The Japanese fad will literally take you back to infancy. Otonamaki is wrapping an adult in a cloth then rocking them back and forth. The process is similar to swaddling an infant, which is used to make them feel warm and secure. Unlike infant swaddling, this adult form requires the head to be covered.
This new fad was developed by Kyoto professor and midwife Nobuko Watanabe. She developed the technique to help mothers suffering from post-pregnancy pain and as a way to decompress after a stressful day.
However, the fad is not without detractors. In a quick word with Tech Times, Dr. Shiro Oba voiced skepticism about the physical and health benefits of adult swaddling. He advises mothers to visit a doctor if they are experiencing post-pregnancy pain, and people with back injuries should be cautious about the partaking in swaddling.
Even infant swaddling has faced controversy after a study by the University of Bristol concluded that the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SFDS) increases in infants that are swaddled. The practice has also been linked to overheating and suffocation deaths, since a swaddled infant can’t free themselves if they roll onto their stomachs.
What do you think? Is adult swaddling a legit way to decompress or is just another silly fad?