There are a number of ways in which Floatation Therapy can improve sport performance. These include:-
· Stimulate muscle growth and muscle tone through;
· Reduce levels of lactate production, and speeds up elimination of lactic acid – thereby reducing fatigue, cramps and
· Improve mental clarity, concentration, calmness and confidence;
· Injury prevention through muscular tension release;
· Enhance mental practice / motor imagery;
· Reduce or eliminate pain;
· Increased physical relaxation, leading to greater stamina, speed, strength, coordination;
· Quicken recovery time and enhance recovery process and rest;
· Reduce stress hormones to enable balancing of nervous system;
· Reduce physical and mental fatigue; and
· Improve brain integration of left and right hemispheres
To improve and enhance mental practice of specific motor skills, this form of visualisation can done whilst inside the floatation tank. In our next blog, we will explore the idea of using mental practice for sports and motor skills during a floatation therapy session.
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