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Float Therapy & Lyme Disease A Natural Treatment

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Flotation therapy has been used for years to reduce stress, pain and anxiety. However, float therapy can be used as an alternative medicine for a number of physical ailments and illnesses. Lyme disease is one such condition where float therapy can be extremely beneficial.

What is float therapy?

Float therapy, also known as sensory deprivation or isolation chamber floating, involves floating in a sensory reduced environment. This is usually achieved by placing it in a lightweight and soundproof buoyancy capsule, chamber or tank. The body is then allowed to swim in 6 to 12 inches of skin temperature water that has been saturated with 1000 pounds of Epsom salts. The salt water solution is supersaturated with sulfate magnesium, allowing the body to float effortlessly. Not only is the tank great for weightless pain relief, but the lack of stimulation creates the perfect environment for clearing the mind and relieving stress and anxiety.

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Float Therapy and the Herxheimer Reaction

People suffering from chronic Lyme disease are often plagued by a condition known as Herxheimer reaction. A Herx reaction occurs after the body has killed a large amount of the bacteria that cause the disease.

During the destruction process, the cells of these disease-causing bacteria release endotoxins that often increase the symptoms of Lyme disease and leave the sufferer in a debilitating physical and mental state.

The body naturally eliminates these toxins through the skin in a magnesium-initiated process. For this reason, Epsom salt baths are often recommended for people suffering from Lyme disease.

Swimming in large amounts of Epsom salts, ie sulfate magnesium, can help remove these toxins from your body. In float therapy, the body swims in a water solution heavily saturated with magnesium sulfate. These sulfates are then absorbed into the body through the skin, increasing the liver’s ability to rid the body of toxins.

Other Benefits of Float Therapy for Lyme Disease Sufferers

Float Therapy can help people with Lyme disease experience fewer Herx reactions by helping the liver eliminate endotoxins from the body. However, there are other benefits that can be achieved with flotation therapy.

  • Reduce Anxiety

  • overcome depression

  • Relieves sore muscles and body aches

  • relieve swelling

If you or someone you love has Lyme disease, why not try levitating in an isolation tank? In addition to helping with the symptoms of Lyme disease, flotation therapy can also increase circulation, promote relaxation, and reduce stress. For more information on floating, visit our website at

Thanks to Nikki Ruesch

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