|Halo is very close to the Metro in Cullercoats and easy to find|
The salon is just five minutes walk from Cullercoats Metro station (there’s ample parking just outside). Thankfully I received a warm welcome from Angela which was needed after I had just decided to jump into the freezing cold North Sea on a whim (don’t ask). I took some time to compose myself and had a look at the treatment menu – I love the idea of a girly night where you can get into your PJs and have treatments with your friends. I read through the dos and don’ts for flotation (shower before and afterwards, use the earplugs, don’t forget to take off all jewellery and whatever you do, don’t touch your eyes with your hands when you’re in there).
|Like being back in the womb – the ocean float room is perfect place to switch off|
You might be wondering, how can you float in literally inches of water? You can thank a super-saturated Epsom salt solution, which is heated to 35.5 degrees (the same as your skin). This allows you to float effortlessly on the surface of the water. After being in the freezing cold sea, it felt so comforting to be so warm and cosy in the float room. I lowered myself in using the internal grab handles (safety first) and instantly fell in love with the feeling of weightlessness – I recommend using the inflatable neck rest to help you to float. For the first fifteen minutes there’s gentle, relaxing music playing and then it goes silent for about forty minutes (you can tailor the sound and lighting to your own preferences). I lost all sense of time very quickly and my mind went totally blank. There’s a small light in there but after a while I decided to try total darkness, which was basically what I imagine it feels like to be back in the womb. I found that the high salt levels hurt my sensitive eyes a little bit about half way through, so I recommend leaving the door wide open for a while and soaking the face cloth provided in cold water from the shower to dab your eyes if you need to.