Top performers are great at training but not all are great at recovery. Taking a whole day to recover can somehow be worse torture than long runs on Sundays. What if there was a way you could get all the muscle recovery benefits in just an hour or two? What if you could also get a mental edge and nap at the same time? Well, you can!
What is "floating," anyways?
Floating is just a cool name for a very real therapy, often called Sensory Deprivation or Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T.). Floating happens in a 'float tank' which contains about 10" of water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom Salt, allowing you to float effortlessly on the surface. The water and air is heated to 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which mirrors the surface temperature of the skin. Add soundproofed walls and light controls and it feels more like floating through space than it does a hot tub.
Why would anyone float in a salt water tank, you ask? Well...
Shorten Muscle Recovery Time
Epsom Salt's scientific name is Magnesium Sulfate. Magnesium can be absorbed through the skin and can break up lactic acid, reduce inflammation and heal stiff and aching joints. Our tanks have over 1000 pounds of each...that's not your Grandmother's Epsom Salt Bath. Floating can be a quick, effective and downright blissful way to recharge the body after a long week of training.
Sharpen Your Mental Game
Endurance is a mental game more than it is physical. Mental toughness trumps pure potential any day. Nowhere is that more evident than in endurance. You need the discipline to get up and train, even when you don't want to, even when it rains. When you're hitting the wall, it's your brain that will make you or break you. That's why top performers train the mind through meditation and visualization. There is nowhere better on earth to train the mind than in a float tank.
When to Float
Spring has sprung and runners are tacking on extra miles preparing for Race Season. Recovery is key to avoiding injury as these miles stack up. Floating regularly as training ramps up can be a great way to avoid injury and speed recovery. If you have to pick just one time to float, do it just as the soreness from this week's long run begins to set in. You might notice less or no soreness and an extra spring in your step on your next run.
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