You鈥檙e a swaddling pro, mama. You wrap up聽your newborn聽like a five-layer baby burrito and make sure she鈥檚 snug as a bug. Let鈥檚 face it: You鈥檙e pretty jealous of how comfy she looks. So now it鈥檚 your turn to wrap up. (Yes, really.) Moms in Japan are freaking over an unconventional therapy called Otonamaki, or adult wrapping. It鈥檚 intended to relieve stress and help with posture. Before you roll your eyes and start mocking this new trend, read on for why聽grown-up swaddling is kind of rad!


1. It鈥檚 ridiculously relaxing. Look at how cozy your baby is when she鈥檚 all swaddled up. You could feel that way too 鈥 except for the fact that you haven鈥檛 slept for more than 20 minutes in the last 23 hours, you have two dozen cupcakes to bake for your preschooler鈥檚 soccer team, and you still have 52 work emails to return. Adult wrapping can be a stress reliever and make those worries disappear. Sure, it may look kind of odd, but it鈥檚 ridiculously relaxing.

2. A midwife created it. This isn鈥檛 just a trend that some celeb or lifestyle coach invented. It was created by the famous Japanese midwife Nobuko Watanabe. The midwife, who is also a professor, is known for creating the Toco-Chan maternity belt 鈥 a brace-like wearable tool for preggo mamas.

3. There鈥檚 rocking involved too. Swaddling isn鈥檛 the only thing you鈥檒l get to enjoy during therapy.The sessions also include 15-20 minutes of gentle rocking over cushions.

4. It can help relax tired muscles.聽Being tightly wrapped in fabric doesn鈥檛 sound comfortable to everyone, and that鈥檚 putting it mildly. (Claustrophobia, anyone?) Apparently, it鈥檚 not a super restrictive type of wrap. The wrapping and rocking may actually loosen joints and make tired, overworked muscles relax.

5. It鈥檚 perfect for post-partum mamas. After hours of pushing and going through the rigors of delivery, you totally need a break, and that鈥檚 exactly what this therapy aims to do. Even though Otonamaki can help anyone, in many cases it鈥檚 used to ease those annoying postnatal pains.

Even though plenty of people claim that adult swaddling is all that, you won鈥檛 find any real proof of its health benefits. There hasn鈥檛 been a major study that proves (or disproves) the wrap for adults. So, we鈥檒l leave it up to you to decide if the swaddle is worth a try or not.

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