Float Therapy for Runners & Triatheletes


Well, I think it’s safe to finally say that spring has finally arrived (at least for the most part) and while everything begins to warm up and thaw, many of us are lacing up our runners. Some people just want a walk in the fresh air while others are getting more intent on training and conditioning for an upcoming event.

Wondering if float therapy might help ‘level-up’ your training regiment? You are in luck!

While lying in a tank, your heartbeat and breathing will slow, the brain will release the perfect cocktail of biochemicals to relax the mind, the 900+ lbs of Epsom salt helps reduce lactic acid buildup and the feeling of total weightlessness free the body from pressure points and gravity. Floating promotes perfect spine alignment, injury and muscle healing and even helps with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid conditions and migraines caused by tension in the neck. Simply put; you’ll finish your float and feel amazing!

Greg Spatz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, shared some thoughts on float therapy for athletic recovery in an interview with triathelete.com:

“Completely dropping environmental stressors lets your system relax and go into recovery mode. Faster, more thorough recovery allows you to continue to train harder, for longer periods of time, over the course of years so you can develop longevity in a grueling sport like triathlon.”

Check out the full article here.

A study was even done to confirm this claim at Northern Illinois University where two groups of individuals did the same workout. After the workout, one group was asked to sit while the second group were given the opportunity to float. That float group ended up registering less blood lactate, indicating quicker recovery.

If you were so inclined, you could check out the complete study here!

So, with all of that in mind, as you pound the pavement in search of your next accomplishment, be sure to consider trying a float to optimize that conditioning!