Naturopath

Can I Float If I Am Pregnant?

We often get asked if it's okay to float during pregnancy, and the answer is yes! During pregnancy, there are many do's and don'ts that restrict the lifestyle you are used to living. Pain and discomfort can become the norm, but we have found Float Therapy can help to alleviate the discomfort and pain you generally experience in your 2nd and 3rd Trimester. 

Pain relief from pregnancy.

The float tank or float room is filled with four hundred kilograms of Epsom Salts that keep you buoyant. It takes the pressure away from all of you joints and muscles. Relief from gravity itself helps your body stretch out and find its natural curves and arches, allowing your spine to decompress. It allows better blood flow for your muscles and joints to repair quicker and your mind is removed from stimulation so it can focus on the problem areas. 

This can be a huge relief for anyone, but particularly for expectant mothers who are carrying around that additional weight. 

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Connect with your Baby

Often people hear their own digestion and own heart beat when they are floating. When you are pregnant you can sometimes hear your baby. Stories are emerging of deep connections made with their child during pregnancy, from loud heart beats too fond movements whilst in floatation, allowing you to be in touch with your baby. When floating your baby can become very active and your babies responses can be felt more intuitively. Connections being made early on in pregnancy for mothers makes the process so much more personal.

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Vitality and Immune System in pregnancy.

When you remove environmental stimulation and relieve body from gravity two things happen. Firstly your bodies blood flow increases dramatically through the spinal cord and neck straight from the heart to the brain. And secondly, when your mind has turned off from all stimulation it can focus on the fundamentals of repairing your body. Floating twice a week will keep your mind and bodies in routine of relief making the challenges of pregnancy that much easier. Your body and especially your baby will thank you for it.

We have also had some clients who have said that float therapy has helped ease morning sickness which is often experienced during the 1st and 2nd trimesters. 

Everyones experience during pregnancy is very unique in this time and float therapy makes it that little more of a unique experience. While we have many pregnant floaters, we do recommend discussing float therapy with your Obstetrician before giving it a go. 

 

Fight Disease, Live Longer and Feel GREAT with an Infrared Sauna!

Our Infrared Sauna is booming with popularity at both centres here in Brisbane and our clients are loving the feeling they get when they sweat out all the toxins in their body. But did you know there are long term benefits from sauna use that can make you live longer

Studies have found frequent Sauna use to be linked with longevity by staving off age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

Dr. Rhonda Patrick discusses a recent study that found using the sauna 2-3 times per week was associated with 24% lower all-cause mortality and 4-7 times per week decreased all-cause mortality by 40%. This is done by activating the production of heat shock proteins (hsps), which are activated by heat stress. Heat shock proteins prevent protein aggregation inside cells and this protects against:

  • Atherosclerosis 
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease

Heat shock proteins (HSP) are a family of proteins that are produced by cells in response to exposure to stressful conditions and during wound healing or tissue remodeling. Many members of this group perform chaperone function by stabilizing new proteins to ensure correct folding or by helping to refold proteins that were damaged by the cell stress. HSP's are activated by the Heat Shock Factor (HSF) which is achieved through Sauna use. 

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Heat stress also activates the FOXO3 protein, which activates many other genes that protect against the stress of aging including:

  • DNA damage
  • Damage to proteins
  • Damage to lipids
  • Loss of stem cell function
  • Loss of immune function
  • Cellular senescence 

There are also the known benefits of sauna use such as relieving stress, aiding muscles aches and pains, flush toxins and rejuvenate skin, burns calories and fights illness. 

So not only does the sauna make you feel great, it can have huge long term benefits for your overall health and well being through activating your internal cells and proteins through heat! So no wonder our clients love the way the sauna makes them feel. Here are some testimonials from a couple of them. 

"With this ‘up and down’ weather of late, I quickly started to come down with the flu symptoms so I got straight on the phone and booked a session in the Infrared Sauna. I felt so calm and relaxed during my session, I could have stayed in there for hours! When I came out I felt so refreshed and rejuvenated! I absolutely love the facilities at City Cave. I’m now a regular floater and Sauna-er." - Rhian Elise
"The infrared sauna at City Cave has helped me so much to get back into my fitness. After taking a break from training for 3 months, my muscle soreness was getting the better of me.  But after utilising the infrared sauna through the week I've been able to train harder and more frequently than ever before! It also makes my skin so clear, and I feel so refreshed after a session!" - Maddie Daly

 

Even our Naturopath Jess Blair loves the Infrared Sauna!

"Infrared saunas use the parasympathetic healing effect which helps your body to handle stress.
Stress can cause a number of negative health problems, some including weight problems, hormone problems as well as sleep disturbances and high blood pressure.
The saunas cause heat and natural positive radiation effects in the human body.
Some of the incredible health benefits of infrared sauna includes it helps boost metabolism, helps
clear toxins, improve skin health, lowers chronic pain and overall improves your wellbeing."

Interested in finding out what it feels like for yourself? Book in a session in our Infrared Sauna at either James Street or Paddington this week.