“The greatest efforts in sports came when the mind is as still as a glass lake.”
Optimal performance, prevention of injury, and reduced healing time are main concerns for athletes, whether youth or professional. Floatation therapy provides the most stress-free and natural healing environment found anywhere.
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Floatation– REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique/therapy) has been used in the sporting world with great success since the early 1980s. Some of the first professional sports teams to utilize floatation therapy include the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Philies and the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to these major sport franchises, various Olympic athletes such as Carl Lewis, Jade Johnson, and Tasha Danvers have all used floatation – REST to improve their athletic performance.
Research suggests that floatation rooms boost an athlete’s performance in three different ways: control over the negative effects of stress, elevation of their mental training and decreased recovery time after demanding workouts and races.
From keeping athletes at the top of their game during the season to helping them recover from injuries, floatation therapy has proven to be a crucial part of many teams’ wellness strategy, not to mention their game-winning one!
Benefits of Using A Float Room In Sport
The benefits of floatation therapy for athletes are many and varied, and generally fall into two categories: psychological and physical. As any athlete knows, performance in sports isn’t just about what you can do with your body, but also how intently you can focus and how far you can push yourself past the point of comfort. The health benefits for athletes who participate in Sensory Deprivation Therapy are nearly endless:
- Floating reduces muscle tension
- Floatation rooms improve athletic performance through visualization
- Speeds healing and recovery from physical activity and injuries
- Relaxed muscles are likely to heal faster than tired and knotted ones
- Lowers blood pressure and cortisol
- Anti-gravity relieves joint pressure and aides recovery
- Rapid elimination of fatigue
- Ideal for managing back pain
- Epsom salt reduces swelling and detoxifies the system
- Floatation Therapy increases endorphins
In the floatation room, gravity isn’t a factor. The complete relaxation that it provides, gives all the muscles the much-needed break they need. The benefits are truly impressive. When the person is in the room, every single muscle in the body gets the rest it needs and the time to recover.
Epsom salts are a magnesium and sulfate – a muscle relaxant and a protein builder for your joints. Not only can you truly decompress in the float room, you absorb the minerals whilst you float directly into your muscles, allowing you to be noticeably less tense as soon as you get up!
RECOVERY TIME FRAME
When the athlete is in the floatation room, the actual rate of recovery post physical exercise is enhanced beyond recognition. Recovery that would generally take a very long time gets compressed into just a few hours. Since floating in water that has high concentrations of Epsom salt reduces the stresses of gravity, the weight and pressure is taken off strained muscles, joints and bones. This increases the efficiency of the blood circulation right through the body. It also significantly improves the recovery time after injury.
The body has amazing pathways set up, to alarm it of pain or injury, hot or cold etc. when the brain receives these signals, it can then react and adapt accordingly. However this mechanism is not just designed to cope with injury. All positive signals of relief experienced whilst floating also go into the brain, producing a very profound, complete state of relaxation that is not to be dismissed.
SPORTS PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
Athletes that use float therapy in combination with visualization techniques experience a very significant improvement in their performances. As the person’s brain transitions into a theta state, it becomes much more open to suggestion. The CNS (central nervous system) can essentially be effectively trained to produce ‘perfect performance’. Today a number of top athletes across Australia and the U.S use this technique to relax and up their performance in their chosen sport.
WORKING AGAINST GRAVITY
While floating, gravity pressure gets taken-off the muscles and joints & the entire body is put in to a state of high physical relaxation. The blood pressure & oxygen intake reduces but the blood flow and distribution of red blood cells increases. These combined effects are especially beneficial to athletes, as it speeds the recovery from injury & assists in flushing-out cortisol, lactate & adrenaline that might have built-up either via training or performance.
REDUCES INJURY RISK
Floatation loosens the muscles & gives athletes a higher degree of control in their nervous systems. In effect, this reduces injury risk during training/competition. Floatation accelerates the athlete’s recovery process and releases large quantities of endorphins (natural painkiller of the body).
By being in an environment that facilitates sensory isolation, which is another component of floatation, the athlete truly has the space to reach the level of concentration required to have a tangible effect on his/her performance. Many modern training methods are focused on helping athletes master their “inner game” and assist in developing perfect synchronicity between body, mind and emotion and where better to find yourself then in a setting that is designed to help you lose yourself?
What is notable is the fact that the positive effects of floatation are also cumulative – the more frequently you use this therapy, the more you benefit. After several floats our guests frequently comment how they crave time in the float room it becomes very addictive. Sports-people from various fields, use this experience to optimize the effects of their training routines, manage fatigue and speed-up their recovery from sports injuries.
So you can improve recovery, you can manage pre-injury, you can reduce muscle tension and you can out-perform competitors by harnessing the under-utilized power of relaxation in sport.