Floatation therapy is a popular way for athletes to speed up recovery time and reduce stress. By floating in a tank of water that is saturated with Epsom salt, athletes are able to completely relax their muscles and joints, as well as their minds.
The lack of gravity and the high concentration of magnesium sulphate helps to reduce inflammation, and other aches and pains, and improve circulation.
Floatation therapy has been shown to be especially beneficial for athletes who suffer from chronic pain or injuries.
Floatation Therapy Benefits for Athletes
Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional athlete, float therapy can offer many benefits for your mind and body.
In fact, achieving outstanding sports performance requires a combination of wellness rituals to keep the body in shape and healthy – especially the joints and muscles, which are susceptible to injury and wear and tear over time if they’re not properly maintained.
Some of the advantages of float therapy for athletes include:
- To reduce lactic acid: An Epsom salt-filled tank has many benefits, one of which is that it is infused with magnesium sulfate. The zero gravity component of floating also lowers lactic acid levels in the blood.
- Quicker training recovery: By reducing lactic acid buildup, you can help your body recover more quickly between workouts. This way, you won’t have to take as much time off from training, and you’ll be less likely to injure yourself.
- To boost focus: Stepping into a float tank filled with salt water provides an opportunity to clear your mind and focus on future plans. The lack of distractions allows you to devote time to strengthening visualization and concentration skills, which are commonly used in meditation. This is an appealing option for athletes who want to improve their performance by preparing mentally in a peaceful environment.
- Injury recovery: By floating in the weightless water, your body can relax and let go of any tension. Epsom salt works to build protein in your joints and rejuvenate muscles as you float. The natural salts may also provide pain relief through endorphins and have the ability to heal injuries twice as fast.
- Sounder sleep: By regularly visiting a float center, athletes can disconnect from the pressures of their sport and achieve a more relaxed state. In fact, floating allows your body to physically rest up to four times faster than if you were sleeping in a bed.
- To relieve stress: Floatation therapy has been shown to lower stress hormones, such as cortisol (which is produced during strenuous activity), and can thereby help ease the mind and body.
Types of Athletes Who Turn to Floatation
Float therapy is becoming increasingly popular among athletes across various sports. Thanks to its many benefits, from pre-game visualization to post-game recovery, float spas are frequented by professional mainstream sports athletes (including Team8 athletes and Olympians), runners, golfers, CrossFitters, tennis players, gymnasts, MMA fighters, and swimmers.
In fact, many famous athletes use floatation regularly – many of whom even own their own tanks! Here are 10 of them:
- Steph Curry: The six-time NBA All-Star and MVP loves floating so much he discussed it on ESPN and even published a video about how he uses the benefits of floating to train the mind.
- Tom Brady: This famed, six-time Super Bowl Champion and New England Patriots quarterback owns a float tank. (When you visit Float8’s Fort Lauderdale location, you can book a float in the same orb that Brady owns.)
- Michael Phelps: The most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time has a sensory deprivation tank, which helps him meditate, relax and achieve inner peace.
- Wayne Rooney: Manchester United’s third-highest paid soccer player has a floating tank at home and spends up to 10 hours a week to relax and quickly recover from injuries.
- Phillips Idowu: The Silver Medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this British Triple Jumper ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008, and used weekly floatation therapy to help with back injury recovery.
- JJ Watt: The Houston Texans defensive end and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year owns a float tank and endorses it for its life-changing benefits.
- Jon Olsson: The Swedish freeskier and alpine ski racer, as well as nine-time Winter X Games medalist, says floatation tank visits help him stay on top of his game.
- Carl Lewis: Arguably the greatest track and field athlete in history, Lewis reportedly used in-tank visualization techniques in preparation for his gold medal-winning long jump performance at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
- Pat Healy: This MMA fighter credits floating for both pre-match relaxation and match-day victories.
- Lennox Lewis: The boxing Hall of Famer praises the benefits of Epsom salt, while in the tank, for recovery.
If you want to try floatation therapy for yourself, contact us today to make an appointment.
One of our experts will be happy to answer any questions you have and help get you started on your journey to improved performance. Whether you’re a professional athlete or just someone who wants to improve their health, floatation therapy can offer a range of benefits.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.