The level of athletic ability and skill in sport continues to accelerate dramatically year on year across all sports.
The focus on innovation in sport is at an all-time high as athletes look to stay ahead of the curve and find the edge that will take them past their competitors.
Information on the correct training techniques for every sport and every element of sporting performance is widely available from YouTube tutorials, to personal trainers, to specialist coaches. Sophisticated scientific equipment is available to measure each part of an athlete’s physical performance and track physical improvements over time. But it’s not just the learning and performance monitoring practices that make athletes of today the fastest, strongest and most technical the world has ever seen, its also the fact that they can recover quickly and more efficiently than before through the use of modern technology.
The athletes of yesterday would be totally reliant on rest and sleep until their body naturally recovered. Today, athletes support the natural recovery process using modern technologies to reduce recovery and rehabilitation downtime. In recent years the use of regenokine, cryotherapy and floatation tanks has dramatically increased. 2016 has seen floating receiving lots of attention in the press with articles in the BBC, Guardian and a brand new floatation centre opening in London called The Floatworks (Vauxhall, London), which is the largest facility fully dedicated to floating. They use the i-sopod tank, which is industry leading in terms of its size, filtration processes, temperature control and aesthetic design.
A floatation tank is a sound proof pod, filled with skin temperature water that is saturated with 575kg of Epsom Salt. The sensation is similar to that of floating in the Dead Sea, although the tanks are almost twice the density. After an intensive workout, the excretion of magnesium from the body results in muscle contractions, cramps and build-up of lactic acid.
Epsom Salts are rich in magnesium which the body absorbs through the skin, replacing lost minerals, reducing muscle soreness and counteracting the effects of lactic acid build-up.
The Universal Health Institute said:
“Although magnesium can be absorbed through the digestive tract, many foods, drugs and medical conditions can interfere with the effectiveness of this delivery method. Therefore, soaking in an Epsom Salt bath is one of the most effective means of making the magnesium your body needs readily available.”
Floating improves an athlete’s mental and physical state of mind. During competition and stressful training periods, an athletes anxiety levels rise. Research with waterproof EEG’s has shown that floating reduces activation levels in the Amygdala, our bodies fight or flight response centre, as well as reducing cortisol production levels, the body’s stress hormone, which is a further boost to recovery both physically and mentally. Floating is also a fast track to deep meditative states for those who don’t regularly practice meditation. This is said to be extremely beneficial for creativity, focus and learning. For once it pays to think inside the box.
Floating has become an integral part of the recovery process for many of the world’s top athletes, including Stephen Curry, 2015 NBA champion and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), Phillips Idowu, the British Olympian who was ranked #1 in 2008 for Triple Jump and England striker and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
You don’t have to be an elite sporting athlete to get the full benefits of floating — it’s beneficial for everyone. Whether you are a regular gym goer who wants to minimise delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMs) after a heavy workout, a weekend golfer seeking to reduce soreness after 18 holes or a busy working professional in need of peaceful relaxation, floating can help everyone. Outside of athletics, research has shown stress, depression, anxiety and pain are significantly decreased by floating, whereas optimism and sleep quality significantly increase. As sport continues to evolve and modern day life continues to gather pace, expect to see more people using floatation as a way to recharge their batteries and reach greater heights.
Do you want to experience the benefits of floating for yourself? Feel free to come and visit The Floatworks in Vauxhall, London. Use the promotional code <<FARADAYTECHNEWS>> when booking online or on the phone to receive a 20% discount on any service before September 1st.
Visit www.floatworks.com or call 0207 357 0111