Did you know that floating is quickly becoming an important part of sports medicine? Sports stars and Olympians like Joe Rogan, Tom Brady, Carl Lewis, Pat Healy, Wayne Rooney, Luke Wilson, and JJ Watt regularly promote floating. In fact, Joe Rogan has his own personal float tanks and he often discusses the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits he experiences with regular floating. He’s been quoted as saying, “I think it’s one of the most incredible pieces of equipment for self-help and introspective thought that you could ever find.”
Entire Super Bowl teams have used float tanks before and after games. And the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) uses float tanks to target three areas: post-performance recuperation and rejuvenation, rehabilitation, and neuro-muscular programming. Athletes aspire to always be at peak performance. Their bodies are their greatest assets and floating is proving to help them excel in incredible ways.
Imagine easily becoming more in tune with your body. Being able to identify points of tension or strain before they become an issue. Being able to have greater control over your mind and nervous system. That’s exactly what floating can do for you.
The Athletic Benefits of Floating
The thing is that as little as 35 minutes in a float tank can result in dramatic decreases in muscular tension. That reduction can last for days, sometimes weeks. People report that they can run more easily and quickly, and experience less strains or injuries after they’ve floated. And many athletes and coaches report dramatic improvements in performance when floats are incorporated into training programs.
Floating also helps alleviate—or even completely eliminate—the psychological and physiological symptoms of post-game letdown. That includes fatigue, pain, and depression. Normally, post-game recovery can take days or weeks, but floating can speed that up dramatically. Sometimes it only takes a matter of hours. That’s because when you’re floating, your muscles aren’t working at all and your senses aren’t stimulated. You can truly be still and allow your body to focus on replenishing and healing.
Floating can help athletes:
- Move more easily
- Improve stamina, endurance, speed, strength, and coordination
- Experience less fatigue, stress, cramping, and muscle tension
- Relieve pain
- Cleanse waste and toxins from their bodies
- Improve circulation and oxygen distribution
- Enhance their ability to visualize and keep a positive state of mind
- Reduce lactic acid buildup
- Reduce the likelihood of injuries during play
- Recover more quickly from injuries
- Enhance their mental state, which help leads to greater confidence, concentration, calmness, and poise
- Promote muscle growth—high-intensity exercise stimulates muscles to grow, but to be effective, that stimulation needs to be followed by rest
Despite common perceptions, floating benefits all athletes, not just those who play contact sports. Although football players have an 86 percent chance of injury in a given year, regular runners or joggers also have an 80 percent chance of injury in a year. In fact, most sports-related injuries are a result of muscle tension, not contact.* Think about that for a minute. So, what if you could reduce the amount of muscular tension that you have before getting active?
How to Enhance Your Time in the Tank
Now that you know how effective floating is for athletic training and recovery, what if we told you that you can take it a step further? There are a couple practices that you can incorporate into your float session that help you achieve more beneficial results. Many athletes perform visualizations and affirmations while in the tanks.
- Try a visualization in which you picture healing energy running through your body. Notice any points where the energy seems to be held up and then send healing energy to that spot. Focus on relaxing and releasing tension in that area. Then imagine a bright white light filling every cell of your body with vibrant, strong, powerful energy. Once you’ve done that, picture yourself playing your sport. Watch yourself play your best game and win.
- Follow your visualization with affirmations. Try saying things (in your head or aloud) like, “I feel the energy flowing through me strengthening every cell,” “I will play with ease, power, and little effort,” and “I am confident, relaxed, and centered.”
Up until now, you probably never thought that it would be possible to naturally enhance your performance in a way that was safe, simple, and affordable. But with floating, you can achieve that. So come see us and give it a try. You can book online or call us at 250-432-9978.
We can’t wait for you to experience the magic!
*Hutchison, Michael. <i>The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea.</i> Nevada City, CA: Gateways Books and Tapes, 2003.