WHAT IS FLOATATION?
Floatation is an experience unlike any other! You lie amerced in water heated to the temperature of your skin, along with 650 kgs of Epsom Salts you are floating on the surface in an environment that is more buoyant than the dead sea! It creates an anti gravity effect that takes the pressure off your body and simultaneously allows you to absorb magnesium for instant tension relief.
WHY SHOULD THIS BE PART OF MY SPORTS RECOVERY PROGRAM for RUNNERS and TRIATHLETES?
The combination of Magnesium absorption, decompression and relaxation experienced whilst floating allows your body to heal quite rapidly whilst in the Float tank. It is said that 1 hour a Floatation Tank is equivalent to several hours of good quality sleep. This really is one way to supercharge your recovery time.
“People invest so much time into training but often fail to plan time for their recovery”
In training so much of what you do, regardless of your sport is either impact orientated or taxing on your joints. People invest so much time into training but often fail to plan time for their recovery. A good recovery can be so much more beneficial to you than just having that much needed sleep in. It also keeps you operating at your peak which gives you a good competitive advantage!
Floatation is used as a great tool in developing body awareness and helping you pre-empt injury. I occasionally hear from clients that they experienced some mild awareness of discomfort whilst floating, and it is present in an area that they did not know was tender for them prior to their float. This is great news as it gives you an idea of where you need to focus some more attention when you are in the foam rolling/stretching phase of your active recovery.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR ME TO USE FLOATATION?
“ …. best recovery for general maintenance is in your scheduled recovery/taper weeks.”
The best time to use the tank in any kind of training is when you start to feel your fatigue levels increasing and your strength plateauing. For endurance training such as Iron Man and shorter Triathlon distances the best recovery for general maintenance is in your scheduled recovery/taper weeks.
For general training that stays fairly consistent in its nature and strength requirements, utilise a float tank when you start feeling that real heaviness and sluggishness in your body (most commonly felt in the legs).
“Floating in the tank immediately after a major event, such as an Iron Man or Marathon is highly recommended instead of having a massage right away.”
Floating in the tank immediately after a major event, such as an Iron Man or Marathon is highly recommended instead of having a massage right away. If you wish to have the massage as well, your recovery results are significantly improved if coupled with a float first. The reason we recommend floatation therapy first is it helps with fluid, fatigue and soreness. A Massage too soon after a big event can leave you a bit bruised (even with gentle/medium pressure) and the best results won’t be gleaned as you may potentially still be too sore.
Floatation Therapy can also be used before any event as it helps improve your energy levels. We commonly find that strength levels improve for a window of time after floating. It is best to find what works best for you and your schedule and then utilise this tool that way.
BUT I CAN’T SWITCH MY MIND OFF IN THE TANK! You’re not the only one!
Just like anything, getting your mind to relax requires patience and practice! Anyone who does yoga, and has that quietness discipline established always does immediately well when floating. Swimmers also have a very good response to floating and its results because of being accustomed to being in the pool for so long as well as staring at that black line repeatedly has good meditative affects.
“Remember even if you have trouble completely switching your mind off whilst floating you cannot stop the process of getting the physical benefits out of it!”
You can expect that the first session will be a bit of a novelty, after that you know what to expect and because your body and muscles are getting told to relax you will have a positive feedback response sending those messages back into your brain asking it to relax as well. Because the float tank is designed to shut your mind down, you can rest assured that it will eventually happen, just be patient if it takes a couple of goes before you get there!
Remember even if you have trouble completely switching your mind off whilst floating you cannot stop the process of getting the physical benefits out of it!
WHEN WILL I NOTICE A DIFFERENCE?
Hopefully immediately! But as with all things, different people do respond in different rates, so it may take a couple of sessions before you get everything out of it! The more accustomed you are to it, the better your response will be. Just like anything it requires some training.
We recommend starting off with a 3 pack of float sessions in order to get optimal results.
Reference Article from http://paramountsportsrecovery.com.au/use-floatation-tank-sport/