Pregnancy and Flotation Therapy
May 01, 2017 04:20PM
● By Kalyn Wolf
Flotation Therapy, also known as sensory deprivation and isolation tank therapy, is the closest thing to being in the womb that we have outside that environment, and just as nurturing to our mind and body. During flotation therapy, one literally floats in a large, 8-by-5 tank with 10 inches of pure water and 800 pounds of Epsom salt. Many athletes float, including members of the Cubs, Warriors and Patriots to name a few, because of its restorative benefits to the body and deep relaxing benefits to the mind. One of the most overlooked and necessary treatments, however, is for pregnancy.
Women past their first trimester, who are experiencing back pain, leg pain, swelling or just overwhelm, are finding tremendous joy in the act of floating. Those with a doctor or midwife’s clearance to submerge in water, will be astounded by floating. Not only is the mother floating, but the baby is floating as well, so what is created is an environment where they are both floating in the same kind of fluid, and bonding together in quiet bliss. Regular floating during pregnancy can aid in one’s ability to be balanced mentally and physically.
Many do not know that after 16 weeks of pregnancy, it may not be safe to lie on one’s back because it can cut the blood flow to the baby. However, in a flotation tank, the mother is free from gravity, able to lie on her back, and blood flow increases due to the increased magnesium in the warm water, which enters the body through the skin.
Kalyn Wolf has over 30 years of experience in Flotation Therapy and owns Cloud Nine Flotation, in Tucson. She is an author, sound healer and Reiki Master. Connect at 520-668-4017 and FloatTucson.com.