TOKYO (Reuters) – Wrapped up from head to toe in a white bag and gently rocking back and forth, 5 Japanese moms are hopeful Tokyo’s newest health development can remedy their post-pregnancy aches and pains.
According to its exponents, Otonamaki, which interprets as “adult wrapping”, was devised by a Kyoto midwife who thought replicating how youngsters are swaddled at start might assist moms overcome publish labor shoulder and hip ache.
The 5 moms at a current session in Tokyo lay on their backs with their knees on their chests bundled up in white cloths. Staff then helped them rock over cushions.
“It felt warm and there was this feeling with my body,” stated one mom who tried the 20 minute session.
“I have never experienced this before so its quite hard to describe properly.”
Not everyone seems to be a fan. Chiropractor Shiro Oba was skeptical about its powers of therapeutic and inspired moms with again ache to go to a doctor.
“There may be cases where people with asthma may find it easier to breath (in that position), but once the cloth is off it’s the same thing,” stated Oba.
“But apart from that, I just can’t think of how people can benefit from this even as a form of reflexology or exercise.”
(Writing by Patrick Johnston in London; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)