Floating on Third Avenue With The Float Spa Of Hove
Brighton and Hove is well known for being a mecca of good living and wellbeing, boasting an increasingly healthy dose of spas, gyms and retreats, all focusing on achieving your optimum self.
Sitting just off the seafront in the prestigious location of Third Avenue, Hove, is one the city’s leading destinations for health and wellness; The Float Spa. Offering a range of complementary therapies, yoga and meditation classes, The Float Spa also brings state of the art floatation pods to the city.
Yes, that’s right, floatation. For those of us who are a little rusty on the latest spa tech and therapies, it’s a little mind boggling. What exactly is ‘floatation’ and why is it any different to nipping down the road to the sea? Well, after a little essential research, we can tell you now it is life changing.
Floating, also known as floatation, is a practice where you float effortlessly in a special pod of Epsom Salt water. Without the constant noise of analysing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol (which is the main chemical component of stress). Your brain releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins.
Your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Your mind becomes still and your body suddenly has loads of extra resources, which allows it to focus on things like healing and resting – the stress simply floats away. The spine lengthens an inch, chronic pain is relieved, and your muscles are allowed to fully recover. Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout your body.
About 40 minutes into your float at The Float Spa, your brain stops producing its normal Alpha waves and starts churning out Theta waves. The Theta state is typically associated with advanced meditative techniques and provides an immense clarity of thought and an experience of the pure essence of being. Floatation is a tool that makes this state easily accessible to anyone.
Even the magnesium-based Epsom Salts, used at The Float Spa in Hove are good for you. They soften and replenish your skin, and help counteract the magnesium deficiency that most of us have due to depleted magnesium levels in our soil and food.
We couldn’t believe we hadn’t tried it before, especially as floating packages start from just £65 – hardly a stress of strain on the purse strings and most certainly a fine investment.
What makes The Float Spa an award-winning health and wellbeing centre in Hove isn’t just the fact they offer floatation. They also offer yoga, massage, chiropractic care, nutrition advice and a whole host of different workshops under one roof, married with outstanding customer service and a serene, friendly atmosphere.
Whether you visit for a float in one of the state of the art pods, an appointment with a chiropractor, a relaxing massage or a stimulating yoga class, you are guaranteed to leave feeling better and less stressed.
Described by their customers as a ‘haven in Hove’, the team wanted the Float Spa to be a place people could go to escape from the stresses and strains of daily life, find relief from physical and mental pain and enhance their wellbeing. The idea to open the Float Spa came from the floating experience of the founder, Camille Pierson.
As well as being the managing director of The Float Spa, Camille is also a mum of two and it was due to her daughter, Dali, becoming ill that Camille discovered floating. Poor Dali suffered a serious illness in 2014 which led her to spend time in St George’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Fortunately, she made a full recovery but the experience was incredibly traumatic for Camille who had to juggle her daughter’s recovery with a full time stressful job and found herself suffering from PTSD. Her father suggested she try floating to alleviate her symptoms. She was so impressed with the results she decided to open her own floatation centre in Brighton and Hove as there wasn’t one in the area at the time.
Since opening the spa on Third Avenue in Hove, Camille floats regularly and has discovered the wonders of yoga too. Her experience of yoga has also been so positive that she is now a Trustee of the Brighton Yoga Foundation charity, which endeavours to bring all the benefits of yoga to as many people as possible.
The spacious central Hove spa also boasts a yoga studio that is the perfect sanctuary to practice Yoga. It has oodles of natural light yet is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They offer an extensive programme of over 30 yoga classes every day of the week. Whether you are an experienced yoga practitioner or a complete beginner, there is a class suitable for you, be it Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Hatha or Yin Yang Yoga.
If you are suffering from aches and pains, an injury, or are simply looking to relax and unwind, The Float Spa massage therapists are on hand to tailor the perfect treatment just for you including deep tissue, aromatherapy, pregnancy, medical, Swedish, sports and Indian head massage.
Chiropractic is the third largest primary healthcare profession in the world after Medicine and Dentistry and is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (the GCC). Owing to its primary health care status, you do not need a referral from your GP to see a Chiropractor.
The chiropractors at The Float Spa in Hove, specialise in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system (that’s bones, joints and muscles) as well as the impact these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health.
Most people think Chiropractors only work on backs, however problems with hips, shoulders, arms and legs can be addressed to. This is why Chiropractic can be extremely effective for most functional injuries, combining this with a floatation experience reinforces chiropractic treatment.
For more information visit www.thefloatspa.co.uk