So many of us are now officially addicted to the internet. According to a study I read early this year, the brain of an internet addict looks like that of an alcoholic or drug addict. Apparently, an incoming email or text gives us the equivalent of a ‘fix’. It’s pretty terrifying and, of course, utterly draining so … when I was offered The Lush Sound Bath which was promising to take me to a deeply peaceful, meditative state of relaxation, I didn’t put up too much of a fight.
I think I was also feeling slightly overwhelmed by a non-balanced work/life seesaw and it was the mental clarity on offer which really appealed to me. Often it is hard to see the wood from the trees and focus on a job-in-hand when we are constantly multi-tasking and rushing around like headless chickens.
So today I walked into the Lush shop on the King’s Road, only to be greeted by that over-powering Lush signature smell. I felt a little concerned that not only would I never achieve a sense of calm but actually I might leave with even worse head-spin.
However, I should not have been concerned. Elvira, my therapist, was calmness personified and led me downstairs to a cosy, rustic farmhouse kitchen, beneath the shop. Before we began the treatment, she handed me a curious ‘present’ of a wooden box. Inside, amid the dry ice, was an Alice in Wonderland vial of liquid labeled ‘drink me’ and a magic mushroom made of raw cacao and coconut. Elvira explained that these would enable me to listen better and would guide me to my meditative state.
Lying down fully clothed, my sound trip began. I forgot about the slight hangover I have from the Hippodrome the night before, my work deadlines and the race against time I would be up against to pick up the Smalls once this is all over. And I drift. I am vaguely aware of the hot and cold stone facial massage (to relax my muscles), tuning forks (to clear my mind), the burning of ear candles (to stimulate circulation and kick-start my body’s cleansing) and an intensive head massage. In the background I can hear hypnotic folk music combined with bird singing and Tibetan singing bowls. The whole experience is bonkers but wonderfully so.
Six hours later and I most definitely feel calm and cleansed. Infinitely more relaxing than massage or facial I have ever had, this regressive experience has rendered me focused and balanced. And now my aim is to check my email less often.
The Lush Spa Sound Bath 1 hr £65