Why Athletes Use Float Tanks

Published on January 29, 2019

Sensory deprivation floating involves lying in a dense Epsom salt water solution, typically in a tank, pod, or room that has been designed to remove outside sensory distractions like sound and light. This makes for an incredible and highly-effective way of relaxing and relieving stress. It is also a widely-accepted therapy that is used by a number of world-renowned athletes and sporting teams to treat various sports-related conditions and aid in recovery.  

Cumulative Benefit

While studies do show that even a single float session can have a positive impact on sharpening focus, reducing stress, and shortening physical recovery time, the more frequently it is done, the better the benefit and results. For athletes, this consistent approach to utilizing flotation therapy optimizes the effects of physical training regiments, manages fatigue, and accelerates recovery from injuries.

Sports-Related Benefits

Now being utilized by athletes of widely-varying pursuits (i.e. long-distance runners, MMA fighters, basketball players, etc.), and an integral component of the training regimen for AIS (Australian Institute of Sports) athletes, flotation therapy’s benefits are gaining recognition as a modern approach to relaxation and recovery by the world’s top athletes. These benefits include:

  • Accelerates injury recovery time
  • Reduces lactic acid levels in the body
  • Reduces muscle soreness following workouts (DOMS)
  • Increases energy
  • Improves athletes resistance to fatigue
  • Provides boost to the immune system

The above benefits are achieved through two major concepts of flotation therapy:

Gravity becomes a non-factor in the stress that muscles normally take on,   allowing them the rest they need to accelerate the recovery process.

The Epsom salt that is utilized in float tanks and pods are comprised of magnesium and sulphate, a muscle relaxant and protein builder, and is absorbed during your time floating.

Sports Performance Improvement

Beyond the physical benefits, athletes also use float therapy (in conjunction with visualization techniques) to experience a mental advantage that can translate to improved physical performance. While floating, a person’s mind enters theta state, and becomes more open to suggestion, allowing athletes to subtly train their mind for specific thought and execution.

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