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

MICHAEL

I’m a New Zealand born producer, songwriter and loop pedal artist and have been playing and performing music for over a decade now. I currently study Commercial Music at Massey University here in Wellington in the hopes of becoming a tutor in the future. I also have a strong passion for social-justice and animal rights but above all other pursuits creating music and collaborating with other artists is my main calling.

Why do you love floating?

Sensory deprivation is a great way for me to organize the mental clutter that accumulates from everyday life and put “the voice of thought” into context as a tool rather than a burden… Which left unchecked can foster negativity or stray our perception from immediate experience. I also find floating beneficial for putting your mind to work for visualization of tasks whether that be a composition, performance or assignment. Also, with the current technological climate of being over-saturated with media, information and stimulation an hour alone in the tank has never been more relevant and useful for grounding oneself to cultivate a better relationship with the outside world.

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

During my last float I thought the music had suddenly come back on, however it was completely in my head and the sensory deprivation environment had let my mind generate an internal soundtrack! This was by far my favorite experience to date but saying that, my best float is always my most recent one.

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

My best advice would be to set an intention not an expectation, because floating is so variable for everyone and individual floats can be vastly different.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.” ― Alan W. Watts

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

SOPHIE

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I came to New Zealand in December 2017, after spending the last two years working on an organic permaculture farm in Taiwan. The majority of my 27 years alive were spend in Germany, where I grew up and studied physiotherapy. I decided to leave my home country shortly after my graduation.

Wellington is treating me very well so far and turned out to be a wonderful choice to re-enter society after such a long time off the grid.

 Why do you love floating?

I love it because it is such a unique experience. Not only do you get to explore your true self floating on the softest of all elements but the tank allows you to stay isolated from almost all sensory input. No sound, no gravity, no light – pure bliss in modern life!

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

I only recently started to float on a regular basis but there was one that comes to mind: I went inside the tank after a very busy day and with a very busy mind. Lying there felt like an eternity and my monkey mind didn’t seem do give me any rest. But even though I suffered for the majority of time having to be without any distraction, in the last five minutes all restlessness just suddenly disappeared! I couldn’t believe it but I left the tank feeling light as a feather and with a smile on my face.

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

My advice would be to set an intension but go in there without any pressure or expectation. And if possible after a good night’s sleep so you have a chance to consciously experience (even though the sleeps inside the tank are most regenerating )

 What’s your favourite quote?

“What are you doing losing yourself?!” – Ego