Float Therapy for Muscle Recovery
Integrating float therapy into training / recovery regimes is a growing trend among various athletes today. Thanks to its many benefits, from pre-game visualisation to post-game recovery, float centres are frequented by professional mainstream sports athletes, runners, golfers, CrossFitters, tennis players, gymnasts, MMA fighters and even swimmers.
In fact, there are many famous athletes who commend weekend warriors and professional athletes alike look to floatation therapy for its many mind-body advantages.
Some of the advantages of float therapy for sports performance include:
To reduce lactic acid: This is one of the many benefits of an Epsom salt-filled tank, which is infused with magnesium sulfate. The zero gravity component of floating also works to lower lactic acid levels in the blood.
Quicker training recovery: The act of lactic acid reduction can speed up the body’s recovery between workouts, which provides a more efficient training experience. Additionally, floating reduces tension in the body, which assists with injury prevention.
To boost focus: Salt water therapy in a float tank can allow you to detach from scattered thoughts, and instead, improve your focus and visualisation strategies to prepare for future competitions. Improving your concentration is also one of the main benefits experienced during meditation, which is a common goal of athletic floaters, thanks to the refuge of the float pod.
Injury recovery: The weightless relaxation takes the pressure off your body, while the Epsom salt goes to work building protein in your joints and rejuvenating sore muscles. Floating also provides a natural pain reliever in the form of endorphins, and the enriched water may have the ability to heal injuries up to twice as fast.
Sounder sleep: Regular floats can help disconnect from the pressure of sports performance and achieve a more relaxed state to gain the rest needed for proper athletic recovery. In fact, a single float session can allow your body to physically rest up to four times faster than sleeping in a bed.
To relieve stress: Floatation is proven to reduce stress hormones, like cortisol (which is released during exercise), and can help with calming both the mind and body.