There is a new place to hang out with the GC and while they don’t serve coffee, smashed avo or banana bread, they do play a vital role in health and wellbeing.
The P3 Recovery Centre opened at Burleigh recently and boasts the latest in recovery therapies and treatments for athletes, weekend warriors, regular exercise enthusiasts or those just starting their fitness regime and the best part is that it’s an all-ages venue. Our youngest athletes can benefit from the therapies too and it’s fast becoming popular with our local junior sporting teams.
We have all seen footage of professional athletes recovering in ice baths, magnesium pools and using hydrotherapy post-game or competition. Recovery therapy is equally important as training and nutrition when it comes to performance at any level. P3 has a series of four large baths that you move through at four-minute intervals to help muscles recover and promote cellular repair.
The centre also has a dry recovery program to complement the wet zone. Specially designed recovery suits are worn and the compression helps to move lactic acid out of the muscles promoting cellular repair. It’s honestly like being in a gold-class cinema as you sit back in the recliners and the pumps do their work as you enjoy the big screen TV.
This area seems especially popular with our young athletes – kids and teens use the centre with their parents to better recover post-competition, allowing them to get back to their training quickly as do our top athletes.
Most people would associate recovery regimes with injuries and whilst this is a great option if you are injured, the benefits of using recovery therapy post-game or competition means that you are back into your training a lot quicker – giving you the edge on your competitors or keeping you on track toward your goals.
The family business is operated by Travis and Bianca Marsham and I was very interested to learn from Travis that the hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the centre is also popular with families as an alternative in treating children with autism. The chamber is filled with pure oxygen and allows the occupant to breathe the pure oxygen deeply, increasing blood flow to the brain. They can take their iPad or book into the chamber too so they are kept busy whilst the oxygen goes to work. Whilst the research is still in progress there does seem to be some correlation between the benefits of using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to assist those with autism.
As a “gym junkie,” I am loving the results that I am experiencing from adding the recovery regime to my weekly schedule and happy to send my personal training clients to recover after training sessions too. It gets us all back to training quicker and for me, that is a win!