Float Into Relaxation

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There’s nothing quite like floating. You feel weightless and calm, as if you’re in a silent limbo between the outside world and ultimate relaxation. Floating in an open body of water like the Pacific Ocean, however, may not be the most relaxing of scenarios. Lately, flotation therapy has become an increasingly popular trend. Climbing into an isolated floatation tank, most of which are filled with high volumes of Epsom salts, is designed to heal the body and transport you into complete relaxation.

Why float? Floating in these Epsom salt water tanks suspends the body, allowing your brain to completely relax. Your heart rate, stress levels, and urinary cortisol decrease. During this state of relaxation, studies have shown an increased optimism and a decrease in anxiety and depression. The hour that you are in the tank is supposed to help people sleep easier, and the quality of the sleep should be better.

Floatation therapy, originally called sensory deprivation therapy, was first tested by John C. Lily in the mid 1950s. It started as a way to study the brain by depriving it of external stimulation. What started as a brain study evolved into a type of therapeutic relaxation. By having the air and water temperature equal the temperature of the skin, the boundary between the body an water disappears. Isolation tanks evolved to more relaxing floatation tanks that added Epsom salt to the water. The addition of Epsom salt was to further relax the body and mind, aid with floatation, and detoxify the body.

Floating in these isolation tanks is almost like entering a miniature version of the Dead Sea. People have gone to the Dead Sea, which is located in Israel and borders the West Bank and Jordan, to feel rejuvenated for many years. At about 1,300ft below sea level, the surface of the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. It is a hypersaline lake (total salinity being about 33%, making it about 8 times saltier than the ocean) that makes people incredibly buoyant. Floating on the surface feels like you are lounging on a floatation device. Your arms, legs, and head sit atop the water, making it so you can read a book or newspaper on the surface. While floating aids relaxation, the minerals found in both the Dead Sea and the floatation tanks help purify the self.

The Dead Sea contains high volumes of calcium, magnesium, salt, iodine, potassium, and zinc, among a few others, while the Epsom salt in the floatation tanks are rich in magnesium sulfate compound. By relaxing in the floatation tanks, the magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin. Similarly, people at the Dead Sea make their way to the shore to rub the soil all over their bodies. By smearing what is known as the “Dead Sea Mud” all over the body, the skin absorbs all the beneficial minerals. Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, it’s the best way to reap the benefits of these minerals. What magnesium sulfate does is draw the stress and anxiety out of the body and boosts the production of serotonin, the chemical in the brain that promotes relaxation. Soaking in the floatation tanks helps eliminate toxins from the body and increase natural energy.

Floatation therapy has increased in popularity and is available in most countries around the world. By floating in the Epsom salt, your body will absorb the minerals in the tub and you should theoretically come out feeling like a new, relaxed person. Let us know if you have tried floatation therapy because we’d love to hear about it.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-floating-therapy-20160305-story.html

2016-05-27T12:57:07+00:00

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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.

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    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: I read one of your comments on Epsom salt with magnesium sulfate. You stated that it would not be good to use. Why?

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    It's a chemical! Man-made!

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    Q: Dasani water, if I remember correctly, was banned from the U.K. It contains salt as well as potassium chloride. Essentia contains calcium chloride, as well as sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate, dipotassium phosphate. Are all the ingredients in Essentia safe? One would have do an independent test on the water. Dasani is crap and I no longer drink Essentia but it would be my brand of choice of bottled water if I was to purchase water again.

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    Personally I have an alkaline-antioxidant water machine (Neptune brand) that produces alkaline, antioxidant, oxygenate, mineralized water that is made in Asia.

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    Q: I would like to know if what I'm doing is okay. This is way before we found dherbs site and the products on the internet. We read on the internet that drinking a teaspoon of natural black sea salt or any sea salt in 32oz warm water every morning is good for bowel movement. We have been doing it for awhile now. Is it too much to take it with your products? I lost some weight after my FULL BODY DETOX but not too much on my stomach. What do you recommend l should use to get rid of the tummy area? I bought FIBROID BUSTER TEA I am I drinking it because l feel there is Fibroids down there. Should l also continue taking my BUNNY RABBIT formula with Fibroid tea? In my last email l mentioned my husband had mild stroke. Now he's having spasms all over his body especially when he's sleeping at night. Why is he having it and what else can he use for that? We are using all these wonderful products on the inside and still have un-even skin. Is it okay to use AMBI products for more youthful skin then detox every four months? If not, when are we going to see your skin products on the market?

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    Q: I think this way is easier and faster to have your response. I currently have many skin problems. I first started having body rash and eczema around my lips. When the skin gets dry, it hurts, and I've been trying to moisturize the skin with using all natural Burt's Bees andor Hugo natural lotion, cream or oil. I tried sea salt soak and been taking Sen-Fen, Blood formula, Immune support, Anti-Viral, but it's not working and the symptoms haven't gotten better at all. My entire body is really itchy from rash, so I haven't been able to sleep well for the past 2-3 weeks. If you have any suggestions for life style, special drinks and foods or products I can use, please let me know asap.

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    Greetings! You skin problems are explained in the article "SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER" which I suggest you read. (visit articles section). When there's no physical healing, check the mind. Check out the NEW MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL and there is a chapter in there on using the mind to heal. Basically you are focusing too much on the problem and not the solution which is optimal health and well-being. You are telling yourself how you don't want these problems and by saying this subconsciously, you are keeping the problems. Have your permanently switched or changed your diet? If not, what are you waiting for? Your blood is begging to be purified. Herbs alone won't get the job done. Let go of worrying about the problem. Focus on enjoying life, getting back in balance and you will begin to heal!

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    Q: Is sea salt and warm water a good natural laxative? If so how often do you recommend the use of sea salt for elimination? I was reading The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs and it gives this recommendation, along with drinking lemon water mixed with organic syrup and cayenne pepper. Is it safe to give myself an enema 2xs per day using a hot water bottle filled with fresh squeezed organic lemon and distilled water? Asking this because Bzod had me to listen to 88.3 today here in Cincinnati and the guy (Mike) was telling how he does this regularly and has great results.

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    Yes, sea salt in water is a mild laxative!

    You can do it as often as you FEEL the need to drink or take it. 

    You can also consume the Master Cleanse (cayenne, maple syrup, lemon juice) if you choose. You can drink this as much as you like depending on how you feel.

    And yes, you can perform enemas 2X a day! Enemas are very helpful for health!

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    Q: How often should someone detox their bodies? Can I detox by using Epsom salt?

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    One can detox 3-4 times per year! I personally don't recommend Epsom salt for detoxing.

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    Yes, it is! Herbs are better!

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    Q: This is my 3rd day on the cleanse. Last night I woke up around 2:00 am and I couldn't rest because I was having cramping in my thighs and buttock area. It was uncomfortable. I got up and stretched, walked, took a epsom salt bath. Finally after 3 hours I was able to rest. When I went to work when I am actively moving around I am fine. But, when I sit for any period of time my leg and buttock cramp. What suggestions might you have? I am pleased with the cleanse, but I would like to remedy this uncomfortable feeling. I have increased my H2O and potassium through eating more than 1 banana. HELP!!!!

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    Sounds like a circulation problem! Start getting up to move around or stretch every 15-30 minutes! be religious in doing this!

    Sounds like you also need more potassium too. One banana isn't going to get the job done. You need to eat at least 5 bananas for minimum potassium. Otherwise, start taking 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water (with a pinch of sea salt added to it) for minimum potassium.

    We would also recommend that you get a massage, preferably therapeutic deep tissue massage.

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    Q: I am doing the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and I wanted to know if one can use Epsom salt instead of sea salt in the bath? Also I wanted to know if the roll-on could be used even without a breakout?

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    WE DON'T RECOMMEND EPSOM SALT THOUGH IT IS YOUR CHOICE TO USE IT. THE ROLL-ON CAN BE USED WHENEVER YOU DESIRE TO USE IT.

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    Q: Hi, thanks for giving people like me some hope that we can all be healed. I recently bought the FULL BODY DETOX and I see where I need to drink distilled water for the first 2 weeks. I am unable to find distilled water here (Jamaica) but I see deionized water is that the same thing as distilled water?

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    Q: I have been dealing with this skin condition for 4-6 years. Im looking for some help. Im a 25 yr old african american woman with no history of this in my family. This illment has consumed my body and Ive tried almost everything to get rid of it. I have teied UVB light therapy, seriod creams, and antibiotics. Nothing seems to work. I just wanted to know if you could help me with this. I was referred to your site by a friend. Thank you.

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    Beloved, please read our article SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER and you will find helpful solutions within the article. Be of good cheer, Beloved. You can heal!

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    Q: First off let me say that I am a true believer in natural healing. I have had the "pleasure" of going through serious intestional complications, arthritis pain, foot issues and severe menstrual pain with no real help from conventional doctors or medicine. I am extremely grateful for this site, your wisdom, and your sincere desire to help people. In the very near future I am going to purchase your Full Body Detox Kit, but I am currently on an oxygen therapy routine involving 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide that is ingested (not by itself of course!). Will I be able to continue my oxygen therapy along with the detox?

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    You most certainly will, Beloved! Glad you find the site of interest! Peace and Love!

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    Q: I have been anemic since my cycle started age 11. In the year 2001 I had the first tranfusion and found out that I had fibroids. At that time they were small. It took three years later to find out that you can shrink them and disolve them from a book called healing fibroids a natural cure. I have always been a heavy bleeder but in 2004 the bleeding got worse where i had to leave work to go to the emergency room. I got IV fliud and was told this is my normal period. I never had to go to the hospital because of bleeding too much. Any way in 2001 I was on the pill and taking iron 3* a day 325ml. Got off the pill because of the weight gain and was still bleeding hard due to everyday stress. 2006 I had two more transfusions with in 5 months of each other. All the doctors want to do is cut me. I refuse. After the last transfusion, I decided to get iron through IV. What a dissaster. The hospital gave me too many things at once. I was fine when I got home but, at 11pm I could not sleep too well. I began having heart palpitations. Rushed to the ER in such pain, I was in pain to stand up, in pain to sit down. I had to pace the floor and sit down and get back up again several times. The intense pain did not stop until I stood bent over my mother's lap for 10 mins. It stopped at 4:30am. Well they kept me for four days. Every test and xray done on me and they found nothing wrong with my heart. Good. But what on earth caused the pain. I have not been able to work for the past 3 years. Every time my cycle starts I lose a lot of blood, I am weak, I can't walk like a normal person and my heart is always pounding hard at every little movement I make. I blacked out in the shower in 2007. I am currently taking cold pressed wheat germ oil to put oxygen in my blood and to stop the pain in my chest. I look worn, my skin from head to toe is covered in scars, and I have no finger nails and my hair is greying all over. I am 36 and I am literally half dead. Can any of your products help me get me up off the couch and walking like a normal person again.

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    Beloved, I recommend that you first perform the FULL BODY DETOX. After this kit, I recommend that you perform the FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME. After this kit I recommend that you perform the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. After this kit, I recommend that you perform the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE followed by the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. While performing all these cleanses above, when drinking water make sure you add KHEMETIAN GOLD and OXY-DROPS to every glass of water you drink. In addition to performing these kits, please read our FREE articles and begin to properly educate yourself. There is healing from all that you suffer from!

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    Q: I was considering beginning colon therapy cleansing (8-visits). Would you consider this as an added bonus before [and/or] after using your Full Body Cleanse? The reason for the question is that I will be taking the Anti-Viral Formula right after I do either or both.

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    Yes, colon cleansing can be an added bonus during and after the Full Body Cleanse.

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    Q: Is clay water good for the body system? I've been told that it has minerals that the body needs. Is this true?

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    Clay water is good to drink for health purposes. It really doesn't have minerals for absorption as it mostly pulls harmful elements from your body. For minerals, take herbs. Visit our on-line store to get an idea or on our site do a SEARCH for minerals.