Sporting Advantage From Floating
World over athletes use floating to enhance their performance and speed their recovery from injuries. It keeps them on top of their game.
Athletes are able to visualise success in the float tank, programming them for the win in the Theta state, the float tank lowers their cortisol levels allowing for more intensive training and muscle development, The Epsom Salts relax their muscles, the lack of gravity soothes their joints.
After years of mediocrity, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired a tank, and then went on to win the NFC championship in 1980.
The Philadelphia Phillies noticed the tank, and many of these players began floating too. This team went on to win its first world series in decades in 1980.
Other famous floating athletes include Carl Lewis, who used in-tank visualisation techniques to prepare himself for his gold medal long jump at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
The 1998 Ironman champion Peter Reid, the Dallas Cowboys, the US 2000 Olympic team, and the Australian 2000 Olympic team are just a few who have done the tank.
Brett Dennis, a promising young cyclist who cycled off a cliff in the US Tour DuPont road race in 1994, falling 4 metres and smashing his femur through his hip socket. Doctors gave him little chance of walking properly again. Back home in Australia two weeks later, with a steel pin through his shattered pelvis, Dennis was understandably depressed and near to giving up his sporting ambitions. However, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is justifiably famous for its advanced training techniques and facilities.
At the AIS, Dennis was put onto a program of intensive physiotherapy. He also spent an hour a day playing "mind games" - closing his eyes and visualising a blue light traveling from his chest to his hip joint, washing away damaged tissue and replacing it with new cells.
Three times a week, he lay suspended in one of the AIS floatation tanks. Above him, a custom-made videotape played highlights of his own best races and those of his cycling heroes, with his favourite music playing in the background. Seven weeks after the accident Dennis started training again. Seven weeks after that, he won gold and - with his three teammates - smashed the Australian record in the 100 km team time trial at the Commonwealth Games.
The Chilean medical and Physiotherapy team visit the Floatworks to check us out.
When we asked "Why floatation?"
Dr Radice replied:
"Because it is the perfect therapy for our athletes! You get off the plane after many hours of flying and you arrive feeling tired and achy. A one hour float and you feel so much better. Also being super relaxed helps with sport as your muscles are more flexible and it helps you stay mentally focussed."
Carl Lewis, said to be the world's greatest athlete, used in-tank visualisation techniques to prepare himself for his gold medal long jump at the 1988 Seoul Olympics
Winners of the 1993 Superbowl, have been using float tanks since 1981 to develop the physical and psychological skills of their players
MMA fighter Rose Namajunas shares her first floating experience
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