Are You An Athlete or Average Person – Floatation Can Help you Achieve your Goals

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.

Update on Flotation Tank Research

According to the outcome of the latest research with regards to the benefits of floatation tanks or REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique), researchers say that whilst undergoing floatation therapy, the part of the human brain which controls our fight or flight responses (Known as the amygdale) is turned off. When this function is turned off or set at minimal by our mind, anxiety becomes nonexistent and based on the findings the more frequently a person is subjected to floatation therapy the lesser the enzymes or chemical production of compounds that deal with maintaining anxiety which is a good thing.

This new finding follows a string of other positive health factors related to floatation tanks that has caused a stir within the medical community. According to some reports, the reason behind the effectiveness of floatation therapy can be attributed to the state of mind individual undergoing floatation therapy are able to achieve during sessions.

According to them the deep meditative state that the average individual mind is able to achieve during floatation is similar to the state of mind that a meditation expert achieves during deep meditation and based on the fact that not many people are able to achieve a deep state of meditation well enough to tone down the responses from the amygdale, most need a little assistance to get there, and floatation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks have been found to help individuals to just do that.

In summary, it can be said that floatation therapy assists the average individual to achieve a state of deep meditation within minutes and without the painstaking practices of meditation that takes years to attain.

Floatation tanks are already being used as the primary method to treat those who suffer from chronic pain, headaches or those who have suffered physical trauma as a method to speed up healing. Observations suggest that the repeated use of floatation tanks successfully ease pain associated to physical trauma, injuries due to sports, pregnancy or migraines. The explanation is for its effectiveness in this area is also quite logical and simple as researchers simply attribute the reduction in pain due to increased levels of dopamine production and the fact that floating often enough calms the overly stimulated sensors of the human biology.

The brain is left with more resources than usual during floatation that it starts focusing inwards and starts to restore the biological and metabolic equilibrium that is needed for the person to function optimally.

Although the benefits that can be derived from floatation therapy may seem to be just too good to be true, they are indeed real and have actually been proven via not only feedback from users, but also through clinical trials. From pain tolerance, to improved sleep pattern, from higher states of awareness to improved blood circulation, floatation therapy is without doubt the digital age’s wonder treatment.

I personally suggest that the next free 45 minutes that comes your way use it to float your way to a healthier you!

Please consider visiting Rest House Float Centre for floatation tank sessions in Melbourne, Australia

Improving physical exertion recovery times using floatation tanks

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Floatation tank in Melbourne, at Rest House Float Centre in Hampton East Image via Flickr : All Rights Reserved. https://www.flickr.com/photos/141315368@N08/25900852286/

The enemy within all exercise routines is often the time of recovery, while many techniques exist and recovery phases are taken extremely seriously by athletes and body builders, the time taken to recover completely, ready for the next exercise session, is seen by some as time lost to making further gains.

Recovery is the period in which gains are made, as the body heals and repairs following exercise, it allows for the ability to train harder following successful recovery periods. There are a lot of different methods people use to aid recovery, from the more extreme such as ice baths and cryotherapy, to basics like diet and bed rest. What has been discovered in the last decade however, is the huge benefits that floatation therapy has on improving gains during recovery and aiding the speed of recovery in general.

Stress signals are often the major factor in the time taken to recover completely, following intense exercise, the body will release a series of chemical messengers into the body, targeting the areas that have been affected by the recent workout. While these stress signals tell the body about injury, they often also release a series of processes which go into a protective effect before actually causing any healing, this is why some athletes and professional body builders use methods such as ice baths following exercise, as a means of bypassing the stress effect and induce faster recovery times.

The key elements to the injury response from the body are the release of chemicals adrenaline, followed by Cortisol, ACTH and Lactic Acid. While adrenaline alone is not a serious problem, aside from raising blood sugars in response to the expectation the body requires more energy, the release and production of Cortisol, ACTH and Lactic Acid are known to cause a protective element around the areas of new injury, even small muscle strains will cause this process to occur, and the longer cortisol and lactic acid are affecting the muscles, the longer recovery will take.

Research has shown that by taking two or more hours of recovery within a floatation tank, will reduce the stress response greatly, and rapidly decrease the release of Cortisol, ACTH and Lactic Acid, Adrenaline will also be reduced, and in it’s place, release of endorphins will begin, which signals to the body that the injury sustained has been contained, and that repair and recovery can now take place. Endorphins act to dull pain receptors within the body, hence reducing or eliminating the stress signals, allowing the body to begin processing repair of proteins and silica based elements found within muscles and joints.

Even without prior injury, athletes often report increases in performance following floatation tank sessions on their own, this is mainly due to the fact that along with endorphins, floatation tanks are also able to induce an increase in oxygen uptake into the blood, increased oxygen allows for decreased respiration requirements, hence providing longer periods of activity and a reduced requirement for heavy breathing, resulting in increases in cardiovascular performance.

Floatation tanks have also shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, hence allowing the body to perform at a higher level, while exerting the bodily effects of an individual performing minimal exercise. In combination, all these effects lead to dramatic increases in both recovery, performance enhancement and athletic conditioning, meaning that from the novice exerciser to the professional sprinter or sports player, everyone can benefit physically from the introduction of floatation tank sessions to their regular exercise regime.

How to choose the best floatation tank service in Melbourne

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Floatation tank at Rest House Float Centre in Melbourne Image via Flickr: All Rights Reserved. https://www.flickr.com/photos/141315368@N08/25626331630/

In recent years, a number of floatation tank companies have opened up throughout Melbourne, while many who have not yet trialled these services may assume most are offering the same thing, there are in fact a number of differences in each individual service.

1: Setting

Majority of the services offered are not in planned settings, hence the location, shop layout (some even use houses) and experience are all affected by setting. The best floatation companies will offer ease of access in terms of easy, nearby parking and a ground floor setting.

Further from this, a number of companies have opened up in old homes, which have been retrofitted to become a shop. The setting is very important to your state of mind when taking part in the therapy, only a small number of businesses actually have shops that are completely planned for floatation services alone, one of which is Rest House Float Centre in Hampton East.

The setting at Rest House offers easy front street parking, the building they operate from has been designed entirely around the service itself, offering more of a relaxation and recovery setting, the front room is reception and doubles as a relaxation lounge to enjoy after the float, they also offer a range of herbal teas to enjoy following your float, which they will make for you while you sit down and relax.

The floatation rooms themselves which contain the tank are completely kitted out entirely for servicing the needs of floatation tank users themselves. There is no retrofitted or quickly compiled settings, adding to the experience itself.

2: Technology

Gone are the days of shed built floatation tanks, with bare minimum technology, the best floatation tanks today are called floatation pods or float pods. They are oval shaped and have hydraulic struts on the top half of the tank which acts as the door or point of entry to the pod. This method removes the feeling you are jumping into a strange large box and are more akin to that of using a spa, the hydraulics ensure opening and closing the entrance point is a simple and easy process, and this style tank is much easier to use than others on the market, including those custom made.

One great thing that Rest House offers that the majority of others don’t, is their pods are of the latest and most modern standards, instead of someone coming in and knocking on the tank when your time is up, their float pods have a built in audio system. After you shower the music will begin, this indicates your timed session is about to start, following this you enter the tank, close the top and once comfortable turn off the lights. The music plays for a few minutes before ending and hence beginning your session.

Once your float session is finished, there is no invasion of privacy at all with Rest House, the tank will begin playing a nice relaxing nature based tune, indicating your session time is about to end. At this point you gather yourself back from the experience, exit the floatation tank and shower to remove any of the epsom salt on your body, retained from the epsom salts in the water required to make floating possible.

Summary

These key points provide a premium experience and ideal setting for floatation therapy, with every part of the business operation and facilities catered to enhance the therapeutic benefits of floating to the maximum. Many people do not consider such things when choosing which floatation company to go with, however it does pay to research each companies website, and understand completely the service, setting and technology behind their business model, to ensure you get the very best out of your floatation tank experience.

Floating away towards better health!

Floatation tank therapy has gained popularity due to the numerous benefits that it provides. It is recommended by most physicians as an added healthy life style activity for the general well being of individuals as floatation promotes calmness and heightened levels of relaxation and eliminates fatigue and jet lag almost instantly. Floating is also recommended for those with sleep disorders (Insomnia) as it is effective towards improving sleep due to the alleviated stress levels (mental and physical) that users normally sense after each session.

Those who use the floatation tanks for the minimum one hour often find themselves energised, rejuvenated and revitalised and those who float during lunch breaks find themselves more motivated which is the direct result of diminished levels of depression, anxiety and fear. Other good traits about floatation tanks that is good for the overall wellbeing of individuals is the fact that it actually facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions.

Improved State of Mental Health with Floatation

Researchers have proven that the regular use of floatation tanks stimulates left/right brain synchronisation as the absence of sensory processes allows the mind of users to shift brain waves from higher beta frequencies to lower alpha, theta and even delta frequencies which creates mental clarity and alertness. According to the studies, individuals who use floatation pods regularly show significant increases in creativity and problem solving due to enhanced visualisation ability that is directly linked with the regular floatation therapy.

Physical Benefits

Floatation therapy is also very beneficial to individuals in terms of physical benefits and one primary observation that researchers have made is that floatation therapy decreases the production of cortisol significantly along with, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline whilst simultaneously promoting the production of endorphins. Other notable factors that have also been proven to a significant extent is the fact that floatation therapy also speeds up rehabilitation and recovery from injuries and other chronic ailments that are painful or creates discomfort such as arthritis, migraines and PMS symptoms. Immune systems are also improved with regular use as blood circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients Improves. Athletes have also become floatation enthusiasts as they find their athletic performances improved and this is attributed to optimised blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen consumption.

Floatation Centres

There are many floatation tank centres throughout Australia and some float centres are simply better than others due to a number of reasons which could range from pod design, price, customer service, location and other assorted factors that could make your first float experience a negative experience.

One floatation centre that is located conveniently in the Melbourne suburb of Hampton East, Victoria, is Rest House Float centre. This centre has some very unique pod designs that are not only interesting but also exceedingly comfortable. The service staffs are polite and very proactive and the best part is the fact that their pricing for the packages that they have to offer clients are pleasantly reasonable. Open from 8:30AM to 10PM, any-time between that is a good time to float your way towards a healthier life.

Welcome to our Floatation Tanks blog!

Thanks for visiting, we welcome you to our blog specifically related to floatation tank therapy. This blog exists to provide some of the facts and benefits of using floatation tanks in a real world scenario.

Floatation tanks have many positive benefits, but separating fact from fiction can be a difficult thing to do, especially with new providers popping up everyday, we hope this blog can provide some positive and helpful knowledge while avoiding the sales pitches and hype regarding the use of floatation therapy.

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