Floating for sports, fitness and athletesFloatation has been used by sports people and athletes since the 1970s to accelerate rehabilitation and recovery, and to improve performance.
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Floating has been used across a huge variety of disciplines to accelerate rehabilitation from injury, to reduce recovery times between activity, and to get that extra edge in performance.
Floating can be used as part of a regular training programme, in preparation for a specific event, and for rapid recovery after.
Methodical use of floating forms an integral part of the training programmes of elite professional teams around the world, across all kinds of sports from Football to Golf and from Rugby to Track and Field.
Floatation has been used by some of the most successful Olympians. Michael Phelps, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Tasha Danvers, Susie Rodgers and Jade Johnson all use floatation as part of their training programme.
But you don’t have to be an Olympian to appreciate the benefits of floatation. Whether you are into an activity to improve fitness, to achieve personal goals, to compete and to win, or just for fun, floating can help you.
Whatever your passion, floatation can help get you back out there doing what you love sooner, and opens the door to improved performance.
- Faster breakdown of lactic acid
- Accelerated recovery from exertion
- Earlier return from injury
- Improved bloodflow
- Reduced heart rate
- Reduced levels of corstisol
- Relief from aches and pains
- Optimum visualisation environment
- Enhanced physical awareness
- Calm focused concentration
- Reduced levels of adrenalin
- Reduced likelihood of injury
Alongside the right training programme and the right diet, the right rest is vital to athletic success.
Floating gives you unsurpassed rest, and delivers rapid recovery. The unique environment of being suspended in a saturated solution of epsom salts improves circulation, increasing blood flow throughout the body.
When resting on any surface, even the softest mattress, the pressure of that surface against the body restricts blood flow in the muscle groups in contact with it. The natural buoyancy of the body in the floatation environment spreads the weight across almost the whole surface area of the skin. The capillaries are able to dilate in the absence of this compression, and this dilation is further enhanced by the warmth of the salt solution.
This ensures the skeleto-muscular system receives what it needs to get you back to peak condition in the shortest time possible.
The floatation environment removes many of the physiological effects of gravity. This allows the muscles to relax completely, so they can truly rest. Similarly, the strains on bones, joints and tendons due to gravity are removed.
Lactic acid is removed from body tissues more rapidly, reducing fatigue and muscle ache. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol are reduced, as is adrenalin. Your body is ready for action again: floating enables you to get back to doing what you love sooner.
Integrating floatation into your programme empowers you to train more often and more intensively, and to train in the most effective way. Float in the Forest can work with you to help you be the best you can be.
Faster return from injury
When Brett Dennis, a young and promising cyclist fell from a cliff and smashed his femur during the US Tour DuPont road race in 1994, doctors gave him little chances of full recovery. He used floatation three times a week. After 7 weeks of the therapy he won gold and with his team mates beat the Australian record in the 100 km team time trial.
Floatation removes the effects of gravity on the body, alleviating compensatory muscle tensions, breaking the pain cycle, and allowing resources to be used for injury repair and muscle growth.
Have you noticed that injury often coincides with when you are ‘up tight’?
Floatation offers not only an earlier return from injury, but the reduced muscle tension leads to a reduced risk of future injury.
When you move in a loose, relaxed way you are adopting the best defence against injury, and the unparallelled level of relaxation that floating offers can persist for days afterwards.
Floatation brings you into a closer relationship with your body. This is achieved through the increase in body awareness delivered by the floatation environment. External stimuli such as light and sound are minimised, and attention is directed at the remaining stimuli: the body and mind. By becoming more aware of your body you notice those subtle stresses and strains early. This enables you to fine-tune technique and change your training behaviour to prevent injury, whether that be knowing when to slow down, or where to focus your stretching.
Elite athletes know that success begins in the imagination. Getting your ‘mental game’ right is at the heart of achieving your goal. Visualisation is a tried and tested technique of sports psychology.
Greats such as Muhammad Ali, Jonny Wilkinson, Wayne Rooney and Andy Murray have gone on record to say how important visualisation has been in their career. Sometimes called neuro-muscular programming, to be truly effective it involves all your senses in a detailed mental rehearsal of the physical actions. The more relaxed you are, the more clear and controllable the mental imagery becomes, and the more effective the result.
The floatation environment leads to an increase in theta waves in the brain; the optimum state for positive suggestions and visualisation to work. Dr Peter Suedfeld from University of British Columbia in Vancouver measured the performance of basket players a day before and after a single session of floating (plus visualisation). The experiment revealed 37% improvement in free throws compared to the control group. By performing visualisation exercises in the silent darkness it is possible to achieve a rapid improvement in performance.
Whether it is seeing yourself crossing the finish line, hearing cheers from the stands, or feeling yourself lifting a heavier weight than ever before, the act of creating and rehearsing a positive experience in imagination translates directly into a positive outcome on the day.
Relaxation through floatation offers faster return from injury, accelerated recovery, and a path to improved performance.
Reduced muscle tension improves fine motor skills and accuracy. Relaxation means less wasted energy, leading to improved stamina, speed, and strength. Improved body awareness gives better coordination and reduced chance of injury. A calm mind brings increased concentration and focus.