Floating for Pregnancy
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
Although absolutely amazing, pregnancy isn’t known for being the most comfortable experience. Cramping, bloating, back pain, swelling and general aches are all common side effects of being pregnant, which takes away from the incredible and miraculous concept of growing a little human inside of you. There are many ways you can try to soothe these discomforts and floatation therapy is fast becoming one of the most effective options out there.
Almost all women experience some level of physical discomfort during their pregnancy. While floating feels great anytime, it can be particularly helpful as your baby grows. Imagine feeling completely weightless, with no pressure points on your body, as you give permission to your muscles to actually let go of tension. This may sound too good to be true but we promise you, it’s not!
With 500kg Epsom salt in 750L of skin-temperature water, you can lie back (it’s safe to do this in a float tank) and relax knowing that you are fully supported. You can also stretch out and try different body positions to find what feels best including going on your side and rolling over onto your tummy.
I’m sure it would be lovely if the entire 40 weeks of a pregnancy was stress-free, but in fact it’s usually quite the opposite. Not only is your body going through massive changes physically and hormonally, there’s also a lot to do prior to bub’s arrival. It is, however, so vital that women look after their mental health during this time, as high stress levels can negatively impact a pregnancy. Don’t you deserve a little “me-time”? Floating allows you uninterrupted space to relax and unwind, or maybe even catch up on some much-needed sleep. It’s the best rest you’ll ever have!
Many women describe floating as “a womb within a womb”-like experience. Baby responds to mum’s state of relaxation and it can feel as though he or she is floating (or sometimes swimming around) in their own womb, creating a beautiful bond between mother and child. We have even had a woman have her baby move into a safer birthing position from breach during her float!
Because of common side effects such as nausea during the first trimester, we float women between week 12-37 of their pregnancy. While most GPs and midwives have no concern with pregnant women floating, we recommend checking in with them first to get the OK.
Floating can also be an incredible experience in the fourth and fifth trimester, once the body has fully healed. New mums and dads survive on unbelievably small amounts of sleep, constantly keeping an ear out for the baby monitor and never getting to experience complete peace and quiet. We can offer you just that – a place to discover profound relaxation!
Watch the video below where Sophi shares her first float experience at 32 weeks and take a peek at our beautiful oasis:
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