Research suggests that floating in an isolation tank boosts athletic performance in three different ways: control over the negative effects of stress, elevation of mental training and decreased recovery time after demanding workouts and races (Hutchinson 1984). Therefore, it's no surprise that more and more athletes are wanting to get into floating because of the mental and physical benefits that it provides on the body and mind. In fact, athletes these days are some of the biggest float advocates in the industry. Many are even resorting to buying a float tank for home use use to increase the long-term effects of their athletic performance.
Floating is beneficial for athletes because when you float your cortisol levels decrease while endorphins increase and endorphins are a natural pain killer of the body. This feeling and sense of relaxation by relieving gravitational pressure helps to promote better blood circulation and reach joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments that may be sore or injured. All of these factors help to so that the rate of recovery on the body is greatly accelerated.
Other reasons that floating is used for athletic performance include:
- Pain/Injury Relief
- Better Sleep Habits
- Reduced Muscle Tension
- Increased Concentration & Focus
- Positive Visualization
- Much, much more
By drastically reducing the recovery time and stress levels of the body, floating is going to become a huge game-changer for athletes looking for a competitive advantage.
We've been lucky enough to parter with Marvin Jones, wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals, so he can more actively use float therapy for sports recovery. He had been looking for a solution to help him with sports injuries/pain, stress relief, and his mental visualization when he finally discovered that floating was the answer. Check out our interview with him below to find out more about how he plans to use the Zen Float Tent on a regular basis to help improve his athletic performance.