Athletes benefits from floating in many ways:
- Preparing to succeed and reach goals through visualization and positive thinking
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Recovering from sports injuries
- Managing pain
“Carl Lewis, arguably the greatest track athlete in history, used in-tank visualization extensively in his preparation for his gold medal-winning performance at the 1988 Seoul Olympics” (www.i-sopod.com/floatation/benefits)
While floating the body reaches a state of deep relaxation or Theta State. The body is also exposed to sensory deprivation (no light, no sound, no gravity). These two factors combined allow for a perfect environment to work on the mind: visualization, positive thinking, meditation, and motivation.
Reducing stress and anxiety
While floating in water and Epson salt, the body reaches a state of deep relaxation allowing the brain to reduce its electrical activity (EEG) from around 20 – 25 HZ down to 4-8 HZ. The brain goes into a wave pattern known as Theta State.
In the Theta State the body releases endorphins – The “Feel-Good” hormones. While the body is releasing Endorphins, the harmful chemicals that increase stress, Cortisol “the Stress Hormone”, Adrenaline, ACTH and Lactate, are removed from the blood stream. Floating opens the door for the body to get rid of harmful chemicals, the Endorphins to take over reducing stress, the perception of pain, fatigue and muscle tension.
In addition to the chemical changes that take place in the body while floating, sensory deprivation becomes a determining factor in stress reduction – no light, no sound, no gravity, no external stimuli, and an amazing feeling of weightlessness. Sensory deprivation calms and quiets the mind reducing stress and anxiety. These feelings of wellnesses remain for several days. It is safe to say that Floating allows the body to balance itself and reduce stress.
Recovering from Sports Injuries
The state of deep relaxation and the release of Endorphins as well as the reduction of lactate, ACTH, Adrenaline and Cortisol that occur while floating are instrumental in accelerating the recovery from sports injuries. The state of deep relaxation also reduces blood pressure and oxygen intake; blood flow increases and as a result athletes have a greater degree of control over their muscles and less possibilities of injuries.
While floating the body reaches a state of deep relaxation. During this deep relaxation the electrical activity of the brain drops from about 20 – 25 HZ to 4 – 8 HZ and the brain goes into a wave pattern known as the Theta State. The body releases Endorphins “The Body’s Natural Painkillers”. After the Float session the body will continue releasing Endorphins so the beneficial effects of the Endorphins will last for several days.
The feeling of weightlessness produced by the buoyancy eliminates the body’s pressure points relieving muscle tension that in many cases is the one responsible for chronic back and neck pain, headaches and stress. The water combined with the Epsom Salt give the body complete support allowing tense muscles to slowly relax and slowly alleviate muscle pain.
Muscle pain due to overworked muscles, as in the case of athletes, will find a much faster pain relief since production of Endorphins will greatly reduce the levels of lactic acid in the blood stream.
Floating also helps reducing pain produced by inflammation, strains, sprains, bruises, muscle soreness, and exercise.