Specialty Room Testimonial

As many of you may be aware, moving the specialty room from the concept phase to a fully-functional one has been a labor (or labor of love) for our office. The good news is, as of February 1st, we have been booking all or some of the equipment - as the room is complete! Over the past week and a half, we have had quite a few individuals book and utilize our equipment, and their feedback has been fantastic! A great blogger, photographer, and graphic designer - Heidi Rolf - gave our specialty room experience an amazing testimonial on her blog this week as well:

Balanced Living started out as exclusively counseling services which they still offer, but they moved to a bigger space and now have group meditation/tai chi/yoga classes, reiki, and the specialty room which includes a hyperbaric chamber, sensory deprivation tank and far infrared sauna. It’s essentially a place where you can relax, detox, restore, and strengthen your body and mind—in other words, it’s the full wellness experience. Upon arrival to the building its in you’re inclined to feel skeptical, it’s a pretty corporate looking building, how could this contain the experience of a mini retreat? Then you realize it’s on the lower level..a wellness center in a basement? How? But the second you walk in the door your senses are assailed by a soothing environment, the sound of water, ambient music and a cozy yet breezy sitting room. Bridget then gave us a tour of the new space with beautiful hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows with a view to the surrounding foliage that will be beautiful come spring, but offered a serene environment complimented by the falling snow. The space for classes itself has windows on two walls with large mirrors reflecting their views, I can’t wait to take a yoga class here:

TBLC Studio

But we had come for the specialty room, last time I visited it wasn’t quite done and I was excited to see how much it had transformed. The sensory deprivation tank is more so a tub built into a wall with a glass door. Before entering the tank there’s a beautiful shower stocked with all natural shampoo/conditioner/shower gel. I know it’s weird to call a shower beautiful, but the tiling really is amazing and the water pressure was perfect. It was a great way to start off the experience. Rather than describe how everything looks here’s some photos:

As you can see, not as scary as it sounds. I started my experience with a shower and then entered the sensory deprivation tank in a swim suit (hygiene). The point of the tank is to be submerged in body temperature water so that you feel as though you are floating. Once the music fades out and lights dim you are submerged into an experience cutting you off from the outside world. As you float in the epson salt water (1000lbs of salt) your mind slowly relaxes and will eventually enter a state that feels like right before waking or falling asleep, where you might notice your mind racing with thoughts you can’t separate dreams from reality (theta state). In this context it can be a creative burst where you’ll find you’re able to problem solve more effectively. Before getting in I put in earplugs and decided to wear goggles because I am a total face toucher and you do not want to get that salt in your eyes. Upon sitting in the water my legs instantly bounced up, it’s hard to believe you’ll float until it becomes very obvious, you are GOING to float. I am incredibly sore from my recent yoga endeavors and taking all the stress off my joints felt amazing. I was jittery though, as my research had predicted. It’s HARD to be cut off from the outside world, where I’m constantly checking email/texts and always looking at a screen. I felt restless not knowing what time it was but eventually used some of my self hypnosis practices to calm my mind and relax. I think this is such an important part of the room; we all need time where we are cut off from everything and can focus on our breathing and bodies, allowing our minds to rest & flow organically. I can’t wait to try it out again as I know reaching the theta state will take practice. I followed it up with another shower to wash all the salt off and waited for Aaron to vacate the chamber. He clambered out with a rosy glow looking totally refreshed and buoyant.

TBLC Sensory Deprivation Tank

Normally a person would experience this room alone but since we came together we decided we would do the sauna at the same time. 150 degrees for 30 minutes, hot as balls. But the infrared sauna heats you from your core so it never felt unbearable, which I thought it would as I normally can’t last more than 5 minutes. I think the clear glass door with a view to the outside was extremely helpful. As I noted before, I sweat a lot so..yeah it got a little gross but in a very satisfying way. I loved the visual of toxins leaving my body and the heat was soothing on my sore muscles. Ended this with yet another, this time cool shower, and got cozied up for the chamber.

TBLC Sauna

The hyperbaric chamber pumps out 3x the usual amount of oxygen which as a number of benefits depending on you ailments. It can help with jet lag, arthritis, boost collagen, joint pain, etc. really anything you’d imagine some extra oxygen would help with. Of the three pieces I think people might struggle the most with this one in terms of feeling claustrophobic if they’re prone to that but it was 3-4 feet in diameter I’d guess and 7 feet long (that’s what she said..if she was a giant), very roomy. I’d equate the experience to being inside of a narrow tent. You get zipped in but can unzip at anytime which made me feel good about it, you’re lying on a sleeping pad and Aaron and I brought a pillow with us + headphones/kindles/phones. You could even watch a show in there. Plus it’s so good for you, you feel completely restored maybe 40 minutes or so following. It was a nice way to end the session and Bridget said we both looked totally relaxed and also said my skin looked amazing, I agreed. All in all, total success. I talked my uber driver’s ear off for the next 45 minutes back to Akron, so I’d say the hyperbaric chamber definitely energized me as well, plus I just wrote this long ass blog close to midnight.

TBLC Hyperbaric Chamber

Thank you so much, Heidi, for your well-written and highly description testimonial. I trust this will help many individuals go from considering the equipment, to booking and finding the host of benefits they each will offer. If you would like to book one or all of the equipment, please go to MindBodyConnect or call our office at 440-941-0425. 

We look forward to serving you soon!


The move is over, the construction is done, the launch party has landed, and test runs on specialty room equipment have begun.  It's slowly starting to sink in that we no longer have to move, we just have to settle in and make it home. 

The excitement of the move took a lot of energy and focus, but pressure builds diamonds and this new office is a beauty and well-worth the effort.  We want to welcome you to our first ever yoga class - only possible thanks to expanding into a location with studio space.  Hit the mats with us surrounded by positive energy and nature!

Yoga has the benefit of being part of a beautifully dichotomous relationship between difficult while still relaxing.  What better way to push the limits of your body and mind than in a judgement free zone, catered to all levels of yoga prowess.  Whether your skills are negligent or well honed, instructor Mark Kaplafka is prepared to create an environment of healthy support and self-motivation. 

Wednesday, February 3rd from 8-9:15pm, we'd love to see you join us!  Sign up on the MindBody Connect app, or by putting this link in your browser's search bar: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=245646


Home at Last

We made it!

As many of you are aware, for months now we've been (mostly) patiently awaiting our transition into our new office suite, located on the lower level of Interstate Office Plaza, Suite 90.  Well we can now, thankfully, announce that it has finally happened!

In our new suite we are still offering clients counseling sessions - but with more availability due to the addition of a new counseling office. We have gained a studio space that we will utilize with yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi classes - as well as wellness workshops and group therapy.  Last, but certainly not least, we are excited to offer our specialty room - which includes a flotation tank, a far-infrared sauna, and a hyperbaric chamber.

We hope our move, the additional space, and many improvements will help our clients maximize their wellness experience. More specifically, our goal for the new services and equipment is to aid our clients in their journey to de-stress, detox, and restore themselves.  

Many of your questions on our new services, clinicians, and pieces of equipment may be answered through our new website. But, before jumping right in, allow us to show you firsthand what we've done!  All are invited to stop by our Launch Party, January 9th from 12 noon until 5 pm.  Food and drinks will be provided, check social media accounts or inspect our new website for more details on special opportunities being offered on site. 

We can't wait to see you!

Expanding Into Wellness

The Balanced Living Center, LLC, which currently specializes in mental health counseling, wants to let you know of some very exciting news! In September of this year, our office will be relocating to the lower level of our building. This expansion allows us the opportunity to serve more clients with the addition of another mental health counseling office. Even more exciting, we are changing our name to The Balanced Living & Wellness Center LLC.

Why, do you ask? Because our new office will be adding a variety of wellness services to give our clients more holistic options! We will be offering services such as yoga, meditation classes, Reiki, and workshops on essential oil, raw food workshops, and coping skills. We are most excited to offer clients our specialty room, which will consist of a far infrared sauna, hyperbaric chamber, and sensory deprivation (floatation) tank.

How will you be updated? To begin with, we plan to utilize this blog, not only as a way to keep our clients informed of our office changes, but also to give you tools to assist in your day-to-day living. So make sure to bookmark our site to keep in the loop! Also, we will be hosting a monthly newsletter that you can sign up for on our website; or you can always like our Facebook page and our Twitter page.

Thank you for visiting our site, and we look forward to serving you soon!

Basic Meditation Class

Are you are stressed out, anxious, and/or overthinking things; are you are depressed and/or worried; do you want to change, but don’t know how; have you have ever been interested in meditation? If you answered yes to any of these, then this basic meditation class is for you!

In this all-levels meditation class, you’ll develop an understanding of the basics of meditation along with some tips on how to deepen your current meditation practice. You’ll be guided through clarity of mind to find tools to help you better manage stress, anxiety and the challenges of life.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn some breathing exercises as well as some gentle yoga poses to support your natural ability to heal, let go and relax. Throughout this class, you’ll find yourself developing the tools to heal past emotional injuries while you settle into the comfort and peace that meditation can offer. If you are interested in trying the class out – the drop-in rate is $20 – you can sign up on MindBody Connect App or here.

This class is taught by Mark Kaplafka, who studied meditation under his mentor, Linda Stein Luthke; through The Cleveland Buddhist Temple; and through his own study and exploration. Mark is also became a yoga instructor from Nishkama Yoga Studio in Independence, Ohio, holding is 200 CYT certification from Yoga Alliance.