What is Floating?

The Fitness, Recovery Trend for Men Working Hard & Playing Harder

by Lori Durr, Owner, Sundara Sanctuary

Floatation therapy combines the deeply relaxing properties of magnesium and the calming, centering capabilities of restricted environmental stimulation therapy to create a profound state of physical and mental relaxation. Those who use float therapy emerge from the tank well-rested and rejuvenated.

Float therapy for pain relief
Floatation therapy is a strong fit for treating physical pain, helping the body recover from injury and pain-related illnesses and rebounding from vigorous physical exertion. Floating appears to take us out of “flight or fight” (a chronic state of physiological being for many of us) and moves us into “rest and recover.” That “fight or flight” stress response — with the excitatory hormones and inflammation surges that are a part of it — is a primary trigger for pain.

Float therapy for exercise recovery
Float therapy helps exercise recovery. Some promising research suggests the practice of floating is effective in helping the body heal and recover after exercise. Studies have shown that a one-hour float session after vigorous exercise resulted in significant reductions to pain perception (essentially decreasing pain sensitivity), as well as significantly lower levels of blood lactate, a compound produced by the body during intense exertion.

Float therapy for creative and cognitive benefits
Enhanced physical performance is not the only kind of performance that may benefit from floatation therapy, according to research. Practitioners of floating routinely talk passionately about the powerful focusing effect that floating has on the mind and the creative juices it unleashes

A float therapy regimen is a useful and proven tool for pain relief, exercise recovery and stimulating the creative parts of your mind. Celebrities who swear by the benefits include Joe Rogan, Brian “Head” Welch (Korn), and Stephen Curry (NBA) to name a few.