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Mental health charity offers floatation therapy

By Mark Andrews | Stafford | Business | Published:

A charity has teamed up with a floatation therapy centre to help people with mental health problems.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, a national mental health and wellbeing charity, has added Stafford-based Time to Float to its list of service providers.

Kaleidoscope will also receive a donation for every user who books a session through the charity.

The charity said approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, with the coronavirus pandemic increasing levels of stress and anxiety.

Kaleidoscope chief executive Monica Shafaq said the charity had experienced unprecedented demands for support during the pandemic.

"As a charity, we’re passionate about offering a variety of different services," she said. "Our partnership with Time to Float will provide something different to those that we support."

Floatation therapy, also known as sensory-deprivation, provides stress relief and muscle recovery by allowing people to float in a pod of salt water heated to body temperature.

Mark Smethurst, director of Time to Float in Marston Road, said he had seen people with a range of mental health problems including post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression benefit from the treatment.

"In some cases, our clients have used floatation therapy to reduce and even come off their medication for depression,” he said.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews
@MAndrews_Star

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.

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