Team GB and the Australian Institute of Sport regularly use floatation as part of their training regimes to improve their performance. It isn’t just for elite sportspeople though. Lots of people in Brighton and Hove use floatation to improve their sporting performance across every type of sport. Floating completely free from gravity in water saturated with Epsom Salts helps the body in a number of different ways and the escape from the noise and bustle of the outside world helps people’s minds to improve the mental side of their performance.
Reduce the Big Bad DOMS
Delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) is the bane of every exerciser and people who are training for a specific event can find it impedes their training and forces them to adjust their tight schedules or strict routines. Because floating allows the muscles and joints to complete relax, which improves blood flow while flushing away waste products like lactic acid, soreness is reduced and is less likely to creep up on you a few days later when you think you’ve got away with it.
Not only does floating help your muscles to recover after a hard workout or training session, it also helps injuries to heal more quickly so you lose less training time. In addition to improved blood flow encouraging healing, Epsom Salts also help to decrease swelling due to their high magnesium content. Relaxing and de-stressing have also been shown to aid recovery.
Floating can also help you to relax and sleep better which improves your performance in pretty much everything you do. Nerves and tension can impede your athletic performance, especially with a big competition, match or event coming up, so it’s important to be able to relax and sleep properly to be at your best. Even in normal training, floating can boost your energy levels to allow you to maximise your training.
In the Right Mind Set
Although floating is widely reported as improving focus which is very useful to high level sportspeople, it is also used more specifically in sport to mentally prepare athletes for their events by aiding visualisation techniques. Some sportspeople have found they can gain an edge over their competitors by using visualisation techniques to mentally rehearse their perfect performance whether it’s their ideal race, flawless technique or best training practice. Research shows that repeated mental practice like this can actually improve performance by increasing confidence and training the mind and body to function in this ideal way. Athletes are encouraged to imagine every little detail of the action including exactly how their body will feel and what their external senses will perceive. Runner Carl Lewis found that if he did this in a floatation tank, his results were even better as the mind is very susceptible to suggestion in the state reached in the tank so the visualisations are more effective.
Increased energy, better focus and less stress are also great for business. To improve your athletic and work performance through floatation, call 01273 933 680 to book in your float at The Float Spa.