21 Sep Sports Recovery in the Float Tanks!
“Since the late 1970’s, large numbers of professional and other top-flight athletes have begun using float tanks regularly, and the number of professional and college teams and athletes using the tanks continues to increase sharply – an indication that they are convinced the tanks work.” – p. 161 The Book of Floating
There are many benefits to utilizing floatation therapy as an athlete… so many in fact, that some sports teams find it to be an essential part of their training regimen.
Athletes of all backgrounds use this to enhance their performance. Just to list a few:
- Long Distance Running
- Cross Fit
- & Many More!
So what’s the craze all about? What is happening in these tanks that’s allowing athletes to excel in performance and recovery?
With the combination of zero gravity and a thousand pounds of Epsom salt, the benefits are vast. While in the tanks, one may experience the following (and thensome):
- Visualization enhancement due to the detox of outward stimuli
- Release of lactic acid and cortisol build up in the body – resulting in a faster recovery rate of muscular system
- Accelerated recovery from injury
- Increased amounts of rest for the body – resulting in a lesser percentage of fatigue. 1 hour of floating = 4 hours of sleep
- Improved sleep quality
- Stress Relief – physical and mental
- Increased Energy
- Boosted Immunity
“Scientists at the Chicago Medical School and University of Health Sciences, The Medical College of Ohio, Lawrence University and in other places have tested muscular tension on volunteer subjects by hooking them up toElectromyograph machines and in every case, have found dramatic decreases in muscular tension after as little as thirty-five minutes in the tank.” P. 163 The Book of Floating
Because of the lack of gravity weighing down on the muscular and skeletal structure, along with the detoxifying qualities of the Epsom salt, the space for recovery is optimal. This stress free environment eases the nervous system in such a way that the body responds instantly with more efficient blood circulation. What would normally take days to recover is condensed into a matter of hours (give or take considering the circumstance and body type).
I think I can… I think I can… I think I can! And then its done.
The environment of the float tank largely influences the brain and results in a transition into theta state that allows the mind to be more susceptible to visualization and clarity of thought. The CNS (Central Nervous System) can be trained to win – just like the body or a team. Athletes that regularly utilize floatation therapy report a significant improvement in their performance.
That being said, are you ready to float with us? Just like anything, the more you do it, the more results you will see. Floating over time has an incredible culmulative effect on the body and the mind. Your first float will be vastly different than your 5th, which will be different from your 50th, and 100th float. The more you can take time in the tanks, the better! Allow yourself the gift of R.E.S.T (Restrictive Environmental Stimulus Therapy). Float consistently enough to see the amazing by product of being able to not only recover faster, but also, to be able to prevent the body from injury by giving it the rest and detox it needs. Give your mind the space it needs to focus in on what it takes to execute a better performance. On top of all that… feel AMAZING after each float! Who would pass this up?
Take a peak below at some interviews from professional athletes of all different types of backgrounds from navy seals to football players.
Videos from different atheletes:
Navy Seals: https://youtu.be/5OGkQyk-NVQ
Floating with Stephen Curry & Harrison barnes: https://youtu.be/Z8IYV25T_WQ
Flating with Marvin Jones – https://youtu.be/bRmb2tzDXwo
Josh Kennedy – Soccer – https://youtu.be/Owm2Ti_W3qU
Power Lifting & Competition w/ Chris Duffins – https://youtu.be/gRaxgB-2qzk
Article by: Alexis Holland
The Book of Floating by Michael Hutchison
“Reasons Why Every Athelete Should Jump in a Float Tank” – https://paramountsportsrecovery.com.au/every-athlete-should-use-a-float-tank/
“Flotation Therapy for Athletic Optimization” –