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Leah Pellegrini

Assuming the Position

assuming the positionFloating is not like laying down on a flat surface.  There is no pressure on the body, and nothing to push against mom and baby.  There are many reasons why normally pregnant women can not lay in certain positions.  Pressure can constrict the blood flow to the mother and/or the baby.  It can be physically harmful to health of the growing baby.

However, in a sensory deprivation tank she can lay down in any position she wants to!

While I was pregnant it was so comforting to relax on my back.  It was euphoric to recline on my belly.  No matter how big that baby belly gets, the Epsom salt water gently supports the body and the magic of buoyancy keeps you afloat.

I used to be a stomach sleeper.  So I missed this as a full term pregnant woman.  Once, while on vacation in Hawaii, (baby moon) my man dug a hole in the sand so I could sunbathe while laying on my belly.  It was so loving and wonderful.  The sensory deprivation tank was the only other place I felt safe laying on my belly like this.

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Leah Pellegrini

Pampering the Pregnant Woman

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I called it “Pamper Me Friday”.

Acupuncture, massage and floating.

Every Friday afternoon I would get acupuncture, then a float and finish it all off with a massage. Sometimes the order was changed, sometimes I couldn’t manage all three, but for the most part, this trinity of therapies was where it was at! What more could a pregnant woman want? An occasional mani-pedi… Breakfast in bed… Sure. But the holy trinity kept my body in check and present and as comfortable as possible.

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Leah Pellegrini

Reclining Pregnant

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I was never comfortable in bed, in any position.

Surrounded by pillows of all shapes and sizes was the only way I could fall asleep in bed.  Even still it was a struggle.  I needed a pillow between my knees, one behind my lower back, one tucked under my big belly, a couple for my neck and head. The quest for comfort was ridiculous. I bought three different body pillows over the course of my pregnancy.

However, in the tank I could lay down and rest at ease.  I could float on my belly and feel no pressure, no pain, just a good stretch for my stiff lower back.  I could float face up with no aching, no weight of the gigantic pregnant belly,no circulatory risk for the baby or myself, just comfort.  I could lay on my sides without hurting my hips.

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iFloat

Float to Your Destiny

I was recently at the International Float Conference in Portland, OR where I had the opportunity to speak with many float center owners from around the country and the world. Many people inspired me during the weekend. One of the most inspirational stories came from a man named Bernard, who has been operating a float center in Montreal, Canada for over thirty years called Ovarium. Bernard is a quiet but also passionate and driven man to have been able to keep his center in full operation (and growing) for so many years. Recently, they celebrated their thirtieth anniversary. They invited their long-term clients, the media, etc. for the celebration.

Two people surprised him at the celebration. One woman (in her 50s) told him a powerful story. When she was much younger, she became pregnant. She planned on having the baby. However, then the man with whom she became pregnant decided he did not want to have a child. Her life was thrown into a tailspin and she was about to have an abortion. However, before she had the abortion, she happened to stumble upon Ovarium. She desperately wanted to reduce her stress, so she floated. Something powerful happened to her when she was floating. In that quiet space, devoid of distractions and stimuli, she slowed down in a way she did not think was possible. In that slowness or nothingness, something stirred in her. Although she was newly pregnant, she experienced something hard to describe. She said she sensed a connection with the baby developing in her. In that moment, the connection was palpable. In that moment, this woman made a pact with the unborn child. She said, “We’re in this together.” She decided to keep her baby.

Twenty years or so later, there they were: mother and daughter. They attended the thirtieth anniversary of Ovarium. Bernard, the owner, did not know about that story. After the woman thanked him and told him the story, he was astounded. The woman and her daughter were so grateful to him. At the conference, when he told the story to me and everyone else, the room was silent. It was as though everyone in the room sensed the connection the woman felt to her unborn child decades earlier. We also felt the deep obligation we all have to provide floating to the world.

As co-owner of a float center, I have seen clients develop insight, peace, and understanding that made noticeable impacts on their lives. I have had friends and family members of our clients thank us for offering the gift of floating. The reality is we do not do much, except provide an environment where people can slow down and look within. We maintain a space where people can explore and communicate. However, in the end, we simply treat our clients like they are our friends or family… because they are.

Most people can probably attest that every float session allows them to shift in small or large ways. Sometimes the shift is relaxation. Other times it is facing something one is avoiding. It can also be insightful, and many other things. People get what they need when floating. Regardless, we are all like that woman who sensed that connection with her child. We want to remove the chatter and distractions to get to that place where we can “hear/see/sense” the way to move forward in our lives. Doing so allows us to tap into a creative energy and awareness, which motivates us to shape our world and have relationships that transcend our wildest expectations. As Plato said, “There is something to do, that only you can do, a place to fill, that only you can fill.” Come float and find out what that is.

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