Benefits of Floating For Athletes
How Does Floating Help Athletes?
Floating for athletes can perhaps be their own secret weapon to pain relief inflicted by athletic activity. Floating has a variety of benefits that are also common benefits for regular floaters. Our float pod is filled with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) which is a mineral found in some hot springs and your own bathroom if you take baths regularly. Magnesium sulfate is known for providing relief and relaxation.
For athletes, they will find they have pain relief and sleep better after just a 60 minute float. Not only does floating help with any pain you might experience during physical activity, but it also promotes healing.
Apart from promoting healing and relieving pain, floating also helps improve focus and concentration whether your physical activity takes place on the field, on the court, or in the gym. It also helps with stress relief and can provide time for the positive visualization they need to reach that goal or win that game. Incorporating float sessions into your exercise routine may provide wonderful benefits for athletes.
What is the Temperature of a Float Tank?
For our float tank, temperatures sit comfortably around 93-95 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature can seem like too hot of a temperature, but in reality, it’s meant to match your own natural body temperature to give you a weightless feeling of sensory deprivation. Those who do a float session report not sensing their own body’s presence. Because of this sensation, there is more deepened relaxation.
Benefits of Floating for Athletes
As mentioned before, floating for athletes is very beneficial to mental health and physical health. Professional athletes like Carl Lewis, Pat Healy, Wade Rooney have sworn by the healing properties of float pods. NFL football teams Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Seattle Seahawks are also famously known for using float pod therapy. See how they are using float therapy here. Below are some of the benefits that can be expected from floating if you are an athlete or have extreme physical activity on a daily basis:
- Relieves stress and anxiety
- Relieves pain and inflammation in areas of the body associated with extreme physical activity
- Promotes healthier sleep
- Stimulates positive visualization
- Regenerates energy
- Helps heal the body from wounds inflicted by physical activity
- Increases focus and concentration
- Reduces build up of lactic acid
- Reduces cortisol levels
- Improves oxygen circulation
Should I Float Before or After I Exercise?
You can float either before and after your exercise. However, floating after you exercise may be more beneficial to you. Many of our guests have commented on feeling incredibly relaxed after their float, and some even feel sleepy. On the other hand, if you are in a need of time to slow down and regain focus, a float before your next gym session or match may be beneficial.
We recommend just giving yourself a little time before to ensure you have enough energy. If you have never had a float with us, contact us to get your first float session for just $40!
To learn more and book your first float tank experience at Massage Haven and to get answers to FAQs, visit the link below. If you have other questions regarding the float pod and how it may affect you, contact us today at 719-621-1773.
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