Japan is known for its interesting fads. The latest, adult swaddling, is exactly what it sounds like. That doesn’t make it any less strange.
Adult swaddling is generally used as a therapy method for postnatal mothers. Theylie in the fetal position and are wrapped up in a sheet. Then, a therapist rocks them back and forth.
The rocking mimics a womb-like motion which helps to loosen muscles and bones while releasing tension in achy hips and shoulders.
So…you on board?
This new practice is called Otonamaki.
It was created by a midwife from Kyoto,who thought replicating how children are swaddled at birth could help mothers overcome post labor shoulder and hip pain.
It has become quite popular in Japan for mothers who’ve recently given birth.
In a videoby the New York Post, once participant stated, “When we tried it, it was very relaxing. We understood why babies sleep well like this.”
I mean, yeah. You’re all curled up and rocking back and forth. What’s not to like, other than the fact that you look like something out of a horror movie?
While the practice has skyrocketed in popularity throughout Japan, there are some skeptics.
One chiropractor, Shiro Oba, doesn’t exactly buy into the healing powers of adult swaddling and encouraged moms experiencing pain to see their doctors before trying anything.
So what do you think? Is adult swaddling totally your jam? Or would you rather not?