I first heard about floating early in 2007. A good friend of mine told me that one of our Muay Thai instructors had been going and loved it. I was intrigued, but couldn’t fathom adding one more “thing” to what I already perceived as a “cumbersome” life.
I was commuting 3-5 hours a day, had recently had the first of my two children. I trained early mornings and evenings and was working a stressful full-time office job. Not that uncommon of a lifestyle in the tristate area I would imagine.
Thankfully, that October I booked my first float. I will never forget the excitement and anticipation leading up to it. It was so foreign to me that it held the same magical prospect of traveling to a distant land. I documented the entire experience afterwards and love going back and reading it even to this day. It had not only lived up to my expectations, but far exceeded anything I could have imagined it would be. I had chanced upon something that let me put aside my entire life for a precious window of relaxation, rejuvenation and exploration. As I drifted around the streets afterward, in that sweet, sweet, post-float state of mind, I knew that my life path had shifted. I was ready to rejoin my “maybe not so cumbersome life” with a renewed outlook in the form of acceptance and appreciation.
Over the years, life didn’t get less complicated. The birth of a second child, house, career, injury, age. But every time things got too heavy or my body just needed to recover, I had a refuge. Floating carried me through it all. Allowing me to take the sort of break that a walk in the woods or even a vacation can’t offer. A timeless space of nothing, and at the same time eternity and infinity wrapped into one. I can’t overstate the solace I found in those float sessions. My only regret being that I couldn’t go more frequently due to the amount of travel involved and having to book so far in advance.
Years later and after 17 years in technology and finance (for which I am forever grateful) I began to consider what it would be like to not only make floating more accessible to me, but to all of the people I knew who would love and benefit from it. I daydreamed of providing a service which helped people live better. They would smile when they saw me and smile even bigger after they floated. Two years of keeping an eye on the ever-increasing popularity and scientific research in floating showed me that the audience who would benefit was even larger than I thought. Athletes, veterans, seniors, pregnant women, creatives, new parents, and certainly overworked people who had a ton on their plate and tended to vent through short stints at the gym or long stints at the bar.
And here we are today, realizing a dream that began with one enchanting float, a practice that centered me throughout a decade of trials and tribulations, and left me with the desire to share with the world the immeasurably deep smile that comes from floating.