Recently, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Men’s Journal have all touted the tank as a way to enhance athletic performance.
It’s not magic or mumbo jumbo. The physiological effects of floatation therapy have been studied and recorded in various research studies over the past 50 years.
In a recent study on recovery using flotation therapy results showed flotation appears to have a significant impact on blood lactate and perceived pain compared to a one hour passive recovery session.
Floating after workout or after events can make a difference in recovery and ease of movement. It allows you to push your body harder, gaining a competitive edge.
Laying horizontal on a bed of water, with nothing to impede the flow, increases the ease of circulation. Your own body’s healing blood oxygen and nutrients are easily delivered to the site of injury.
The pressure of the water is the perfect weight to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is also necessary in the healing process as it carries away toxins and reduces swelling. It has an extra added benefit in that the more lymph circulated, it increases your resistance to illness. Which helps to keep a training schedule on track.
With very little stimulus to tax the nervous system, the body has more energy to devote to healing.
Science has shown the power of visualizing tasks you want to perform better, and how it affects the outcome. Athletes, musicians and high level performers have been using this simple exercise forever. Doing this practice during floating can improve motor skills and help deepen the mind and body connection.