Today’s top athletes are developing better and better muscle recovery tactics to improve their game. But the popularity amongst cryotherapy and floatation therapy are increasing among wellness gurus, biohackers and everyday people who want their bodies and minds to feel better.
Cryotherapy essentially uses freezing cold temperatures to speed up athletic recovery and reduce pain in the body by freezing nerve endings and reducing blood flow to inflamed areas. The freezing temperatures help reduce pain, increase muscle recovery, increase weight-loss, improve blood circulation, eliminates harmful toxins from the body (Bleakley, et al.). To do this, one sits in a “Cryochamber” where temperatures can drop below -200 degrees fahrenheit. The beyond freezing temperatures.
Floatation therapy, on the other hand, allows you lie weightless in a bath full of body-temperature, epsom-salt water. Because of the high concentration of epsom salt, you float on top of the water and with no sound or light entering the float tank, your mind and body are able to fully relax.
At first, cryotherapy and floatation therapy were exclusive to professional athletes and hippies, but now they have growing popularity among anyone seeking to improve their performance and well-being. All over the world there are cryotherapy and float spas opening up their doors. In fact, it is not uncommon to see cryotherapy centers also offering sensory deprivation, or float tank experiences, to their clients as well.
That’s because these two practices are a perfect compliment for each other. While they both give similar results such as stress reduction, muscle recovery, and pain relief; they are very unique practices and provide what the other is “lacking”.
Here are 3 health benefits of adding a float tank to your cryotherapy sessions:
- Cryotherapy will leave you energized; Floating brings you peace
Cryotherapy provides a burst of energy as soon as you step out, because the cold stimulates your system. This is beneficial in productivity; however, too much stimulation can leave you feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Floating, on the other hand, reduces sensory input and provides you with a sense of peace and calmness. After a session of each you leave feeling alert, but not overwhelmed, so you can have your most productive day.
- Cryotherapy reduces muscle soreness; Floating leaves you feeling weightless
The extreme cold temperatures in cryotherapy reduce blood flow which then decreases inflammation and muscle soreness within the body. Floating takes all pressure off of your body by allowing you to lie weightless in a salt-water bath. The weightlessness of a float tank reduces everyday tension that is put on your joints, neck, shoulders, back, etc. In combination these two therapies take any physical pressure and tension of of your body, while effectively healing physical injuries.
Cryotherapy has great physical benefits; Floating will take care of your mind
Cryotherapy is a very physical practice. Yes, you have to find the mental strength to withstand such freezing temperatures, but at most you are in a cryochamber for only a few minutes. The real benefit of cryotherapy is physical — it decreases blood flow to injured areas, reduces inflammation, increases muscle recovery and relieves pain. Floating also provides some physical benefit, but it does much more for your mind. By reducing all sensory input, you are left in a deep meditative state which teaches you to control your thoughts and actions, enhances emotional intelligence, slows anxious thought patterns, helps you work through problems, and is a great space for visualization. Both of these together is a super combination that lets you master your mind and body.
Cryotherapy along with Floatation therapy provide balanced care for your body and mind. To learn more about floating, take a look at our Float 101 Guide
Bleakley, et al. “Whole-Body Cryotherapy: Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Perspectives.” Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 20 Nov. 2013, doi:6 October 2017.