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
“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.”