SAM

Tell us about yourself:

I am the proud co-founder of Float Well. I am also a yoga teacher, which is the perfect complement to being a business owner in the float industry as I am incredibly passionate about wellbeing and self-development. I studied psychology & criminology and worked as an addictions counsellor prior to leaving my career to open Float Well. Originally from Canada, Wellington became home in 2012 and I couldn’t love anywhere more! I love crosswords, eating (and cooking I guess), CrossFit and puppies.

Why do you love floating?

As a Type-A-in-recovery, floating provides me with the space to unplug from the external world. It’s not uncommon for me to have a million things on my to-do list, which means my mind is usually very active and it’s hard to find the time to literally do nothing. Floating has become my primary self-care tool where I can disappear for an hour (or more) and let my body relax and my mind recalibrate.

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

I have floated well over 100 times so it’s hard to pinpoint one specific “best float”. The float tank has been a place where I have done intense thinking, worked through conflict, fallen asleep, had big cries, laughed out loud and felt incredibly connected to myself in a way I never have anywhere else. I have learnt over many floats to be open to whatever experience the float tank has to offer, rather than try and force anything.

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

The float tank will give you what you need, if you let it. Leave your expectations at home and give yourself permission to let go.

I also believe it’s important to prioritise these self-care experiences, as they typically are the first things to fall away when life gets “too busy”; however, those are usually the times when we need them the most!

What’s your favourite quote?

It’s funny how we outgrow what we once thought we couldn’t live without, and then we fall in love with that we didn’t even know we wanted. Life keeps leading us on journeys we would never go on if it were up to us. Don’t be afraid. Have faith. Find the lessons. Trust the journey.

-Marc and Angel

KEVIN

Tell us about yourself:

Originally from the wet west coast of Vancouver, Canada. Moved over to Wellington to chase earthquakes, as my career was/is in structural engineering. Got bored, explored different options and opened up a float tank centre with Sam! In my spare time I play music, surf, teach yoga and spend time in nature exploring.

Why do you love floating?

All of us in the float industry share similar reasons as to why we love floating. First, you get to float, which is an amazing experience in and of itself. Secondly, what better way to drop out and tune into your body and mind?  The ability to consolidate a busy mind and be so introspective during a float, with ease, is unparalleled in my experience.

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

My best experience was doing a longer 3hr float. It had several chapters to it and many depths (busy mind, still mind, disconnection from body, dream state, sleep state, water in eye state). The float didn’t feel long at all. My senses were removed for so long that I was put into a really calm state. However, the walk home at 11pm on Friday night along Courtney place was a huge contrast.  I remember the 3 min walk feeling like an eternity compared to the 3hr float without sensory input.  Was a very interesting experience from start to finish!

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

When was the last time you’ve tried a new experience for the first time? Life is about exploring and experiencing new things. Prioritise yourself and provide some space to come to explore, you’ll thank yourself after if you can let go.

What’s your favourite quote?

No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.

-Hunter S. Thompson

CARA

Tell us about yourself:

Hi! I’m Cara and I’m currently in my last year of nursing school.  When I’m not studying or on placements, I love to cook, go to the gym, go for walks and be with friends and family.

Why do you love floating?

I love to float because it’s a dedicated 60-90 minutes of just relaxation. It doesn’t matter how busy I am either side of my float, I have that time to hit pause and relax. If my mind is super busy doesn’t want to stop, I find it’s a great time to think about things that are happening, make mental lists, notes, plan things etc, sometimes my floats are very productive! I float with my boyfriend often as well, and it’s a lovely activity to do together, as we both have busy schedules, it’s a 2 for 1 for quality time and relaxing.

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

My best float experience was a couple weeks ago, it was the night before I began a 6 week placement at Wellington hospital. I went into a gorgeous half dreaming state and could feel a physical change of all my muscles relaxing and stress leaving my body during my float. I felt so refreshed and ready for the big week ahead.

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

Everyone has really different experiences so go in with an open mind, and I would do it at night so you don’t have to think about anything that you’re doing after, and you can go home and have a super relaxing evening.

What’s your favourite quote?

I thank the universe
For taking
Everything is has taken
And giving
Everything it has given
– Rupi Kaur

ERIKA

Tell us about yourself:

I’m a musician, music teacher, practicing Astrologer and now a float facilitator! I practice yoga and meditation regularly, love long walks in nature and am a huge fan of consciousness exploration and self discovery in all it’s forms. I also love cooking, have 2 new kittens and am just getting into exploring permaculture ideas in my garden.

Why do you love floating?

I absolutely love everything about floating. I love how unique and special each float experience is. I love the total sensory break you get from the world when you’re in a float tank, and how that experience can take you to many different places. I love the deep deep relaxation of body and mind that I experience in the tank. I love how an experience in a float tank is like no other experience I know of on earth.

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

During my favorite float experience, I heard music that I thought was coming in from the speakers in the tank, but it was actually being generated by my own consciousness! It was such a rare and interesting experience. During that same float I was drifting in and out of sleep and dreams, and it was just so pleasant and mysterious. The sleep I had after that float was amazing.

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

I would say go for it!! It’s unlike anything else out there. It’s a chance to really switch off from the outside world and recalibrate. There are options you can choose with light and sound, if you’re feeling unsure about being in the darkness and the silence, but there’s nothing to be afraid of and more than likely you’ll have such a good time that you’ll be booking your next one straight away.

What’s your favourite quote?

The smaller your reality, the more convinced you are that you know everything.

-Thomas Campbell

MICHAEL

Tell us about yourself:

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 favourite 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

NICK

Tell us about yourself:

I’m from Wellington and I’m a musician, I’ve recently completed a bachelors at the New Zealand School of Music in classical piano performance. When I need a break from that I love reading, chess, and I’ve just started getting into yoga.

Why do you love floating?

Floating was a really important part of my uni self care uni routine, especially around recital time. It’s like having the best nap in the world, in your own little pocket of the universe.

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

It’s hard to pick one best experience, but I really enjoyed doing some of the guided meditation tracks.

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

Try to let go of any expectations as much as you can, and remember not to drink too much coffee beforehand!

What’s your favourite quote?

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.
-Rachmaninoff

REBEKAH

Tell us about yourself:

I moved to Wellington from Melbourne just over a year ago. I’m currently studying Psychology and Anthropology at Victoria University. I’m interested in learning more about the mind, and how we can use this to study ourselves and our species. In my spare time I enjoy spending time in nature, painting and listening to a good podcast or two – not to mention floating.

Why do you love floating?

Floating’s great. To me, it’s an experience where I am able to tune out from external stimulus and be alone with myself. Inside the tank is an environment where I am able to creatively think and generate new ideas. Post-float I am always amazed at how good my muscles feel, and the sleep after is always a winner.

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

My first float was definitely my favourite. I’d heard stuff about floating before, and had been wanting to try it for a while. I was blown away by my experience. Inside the tank, I reached a place of deep gratitude and love. I was also amazed at how quickly time went. Leaving the float centre, colours, lights and sounds took on a new meaning. I was amazed at what 60 minutes in darkness and quiet could do.

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

If you’ve been thinking about it – definitely give it a shot. The first float is really about working out what’s good for you. Given that the environment is not something that we are usually exposed to, it can sometimes take some getting used to. I reckon try 3 floats within a reasonably close time-frame to get a good gauge on what floating is all about.

What’s your favourite quote?

Our everyday waking consciousness is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the flimsiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

-Michael Pollan

RYAN

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Tell us about yourself:

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.

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