Float Tanks and Athletes – How Float Therapy can Aid Athletic Recovery
Any successful athlete needs fitness, technique, nutrition, and recovery. While most of these get plenty of attention, it’s easy to forget about the last one. That drive to work harder and do better can lead us to overtraining and constant fatigue. Finding downtime is a must, but for most of us time is a resource and we have to make the most of it. As you probably know by now Floating is a great recovery tool, and the benefits of Float Tanks for athletes go deeper than you may think. Did you know that in 1980 the Philadelphia Eagles installed a Float Tank in their facility, then went on to win their first NFC championship? Or that the Phillies followed their example a year later and won their very first World Series? Olympic teams, MMA fighters, and professional athletes of all kinds use Floating to this day for recovery; even several of our own Indianapolis Colts!
Most of us are familiar with the Epsom Salt bath; a relaxing way to ease muscle soreness. As the equivalent of a super concentrated Epsom Salt bath, with an added bonus of freedom from gravity, the Float Tank is an ideal post-training environment. Without having to dedicate resources to posture, carrying body weight, or processing sensory input, training-related muscle pain and lactic acid in the blood are reduced. The stress reduction that Floating provides is also very beneficial to anyone pushing their body to the edge, as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest and digest” compared to “fight or flight”). This is essential to recovering from stressful events, training, or the championship fight. With muscle soreness, lactic acid, and mental stress dissipating faster, you’ll hit the gym more often and more intensely.
Getting you back in the game with less fatigue and soreness is a fantastic use of the Float Tank for athletes, but the reasons don’t stop there. Visualization is an overlooked part of skills training. In fact studies have shown that spending time visualizing a technique improves performance in that technique. It’s no secret that Floating without distractions is the perfect place to meditate, and this same effect makes affirmation and visualization techniques more effective. Practice the perfect move in your head and come out with a slightly improved skill set, or imagine your next big win and come out beaming with confidence.
Time in a Float Tank is also great for lowering high blood pressure, improving circulation and flexibility, and reducing friction on joints and injuries. Our goal is to leave you in better health than when you walked in and reduce the chances that injury or illness will put you on the sidelines. It’s also completely safe, free from any side effects sometimes present in recovery methods. Keeping your body in good health is as important as good shape, and as any experienced athlete will tell you, time off can have a big impact on performance.
No other tool provides the time-efficient mental and physical refresh that is so critical for anyone pushing themselves to the edge. And while downtime can seem like a waste with so much to get done, recovery is as important as fitness when it comes to maintaining growth. Recover faster and improve mental performance techniques simultaneously at Better Being Float Center!