When athletes get to the elite level of their sport, they are always looking for an edge to help them stand out against their peers. And basketball is no exception. In the NBA, we see LeBron James in his hyperbaric chamber, James Harden in his beard, and Steph Curry in a float pod.
Curry, a 3 time champion with the Golden State Warriors, regularly uses floatation therapy to help recovery after games.
“It’s an opportunity to just relax”, Curry told popular TV show SportsCenter.
“Get away from all the stresses on the court and in life, but it also has some physical benefits as well, with the salt.”
A floatation pod is essentially an egg-shaped tank, filled with water and magnesium salts. This allows you to float and essentially experience weightlessness. With the lid shut and all lights off, you can also experience sensory deprivation, allowing both your body and mind to fully switch off.
Floating is gaining widespread popularity because of the range of benefits it provides. These include:
- speeding up physical recovery
- reducing stress and anxiety
- improving creativity and memory
“With the Epsom salts and magnesium that are in those tanks, they’re helpful with recovery and relaxing your muscles and things like that,” Curry said.
Curry is currently averaging 28 points a game including 54% from the field, 43% from 3-point range and 92% from the free throw line. His team is also on top of the Western Conference and looking to make it 4 straight titles this season. Floatation therapy can’t take all the credit but according to the Warrior, it definitely helps!
Down in Melbourne, Australia, we see a number of float centres popping up. Our favourite is Water Temple, located in the leafy suburb of Armadale. They have 6 float tanks which are available from the early hours of the morning until the late hours of the evening. So, no matter what your schedule, there is always time to fit in a float.
Other athletes float for a variety of reasons. Health benefits include reduction of fear and anxiety, perfect for overcoming those nerves during a big game. And it also helps with focus. The magnesium salts act as a muscle relaxant and protein builder for your joints. This assists in faster recovery from injury. Floating also helps increase blood circulation throughout the body, and takes pressure off strained muscles and joints.
With a multitude of fantastic reasons to float, it’s definitely worth finding your local venue and trying it out. It may transform your life!