Flotation tanks contain a lot of Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, which is beneficial for relieving aches, pains and bruises. It is also helpful in removing slivers.
If a flare or joint destruction is keeping you out of the tub, remember that you can treat your feet and still enjoy the benefits of an Epsom salt soak.
- Fill a basin with water that is as hot as you can tolerate.
- Add in at least two cups of Epsom salts.
- Then settle in for a soak in front of your favourite program or with your book.
- It's also a good time to slow down and do a stress technique.
The evidence is inconclusive as to whether enough magnesium can be absorbed through the feet to make a difference.
Generally, an Epsom salt bath is considered safe. However, it is wise to check with your doctor to see if this is right for you.
I came across this recipe for an inexpensive foot soak while leafing through First magazine at the doctor's office:
- Fill a basin with warm water to soothe sore muscles
- Add one chamomile tea bag (anti-inflammatory), half a cup of Epsom salts (soothes sore muscles) and a few orange peels (moisturizes)
- Soak your feet for ten minutes