Floating and Top Sports
What do the likes of Novak Djokovic, Tom Brady and Steph Curry all have in common?
Athletes at the top of their profession like tennis player Novak Djokovic, American footballer Tom Brady and basketballer Steph Curry have all turned to float tanks, a recovery process enabling an effective and swift way to relax both muscles and mind following competition, training session or workout.
Float tanks allow individuals to float (unsupported) in a spacious pod of 30cm skin temperature water infused with half a tonne of Epsom salt. As a result of these zero-gravity conditions, the user is quickly transported into deep levels of physical and mental relaxation and recovery.
Scientifically speaking, floatation works by reducing stimulation of each of the five senses. This, in turn, enables the central nervous system to slow down, resulting in the brain drifting from its usual alpha and beta state into the theta hypnotic state which is akin to deep meditation.
- Accelerates the recovery from injury
- Increases energy (ATP)
- Reduced anxiety
- Ideal space for visualization and improves focus.
- Boosts the immune system, by allowing the body to relax
- Reduces Lactic acid levels in the body
- Decreased stress
Athletes need the correct mental and physical conditions to perform to the very best of their abilities. If an athlete has pain, muscle stiffness or fatigue, it can often be the difference between winning or losing. When floating however, the zero-gravity atmosphere of the float tank promotes healing of the muscles through improved blood flow and help activate the parasympathetic nervous system. The high levels of magnesium sulfate within the float tank help in speeding up recovery time for aches and pains.
In down times, always invite people for a complimentary float. Invite athletes from your surroundings. Their word of mouth is a great way to market your business and floating in general.
Tim Strudwick i-sopod/Floatworks London
Novak Djokovic: AFP
Tom Brady: Draft Sharks
Stephen Curry: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images