Float Your Way to Recovery
Floating is an amazing tool for recovery used by Olympians and professional athletes around world. From Aly Raisman the Gold Medal winning captain of the US Women’s Gymnastics team, to the NBA Finals winning Golden State Warriors, World Series Champs Chicago Cubs, and even The New England Patriots floating has been proven to help athletes get back to training harder, faster.
Inside a float tank there’s 10″ of water saturated with over 1,000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt, this allows you to float effortlessly on the surface of the water. The water and air are heated to the same temperature as the outer layer of your skin (about 94 degrees) with the water, your skin, and the air all the same temperature after a short while the boundary between them is nearly indiscernible. Some float tanks are equipped with colored lights and speakers, so you can leave a light on or listen to music while you float. If you choose you can shut both off and allow your central nervous system some much needed time free from external stimulation. During a float session your body experiences reduced cortisol production, reduced inflammation, increased blood flow and dopamine production. It is a truly unique way to relax your body and your mind.
Floating was developed in 1954 at the National Institute of Mental Health in hopes of answering the question “If all sensory input is removed, will the brain go to sleep?” That answer was found, along with many others, and even more questions. Floating, R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) or Sensory Deprivation rose in popularity through the sixties and seventies amongst researchers, hippies, and athletes. It went through a bit of a lull in the eighties and nineties but has experienced a resurgence in the new millennium with float centers opening in major cities around the world.
As people all over are waking up to the importance of a healthy active lifestyle floating is another tool to be used along with massage, yoga, meditation, acupuncture and the like. Incorporate it into your wellness and recovery plan and see how much sooner you can be training again and pushing yourself to new limits.