Expecting Mothers particularly benefit from floating and are often our most satisfied floaters. The extreme buoyancy of the floatation tub removes all forces of gravity on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, an extreme relief during this taxing time on the body. Pregnant women interested in floating should wait until their second and third trimester and consult their physicians before floating as each circumstance is unique.
The mental and physical benefits of floating can relieve much of the discomfort women experience during pregnancy. The extra weight carried by the mother-to-be can be very stressful due to the forces of gravity. Floating eliminates the negative effects of gravity, thus eradicating joint pain, inflammation, and stress on the organs as well as on the unborn child. By flipping onto the stomach, all the weight of the baby can be effectively removed from the mother’s body, an incredible relief particularly during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Floating also promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well-being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy particularly by taking the strain off of your spine and feet. Additionally, the Epsom salt solution both decreases inflammation and allows the mother-to-be to absorb magnesium which has many of its own physical benefits.
Floating seems to also have positive effects on the unborn child as pregnant women have reported a reduction of erratic movements of the baby inside the womb. This is due to a phenomenon called the “mirror effect”. The baby is safe and secure inside the womb and the mother shares a similar experience within the flotation tub. Women also report a stronger connection with their baby when exposed to this environment. Many expecting mothers even credit floating for the calmness they felt during the birth.
New moms looking to floating for similar restful benefits as expecting mothers. With little sleep as a new mom, many describe floating as the best rest they have had in several months and feel completely rejuvenated and alert post-float. Instead of going to the spa for a day of relaxation many new parents and parents-to-be have turned to float for relaxing personal time due to its long-lasting benefits. Floating during pregnancy and as a new parent is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and stress, and to simply relax.