The New Ways To Relax

Looking for a detox, a de-stress, and a new way to switch off from hectic city life? Ditch the downward dog and try out one of these places. You don’t need to break the bank... (or your back... !) to take a break and feel good for it too.


THE FLOATWORKS

Flotation therapy allows you to experience a meditative state while floating within a high-tech flotation pod, that uses a highly saturated Epsom-salt solution at a relaxing skin-temperature. Imagine floating on the Dead Sea and its feeling of freedom and weightlessness, but within the comfort of your own pod that is attuned to your every need with music and lighting. Here you can block out all external distractions and as a result become significantly happier and more relaxed.

It is £50 for a single float, but they also provide membership packages. Tip: Our members also get a further 15%!

Oasis Outdoor Swimming

Yes the hot summer months may now be behind us and diving into cold water might not be your idea of a relaxing past time - but have no fear, the Oasis Sports Centre’s outdoor pool is a heated oasis in the heart of London. Located in the West End, close to Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden, Oasis offers Central London’s only heated outdoor swimming pool, as well as other gym facilities and studios. Swimming has boundless health benefits and is a great way to relax and switch off from busy schedules, and with the extra bonus of being outside in the open air, this will rejuvenate both your body and your mind. You can swim all year round, and if the sun is shining you can enjoy the surrounding patio areas and sunbathing deck, with a sauna overlooking it for added relaxation before or after your swim.

For non-members, swimming is only £6.05.

Gong Bath Meditation

The latest meditation trend, try out a Gong Bath for your new go-to way to relax. For this there’s no water, baths, or removing your clothing involved - simply bathe in the healing sound waves. It’s a form of sound therapy that goes back thousands of years, and uses your brain waves to help you reach a deep state of relaxation. All you have to do is lie down, wrap yourself in a blanket, close your eyes and relax. There are many to chose from in London, but for you first session we’d recommend trying Sound Awakening in Stoke Newington or London Gong in Camden and the City of London.

Urban Massage

Who doesn’t love a massage! There are so many gorgeous spas to choose from in London, but with time short and darker evenings now drawing in, a massage in the comfort of our own homes seems that bit more tempting and relaxing. Urban Massage offers you just that, and gives you the chance to enjoy a professional and reliable mobile massage service, where your therapist can be at your home, hotel or office within 60 minutes. You can select a treatment to suit your exact needs. So whether your goal is to relax, recover or rejuvenate, Urban Massage will have the answer for you with treatments ranging from the Urban Classic to Deep Tissue massages, Reflexology and Thai massages.

Our mission is to make wellness services accessible for all those living in a busy urban setting, so that they can receive a personalised, professional massage service, at their convenience.

You can enjoy 60 minutes from £49, 90 from £69, and 120 from £89, with options to buy treatments in pairs.

Shinrin Yoku

Shinrin Yoku Forest Therapy is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing", equating to the medicine of being in a forest. Developed in Japan during the 1980s, Shinrin Yoku is famous for preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses.
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy,
the medicine of simply being in the forest.
— Shinrin Yoku

Now, we’re not expecting you to go all the way to Japan to relax in this way. Simply, consider getting out and about in a natural environment as often as you can. Walking in a relaxed way will help you achieve calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits.

And what better place to enjoy these restorative benefits of walking outside than the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park? Bringing a glimpse of beautiful Japanese surroundings to the heart of London. It’s a sure way to switch off, reduce stress, and boost your mood that won’t cost you a penny.

Autumn evenings are creeping upon us, with colder weather and darker days in the mix, so it’s really important that we still find time to nourish and look after our minds, our bodies and our moods. If you struggle to relax and switch off we hope you might try out one of these new ideas, or discover your own and let us know what works for you!


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