Relaxation

Athletes and floating

Floating is like an extra practice for athletes, strengthening body and mind.


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Athletes spend countless hours shaping their bodies into a precision tool. It’s one reason they can do feats – like dunking a basketball or throwing a long touchdown pass – that are out of reach for the average person. Getting physically fit helps athletes sharpen their natural skills.

Mental fitness is just as important of a component in creating athletic success. An athlete who lacks confidence or plays with fear will take themselves out of the game. They will make avoidable mental errors that cost their themselves or their team victories. A lack of mental focus can also lead to serious physical injuries.


Floating can be a good tool for mentally strengthening an athlete. When they spend regular time inside an isolation tank, they can come away feeling better both on a physical and mental level.

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Athletes can use floating as a time to visualize success. They can contemplate on a big game, meet or race ahead and imagine how they will approach it. This is a perfect time for an athlete to build a positive attitude on a subconscious level. They can let things play out in their mind and envision how they will come out a winner.

Floating helps an athlete to feel more relaxed. Negative thoughts are cast out and their mind grows more calm. Their body begins to relax and they begin to understand what they need to do unlock their natural abilities.

On a physical level, floating in water filled with Epsom salt helps an athlete’s body bounce back from the aches and pains associated with competition. Salt helps the skin, muscles and other tissues absorb important nutrients. It also aids in flushing out harmful toxins and reducing inflammation.

There’s no reason why floating can’t be part of an athlete’s preparation for competition. It will do enough for them in mind and body to give them an edge over competitors.

Joe Rogan takes on floating

Rogan uses floating to unlock incredible mental journeys. 

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Joe Rogan knows floating. There’s no celebrity who has devoted more time to unlocking the secrets of what an isolation tank can do for the human mind.

Rogan made a career out of pushing ordinary people to their limits on the popular NBC series “Fear Factor.” Each episode featured contestants facing their deepest fears through completing physically or mentally challenging stunts. They learned more about themselves through facing and conquering the fears represented in those stunts.

Rogan has applied the principle of testing limits to his own life. He has given many interviews in recent years chronicling the metaphysical journeys he has undertaken while experimenting with floating in an isolation tank.

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For Rogan, time spent in an isolation tank is time devoted to evolving one’s mind. He described it in one video interview as “the most bizarre physical experience I have had in my life.”

During each floating session, Rogan spends 20 minutes experiencing a life review. This gives Rogan a chance to see what issues he needs to resolve in his life and which of his choices are correct. From there, he lets go of his thoughts and enters into a state of pure relaxation.

“Your body gives you amazing energy,” Rogan says. “The tension release you have in your body from a couple of hours in the tank is incredible. You feel lighter. You feel like more oxygen is in your body. You feel more vibrant. And it’s because somehow you have calmed the tension.”

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What happens next to Rogan feels like it could be ripped from the realm of science fiction. He describes losing his feeling of boundaries. The feeling of the water, the air and his skin all vanish and evaporate like a mist.

Rogan eventually reaches a point where he passes through all physical boundaries and feels like he has become a being of pure energy. He is truly at one with the universe.

Rogan equates the mental effects of floating in an isolation tank with an onion. Each session peels back a new layer in his mind.

“Everybody should do the tank,” Rogan says. “You will learn more about yourself than any other way.”

That’s advice no one should be afraid to follow.

Floating away arthritis pain

Arthritis can affect your quality of life in so many negative ways. This chronic pain attacks your joints and causes enough inflammation to make it tough to do simple tasks like opening a jar.

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The good news is you don’t have to live with these problems. Beyond simply taking medicine for the pain, you can use floating sessions in an isolation tank to get you feeling whole again. Floating is an effective tool for counterattacking many symptoms of arthritis.

Epsom salt is one reason why floating is good for treating arthritic aches and pains. It has been used as a pain reliever for hundreds of years. The water used in an isolation tank has a high concentration of Epsom salt. 

Epsom salt serves as a natural muscle relaxer. It also alleviates pain from tendinitis and sprains and promotes quicker healing in joints.

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Floating puts the body in a weightless environment and takes pressure off the muscles, bones and joints. These vital parts are allowed to relax in the water. The saline water is absorbed by the skin and it improves the condition of the muscles and joints.

Research suggests that Epsom salt can help a body to heal more quickly from physical ailments than simply taking medicine alone. Many people who suffer from chronic pain turn to floating as a solution because they know the whole experience makes a significant difference.

It doesn’t make sense to live with arthritic pain when solutions are available to treat it. Floating in an isolation tank is one such solution.

Entering the Floating Zone

You’re in an isolation tank – completely removed from the outside world and detached from external stimuli. If you have ever frequented an isolation tank, you know that your journey is all a state of mind. The experience for any two people is never exactly the same.

Some people enjoy a state of extreme meditation and relaxation. Others see images, hear sounds and experience tastes and smells that feel as real as the water supporting their body. What you experience really does depend on you.

You control how much you shut out the outside world. You alone are in charge of how you prepare yourself to reach the degree of isolation you desire.

As the song says, free your mind and the rest will follow. Such a sentiment rings true in an isolation tank much more so than outside one.

Your focus should turn to finding that sweet spot of meditation and relaxation. Those thoughts can keep you from getting there if you are trying to hard to force it. Many people find it helpful to stop focusing on meditating and let it happen naturally. When you allow your body and mind to relax at it’s own pace, peace and serenity are just on the other side of the door.

Breathe it in. Let your mind wander. Don’t try to control the situation. It can feel so liberating and productive once you invite free thinking and free feeling. That is the whole purpose behind floating. Trying to control what you see, what you hear and what you feel is foreign to what floating is designed to do for you.