Previously unheard of, floatation has quickly become the therapy of choice for many athletes and sports clubs. The reason is a no brainer: floatation therapy has innumerable benefits for just about anyone.
From intense relaxation after a busy, draining day at work to magnesium absorption; pain relief to critical thinking; learning to creativity; problem solving to total self-improvement – floating in what’s essentially a zero-gravity environment can be beneficial to anyone. These benefits are especially unmatched for an athlete.
Floatation therapy is now featured as part of the training schemes of current groups such as:
- Melbourne Storm
- Collingwood Football Club
- Manly Sea Eagles
- Dallas Cowboys
- The Australian Institute of Sport, which is the main training body for Australia’s Olympic teams in multiple sports.
How athletes can benefit from floatation therapy
Combining floatation and yoga helps yogis increase both their physical and mental flexibility through progressive stretching and relaxation of their systems. Spending more time in a meditative state “savasanah” allows for further practice into their own philosophies. This aids them in doubling their results within any given time.
2.) Long distance runners
Floatation provides mental recovery and magnesium to improve muscle blood flow during long runs.
3.) Cross-fit athletes, recreational gym goers, runners and dancers
High impact training (running, dancing, lifting heavy weights) places stress on muscle and connective tissue. Floatation can improve lactic acid removal through improved blood flow, allowing ligaments and tendons to regenerate.
4.) MMA fighters
Float therapy helps fighters relax their constantly strained muscles and recover from frequent injuries. Floating in certain positions can improve joint mobility as well as provide magnesium, which the body quickly runs out of under heavy training. This can help improve mental coordination, power generation and reduce muscle cramps.
5.) Pregnant women
Aside from athletes, pregnant women also equally benefit from floatation in nearly the same way. They get the energy for the challenges that come with pregnancy and get healed from the intense psychological therapy.
Additional benefits from floatation
Many contemporary trainers have recognised the importance of the ‘mental game’ for an athlete. A lot of today’s training methods are therefore focused helping athletes identify and perfect this inner game.
With floatation therapy, an athlete is able to reach the level of concentration needed to better his/her performance.
They are eventually able to develop seamless synchronicity between their bodies, minds and emotions to realise best performances.
Floatation therapy also helps athletes through the following ways:
- Improved performance
Many athletes combine the use of float therapy with visualisation techniques for heightened performance in their respective sports.
The therapy helps the brain transition into the typically elusive theta state, where it becomes far more open to suggestion and innovation. The athletes can then take in new powerful techniques from each training session and become impressively better.
- Overcoming the obstacles presented by gravity
You could imagine that lying in bed or other comfy spot should be sufficient to get you rejuvenated. Conversely, this will allow you to relax a bit, but not heal you.
Gravity exerts its force on you and limits how much relaxation you can get. The gravitational force on your body will only sustain, if not add stress to many parts of your body.
Floatation tanks are optimised to be completely free of gravitational impact, letting your joints and muscles enjoy an absolute state of physical relaxation.
- Reduced risk of injury
Floatation will loosen your muscles and give you a greater control in your nervous system.
This greater control reduces the risk of injury during training and competitions because you are in more control of not just your body but your senses as well.
If you are an athlete and you are yet to try floatation then you certainly should make it the next item in your to-do list.
It will accelerate your recovery process from any injury by releasing large quantities of endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers.
Faster recovery from floating allows the athlete to train again quicker, leading to increased physical performance.