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Rock n’ Roll Marathon LA: Benefits of Float Therapy for Runners

The famous and fabulous Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon/5K will be gracing our fair city this Sunday, October 25. Live, local bands, raucous cheering sections and all manner of Halloween fun await. We at Just Float wish you all a great run, and we’d like to invite all of our L.A. runners to come make floating part of your training and race recovery.

Floating reduces lactic acid levels in the blood and perceived pain.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][1] Whether you’re sore from training or from dodging zombies on the racecourse, floating can help kickstart the healing process. “Floating brings more oxygen, through increased circulation, to injured areas, allowing the body to heal in half the time. Regular floating can stop the minor injuries from progressing to major problems.”[2]

The high concentration of Epsom salt does all sorts of good things for athletes. First and foremost, you effortlessly float, meaning all pressure is removed from your spinal column, muscles and tendons. This allows the entire body to relax and release tension. In addition, Epsom salt helps reduce inflammation, soothe sore muscles and detoxify the body.

One of the most researched benefits of float therapy for athletes has to do with enhancing performance. “The flotation version of restricted environmental stimulation technique (REST) has been shown to improve perceptual-motor skills in sports and creativity in the sciences.”[3] So, in English, floating improves complex physical movement and allows for more creative thinking, both of which could be useful in optimizing athletic training and performance. Researchers think this is because floating quiets the often dominant left hemisphere of the brain, the verbal side, allowing the right hemisphere to activate, leading to more visualization.

Perhaps most of all, floating is the ultimate effortless form of relaxation. You don’t have to train to use a float tank; you get in, lie back and let go. So, train hard, race well, enjoy the beautiful flow of moving in your body, then come see us.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23478477?report=abstract

[2] http://www.floatdreams.com/sports.htm

[3] http://mmd.sagepub.com/content/3/4/234

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