Posts tagged pregnancy
Floating into the Abyss...

Last week I decided to try something new, I went for a floating session at Koan Float in Amsterdam. I was interested to experience the floating for myself and also to find out about the different health benefits from the Epsom salts and the floating session.

What is Floating?

It is just what it sounds like! You float effortlessly on the surface of the water in a floating capsule which is designed to reduce all stimuli (sound and light) to the brain. The water contains Epsom salts which enables your body to float. After a few minutes you are hardly able to notice which parts of your body are in contact with the water and which are not. The experience is very tranquil and relaxing. 

Benefits of Floating.

Floating is said to be beneficial for improving heart and circulatory health, flushing toxins from the body, relieving stress, improving nerve function and the body's ability to use insulin. It also it a great way to reduce stress, anxiety and for relaxing. It is also believed to increase the rate of healing in the body, alleviates pain, increases endorphin production and reduces the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline. 

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Acupuncture: The Treatment of Cesarean Scars

I made my entry into this world via an emergency Cesarean section (AKA C-section) and more and more women are opting for planned C-sections for various reasons. However, currently I don't feel enough hands on treatment it offered to improve the healing of the scar tissue itself. I think physiotherapists do a great job with the core stability advice, postural advice and pelvic floor strengthening but currently there is not enough hands on treatment of the actual scar and surrounding scar tissue (the scar tissue is much more widespread than the scar you see on the surface of the skin). Restrictions in the scar (adhesions) can cause a lot of pain, restricted movement, digestive issues and potential problems with further pregnancies. Doctors aren't well equipped with solutions and tend to give the same old 'just give it time to heal' advice to most women. 

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