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.