PhinneyWood is full of wonderful people and
great places that we all wish we knew more about. Resident Kevin Kozel
periodically digs deeper to let us know more in a column we like to call … Hi
These days it seems we’re all looking for ways
to relax, heal, or unplug. It’s getting harder and harder to find ways to
escape without the possibility of being interrupted. Why not take a float?
While floating has been growing in popularity over the past few years, it’s
actually a concept that has been around for quite some time. Having experienced
it myself, I can attest to the soothing escape it can create, but there are
multiple benefits that the activity can offer.
Andrew Loppnow, one of the co-owners of Float
Seattle, recently opened a new location in PhinneyWood. I recently caught up
with Andrew to ask him some questions about floating, what it can do for you,
and what to expect from his latest location.
Kevin Kozel (KK): You just opened a new
location on 85th Avenue, but you’re also the owner of all Float Seattle locations
now, is that right?
Andrew Loppnow (AL): Yes, my business partner
Dean and I are operating owners. We work shifts at all three of our studios on
top of all of our duties behind the scenes. I’ve worked for Float Seattle for
almost five years and Dean was a member for a while. The two of us had an
opportunity to take over the business from the founder last year, so we found a
way to make it happen. We’ve had a busy year learning the ropes and making lots of improvements
along the way. It’s a lot of hard work running these float centers, but we love
what we do!
KK: And how many locations are there now?
AL: The first one started in Greenlake in
2012. There is a second in Bellevue which opened in 2015. This Greenwood
location is the third one. We recently took over a previous float business that
was in this spot. It’s our biggest float center with six tanks. The others have
KK: It’s certainly the biggest site I’ve seen.
AL: Its size opens up a lot of possibilities
for us. While floating is our main focus, we also host community events once a
month. For example, we just offered a gong meditation here a few weeks ago and
are beginning to offer team-building workshops and other things. We aim to be a
wellness hub for the Seattle community, promoting and educating people on anything
related to meditation, pain management, stress relief, etc. We’re really excited about what where we’re
at, but also what Float Seattle can become. Floating by itself is amazing, but
we look forward to offering more and more value through these other offerings.
KK: So tell us more about the experience of
AL: Sure. There are many shapes and size of
float tanks, but the experience is generally always the same. There is about 10
inches of water with 1,000 pounds of Epson salt, which is what allows you to
float effortlessly in the water on your back. It’s heated to body temperature.
The pods have a light and the ability to play music, however we recommend
turning off the light and floating in silence. There are really two components;
the salt allows negating of gravity and has a natural anti-inflammatory effect which
relieves pressure on your joints and muscles, and there is the reduction of
sensory inputs created by the skin-temperature water and the lack of light and
sound which creates the relaxing environment.
Our bodies spend so much energy processing the
world with every waking minute. It’s incredible what can happen when you take
most of that away! The experience essentially hits the reset button on your
nervous system. It’s very effective in reducing stress, aches and pains, and
just providing a space for relaxed introspection and meditation. It’s
definitely strange at first, but many people find it to be one of the most
relaxing experiences they’ve ever had.
KK: How do you prepare your clients for their
AL: We give you a very thorough walkthrough on
your first visit and make sure we go over the common questions and fears that
people might have. That’s something I think we do a really good job of. It’s
really important to set people up so they aren’t thinking about all of the
things that could keep them from relaxing. We aren’t going to just throw you in
a tank and forget about you.
Each guest has a private room with a tank and
a shower, and you’ll shower before and after the float session. We provide
everything that you’ll need. The session itself is an hour, but you should
allow 90 minutes for the whole experience for showering and taking a moment to
drink some tea on the couch after your float.
KK: Having floated myself, do you explain that
it can take a few floats before your body start to accept it?
AL: Yes, it really takes two or three times
for someone to really get comfortable with floating, get over the novelty
aspects, and start to understand how it might help them in their life. It’s
important to be forward with the educational component and make it less of a
sales pitch. If you really want to decide if it’s for you or not, then you
really owe it yourself to experience it three times to see what it can do for you.
One float is certainly relaxing and interesting, but the benefits really do
compound with multiple sessions.
KK: What plans do you have available for
people looking to give floating a try?
AL: We have lots of options, but the
introductory rate is $39 (regularly $69). We also offer a three-pack for $135.
For our standard memberships it’s $54 per month. That gets you one float and
then all additional floats are $35. You max out at $229 per month, so once you
reach that all additional floats are free. We also offer floating Happy Hour
Monday through Thursday until 3 pm at the $39 introductory rate for all floats.
The membership can also be used at any of our three locations and is super
flexible in regard to cancellations and pausing.
To get signed up for your first float, or for more information on the activity of floating, you can stop by Float Seattle at 111 NW 85th Street or visit their website at www.floatseattle.com.
Any person, place, or thing you want to know
more about in our neighborhood? Feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment
and we’ll look into making it a future feature on Hi Neighbor!