Swaddling babies in cloth is a time-tested way to keep them warm, comfortable, and feeling safe. Swaddling can also prevent babies from being disturbed by their own startle reflex, which occurs whenever they lack physical support and results in a “falling” sensation.
Adults have long outgrown their startle reflex, of course, though many exhibit a similar response when they have trouble feeling “grounded,” especially while resting or sleeping. (That’s why we prefer being wrapped up in blankets or sleeping in the fetal position!)
So it’s no wonder that a new Japanese stress-relieving method, called Otonamaki, allows adults to experience the same feeling of safety that swaddling brings to babies. And while the practice is said to help correct posture, release muscle tension, and create a sense of calm, it’s also riddled with controversy…
Others simply find it an effective way to relax muscular tension. One customer review said, “It felt so good I almost fell asleep. My neck and lower back were relaxed.”
There’s nothing more comforting that being wrapped in blankets, but being trapped—and tied up—is a different story. Many people seem to love this new method, despite some medical beliefs that claim it can cause long-term damage. Would you try this new way to relax?
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