Our story

When you meet Kevin and Samantha, you’ll probably notice they aren’t from around here. These Canadians arrived in New Zealand in 2012 and quickly fell in love with Wellington, making it their home. Kevin is a structural engineer and Samantha has a diverse background in addictions counselling and as a yoga teacher. They bring complementary visions to the culture of Float Well.

25474458_10101014216524913_957093284_oKevin’s key interest in floating is expanding human consciousness, awareness and potential. Samantha’s passion is for empowering people to improve their lives through contemplation, community and holistic wellbeing.

Kevin and Samantha were introduced to floating by the Joe Rogan podcast and they have floated in New Zealand and overseas. They were both immediately captivated by the experience. Their idea to bring floating to Wellington was born within the tank itself and they have now turned their dream into reality.

“As avid floaters, we are so excited to introduce Wellington to Float Well – we can’t wait to share this incredible experience with you!”

Our Staff

Asha

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I moved from Christchurch to Wellington four years ago, and aside from the time I’ve spent abroad I’ve been happy to call it home ever since. I’m a musician and English language teacher when I’m not floating, and enjoy finding the spaces where music and language intersect.

Why do you love floating?

Floating to me is complete freedom, a rare thing living in the inner city. The meditative aspect of floating has always appealed to me, as well as the exploration and deeper understanding of consciousness which comes with regular practice. All that aside, the physical benefits are also huge; floating helps normalise my often scattered sleeping patterns and insomnia, as well as relaxing my entire body.

Describe your best float experience and why it was so good:

So many floats have been incredible for different reasons, however one which stands out was my first experience with a longer float. I spent almost 3 hours in the tank, and was able to go a lot deeper than I had previously. This deep state, whether it was meditation, theta, hypnogogic, or some combination of these and others, led my mind down some intriguing rabbit holes that I hadn’t considered before. It was also the closest I’ve come in the tank to a complete loss of awareness of my body, I remember turning the lights on at the end and being a little surprised to see legs dangling in front of me!

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of trying their first float?

The biggest piece of advice I could give would be not to go into the experience with too many expectations. Even after dozens of floats, no two are ever quite the same. The best approach I’ve found is simply to hop in, turn out the lights, and see where you end up.

What’s your favourite quote?

“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process — an integral function of the universe.” -Buckminster Fuller

Ryan

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I’m originally from Hawke’s Bay and moved down to Wellington to study commerce at Vic University in 2010. Like many I’ve stayed in the capital because it’s got that ability to draw you in and keep you here with its great food and unique culture. I love to travel and have just got back from Ireland, which was brilliant. If you asked me cats or dogs? Dogs every time.

 Why do you love floating?

I love floating because it’s the best tool (I’ve found) for mindful development and physical recovery. It feels great to get away for the moment and it’s a great environment to slow down and just relax. The physical benefits are another big reason why I love to jump in the tank. With 500kg of Epsom Salts dissolved in the tank – the body’s aches and pains seem to vanish when I’m floating and muscle soreness is noticeably reduced afterwards as well.

 Describe your best float experience and why it was so good:

My best float experience is hard to define, there’s too many. My first float blew my mind simply because I didn’t know what to expect and afterwards I was unexplainably giddy – I felt like I had the best sleep of my life but didn’t sleep a minute. Honestly the best experiences I get from floating and working at Float Well, is getting see people come in and try it for the first time – their reactions are priceless.

 What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of trying their first float?

My only advice to someone who is thinking about floating would be to just do it, make the time, give it a crack and thank yourself afterwards.

 What’s your favourite quote?

“It’s quite something, to experience nothing.” – Somebody