CAN A PREGNANT WOMAN USE A FLOAT POOL?
Yes absolutely! Pregnant women may use float pools. Floating while pregnant allows you to escape the added weight of pregnancy by taking the strain off the body and spine (and feet!). It promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy. For many mothers, the environment creates a heightened sensitivity and connection with the baby, and some have reported a profound experience of “mirroring” from floating in a quiet, warm and secure environment while their baby does the same.
Because circumstances are unique with each pregnancy, use of our private, oversized float pools should be discussed with a health care professional. The following information will be relevant:
• A “Float” is a 90 minute session in a 95 degree environment suspended in 10 inches of purified water super-saturated with 1000 lbs of pharmaceutical grade MgSO4 (Magnesium Sulfate, a.k.a. Epsom salts). Cutaneous (through the skin) absorption of MgSO4 has not been shown to produce negative side effects associated with ingestion or injection of the mineral.
- The Solution is sterilized between sessions through a process of commercial-grade circulation, filtration and purified using a combination of UV (Ultraviolet Light) and H2O2. No harsh chemicals (Chlorine, Bromine etc) are used in the solution at our facilities.
- Only known physical limitations are the ability to get in and out of the tank unassisted.
There is nothing more beautiful than the magic of pregnancy. A child is being created right inside of your body. One that you will cherish and love for the rest of your life.
Along the way the mind and body will undergo a series of changes that are a natural part of the process. Fatigue, restlessness, discomfort, and mental stress are all present as your body adapts. Floatation Therapy can provide the nourishment you seek during these important times.
1. PROMOTES EXCELLENT SLEEP PATTERNS
Imagine when you learned how to ride a bike. Experiencing complete freedom as you rode down the block left you wanting more. Your baby views things the same way. Being able to see, touch, or hear for the first time must be quite the treat. Which means that he or she may not necessarily want to go to bed at the same time as you. How could you resist the urge to explore the womb instead of waiting around for 8 hours to see what mom has planned for the day?
Wouldn’t it be nice to finally catch up on some much needed zzzz’s? Studies suggest that just 1 hour of floatation therapy is equivalent to 4-6 hours of deep rest. With stimulation to the mind and body no longer present, the brain naturally enters into the theta state (commonly recognized right before deep sleep). Giving mom the opportunity to recharge those batteries again.
2. ALLEVIATES SPINE AND BACK PAIN
It is estimated that up to 80% of women report back pain during pregnancy. With an average of 35 pounds added to the front of the body, the spine is frequently put in compromising positions. Due to the high water density experienced while floating, your entire spinal column is able to take a much needed break, as you float effortlessly on the surface. Your lungs and diaphragm are able to open up as the forces of gravity are lifted from your body. Weightlessness is quite refreshing.
3. LOWERS STRESS
Am I ready to be a parent? How can we afford this? Is my career in jeopardy? These are just some of the questions that may be running through your head from time to time. An hour in complete isolation can provide you with an outlet to completely let your mind go and refocus on what is most important in your life. With no
distraction, thoughts begin to slow down as you relax and let go…
4. REDUCE SWELLING AND INFLAMMATION
A holistic medicine that has provided relief for centuries. Epsom salt, is comprised of magnesium and sulfate, minerals which are most readily absorbed through the skin. The tranquil waters that set your body afloat are super saturated with 1,000 pounds of this salty magic, just waiting to nourish your body.
Extra fluid is being produced throughout the body during
gestation, which can lead to swelling of the hands, feet and ankles. Magnesium and sulfate have anti-inflammatory properties that will greatly reduce those feelings of discomfort. Finally, your shoes don’t have to feel like a doctor checking your blood pressure anymore.
5. EXPERIENCE A DEEPER CONNECTION WITH YOUR CHILD
“A womb within a womb.” Many float enthusiasts describe floatation therapy as being very womb-like. The perfect setting for some bonding time with your little one. Which is why mothers-to-be who float regularly (after the first trimester), typically report feeling movement much earlier than normal. Experiencing deep states of consciousness while floating can elevate the connection between you and your baby. And that is quite simply, priceless.
*** relax: Float Spa’s policy only allows women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters to Float (women in their first trimester and the last four weeks of their 3rd trimester are not permitted to float). We require all pregnant women to consult their physician prior to visiting our spa.***