Virtual energy

Jealous of those lucky office workers whose companies provide at-desk massages? Try accessing the internet during a lesson break to get an equivalent experience. Log on to www.theenergybank.com, go to "online services" and sample the free three-minute "earth-element" relaxation. "A short, intense energy zap", says marketing manager Joel Sutton.

The Energy Bank is the first company in the UK to sell human energy. Based in the City of London, it aims to combine 5,000 years of Chinese practice with 21st-century technology. Relaxation classes are available in situ, but you can also take advantage of remote access. Once you've had your free sample you can buy five kinds of relaxation sessions (earth, fire, metal, water and wood) over the web or on CD-Rom. It's pound;1 a day to use all five online sessions. Or a virtual relaxation teacher can be beamed into your classroom via a "teleportation machine".

After The Energy Bank did experimental relaxation and story-telling sessions with a class at Seven Mills primary school in the London borough of Tower Hamlets (pictured), Year 3 teacher Val Cullingford said: "The children are acting more as a community and are more open."

JUSTINA HART

The Energy Bank, 132 Commercial Street, London E1 (020 7650 0718), www.theenergybank.com. To take part in a teleportation project, travel to your nearest teleport centre (ask for details) or The Energy Bank can set up video-conferencing equipment in your school. Ask for details of how schools can take part in non-commercial research projects.

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