Festival Feature: The Float Spa

What makes The Float Spa an award-winning health and wellbeing centre in Hove isn’t just the fact they offer floatation, yoga, massage, chiropractic care, nutrition advice and a whole host of different workshops under one roof, it’s their outstanding customer service and serene, friendly atmosphere.

Whether you visit for a float in one of their state of the art pods, have an appointment with a chiropractor, relax with a massage or a stimulating yoga class, you’ll leave feeling better and less stressed. All the staff at The Float Spa are committed to helping their guests have a relaxing, enjoyable time. From July, another option offered to clients for deep relaxation and relief from musculoskeletal pain, will be a session in their brand new state-of-the-art infrared sauna. The sauna is a private booth where you can totally relax- with an option to connect your phone via Bluetooth to listen to relaxing music, and a choice of seven different light colours, providing light therapy.

The Float Spa have played a fundamental role in the development of Brighton Yoga Foundation and Festival over the last few years, with Camille (founder of The Float Spa) giving her time as one of the Trustees of the Foundation and in sponsorship of the Festival. This year, The Float Spa’s highly experienced teachers will be offering a range of classes all aimed at beginners, these teachers include: Sarah Williams, Rosie Iles-Jonas, Andy Butterfield, Lewis Hatchett, Brydie Rowan, Bella Somerville.

The Float Spa are based at: 8 Third Ave, Hove BN3 2PX.

Book a float experience, massage and see the yoga schedule and more: www.thefloatspa.co.uk

Live Life Well….

The Relationship Between Yoga and Good Sleep, Guest Blog by Sarah Johnson from Tuck

In today’s modern, high-stress world, it can be difficult to settle down at night. Sleep deprivation is a growing concern for many people who find themselves tossing and turning long into the night. It doesn’t matter where the stress comes from; yoga can help. Yoga relieves tension in the muscles, reduces stress, and helps you get better sleep.

Sleep deprivation affects everything from appetite to blood pressure. Getting less than a full seven hours of sleep increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and a whole host of other illnesses and disorders. Sleep loss changes the way hormones are released as well as increases inflammation, which leads to aches, pains, and chronic illness.

So how does yoga help?

Yoga performed at any time of day is beneficial to better sleep because it helps control the stress and tension that leads to sleep loss. When used as part of a regular bedtime routine, it can help those who struggle to fall asleep at night.  As you consistently do each pose in the same order each day, the repetition helps the brain recognize when to start the release of sleep hormones. A bedtime routine that includes yoga also allows you to release physical tension in the back, shoulders, and legs while centering the mind in the present.

One of the less measurable benefits of yoga is the effect it can have on moods. Stress could be making you tired, distracted, irritable, and angry. Studies conducted with varying groups from nurses to cancer patients have found that regular yoga brings an improvement in mood and positive self-perceptions. Participants ranked themselves as feeling more satisfied and content with their lives as they regularly practiced yoga.

Yoga can be done as either a group or individual activity, and both have their benefits. Attending a yoga class gives you an opportunity to learn proper technique while providing social opportunities. A busy lifestyle often limits interaction with other people, but in a class setting, classmates and instructors can become friends and mentors. Building connections with other people also helps to reduce stress.

At the same time, once you’ve learned a few yoga poses, those poses can be performed at home. In fact, many poses can be done from the comfort of your own bed. Poses may feel different while lying on a clean mattress, but the benefits are the same. Once you’ve created the right atmosphere in your bedroom—quiet, dark, and cool—you can lie in bed, breath deeply and stretch the tension away. A few poses you might want to try in bed are child’s pose, corpse pose, or reclining butterfly.

Better, deeper, more restful sleep can come from doing yoga for a few minutes every day. Whether you want the social benefits a class offers, or you look forward to doing some quiet poses in before bed, yoga can make a difference in the quality and quantity of your sleep. Getting in a full seven hours might not be as difficult to achieve as you once thought – if you can rid yourself of stress.

Guest blog post written by Sarah Johnson, Community Relations at Tuck
Tuck Sleep Foundation is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organisations across the web.