength in his consciousness of situations, and so much more. "The important discovery was, "So within yourself you do have at least the circuitry to exert control over these systems. You can create a sense of well-being, or you can create a sense of fear out of the operation of your own bio-computer. That's the most important message we have in regard to self meta-programming. I saw that in the tank.""


The tank itself, originally the Sahmadi tank, which is what is located at Honest Floating inside Hands in Harmony, is the traditional shape of a rectangle and filled with 10 inches of water and 700 pounds of epsom salt. This large amount of epsom salt and water, at this point it is called a solution, allows the guest to float nearly on top of the water. They are suspended in a relaxing environment that is matching their internal body temperature of 93.5F, the solution via a heating element below the solution and the air via an infrared in the lid of the tank. The environment also removes light and sound. This is an excellent mixture of relaxation to tone down all the noise in our minds and the outside world. 

In 1972, Glenn Perry, a computer programer, read "Center of the Cyclone" by Dr John C. Lilly. He then took a workshop with Dr. Lilly and it turned his life around. It opened him up to the ideas of a float tank. Samadhi Tank Co., Inc. was started in 1972 and named by Dr. Lilly. The first tanks were designed by Glenn Perry with Dr. Lilly's assistance. "Dr. Lilly encouraged our work with the tank. He spilled lots of wisdom on us, gave us the specifications, gave us the program that we shouldn't program people before they used the tank, (and admitted that was his program), he gave us the name "Samadhi" and a lifetime of work which we greatly appreciate." said by Glenn Perry. To this day Glenn and his wife, Lee, Perry continue to make float tanks, always tweaking, perfecting, incorporating new technology, creating new sizes and commercial tanks. 


"You may call it a Floatation Tank, a Float Tank, a Float Room, a Float Pod, a Float Spa, a Float Chamber, a Float Cabin, an Isolation Tank, or Sensory Deprivation Tank. Whatever you call it, look to Samadhi Tank Co. for quality, value and a helping hand." Glenn and Lee Perry, creators of the first float tank! 

Fast forward to 2018 and their tanks are still in high demand and they are the grandparents of floating still! And the rest is history in the making!!

Thank you Dr John C Lilly, Glenn and Lee Perry for your faithful love of floating! 

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Dr John C Lilly

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Glenn and Lee Perry


excerpts taken from sahmaditank.com

Floating Offers Relief for Cancer Patients

Cancer. It’s a dark word that far too many of us are familiar with. We all know what a nightmare it is to those diagnosed and to those that love them. Instead of bumming everyone out about how awful cancer can be, I want to offer some real talk about how floating can help cancer sufferers and their loved ones.

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Stress Relief


In a general sense, spending time in the float tank offers a rare opportunity to relax completely. The sensory depravation removes stressful stimuli to wipe away the overwhelming parade of doctors, treatments, and unknowns that affect sufferers of cancer.


In the float tank, you are weightless. You are free from the weight of your own body, that body that can sometimes feel like it’s betraying you. Time in the tank also helps to lift the weight of the diagnosis for a moment.



Pain Relief


Float tanks have been proven by multiple studies to provide relief for sufferers of chronic pain due to conditions like cancer, fibromyalgia, and muscle injuries. The weightless takes pressure off of areas that are under deep stress. The warm water and sensory deprivation allow the muscles and mind to unwind – a treasure in stressful times.


When used regularly, floating can be a seriously effective treatment.


Magnesium Boost


Magnesium – a mineral critical to many cellular functions and metabolic processes – is an important element in overall wellness. As a whole, most Americans are deficient in the mineral and for cancer patients it can be even more extreme.


Popular chemotherapy drugs, like Cisplatin, can cause magnesium deficiency. For someone who is already suffering from cells gone rogue – it’s bad news.


The good news is that the float tank is loaded with Epsom Salt – otherwise known as magnesium sulfate. About 20-30 minutes into the float experience, your body is absorbing magnesium at an escalated rate from the solution. Putting that magnesium back into the body can counteract some of deficiency and allow cells to function more efficiently.



If you or someone you love is fighting cancer, don’t go it alone. Floating can be a great tool to ease symptoms and relieve stress involved in the fight. And as always, Honest Floating sends loves to all those affected.


Give floating a try and book an appointment online today. Honest Floating is located at Hands in Harmony, Massage Specialist & Spa.

Blog beginnings - On Top of the Water

This is a very informal post to share that we are starting a blog! It is so exciting to share what we are learning and to begin to be a source of information for those interested in, or continuing to benefit from floating. We are sharing and hoping to connect you all, find your tribe here! 

let the benefits sink in.