Ease Your Pregnancy Symptoms with Float Therapy
Pregnancy is an exciting time, with the anticipation of a new family member, getting the nursery ready and that beautiful glowing skin. Of course, with that, there are obviously some discomforts that come with pregnancy as well. Floating can help.
Floating can Relieve Pregnancy Pains
With options for easing your pregnancy discomfort limited during this time, you’re probably looking for natural ways to relieve those aches, pains, and perhaps sleep better too.
The good news is that floatation therapy can be an ideal way to induce calm and relaxation while relieving physical pain and even mental anguish at the same time. Plus, it’s perfect for getting that all-important “me” time.
Floating Promotes Wonderful Weightlessness
In any healthy pregnancy, a woman has to carry a lot of excess weight. That includes not only the baby weight, but many other factors. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average woman may gain 1 to 3 pounds in her breasts, 2 pounds due to enlargement of the uterus, 1.5 pounds for the placenta, 2 pounds of amniotic fluid, 3 to 4 pounds of increased blood volume, 2 to 3 pounds increased fluid volume and 6 to 8 pounds of fat stores. Then add a 7- to 8-pound baby on top of it! That’s a lot of pressure to exert on the body and it’s hard on your back and joints as the weight isn’t distributed evenly. When you float, you’ll get to experience a wonderful “freeing” sensation of weightlessness, enjoying relief from the strain placed on your body.
Floating Soothes Sore Joints and Muscles
With the added bulk of pregnancy, you often use your body in different ways which can lead to sore muscles. Floating for pregnancy not only provides the relaxation properties of weightlessness, but the Epsom salt that’s dissolved into the water, creating that nearly zero gravity environment, is ideal for alleviating tension and stiffness, naturally relieving pain.
Floating Promotes Better Sleep
Floating removes the effects of gravity which is why you get to experience that fabulous weightlessness feeling – but it goes beyond temporary relief. These effects allow the muscles to reach such deep levels of relaxation, it can make sleep come easier at night. In fact, a 2014 study found that when participants floated, their worst pain, depression and stress were significantly decreased, while sleep quality and optimism increased.
Floating Helps You Experience Calm
It’s not just your body that’s under a lot of pressure, pregnancy brings excited anticipation along with anxiety. Many women’s minds run wild with worry about everything from how they’ll handle labor and delivery to whether or not they’ll be a good mother – some experience full on anxiety. Floating for pregnancy brings that sense of calm that allows all the “mind chatter” to float away, providing relaxation effects immediately and even continuing after the session. It doesn’t disappear when you leave the tank, it typically carries on throughout the week. Studies have proven the anti-anxiety effects too - research in 2018 revealed that after a single float session, all participants who suffered from anxiety and/or panic disorder experienced significant improvement.