Floatation is a method of rest and relaxation. It consists of floating in a 10 inch solution of epsom salts.
What is Floatation Therapy?
Floatation is a method of rest. It consists of floating in a 10 inch solution of epsom salts. The solution is maintained at normal skin temperature of 93.5 degrees Celsius. The buoyancy of the salts solution allows your body to be supported on the surface of the water giving the impression of zero gravity. After floating you emerge refreshed and relaxed both physically and mentally.
Floating takes the pressure off tired and sore joints and muscles. It increases blood circulation which can accelerate healing. Relaxed muscles are likely to heal faster than tired, tight and knotted muscles. Floatation can help reduce pain, help backache and muscle injuries and relieve stress and anxiety that often accompanies and injury. The athlete emerges from the floatation pod alert but in a state of deep relaxation. The effects can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
What is Involved?
Sessions usually last about an hour. The athlete will shower before entering a floatation tank. Place earplugs in the ears to prevent salt water getting into the ear and crystallizing. The lid of the floatation tank can be left open or closed and lights can be on or off. The athlete will simply lie back and due to the salt water (just like the Dead Sea) they will float along the surface of the water. Music can be played or just left silent leaving the athlete to concentrate on relaxing.
How can it help with sport and injury rehabilitation?
Sports psychologists are aware of the benefits of regular relaxation. it balances the autonomous nervous system, reduces stress and anxiety and with practice can be applied to sports specific situations to enhance performance. Just like training, the ability to relax improves with practice. Regular relaxation will mean the athlete is more likely to be able to relax faster and more deeply than on the first occasion.
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