Have you heard about Flotation Therapy yet? Joe Rogan has talked about it, Hugh Jackman does it, and many other Hollywood types and athletes own flotation tanks and float regularly. Everyone could benefit from a little floating in life, but there are a few groups who will benefit most profoundly . One of the most overlooked populations which may receive the most benefit? Pregnant women! Floating in a flotation tank can help the pregnant mom to be, literally float through the pregnancy with a level of calm and comfort. It promotes excellent sleep, a sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy. There are so many reasons why everyone can benefit from flotation therapy but here are 6 Reasons Why Flotation Therapy Can Help With Pregnancy:
- Weightless Relief
Perhaps the most obvious perk of floating while pregnant is the physical relief. Flotation Therapy allows you to escape the added weight of pregnancy by floating in a weightless environment, taking the strain off the body and spine. During pregnancy, a growing belly causes inevitable strain, especially on the back. Unfortunately, most pregnant women are unable to find any relief from the discomfort caused by this stress. Resting in a weightless environment, allowing your body to relax, suspended in a serene ambiance is a moment that all expectant mothers deserve to experience.
- Unparalleled Rest
Almost any pregnant woman out there will tell you that as your body changes to carry a baby, so do your sleeping patterns. Many expectant mothers suffer from disrupted sleep and sometimes insomnia. In the float tank, the release from gravity allows you to completely relax and even sleep in a way that is sometimes impossible during the latter stages of your pregnancy. This deep relaxation and rest is also invaluable for many new moms. Keeping up with the schedule of a newborn is absolutely exhausting, and most new mothers rarely get more than a couple hours of sleep at a time. An hour in a float tank allows for extra rest that can be gained in a short amount of time.
- Mirroring the Baby
Many pregnant women find that floating is a time of intense bonding between mother and child because the experience of floating is similar to the feeling of floating in the womb. Especially if a pregnant woman floats on her stomach, both mom and baby are able to enjoy the comfort of a peaceful, relaxing environment. Women who are expecting have described the practice of floating while pregnant as an incredible bonding experience. As if her and her baby are one, both floating in suspended animation. Weightless, with no one but you and your baby, listening to each other’s heart beating is truly something you must feel for yourself!
- A Break From Stress
The research of numerous scientific studies show there is no time more important to invest in stress reduction than during pregnancy. Both before and after giving birth, it is essential for mothers to avoid stress. Stress levels during pregnancy can have an affect on your baby’s development in infancy and beyond. Prenatal and postnatal floating can be influential in controlling these often debilitating stress levels. Take some time out to take care of you, it will go a long way.
Women are advised to increase their intake of magnesium during pregnancy. This mineral is crucial for many biological functions. About 1,000 pounds of epsom salt magnesium is used to create the buoyancy in the float tanks. Epsom salt magnesium will be absorbed through the skin and may help ensure pregnant women are meeting their recommended intake.
Although many people promote the benefits of floating for pregnant women, they often forget to discuss the benefits of floating after delivery as well. Women who have just given birth are still in the so-called “fourth trimester,” during which time they need to take care of their bodies and emotions, avoid postpartum depression, and preserve their health.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, for you and your little bundle of joy. Here at Body Balance Massage and Float, we are excited to offer this amazing, healing therapy. No matter what stage of pregnancy you are in, come get the relief and relaxation you deserve. Hope to see you soon!