Recover

Do you even REST bro?

- By Luke Sparrow, Movement Coach and Remedial Massage Therapist

“I want to be stronger, get fitter, faster, feel less tired, have more energy, be in less pain …” sound familiar?

As a Movement Coach and Remedial Massage Therapist I hear these request regularly. The first thing that I say to my clients when they ask me such questions is, what do you mean by that? Almost all of them draw a blank, because if they knew, they wouldn't be asking in the first place.

As crucial as moving and improving the body is, in my experience, I have never been asked the one question that we should all be asking ourselves and that is, how do I rest?

STRESS COMES IN MANY FORMS

Whether you're training for a marathon, hit the gym a few times a week, climb mountains on the weekend, have a demanding job or lifestyle the one thing all of these have in common is stress!

STRESS IS NOT ALL THAT BAD

Stress is a word that has received a lot of insult in recent years but it is a very important part of a physiology. Stress (in any form) tells the body that it needs to be stronger and more resilient. It is this ability to adapt to the stresses in our environment that makes us the dominant species that we are. However for the body to make these adaptations it needs REST. All the intense strength training, sweat dripping boot camp classes and grueling runs are a big fat waste of time if you don't provide your body with the necessary rest it requires.

REST, WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

So what the hell is rest? Firstly rest is subjective, I could write a whole article to try to convince you that something like meditation is incredible for rest and recovery, but if it's just not your thing then it's probably not going to be very effective in achieving the desired results (but seriously, meditation, wow!). Rest is that feeling you get when you can just let go and there is nothing, at least for the next moment or so, that you have to, want to or need to do. The result is a relieving blissful sigh that makes you melt inside just a little bit and nothing, it seems, could possibly bother you in the slightest.

Now ask yourself when is the last time you felt this feeling? If you know when and what it was that made you feel this way, perfect you now have a rest and relaxation practice. If you are struggling to remember the last time you felt like this, don't stress, you're not alone and there are many ways to find that feeling.

WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT

Remember, what relaxes and helps us achieve a resting state is different for all of us. For some it's after a walk, others a good chat with a friend or a float and a massage (or, floatage as we like to call it at CITY CAVE), some, it's meditation or just simply stopping for a second to do absolutely nothing. My advice to all rest seekers is to have an open mind and try lots of different things. However, there are two things that you must do:

1. SCHEDULE YOU REST: In our busy stressful lives, just like any other important part of your lifestyle, rest needs to be scheduled. You have the power to make a conscious choice to have time for yourself.

2. BE CONSISTENT: However you rest, keep it consistent. Just like you exercise your body, resting requires practice. If you knew how to do it then you wouldn't have drawn a blank on my previous question. But like any new thing start slow. Maybe put aside just a few minutes a day or a few times a week, whatever is manageable for you and increase it slowly.

I hope this helps and I look forward to seeing you in City Cave Paddington for a relaxing massage before or after your float.

If you have any more questions feel free to book a consultation with me.

Float Tanks Vs Float Rooms; What's the Go?

Floating is a new concept to most, so many don't know that we offer Float Therapy in two forms; Float Rooms and Float Tanks. In this blog, we break down the two types of floating experiences we offer so you can decide what works best for you. 

What Is A Float Tank?

A float tank is a pod designed around sensory deprivation. The human body rarely to never feels the relief of its own senses. At City Cave on James Street we designed it just for you. Sight, sound, taste, smell and feel are always effective in some way. Removing this constant allows the mind and body to reach deep relaxation. The content of the water is so rich of Epsom Salt (350kg-400kg) that you float effortlessly. The room and water temperature are resting at 34.5 degrees which is similar to your skin so you can't feel where the water starts or finishes allowing your body to take away its final constant, Gravity.

 

What is a Float Room?

At City Cave we designed Float Rooms so people that feel claustrophobic can have the opportunity to feel the benefits of sensory deprivation. The experience of floatation therapy is much the same in the float tank as it is in the float room, achieving deep relaxation and the journey through floating is just as easy, and you will find yourself feeling refreshed and energized at the end of your session. We have 2 Float Rooms at James Street, and 4 at Paddington that you can book in today.

Find out more about the benefits of floating and couples float services on our website linked here. 

If you have any questions or concerns about floating, give us a call on 07 3368 2207 and our staff will be more than happy to assist.