A floatation tank is a zero-gravity experience enabled by the levitation properties of epsom salt saturated water that gives you buoyancy simulating floating weightlessly in outer space.
I can hear you asking… “What does that have to do with peak performance and why do I have to get naked?” First of all, you don’t have to get naked. I used that in the headline to grab your attention and make you read the article. I know it’s a sneaky trick, but necessary in this day and age of constant interruptions and distractions (more on that later).
Floating in a (sensory deprivation) tank or pod as some people call it – quiets the mind, body and spirit to achieve the ultimate level of introspective meditation – effortlessly.
You can float in your bathing suit. Being naked (in your own private tank) enhances the feeling and sensation of freedom thus improving your ability to “let go” of the material world and its physical and mental constraints. In so doing, you’ll explore boundless possibilities within the world of your unlimited imagination, hence the link to peak performance.
Elite athletes, musicians, performers and other “super achievers” can only practice a limited number of hours per day or week. The human body is limited to its capacity to repeat tasks and routines without repetitive strain injury, whereas the human mind has no such physical limitations or adverse side effects.
For high performance athletes, injuries occur due to overuse as a result of high-intensity training sessions and repetitive wear and tear on their bodies as well as stresses and strains obtained in competitions and tournaments. A wide range of athletes have used floatation as both a preparatory strategy for improved performance ahead of competition as well as for faster recovery and rehabilitation following hard-fought tournaments.
Musicians and artists have tapped into floatation therapy to increase their creativity and provide innovative variations that their current proficiency level may not currently provide. For example, a musician may visualize playing a particularly challenging song on a new instrument he or she has not yet mastered. Whereas an artist may seek inspiration or motivation for a new work of art he or she is creating. Releasing oneself from the expectation of an outcome to unleash one’s creative genius has been shown to be more easily achieved once the force of gravity has been overcome!
Floatation therapy is not limited to super-elite high achievers. Normal people are quietly and privately slipping into floatation tanks every day to experience the breadth and depth of their mental abilities to overcome the limitations of the physical world or deal with day-to-day stress and frustration. As a minimum, they experience an interruption-free time void of distractions and negative impulses.
Therein lies the hidden secret of floatation therapy – its true beauty and elegance is the absence of everything except the self – your self, on your own, separate from others – Imagine what you could think of and consider as possibilities… You might even forget you’re floating naked in a tank full of salty water!