You are an athlete. Whether you compete at the Olympic level for your country, or you lift weights in your basement, you are an athlete. Whether you compete against the best in the world or against yourself, you push yourself to great limits in order to achieve your goals. In this crazy, busy world we live in today it can be very challenging to keep your body functioning at the highest level in order to achieve your goals. Poor sleep quality, inadequate nutrition, poor movement patterns developed, all take a toll on your body and contribute to holding you back in your athletic endeavors.
You may be surprised to know that professional athletes have been using float tanks for quite some time, it seems to have been a well-kept locker room secret, until now. Teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, as well as countless Olympic Athletes have been using floatation therapy since the 1980’s. Athletes around the world are using floating to take their game to the next level, don’t be left behind, float your way to optimal performance today!
Major decreases in the stress hormone cortisol
Cortisol is one of an athlete’s worst enemies. Elevated levels of cortisol are common in hard training athletes. The body produces this hormone in response to stress, whether you have just run a marathon or completed a heavy deadlift session, cortisol can be found running rampant in the body. By getting your cortisol levels in check you can increase recovery time, build more muscle and strength, lose stubborn body fat, and increase overall performance.
Increased recovery time from intense training sessions
As an athlete you know that consistency is the key to success, you must train hard in order to get faster, stronger and more skilled in order to be your best. During training sessions and competition your body’s sympathetic nervous system is activated, your fight or flight response is engaged. Your system is put on high alert and is ready for action. This physical state takes a toll on your body, it drains your biological battery. The only way this battery can be recharged is by activating your para-sympathetic nervous system, you enter this state when you are resting, and sleeping. However you are an athlete, and you push yourself further than the average person and therefore you need supercharged relaxation. Floating activates your para sympathetic nervous system in a way that no other relaxation technique can achieve. Recharge your battery faster so you can train harder and longer than the competition!
Speeds up lactic acid clearance from the muscles
Your body produces lactic acid during intense exercise. You know the feeling, your muscles are burning, you are cramping up, feeling weak and nauseous, and exhausted. This buildup of lactic acid in the body decreases recovery time and performance, it is the bane of any athletes that need endurance in their sport to succeed. It can take the body as long as twenty-four to thirty-six hours to completely clear lactic acid. Therefore athletes that train hard and compete on a regular basis often experience a perpetual buildup of this chemical compound in the system. Floating acts to rapidly evacuate lactic acid from the system thereby speeding up recovery time and helping to eliminate muscle fatigue and tension.
Increased speed of injury recovery/rehabilitation
One of the main unavoidable factors that slows down recovery is gravity! Our bodies are in a constant battle with gravity, we are always unconsciously using muscles just to keep us standing or sitting up straight. Gravity pulls the weight of the body onto all injuries from muscle strains to broken bones. This dramatically slows down the healing process as the flow of the body’s natural healing fluids are restricted. By temporarily relieving the strain of gravity on the body, floating allows for an increased circulation of the blood and lymphatic fluids which carry away waste and toxins while bringing healing materials to damaged cells.
Reduces risk of injury due to muscular tension and imbalances
A massive percentage of injury in sports is directly related to muscular tension and imbalances. You’ve been taught that stretching post training or competition helps to remedy this by lengthening the muscular fibers and allowing them to recover quicker and prevent future injury. Many athletes suffer from chronic muscular tension in certain areas that need constant stretching and massage work in order to keep them functioning properly. Research has been conducted in which individuals were hooked up to EGM (electromyography) machines while floating to test its effects on the muscle tissue. After just a short amount of time floating dramatically reduced muscular tension. Floating showed to have a lasting effect on tension reduction for a period of time after the treatment. Floating helps athletes to become aware of certain muscle tightness and imbalances that they would otherwise not become aware of, this helps them to take preventative measures before an unwanted injury could occur.
Enhanced visualization to increase performance
Many have heard the often used sports cliché “The game is 90% mental and only 10% physical”. A frequently underutilized technique in sports is the technique of visualization. This skill has been used by athletes in all branches of athletics from professional basketball players like Steve Nash to gold medal winners like Bruce Jenner for many years to increase performance. The fact is at that at a certain level in athletics, everyone is talented, everyone trains hard, everyone is focused on nutrition, the mental game becomes the final frontier that athletes must master in order to truly stand out in their sport.
Research done by Dr. Edmund Jacobson first established this mind body synchronization by having people visualize themselves running. These people were hooked up to a machine that measured their muscle contractions. He was able to show that the muscles used for running were being contracted simply by visualizing the act of running! Another study conducted on basketball free throws by researcher Alan Richardson separated boys into three control groups, one group who practiced daily, one group who only visualized shooting free throws, and one group who did no practicing or visualizing at all. Richardson found that the group who only used visualization improved their free throws by only 1% (23% vs. 24%) less than the group that had actually physically practiced shooting free throws every day. Visualization is clearly a powerful tool that every athlete should be using. The floatation tank has been proven to be an incredible environment to utilize the power of visualization. The profound relaxation one achieves in the tank allows the brain to produce an unprecedented amount of very slow, strong, rhythmical theta brain waves, which are associated with extremely vivid, lifelike mental images. Floatation takes your visualization game to another level allowing for massive boosts in athletic performance.