“The contraindication for magnesium in MG is when someone is in the middle of a MG crisis you are not supposed to use intravenous magnesium. But the warning has gotten MG people afraid to try magnesium in any form. Myasthenia Gravis causes muscle weakness and the theory is that since magnesium relaxes muscles, maybe giving it will cause even more muscle weakness. But magnesium doesn’t cause muscle weakness, it keeps muscles from spasming and it actually makes muscles stronger – such as the heart muscle.”
My Float Tank Experience
While the numerous people who’ve been diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis tend to heed all warning of magnesium use, I decided to see what my body thought. I was gifted the experience by my beautiful mom on mothers day. She has always gotten me something to thank me for giving her the opportunity to be a mother to me. Kind, isn’t it?
We walked into the float studio and received our tour. Although I still had my reservations, I was cautiously curious. I mean, I had been reading and researching the effects float tanks are said to have on the mind and body for some time. Having MG though, I knew the caution spread every which way across the internet and even out of the mouths of many doctors’. There is a caution said that serious trouble can be caused by magnesium for those who have been diagnosed with MG.
I decided I was only going to dip my foot into the tank and see how I felt; I wanted to do this cautiously. I did and I was fine. Next I wanted to try to get into the tank for a few minutes to see if it affected me in any noticeable way. I set my phone timer for 5 minutes and went in, full body. I was fine. Actually I was better than fine however I still decided to leave the door to the pod open.
After the 5minute timer was up, and I was fine, I wasn’t as nervous although I was still being cautious. Needless to say, thirty minutes later I had shut the pod door, turned off the lights and rung the front desk to request the relaxing music be turned back on (the music automatically turned off after 15min).
I’m not sure how long I was in there for. I believe the session lasted for just 45 minutes. With just-perfect temperature water, the ability to float on my back effortlessly (without the ability to sink) and the soothing sounds of music in complete solitude, I drifted away. It was over too soon. As I got out and rinsed my body off, I realized that I didn’t feel weak or heavy. I simply felt relaxed. It was a mind+body relaxation. One I soon plan to visit again.
My first float tank experience with Myasthenia Gravis was amazing. I walked out of that room feeling calm, relaxed and peaceful. I am stable with my MG so I was more willing to see how the high concentration of magnesium in the water affected me. It affected me in only the best ways. Pain in my back decreased and I had a mind and body calm that lasted into the night. I was apprehensive but so glad I took the risk because believe me, I will float and float again!
If you want to learn more about float tanks (‘sensory deprivation tanks’) and the said benefits on our health, you can do so here: Float Tanks