Weird Recovery Methods that Actually Work

Sensory Deprivation Floating
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Sensory Deprivation Floating

Basic sensory deprivation tanks have been around for years, but the newer, pod-like versions are popping up in spas all over the country. Most come with lighting options, and you can choose to listen to music or guided meditations while you float in body-temperature water. After an hour, you put on a robe and sip lemongrass tea. It’s a treatment that’s begging to be made fun of.

But there are physiological benefits to floating, says C. Shanté Cofield, DPT, founder of The Movement Maestro. The average tank uses around 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, which contains muscle-soothing magnesium. Plus, a decreased-gravity environment can help reverse the bodily compression that comes with running, resistance training, and sitting. However, the psychosocial value may actually trump the physical. “Stress is stress is stress,” Cofield explains. “Some people go to the gym to relieve stress, but you’re, in fact, adding another stressor to your body.” Scheduling (and paying for) dedicated solo time to relax and breathe may be the best thing you can do to aid recovery.