There has been a big shift in the attitudes of athletes recently. Once upon a time, they and their teams would turn their noses up at something like floatation therapy.
But this has all changed in recent times.
People in general are becoming much more attuned to the benefits of alternative, more traditional methodologies.
This has been taken to new levels by the athletic community though. With all the advancements in supplements, training technology, etc – you would think that athletes and ‘natural’ performance boosting treatments would grow further apart more than ever, but thanks to science – they have become much closer.
Things like Reiki therapy, breath work, meditation and herbal remedies are becoming popular with sport’s elite, but one that has stood out for its scientifically proven, profound benefits, is floating.
What athletes are using float therapy?
There are athletes using floatation therapy all across the globe, MMA stars, footballers, rugby players, boxers – probably even chess players!
Arguably the biggest current advocates of floating are;
– Novak Djokovic
– Jamie Carragher
– Tom Brady
– Steph Curry
How do we know this?
We’ve had them in! Here at Float Planet, we like to cater to everyone, but we also cater to sportsmen and women from all over the world.
Whether it be football teams such as Rangers FC, professional football player Jamie Carragher, UFC fighters like Molly McCann or future boxing champions like Peter McGrail, we’ve had them all – and the one factor they all have in common is the fact that they all site floating as a contributing factor to their improved performance.
Why is it such a useful tool for athletes?
Whilst there are potentially dozens of unique benefits just for athletes, we’ve put together a little list of the most relevant ones that we can all apply in our day to day lives.
Floating can open up the blood vessels – vasodilation is just a fancy word for this. It is a very important factor to consider for athletes though, as larger blood vessels equates to more blood flow, which results in better oxygen supply around the body.
More oxygenated blood pumping round the body can provide the boost that takes an athlete’s performance from good to great.
Having that extra energy supply is what athletes crave most as it helps them to perform at the highest level for longer, something which we can all benefit from, be that in the gym, during a run, in work or whatever it may be.
Spending 1 hour per session (sometimes longer) alone with your own thoughts and nothing else, brings about a form of mental clarity that simply cannot be matched.
Having a clear and calm mind at the top level of any sport is possibly the most desirable trait of any performer.
Athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer or Serena Williams never seem to be fazed by anything, no matter the occasion, and this isn’t just by chance.
They have worked their mental muscles as hard as their physical ones in order to achieve mental clarity.
By purposefully entering into a floatation pod, you are signalling to your mind that you are about to enter into a state of deep relaxation.
After doing this time and time again, you gain the sort of calmness that any top-athlete would be envious of – this being the chief reason why so many of them are taking it up in their routines.
Good for recovery
As we discussed above, floating is a great vasodilator, which means it gets blood pumping round the body.
This can also be a fantastic recovery aid for stressed muscles. Not only does the act of floating help with this, but the fact that the pod is filled with half a tonne of Epsom salt means that your muscles are being replenished with vital electrolytes such as magnesium, which can strengthen bones too.
If you’re an athlete – or at least somebody who does a lot of physical activity, this could be a fantastic way of keeping any muscle soreness at bay and keeping you on top of your game for much longer.
How you can use floatation therapy to boost your performance
We can learn a lot from athletes, we know that – but what about their floating habits? Can we extrapolate them to our own lives?
Thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes!
Just one hour
You don’t have to spend hours and hours in a pod to reap the rewards of improved mental and physical performance.
Just one hour is all you need to see benefits.
Literally a single hour.
There really aren’t many other activities that offer such an immediate return.
Once you step out of the float tank, you will feel instantly better. You’ll feel more relaxed, you’ll have less aches and pains and the chances are, you’ll feel happier!
Gets better with time.
If you want to see more benefits from your floatation practice, try going more regularly, maybe once per week or every fortnight.
The beautiful thing about floating is the fact that the more you do it, the more intense the benefits become.
You will start to see these benefits manifest themselves in your life, whether that be on the football pitch at 5-a-side, taking the kids to school, playing with them when they get back, going out and about with your other half – literally whatever the scenario, floating will more than likely inject more life into it.
There we have it, athletes all over the globe are flocking to floatation tanks to boost their recovery, mental agility and physical performance.
If you’re looking to give yourself an athletic edge in whatever you do in life, why not drop in and give us here at Float Planet a visit?