Did you know, that Pregnant Women can Float?
An often recommended supplement in pregnancy, magnesium is key to a comfortable, healthy pregnancy. Soaking in Epsom salt is a wonderful way to help lower blood pressure, relax muscles and lower stress.
There is also the added benefit of connecting with your baby - some women can even hear the baby's heart beating. Enter a womb like tank and connect with your little one on a deeper level.
As long as you have your doctor or midwife's clearance to submerge in water, floating will astound you. Not only are YOU floating, but your baby is floating as well. You probably know that after 14 weeks it may not be safe to lie on your back when you are pregnant because it can cut the blood flow to your baby. But you can lie on your back in a Flotation Tank because you are free of gravity, and your blood flow increases. Check out this video from The Morning Blend in Tucson, AZ with Judith Schuler, the author of "Your Pregnancy Book".
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. It promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy.
Floating in a flotation tank can help the pregnant mom to be, literally float through the pregnancy with a level of calm and comfort, and the Epsom salt solution will decease inflammation and the pregnant mom will absorb lots of magnesium from the solution in the float tank.
There is often comment about the 'mirror effect' of the baby floating in the womb of the mother, and the mother floating in the womb of the tank and the spiritual/communal pleasure for the mother in this regard, deepening her connection with her baby.
In the third trimester of pregnancy you are the most uncomfortable. You have all this pressure on your lungs, and organs, you may have trouble breathing and sleeping. Imagine if you will a brief respite. If we evolved from the sea it only makes sense to use floatation therapy to draw comfort, we are 80% water after all.
I am 30 weeks pregnant and went to Cloud Nine for my first time floating, and what an experience. I was a little nervous at first because I didn't comprehend just what a profound effect this type of floating can have on your body. I'm also slightly claustrophobic, so I was a little hesitant about being in a tank. Pregnancy is tough on the body and I have definitely reached that uncomfortable phase. Being able to lay on my back and float for an hour was AMAZING! It took so much pressure off the sore areas of my body and gave me a chance to stretch in ways that are not possible out of the tank. I was not nervous being in the tank whatsoever! I did not feel closed in, and with the instructions given prior to me getting into the tank, I was aware of certain ways to float to maintain my comfort level if it became an issue at all. I followed up my float with a prenatal massage which was terrific as well! One of the other great things about Cloud Nine is Kalyn, the owner, she is one of the sweetest people I have met. Her whole demeanor is relaxing and comforting.
If you have someone in your life who is pregnant, giving them a float and massage at Cloud Nine is quite possibly the best gift you could give them!
Tonya Neuman reviewed Cloud Nine Flotation — 5 star
August 8 ·
I am 35 weeks pregnant, and have been very uncomfortable. I had never floated before and Kalyn was so kind and gave me so much information before my appointment. The whole experience was very nice, from her shop, to the bathroom, where you clean up before and after, to the tank and room it is in. Kalyn is very professional and really knows her stuff, something I will be recommending and doing again. My hands and feet were almost normal size when done, and I can't even tell you how nice it was to be able to lay/float weightless on my back, and just have some relief from the extra weight, aches and pains that come with pregnancy. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Rebecka Schauer reviewed Cloud Nine Flotation — 5 star
August 15, 2016 ·
"I was eight months pregnant when I floated for the first time. Pregnancy takes a toll on every muscle in your body, especially your torso. Ironically, the times when you get a chance to rest is when the baby becomes more active and its weight continues to put stress on your muscles. While floating, I expected the baby to be very active, but was pleasantly surprised. Since there was no pressure from any side, the baby didn't feel the need to kick or roll around. It was the best rest I've had in several months. I would recommend floating to anyone, pregnant or not, for a time of physical and mental renewal." --Heather Warren (Oakland, CA)
"I know that floating helped me so much to be as calm as possible during the birth. I was actually (mentally) using mantras the entire time, as well as visualization, both of which helped me tremendously. Birth is an extremely intense process, but I was able to meet it exactly how I'd wanted to and I got the water birth I'd dreamed of. So, thank you beyond big-time for all your help in creating the best birth for my baby!! She was born calm and content and she's been that way ever since! Much love and many blessing" --- Sarah & Samarra (Oakland, CA)
“At 34 weeks pregnant, my floatation session made me aware of the tension draining from my body and my mind went into a complete state of relaxation. As I floated I felt a strong connection with my baby, it left me blissfully calm.”
(Zaza Patterson, London, UK)
Pregnancy is an emotionally intense time, and frequently a spiritual one. Floating can provide the ideal environment for processing and exploring the experience and the connection with your baby.
“I have facilitated numerous floats with pregnant women and they absolutely love it. Most will share with me that they connected with their child. Many more tell me that they experienced a profound realization of having a child in their womb and them floating in a womb themselves… They say this experience is very difficult to describe but amazingly beautiful.”
(Kane Mantyla, Float Matrix, San Francisco)
“I was 22 weeks pregnant and hadn’t feel my baby’s movement very much, but during my floatation session, I was so relaxed, I became aware of every move.”
(Melanie, London, UK)
“Often times, pregnant women will comment on how relaxed their baby is during their time floating in the tank. This makes sense, as your baby can read your body. If you are 100% relaxed while in the tank, your baby will enjoy the relaxation, just as you will.”
(Isolation Tank Experts)
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