Why Are Athletes Using Float Therapy?

In the last few years, flotation therapy, sensory deprivation, isolation therapy, or Restricted Environmental Stimulus Technique (R.E.S.T.) Therapy have began popping up all over the country.  One of the most common questions we are asked, is "why do people float?"  There are many reasons: chronic and acute pain relief, anxiety, migraines, stress relief, relaxation, creativity, and sports recovery.  Today, I am going to talk about sports recovery.  

There is promising research going into floating for athletic recovery and here is a link to our scientific research page on the topic.  The testimonials on floating for athletic recovery from professional athletes has also been quite impressive the last few years.  A couple years ago, the Chicago Cubs, the New England Patriots, and the Golden State Warriors all won their championships and all had prominent players who float regularly.  Some like Steph Curry and Tom Brady are quite vocal about it as well.  Floating helps the mind focus, the body recover and rest, and stimulates relaxation.  Some other athletes who have talked about floating are Jonathan Toews, Carl Lewis, Wayne Rooney, and Aly Raisman.  Besides these individual athletes, the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia Phillies float or have float tanks in their training facilities.  

See Steph Curry explain floating here.