Ever wanted to be an astronaut? You could buy a ticket on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Return tickets (they don’t do singles) start from $200,000 which is still a lot of wonga for would-be spacemen and girls.
A more cost effective and rather easier idea would be to purchase today’s Cloud 9 Big Deal, a super pamper package which will leave you feeling as though you are floating high above the earth.
Offered by the Tina Steenberg Health and Beauty Salon in Glasgow, the £29 Big Deal means you can enjoy a back massage, Guinot Essential facial and a hand or foot massage. Along with all the pampering, you can spend a session in Glasgow’s only floatation tank. And this is where the ‘one small step for man, one giant step for mankind’ stuff comes in.
Floating, floatation, float therapy, whatever you choose to call it, is quite simply the most incredible means of stress relief and relaxation available. The floatation tank contains ten inches of super-saturated salt solution. This creates an environment similar to the Dead Sea, enables you to float effortlessly on the surface and, in effect, fools the brain into believing that you are floating in mid-air.
Unless you are an astronaut, this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is close to experiencing total weightlessness; every single muscle in the body is allowed to totally relax. With ear plugs in and, if you wish, the tank’s interior lights off, the quietness and the darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible.
At £29, it’s a 67% saving on the normal £90 and, give or take a few bob, a squillion quid cheaper than blasting into space with Branson.