The Salt Cave
Now it might come as a surprise to you (not!) but I like alternative stuff. Particularly involving the R word – relaxation! There’s a special voucher service called Wahanda.com, which sends out emails about various treatments you can try around the London area, for a fraction of the normal cost. (There are other services like this too like ‘groupon’ etc.) That’s how I got my fish pedicure last year!
Now if you haven’t read my blog previously, the TiFFT club needs you to just do something you’ve never done before in your life, once a month. Just try something new. It could be big it could be small. So the idea of taking an hour out of my busy schedule to go relax in a back room somewhere in Earlsfield had me… curious – so I did my research. It’s described as a 'controlled air medium that simulates the natural salt cave microclimate'.
People go there for help with breathing difficulties, but for me, although I used to have a bit of asthma, I was going purely for the experience. Anyone who’s been to the Aquasana at Centre Parcs, or similar, will understand how meditation rooms like this can make you feel.
There’s something about the energy you feel when you walk into a room shared with other like-minded people, all sitting under green blankets on Ikea rocker chairs, listening to faint seagull sounds interspersed with the occasional ‘pffft’ noise. It’s that all-knowing glance you get that says ‘we know something other people don’t know’ and makes you feel kind of special!
Anyway, without getting too frothy about it, suffice it to say within ten minutes I was off in fairyland. Meditation in that environment is amazing. It’s like my feet suddenly became heavier and a little fizzy. Then my head starts swimming a little, as the stresses and worries slip to another plane, leaving me free to feel released from the constant mind-chatter.
I realised I was coming and going in and out of dozing and experienced the most incredible light feeling. A good meditation was had by all. Although there was one woman whose snoring ended the session on a different note – literally! And caused knowing glances of another kind in between us all. The choice was to throw a magazine at her, cough loudly, or say something, all of which would take us out of our dream like states even quicker than her nasal symphony! So we just smiled and closed our eyes again…
Amanda on the desk is lovely – she told me she watches QVC, by coincidence, and let me carry my voucher forward for the next time, as the first session is always free for anyone who wants to try it! Just Google ‘salt cave’ and you’ll find out more.
So that’s my latest ‘TiFFT’ experience – what’s yours?!
P.S. As you’ll probably have guessed I’m not going up the Nile now – or anywhere near it – for my hol. We’re going to the canaries instead. I don’t know, it takes me 30 odd years to get around to booking my long-dreamed of cruise up the world’s most visited river, and the very weekend I’m due to go they decide to riot!
I assume there’s no connection! But fate obviously wants me to go another time, or to be in Gran Canaria instead. So Tutankhamen will just have to wait… And I’ll have to find another TiFFT experience for February. Any suggestions?
Speak next week!