Whether you are a competitive athlete, a fitness enthusiast or a weekend warrior, your goal is to stay active and injury free as long as you can. One of the most important aspects for longevity is passive recovery. We all understand the benefits of staying active, yet we underestimate the value of the recovery process. Fatigued muscles compromise strength, flexibility and coordination potentially leading to injury. Passive recovery between training sessions, allows your muscles to heal and rebuild, restore your energy, increase your strength, boost your metabolism, increase bone density and most importantly reduce risk of injury.
There’s a reason Stephen Curry and Tom Brady regularly include Floatation Therapy in their active recovery plan. Their bodies physically rest and recover four times faster in a float cabin. Their bodies are completely buoyant giving their overused muscles, joints and bones the rest they need. This buoyancy increases blood circulation throughout the entire body thereby improving recovery time by lowering cortisol, lactic acid and adrenaline levels. The 1,100 pounds of Epsom Salt contained in each of our float cabins, replenishes their magnesium stores. Sufficient magnesium levels can potentially play a beneficial role in sustaining healthy muscles, thereby optimizing performance. Athletes also use floatation therapy to visualize their athletic performance before or after their event. They visualize what they want to do as well as where they went wrong, constantly visualizing course corrections for the next competition. All of which is attained in a 60-90 minute session.
More and more athletes are using Cryotherapy to improve their performance and ward off injury. Athletes who have a cryotherapy session before exercise claim they experience a higher pain tolerance, increased energy, endurance, and flexibility. Additionally, athletes who have a cryotherapy session after exercise claim they experience faster recovery and rejuvenation and most notably a decrease in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) allowing them to get back to it sooner! The sessions are fast, effective, safe and completely natural.
Note: That we cannot administer any treatments if your hair is wet or your body has sweat or moisture. Your blood pressure also needs to be back down to <160/100. According to some scientific studies, it is most beneficial to wait at least one hour after you have finished an intense workout to derive the maximum benefits. Working out before a treatment often leads to faster muscle recovery.
INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY
In contrast to cryotherapy, the infrared sauna uses heat to promote athletic recovery. In a single 45 minute sauna session, infrared light can penetrate into the joints, muscles and tissues to reduce inflammation. Inflammation occurs in the body as a response to injury, stress, and overuse. Where there is inflammation there is also a lack of oxygen. When the body is exposed to the infrared light spectrum, nutrient and oxygen-rich blood circulates at an improved rate through the body. Athletes will experience faster muscular recovery with improved circulation as the cellular networks of muscles are fed greater amounts of oxygen. Injuries will heal at faster rates with improved circulation. Improved blood circulation decreases the occurrence of inflammation in all parts of the body. To learn more and to read about the many studies that show how Infrared Wavelengths can help with muscle recovery and performance.
Whether you are using the leg, hip or arm attachments, the simultaneous massage of both sides of your body increases blood flow/circulation, decreases muscle fatigue, and promotes healing and muscle recovery. There are 7 intensity levels to customize your specific needs. Using compression therapy for 30 minutes at medium intensity prior to a workout will enhance performance, limber muscles, and promote blood flow. A single or double session following your competition/workout, again increases blood flow, removes lactic acid build up thereby decreasing muscle fatigue leading to faster recovery times. Finally, a single session at medium to high intensity can aid in soft tissue injury rehab.
Various customized combinations of each of these therapies can further expedite your recovery time. Call for a free consultation with our knowledgeable staff.