Improve Your Recovery with Float Therapy
Floating has become increasingly popular thanks its wealth of benefits for both the body and mind, including everything from reducing depression and anxiety to relieving sore muscles and speeding the healing process.
One of the most commonly overlooked pieces of training is recovery. While you probably spend hours focused on your workout regime and fine-tuning your diet, recovery may not be something that you think about. For athletes and anyone who want to be better, stronger and faster while living a healthier lifestyle, speeding the recovery and healing process through floating can be particularly beneficial.
Reducing Lactic Acid Build-Up to Speed Healing
Studies, including 2013 research from Northern Illinois University’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, have found that floating can help reduce lactic acid build-up that occurs during intense exercise which leads to pain and soreness. It allows the muscles to relax and induce the body’s natural power of regeneration and healing.
Floating Decreases Inflammation
The high concentration of Epsom salt (a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate) in the water helps reduces inflammation, as multiple studies have found. This is also key to quicker recovery while easing soreness and pain.
Floating Promotes a Meditative State
Floatation therapy relaxes both the body and mind through sensory deprivation, allowing one to drift off into a blissful state in isolation, free of distraction and the stress of day-to-day life that is important for healing injuries. Top athletes understand that competition can be more of a mental game than a physical one, and even recovery from injury can be just as dependent on your mental state as it has a powerful impact on your body. It affects everything from the nervous system to muscles and joints.
Fear, for example, that commonly comes from worrying thoughts like whether or not you’ll recover in time to run that marathon race or accomplish whatever goal you might have set for yourself, have an impact on recovery time. When you have more positive recovery expectations, scientific research, including a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has been shown to actually lead to faster recovery times.
Floating Creates a Zero-Gravity Environment
When you’re floating, you’re in a zero-gravity environment that allows the body to totally relax – this helps athletes as every muscle in the body is now in a total relaxation state, essential for faster recovery. The pressure gravity has on the body is now removed, promoting healing while also improving blood circulation that’s important for speeding the recovery period after an intense workout or an injury.