Review 2019: Thula Mama
Thula Mama is a unique and relaxing activity where mums with babies can enjoy singing together in a group whilst cuddling their babies and generally having a lovely time. There are groups all over the country, but Basingstoke’s offering stands out from the rest in its venue – The Salt Lounge is Basingstoke’s first salt therapy space and is conveniently located close to Festival Place just off Wote street. It offers treatments that can help alleviate breathing difficulties such as asthma as well as soothing skin conditions such as eczema.
At my first session it was a small enough group to not feel overwhelmed. Rebecca, who organises it, was super friendly and we were offered tea and biscuits in lovely reusable mugs with lids (to prevent accidents from little grabbing hands!). We relaxed in the waiting area and chatted for a while, before heading into the therapy room for our singing session.
The therapy room is a soothing white cave of tranquility. There are comfortable reclining chairs with low arms and footstools, perfect for feeding baby. You can choose to go barefoot, or with protection over your shoes, and the salt on the floor feels lovely between your toes. There are mats and toys laid out on the floor for the babies to play, and the lighting is slightly dimmed for relaxation.
The songs at Thula Mama are simple, easy to learn traditional songs from around the world. The words are written on a flip chart and the tunes can be picked up after hearing the song once. We sang each through several times, adding in harmonies as we went, and I felt a real sense of achievement from learning some lovely-sounding music and enjoying singing it in less than 5 minutes! There are no auditions, and no worrying about having any previous experience of singing – it’s all about joining in and having fun with other mums!
Facilities-wise the venue has everything you need – there are lockers for you to leave valuables if you wish, prams can be left in the waiting area where there is always a member of staff present, and the disabled toilet has a changing table too. There are a couple of steps into the building, but there is always someone to help get prams in if needed.
I left my first session feeling both physically and emotionally refreshed. My little one and I both had colds at the time, and I’m sure the salt therapy helped us feel better, and it was such a nice change to do something calming and relaxing with babies (although we are all for the sensory play and bright colours and loud noises of other baby groups too!). I have since been back every week for the past couple of months and treat it as my weekly retreat!
I give Thula Mama 5 out of 5! At £10 per week it’s really reasonable, especially considering you get a salt therapy session for free! The first session is free for you to come along and try, so what are you waiting for? Get in touch on the link below:
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