NEW LUXURY SPA IN GENEVA – WE TRY A DRY FLOTATION TANK
ALMA CLINIQUE – CHAMPEL
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On entering the new Alma Clinique in Champel, the feeling of serenity is overwhelming. I instantly feel like snuggling up on the giant chairs in reception, taking in the art for a few moments and then having a little snooze. Instead I am persuaded to have my nap on a floating mattress in the clinic’s ZerobodyTM float tank.
TESTING THE FLOATATION TANK – HERE’S WHAT WE THOUGHT
I have never tried a floatation tank before, failing to see how you could feel remotely relaxed floating around alone in a dark, claustrophobic tank. The stuff of nightmares, right? ZerobodyTM is not a float tank as you know it, it is a dry tank which you enter fully clothed. This new generation floating mattress is designed to allow you to relax in zero gravity without getting wet at all. As the body floats, the mind is freed to recharge.
Relax into a feeling of being suspended…
The tank itself is dimly lit and surrounded by curtains for privacy. Climbing on to the mattress is the only time that you feel slightly vulnerable, but as it fills up with water and you relax into the feeling of being suspended, it is very easy to switch off. Headphones provide relaxing music or guided meditation and the bed is warm. I had bubbles in the mattress and different coloured lights overhead (I think, I could have possibly imagined that in my über-relaxed state). I loved the feeling of zero contact on my back in particular, the tension that is always there just oozed away.
BENEFITS OF THE ZerobodyTM TANK
Benefits of the ZerobodyTM mattress include an increased production of serotonin, improved mood and quality of sleep, improved oxygenation of tissues and a release in tension in the body. After 30 minutes of down time, it felt pretty hard to get up and get on with my day, but once I came round, I had an extra spring in my step.
Invented in Italy, this is only one of two ZerobodyTM tanks in Switzerland (the other at Clinique La Prairie in Montreux). Eva Martinex, creator and owner of Alma Clinique explained the ZerobodyTM experience is especially popular with local business people who come at lunchtime to wind down from work.
ALMA CLINIC – COMPLEMENTARY AND TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
Eva walked me around the clinic, which she opened in February 2019 after spending three years analysing the medical and complementary facilities available in Geneva. Her vision was a place of traditional and complementary medicine under one roof, as a more complete health concept for patients. Medical treatments such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and MEBP technique (massage for children with special needs) are offered alongside Chinese medicine techniques and also luxury hotel standard face and body treatments. It really is a one-stop shop. Each treatment room Eva showed me was pristine and carefully decorated. I especially loved the couples massage room. Whatever treatment or combination of treatments you select, you also have the benefit of then relaxing in the clinic’s relaxation room after your appointment.
MANY DIFFERENT TREATMENTS
There is no hard sell in Alma Clinique and I love that. I will be back to try cupping and a tui na massage, along with a medical facial or Japanese Kobido facial massage and a side order of cranial sacral therapy.
A 30-minute relaxation on the ZerobodyTM mattress costs CHF60. For details of treatments offered or to book an appointment online, visit https://almaclinique.com.
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Also read our article about all the different complementary therapies available in Geneva.
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