Floating: An Athlete’s Secret Weapon

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | July 23rd, 2018

Olympians.
Super Bowl Champions.
Stephen Curry.
Tom Brady.
Wayne Rooney.
Julian Edelman.

What do they all have in common? They float.

Repeat national champions like Stephen Curry and Tom Brady are able to out perform the competition with a well-rounded training routine that includes REST and relaxation. They also have a trick up their sleeves – flotation therapy. Over the last several years, floating has been used by a large number of elite athletes to treat various sports-related conditions, aid in recovery, and better manage the stresses in their system.
Some benefits of using flotation therapy for fitness include:
  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Reduced Lactic acid levels
  • Increased energy (ATP)
  • Lowers risk of injury
  • Immune system boost
  • Reduce recovery time
  • Visualization and mental training
  • Lowers cortisol levels and overall stress

 

So, how does it work?
1. Let it go.
Gravity isn’t a factor in a Float Pod. The extreme buoyancy provides all our muscles with a much-needed resting period. While floating, every single muscle in the body gets the rest it needs and the time to recover. Lactic acid levels are lowered while our bodies are given the chance to heal and re-build.
2. You need magnesium.
Epsom Salt is a magnesium and sulphate – both a muscle relaxant and a protein builder for your joints. We use 1,000 pounds of it in each one of our Float Pods! Magnesium is required by virtually every cell, and it’s vital in more than 300 chemical processes that sustain basic human health and function, including muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve function, cardiac activity, blood pressure regulation, and more. There is emerging evidence that magnesium requirements are significantly elevated in athletes, and that performance might benefit from higher intakes.
3. Recover faster.
Floating dramatically enhances recovery post physical exercise. The buoyant salt water removes all weight and pressure from strained muscles, joints and bones. This blissful floating state increases blood circulation throughout the entire body. Recovery time is significantly improved by flushing-out cortisol, lactate & adrenaline that might have built-up during training or performance
4. See it to achieve it.
Athletes that use visualization techniques in combination with flotation therapy experience a very significant improvement in their performances. While floating, our brains enter the theta brain wave state and become much more open to suggestion. The central nervous system can essentially be trained to produce “perfect performance”. It’s been proven that athletes that visualize their movements while in the Float Pod can actually create the physical muscle memory.

 

What are you waiting for? Just ask the champions themselves. Improve recovery time, manage injuries before they happen, reduce all muscle tension and out perform competitors by harnessing the under-utilized power of relaxation.

When are you going to float?

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