Both salt rooms and float therapy offer great, scientifically-proven benefits to their users, but what are the relative benefits of each therapy?
Entering into the sensory reduced environment of a float room or float tank is more relaxing than resting in your own bed. Floating in 1000 lbs of epsom salt water warmed to skin temperature stimulates blood flow, leads to the release of endorphins and induces brain waves similar to those experienced during meditation. These deep feelings of well-being and relaxation have been reported to help with:
- stress and hypertension;
- physical pain, including muscular pain, rheumatism and chronic pain;
- depression, including post-natal depression;
- pre-menstrual tension;
- immune system;
- athletic performance through regeneration;
- and creative thinking.
Salt therapy (also known as halotherapy) normally occurs in a natural or specially-designed salt room. The negative ions of salt are absorbed via the skin and lungs, in order to boost immunity and strengthen the body.
While spending time in a salt room or lying on a salt bed can be relaxing, it is particularly good for cleansing, effective in improving a variety of conditions including:
- Asthma – the natural anti-inflammatory properties of salt are of benefit to asthma sufferers. Many people seek the benefits of salt therapy for upper respiratory health.
- Ear infections – the cleansing effect of salt will help destroy harmful bacteria throughout your system.
- Allergies – salt therapy widens the airways of the respiratory tract, destroys bacteria, reduces inflammation and cleanses your system, making it particularly effective against rhinitis or hay fever.
- Acute or chronic bronchitis (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
- Cold and flu symptoms – salt rooms are designed to cleanse your system and will relieve the symptoms of cold and flu, including blocked and inflamed nasal passages.
- Dermatitis – salt therapy is cleansing, and destroys bacteria and germs, making it useful when combating contact dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis among other skin conditions.
- Sinusitis – the use of a salt bed helps opens blockages and facilitates drainage.
Salt Therapy or Float Therapy? Think about whether you wish primarily to cleanse your body, or soothe your body and mind.
Whichever you choose, know that these therapies go hand in hand toward making you healthier and happier day to day.