There is this old practice that was once known as sensory deprivation, but as you can imagine, that name wasn’t exactly appealing. It then became known as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST); again, that didn’t last. Fast forward through time to today, and you may or may not have heard of the absolute latest trend: The Float Spa.
Imagine a tank of water in which you do nothing but float. This is the concept (with a bit more science) of a float spa, and the benefits are amazing – for everyone, including pregnant women.
These float rooms are dark, soundless, and contain body-temperature salt water in float in. A session typically runs 45-90 minutes. It is believed to reset the body and restore it to its natural and intentional state of being.
Floating in such conditions is linked to:
- Anxiety Reduction
- Stress Reduction
- Pain Relief
- Strengthened Immune System
- Increased Blood Flow/Circulation
- Happiness and Meditation
- More Restful Sleep
- Muscle Recovery
- Headache Relief
- Increased Creativity and Focus
While float spas may sound amazing, the first experience may be a bit different than expected. The tanks are not that large, they are dark, and you cannot see the bottom of the water – even though it is only about a foot deep (due to the darkness – although some spas do keep a dim red or blue light on for you). Claustrophobics be aware! But once those first few minutes pass, the experience can be understood. Due to the level of salt within the water, you cannot sink (or drown). Even if you try to sit up, you will float.
Once inside, you are challenged to accept learning your own body. Every movement causes ripples in the water, and only complete relaxation will cause stillness. Hearing your breath, feeling your heart beating, and clearing the mind will help you achieve this goal. The end result is a relaxation high full of endorphins that has been compared to an extreme sport accomplishment (like a marathon) or even natural childbirth!
The best part? It is completely safe while pregnant. There are modified floating positions if laying on your back is not comfortable. All of the pregnancy weight is gone. Once relaxed, the baby typically relaxes and is still as well.
If you include floating along side of a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy, you may be in for an easier delivery!