As pregnancy progresses, everything can start to hurt with the added weight of fluids and baby. This extra weight can stress joints and muscles making pregnancy uncomfortable and daily tasks difficult.
There are many benefits that can be found when a pregnant women utilizes a float tank.
REDUCE PAIN AND SWELLING
Float tanks are able to relieve the pressure on your joints and give your spinal column a break, and reduce edema all while feeling weightless.
When a mother experiences stress during pregnancy her cortisol levels (stress hormones) rise which can have a negative effect on the fetus. Because the float tank removes sound, sight, smell and gravity, an individual is able to relax faster and deeper (6).
Carefully I step into the tank. One foot first, holding the bars, as the tank floor is slippery with dissolved salt. My balance is crap. I sit down, shut the door and lower myself in to the water. Everything is so awkward, my whole body aches. But when I am finally laying on my belly, everything relaxes.
It’s like the best mattress ever. It’s better than a mattress. There are no pressure points where all my extra weight is grinding against my joints. Nothing pushing against my sore loosened hips. My spine gets to stretch and extend, my pelvis relaxes, the Epsom salts work their magic.
Ooh the pain. Thank you sensory deprivation. The tanks were my only relief from this pain. And I got weekly massages and acupuncture, both of which were incredibly helpful, but the tank was complete relief.