Float Away

Whether it’s physical feats through sport/activity, the grind at work, or pressure at home, it’s hard to turn OFF. Our frenetic identities of “living” today, are a multichotomy, to say the least.

What are you doing to wind down, relax, let go, take respite? What are you doing to recover from hard workouts, difficult weeks, and life stresses?

Some of you may or may not have found your gateway to ease (i.e. deep breathing, walk in nature, ocean swim, meditating, yoga, massage, stretching, etc.). Here’s something else you can try!

I recently went to “Life Spring Float Tank Centre” in Cockburn. Watch my video above to see the float pod and set up in a private room.

To be honest, I initially looked at floating as a ‘placebo’. Whatever it is that you like, want or feel the need to do-> THAT will help you! Back to floating… after reading many articles dispersed over the last 50 years I was schooled and intrigued.

Generally speaking here, from a few standpoints (there are more):

Physiology- ↓ heart rate, ↓ blood pressure

Neuropsychology- ↑ production of alpha & theta waves and ↓ production of beta & gamma waves

Pain- ↓ chronic pain

Recovery- ↑ musculoskeletal recovery

So what? Well, it has helped thousands of people with anxiety, PTSD, addictions (smoking, alcohol), fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, psychosomatic illnesses, and athletic recovery.

Most studies work with the R.E.S.T. {Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique/Therapy} principle/theory which ties in perfectly with reasons why people would want to try a Float in the first place. You have a private room, private pod, no sound, no vibration, essentially no stimulation. It’s just your naked self in the water.

Now, if you are an A.I.R. head that might be a challenge. A head that has the “Anxiety Induced Relaxation” attached to it, going to a million thoughts a minute upon ‘trying to relax’. You might want to pretend it’s a game and do exercises in the water to help you get in the mood of chilling. There is plenty of room in the pod to stretch, do yoga, squat, etc. You don’t HAVE to close your eyes and sleep the whole time. I, myself, did 30 minutes of stretching. It’s your 30 minutes (or 1 hour) of time. Do as you please!

We are all bombarded with hyper stimulation today, producing way too much cortisol, creating a cataclysmic effect on all the systems in our body. Everyone knows stress generates inflammation. Small amounts of inflammation that the body can flush out are fine… but heightened, prolonged tsunamis of inflammation will not go unnoticed. How the inflammation manifests itself is entirely individual. How are you switching off today? Why not try a float! It might be what you need.

INITIAL Training Program [PART II]

Within sport/exercise/training/physical activity you want the appropriate adaptations that optimize health with speckles of performance. This is the exact opposite of “fitness” today.

99.99% of training programs do not give you the proper care inside the training nor outside the training ground. Why? Because they don’t know. It’s far beyond mobility, warm-up, technique, cool-down.

Your body is an intricate machine and can withstand trememdous amounts of stress…. until it hits a wall (just like the straw that broke the camels back) and you get injured. Five weeks, five months, five years? Depends. Depends. Depends!

The positioning of your body over your lifetime, your genetics and your environment have created your framework today. Without proper knowledge of your skeletal alignment and daily movement patterns you are a ticking time bomb in your training regimen.

It’s important to be educated, take care of yourself and be fully aware of your body. Self-care equates to self-responsibility which can be too much to handle for some people.

You are more than welcome to see me or any other professional that gives you the proper information. Please do not take your body for granted. Things can happen that are irreversible. Prevention with education is the way to go.

I would never take your sport away from you…. the question is: how is your addiction to your sport taking away from you?