Looking to improve your golf game? It may be as simple—and relaxing—as floating. When you’re floating, which is also known as sensory deprivation, you’ll be immersed in 10 inches of a rich solution of magnesium and Epsom salt that’s warmed to body temperature. The concentration is so dense, it creates a buoyancy that allows your body to float effortlessly while you relax in a room that is devoid of outside stimuli.
Floating has been shown to have a myriad of both physical and mental benefits. For golfers and other athletes, sensory deprivation can accelerate recovery and healing from sports related conditions. It can also improve their focus before an important event. World renowned athletes from Tom Brady to Carl Lewis have all been known to float regularly.
With golf, it’s not only a physical game but also very much a mental game. How well you face the challenges on the course can largely depend on what’s going on in your mind. If you can’t focus, maintain composure and project self-confidence, you won’t play your best no matter how well you swing the club.
Sensory deprivation allows for the mind to reach a deep state of relaxation and meditation. As this happens, the brain enters the theta state. Blood pressure reduces, the nervous system calms down and stress and anxiety are reduced. Mental clarity is improved, allowing you to better focus. Golfers can also use this time of meditation to exercise visualization techniques to significantly improve their game. When you approach the tee with a clear mind and focus on the task at hand, you’re far more likely to play your best.
Flotation therapy can also help with the physical side of golfing. It is excellent for recovery and healing as well as reducing your risk for getting injured in the first place by relaxing the joints and muscles. While floating, the blood flow and distribution of red blood cells increases, helping to flush out cortisol, lactic acid and adrenaline. When done cumulatively, sensory deprivation can accelerate recovery of golfing related strains and injuries.
Additionally, floating can help you address any posture issues that are affecting your golf game. Rounded shoulders, hunching your back, protruding your head too far and curving your spine excessively can all have a negative impact on your game. You must be able to maintain your static and dynamic posture, which puts quite a demand on your muscular system. In a float pod, the buoyancy allows your muscles to fully relax and can even be re-trained. You can experiment with and visualize different postures that may be too difficult to try outside.
If you’re ready to improve both the mental and physical sides of your golf game with sensory deprivation, visit H2Om Float in Jacksonville. Book your first float today to revitalize your body, mind and soul.