Magine the best bath you’ve ever had and then dou­ble the square footage, add a smat­ter­ing of twin­kling lights and lace the water with a large quantity of Ep­som salt. This was the sur­real en­vi­ron­ment I found my­self in on a dreary win­ter day in Brighton whe

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“Flota­tion takes you to a re­ally deep meda­tive state, which is re­ally in­cred­i­ble,” ex­plains About Bal­ance founder Effie Love. “Or it can in­duce cre­ativ­ity or prob­lem solv­ing, but of­ten you will just fall asleep,” she adds.

I can suf­fer from claus­tro­pho­bia and the flota­tion pod was look­ing a tad too coffin­like for me, so I plumped for the cabin. Each flota­tion ses­sion lasts for 40 min­utes, which sounded like an aw­fully long time for my short at­ten­tion span, but be­fore my ses­sion Effie ex­plained that: “be­ing bored out of your mind makes you more cre­ative”. I spent the first 20 min­utes mer­rily launch­ing my­self from cor­ner to cor­ner of the cabin rather than in a cre­ative burst (it’s been a long time since I went swim­ming, so float­ing was a bit of a nov­elty for me). But I man­aged to re­lax for the rest of the ses­sion and could eas­ily un­der­stand how peo­ple could fall asleep.

While at About Bal­ance I also went for a deep tis­sue massage with Effie. Us­ing just coconut oil Effie deftly man­aged to un­knot about six year’s worth of ten­sion from my neck and shoul­ders – no mean feat, I as­sure you.

There are a wide range of massage op­tions avail­able at About Bal­ance as well as var­i­ous holis­tic ther­a­pies, yoga classes, events and work­shops. The ethos of About Bal­ance is to of­fer af­ford­able treat­ments and ther­a­pies to en­cour­age peo­ple to in­cor­po­rate them into their ev­ery­day lives rather than just as a one-off treat.

“The idea is to make sure that well­be­ing is af­ford­able to ev­ery­body, while mak­ing sure that ther­a­pists are be­ing well paid. When I started prac­tic­ing, I came to re­alise that I wouldn’t be able to af­ford to book a treat­ment with my­self be­cause I was work­ing in places that charge so much,” Effie ex­plains.

“So, what we came up with is an idea called the Karma Card, which of­fers a dis­counted mem­ber­ship price.”

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