Pregnancy can be a time of great physical and emotional change, and finding ways to manage stress and discomfort can be an important part of maintaining overall health and well-being. One treatment option that has gained popularity among expectant mothers is Watsu, also known as water shiatsu.
Watsu is a form of bodywork that involves gentle stretches and massages while floating in a warm pool. It is often used as a method of relaxation and stress reduction, and there are several potential benefits of Watsu for pregnant women:
Stress reduction: Pregnancy can be a stressful time, as expectant mothers may be dealing with various physical discomforts, emotional changes, and the added responsibility of caring for a new child. Watsu can provide a sense of relaxation and stress reduction, helping expectant mothers to feel more calm and at ease. The warm water and soothing touch of the therapist can help to relax the mind and body, promoting feelings of relaxation and well-being.
Pain Relief: Pregnancy can be associated with various aches and pains, particularly in the lower back and hips. Watsu can help to relieve muscle tension and pain, providing relief and comfort to expectant mothers. The buoyancy of the water can also help to support the weight of the body and alleviate pressure on joints, further contributing to pain relief.
Improved Sleep: Pregnancy can disrupt sleep patterns due to discomfort or anxiety, but Watsu can help to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. A good night's sleep is essential for both the physical and mental health of pregnant women, and Watsu can be a helpful tool in achieving this. The relaxation and stress reduction provided by Watsu can help to calm the mind and body, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Improved circulation: is another potential benefit of Watsu for pregnant women. The buoyancy of the water in a Watsu session can help to improve circulation and reduce swelling, which can be beneficial for pregnant women who may experience swelling in the extremities. Improved circulation can also help to reduce fatigue and promote overall well-being.
Here is a scientific study conducted on the benefits of Watsu during pregnancy:
Effects of Passive Hydrotherapy WATSU (WaterShiatsu) in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy: Results of a Controlled Pilot Study: "It demonstrates significant benefits of WATSU with respect to stress, pain, mood, and mental health-related quality of life. Apparently, lowered tone of the uterus encouraged attempts of cephalic versions when children were in breech position. The treatment was described as very agreeable by the participants and appears to be a safe intervention. These findings support the notion that WATSU yields therapeutic benefits for pregnant women; therefore, its integration into interdisciplinary treatment approaches should be considered."
It's important to note that Watsu should be performed by a trained professional and that pregnant women should consult with their healthcare provider before starting any new treatment. Give us a call or book your appointment online when you're ready to experience the benefits with Watsu during your pregnancy.
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