Perhaps you have heard of floatation tanks also known as floatation tank therapy, or simply floatation therapy. Whatever name you know it by, it has become quite popular far beyond various celebrities and individuals interested in unusual healing therapies. Professional athletes along with Olympians are migrating to this therapy because floatation tanks help them achieve their goals, hands down.
Don’t be surprised if you walk into your chiropractor’s clinic in the future and find there is a float pod on the premises. It’s just a matter of time. Nevertheless, if your not a professional athlete and perhaps just an average person, you’ll find that a floatation session can do you a world of good. However, it is well known that floatation therapy helps Olympic athletes to recover faster from their training periods providing for increased focus and stamina that they wouldn’t have otherwise.
What’s it all about? Float tanks are a simple way to remove all your brain’s sensory input such as sound, light, touch and gravity. The float pod is a container that contains water that has 1000 pounds of Epsom salts added to it which provides a gravityless environment. You simply float at the surface of the water effortlessly, no way to sink. The water temperature is held at a constant 35.5 degrees Celsius which is skin temperature. Since you are floating, there are no pressure points on your body and consequently no gravity inputs to the brain leaving your brain unimpeded by this sensory input. Since the water temperature is skin temperature, you can’t tell where your body ends and the water begins.
So, it is as if your body becomes extended throughout the pod. Since all external inputs how been blocked, your brain is free to contemplate whatever you want. Floatation tank sessions generally last from one to one and a half hours which provides ample time for deep relaxation. Whether you’re an athlete or not, floatation tank therapy aids in muscle recovery, eliminates muscle/joint aches and pains and allows for mindfulness. You can concentrate on whatever you like and resolve any issues you might have. For athletes in competition, this helps them focus on strategies they might want to use and build confidence. More and more, athletes around the world are using floating on a regular basis to increase performance, stamina and mental concentration.
Consider that Miles Chamley-Watson (USA fencer) prepared for the Rio Olympics by using floatation therapy. The Australian Olympic team used floating in preparation for the London Olympics. Tasha Danvers ( British Track-And-Field) made use of floating therapy during training and by the way, she won the Beijing Bronze. Jade Johnson, Tasha’s teammate, is an avid floater as well and floated on a regular basis in preparation for the European Cup at Annecy, France (back in 2008) and continued floating in preparation for the Beijing Olympics. Jade feels that floating gives a sense of calm and mind/body balance like no other therapy can provide.
Some individuals use floating for deep relaxation to mentally chill out while athletes generally use floatation tanks to mentally envision their exercises and fine tune their motor movements while mentally creating a calm and focused state. Some see themselves crossing the finish line or perhaps lifting a heavier weight than they have before and repeat these sequences. This allows the athlete to experience competition without stress and since they see it over and over again, it’s like they’ve already been there many times. No doubt, this increases their self-esteem and performance when the day comes. This visualisation process works wonders.
Far beyond the mental benefits, there are physical benefits as well. Floating has been reported to lower blood pressure, muscles aches and muscles tension. Floatation therapy lowers the production of stress hormones such as cortisol. Lowering cortisol levels contributes to increased physical and mental performance. As blood vessels relax, blood flow to muscles (and other organs/tissues) increases boosting oxygen levels and recovery times. In fact, from days to just a few hours.
More and more people are experiencing a floatation tank and they are finding that there are incredible benefits after their first float. However, to get the full benefit of float therapy, several sessions are needed. Once you experience deep relaxation and learn how to achieve this quickly, you should be able to relax far beyond the floating period. Whatever your fitness goals, floating can help you get there. The nice thing is that you don’t need to do anything on your part except float and there are no side effects. Floating can help your mind and body reset itself and send you on your way to recovery very quickly.
If you need to get away from technologies and all the sounds and sights that stress us everyday, take an hour out and float. The healthy after-glow of floating will put you at ease and help you cope better throughout the day.