Studies have shown that stress is a major concern for pregnant women who are unable to take the motley number of prescription stress medications due to its impact on unborn babies.
However the issue of stress among expectant mothers is not entirely un-remediable as researchers have come to realise that there is a holistic way through which relief can be exacted for expectant mothers via floatation therapy.
Levels of stress could be significantly reduced through floatation therapy and the benefits of this therapy for expectant mothers do not just stop there. The fact is that there have been numerous studies conducted by various sponsored and independent researchers on this half century old therapy in recent years and the results have been nothing short of astonishment.
The studies showed that women who are pregnant are able to get better sleep following floatation therapy due to the impact that the therapy has on the brain. It is a known fact that during a float session, individuals are sent into a deep state of relaxation where the body’s biological system is re-balanced while the production of stress hormones which include among others adrenaline and cortisol are significantly reduced whilst ‘feel good’ chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins are increased substantially.
Apart from this scientific studies have also demonstrated the magnesium that is absorbed via the skin during float session is also extremely beneficial for prenatal health. This is due to the fact that magnesium supports the formation of bones, regulates blood sugar and insulin levels apart from managing cholesterol levels and alleviating irregular heartbeat issues.
The high concentration of Epsom salt solution used in floatation pods contains a high level of magnesium that does not only exfoliate the skin, but also gets absorbed through our skin and into our biological construct. Another fantastic element about floatation therapy is the fact that it advocates physical comfort during pregnancy.
The concept behind this is that during the therapy subjects are left floating in the Epsom salt solution which removes the effects of gravity on them. Pregnant mothers after the first few months carry added weight and the constant ‘additional weight’ places strain on their joints and muscles.
During the session, the added strain is eliminated for periods of up to 90 minutes giving the body sufficient time to recuperate. Last, but not least is the concept of the “Mirror Effect” which transpires during these sessions during pregnancy. The ‘mirror effect’ as it is known revolves around the mother experiencing what the babies inside them experience, which is similar.
Babies float in their mother’s womb which is dark and practically silent which is similar to what happens to the mother during the therapy.
Although solid evidence is yet to be gathered, empirical evidence show that the level of mother and child bond is increased exponentially when pregnant mothers subject themselves to floatation therapy.
If there was a time that would be suitable to invest into this therapy, it would be during your pregnancy as there are no known side effects and the benefits are just too much to be ignored or be overlooked.