What Exactly Is Floatation Therapy and Can It Really Help You Recover?

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FLOATATION THERAPY PROMISE FASTER RECOVERY AND IMPROVED PERFORMANCE BY (LITERALLY) TAKING A LOAD OFF YOUR MUSCLES AND YOUR MIND. WE DIVE IN FOR THE FACTS.

New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady, 40, has a float tank in his house. The five-time Super Bowl-winning football team incorporated floatation therapy or restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) into its training and recovery protocol in 2014 and now have two tanks to help the athletes relax, recover, and get game ready at their Gillette Stadium facilities. Other NFL players and professional athletes from all fields of sport including cycling, tennis, soccer, and running have also fallen for floating. It's no surprise that pro athletes have access to the latest recovery techniques, but it begs the question: Should you try floatation therapy too?

The Background on Floatation Therapy:

Floatation therapy, which is sometimes likened as a trip back to the womb (some facilities are even called “womb rooms”), entails spending 45 to 60 minutes in a small, pitch-black, soundproof room floating naked in a pool of body-temperature water that is so fully saturated with Epsom salts (over 1,000 pounds worth to be exact) that you simply float, completely devoid of any outside stimulus. It is also called a sensory deprivation experience. Some facilities use a pod or tank; others use a small temperature controlled room, but the result is similar: Your body feels suspended in space.

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