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Float Tour 2016 Blog

It’s funny. Going on this trip, my primary motivation was to have an adventure and spend more time with Graham and Ashkahn, two friends that rarely got to see since they became consumed by their business. As we traveled, I became immersed in the Float World. I made new friends everywhere we went and got to meet some truly interesting, innovative, and brave people. I got to meet all of you. Many of you were wondering why Graham and Ashkahn went on this trip.

What were these two larger than life characters up to? Was it a publicity tour? Were they trying to research float center ideas? Were they plotting world domination?

As someone who’s gotten to know them pretty well over the years, I can say definitively why they decided to do this trip: it sounded like fun (and possibly world domination).

And it was fun.

We got to celebrate Persian New Year with Ashkahn’s family, visit the Petrified Forest in Arizona, chill with every float center owner along our path, and go on the kind of trip that could coax Kerouac out of retirement. The schedule was absolutely unrealistic, and yet we held to it (mostly). We made it back to Portland 3 months and 6 days from the day we left, tired but inspired. Graham and Ashkahn shared some of their thoughts on the experience at the Conference.

Below is our collection of links to the blogs. My chronicling of our adventure, highlighting all of you out there.

Thank you for the memories.

Float Tour Blog Issue #1 – Southern Oregon || Northern California

Eugene, Oregon

Float Om

Blue Lake, California  

Chumayo Day Spa

Chico, California

Renew FloatSpa

Marysville, California

Float Therapy

Float Tour Blog Issue #2 – Northern California

Marysville, California 

ACE Composites

Reno, Nevada

Healing One

Truckee, California

RISE Float House

Grass Valley, California

Samadhi Tank Co.

Float Tour Blog Issue #3 – Bay Area, California

San Francisco, California

Reboot

Zazen

Float Dreams

Oakland, California

Oakland Floats

San Carlos, California

Come Float With Us

Ben Lomand, California

Be and Be Well

Float Tour Blog Issue #4 – Southern California

Woodland Hills, California

Nova Center

Pasadena, California

Just Float

Westwood, California

Float Lab

Costa Mesa, California

Newport Beach Float Therapy

Float Tour Blog Issue #5 – Southern California

Laguna Beach, California

The Float Lounge

Orange, California

Awaken

Temecula, California

The Float Experience

Santa Barbara, California

Alchemy Wellness Spa

Float Tour Blog Issue #6 – Southern California

Solana Beach, California

Float North County

San Diego, California

Float Spa San Diego

Float Sanctuary

Palm Desert, California

Desert Serenity Float Spa

Mot’us Floatation & Wellness

Landers, California

Landers Float Camp

Float Tour Blog Issue #7 – Nevada || Arizona

Henderson, Nevada

Go Float Yourself

Las Vegas, Nevada

Float Centers of Nevada

Float Sanctuary (Part Two)

Sedona, Arizona

True Rest

Phoenix, Arizona

Vibetality

Float Tour Blog Issue #8 – New Mexico || Oklahoma

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Enlighten others

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Float Los Alamos

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Float OKC

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Recover

H2Oasis

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Synergia Ranch (Honorable Mention)

Float Tour Blog Issue #9 – Our LIBR Visit

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Float Clinic at the Laureate Institute of Brain Research

Float Tour Blog Issue #10 – Texas

Frisco, Texas

The Float Spot

Highland, Texas

Float Away Spa

Colleyville, Texas

@Peace

Dallas, Texas

Adrift

Austin, Texas

Zero Gravity Institute

Liquid Floats

Houston, Texas

Space City Float Center

KOLD

Float Houston

Float Tour Blog Issue #11 – Louisiana || Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Fleauxt

New Orleans, Louisiana

Space Sanctuary

NOLA Floats

Atlanta, Georgia

Flo2s

Flöt Spa (Honorable Mention)

Impact Cryotherapy (Honorable Mention)

Float Tour Blog Issue #12 – Tennessee || Virginia

Nashville, Tennessee

Float Nashville

Ashville, North Carolina

Still Point Wellness

Norfolk, Virginia

Superior Float Tanks

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Dream Float Spa

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

The Salt Spa

Richmond, Virginia

The Float Zone

Charlottesville, Virginia

Aquafloat

Float Tour Blog Issue #13 – Virginia || Maryland || Pennsylvania

Ashburn, Virginia

Om Float

Bethesda, Maryland

Hope Floats

Baltimore, Maryland

Be Free Floating

Forest Hill, Maryland

Mind Body Soul Float Tanks

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

East Coast Float Spa

Halcyon

Float Tour Blog Issue #14 – New Jersey

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Float South New Jersey

Bedminster, New Jersey

Quantum Floats

Kearny, New Jersey

Serene Dreams

Ocean, New Jersey

The Float Studio

Brick, New Jersey

Floatation Locations (Honorable Mention)

Float Tour Blog Issue #15 – New York || New Jersey || Connecticut || Massachusetts || Maine || Vermont

Brooklyn, New York

Lift/Next Level Float

Waldwick, New Jersey

Cloud Aquatic

Mt. Kisco, New York

Rise Above Floatation

Westport, Connecticut

iFloat Sensations

Trumbull, Connecticut

PuRest

Boston, Massachusetts

Float Boston

Portland, Maine

Float Harder

Burlington, Vermont

Satori Float & Mind Spa

Float Tour Blog Issue #16 – Quebec || Ontario, Canada

Montréal, Quebec

Ovarium

Spa Cloud

Ottawa, Ontario

Tank Action

ISÖ Spa Floatation Centre

Old Chelsea, Quebec

Spa Nordik

Float Tour Blog Issue #17 – Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario

Float Toronto

REST Nest

Toronto Float Tanks

H2O Float Spa

Muse (Honorable Mention)

Hamilton, Ontario

Flowt K-W

Zee Float

Wonderfloat

Float Tour Blog Issue #18 – New York || Ohio || Michigan

Buffalo, New York

Silver Essence Float Spa

Flo

Rochester, New York

Bodymind Float Spa

Cleveland, Ohio

Optimal Wellness Center

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Neurofitness

Bloom Wellness

NSF International (Honorable Mention)

Lansing, Michigan

Delta Floats

St. Joseph, Michigan 

Revive

Toledo, Ohio

Tom Fine & John Turner (Honorable Mention)

Float Tour Blog Issue #19 – Illinois || Wisconsin

Chicago, Illinois

Float Sixty

Anicca Float Club

Northbrook, Illinois

Chicago Stress Relief Center

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Float Milwaukee

A Better Me Float Spa

Madison, Wisconsin

Float Madison

Float Factor

Float Tour Blog Issue #20 – Missouri || Nebraska

St. Louis, Missouri

Float Shiloh

F.L.O.A.T.

Drift

Columbia, Missouri

Infinite Wellness Center

Clarity

Kansas City, Missouri

Floating KC

The Spa at Briarcliff

Lincoln, Nebraska

Escape Pod

Float Tour Blog Issue #21 – Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Isolate

Cloud Nine

Healing Waters

Tank’d

Into the Mystic Healing Arts Center

Samana

A New Spirit

Astral Float Spa

Float Tour Blog Issue #22 – Colorado || Utah || Idaho || Montana

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Luna

R.E.S.T. Float Solutions

Salt Lake City, Utah

Crystal Waters Float Spa

i-Float Sensations

The Great Salt Lake

Zen Float Company (Honorable Mention)

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Float Fix

Missoula, Montana

Enlyten

Whitefish, Montana

ISO Float Center (Honorable Mention)

Float Tour Blog Issue #23 – Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta

Float Wellness

Drift Float Studio

Floatique

Beyond Buoyancy

Modern Gravity

Floating Oasis

Jason Macdonald (Honorable Mention)

Float Tour Blog Issue #24 – Alberta, Canada

Red Deer, Alberta

The Float Shack

Calgary, Alberta

Urban Escape

Clear

Home of Om

Float Life

One Love

Salt Water Sport & Spa

Canmore, Alberta

Float Canmore

Float Tour Blog Issue #25 – British Columbia, Canada

Kelowna, British Columbia

The Float Space

Chilliwack, British Columbia

Pro Float

Coquitlam, British Columbia

Cloud 9 Float Spa

Burnaby, British Columbia

Float Sense

Float Tour Blog Issue #26 – British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia

Metta³

Pure Float

Float Yaletown

Floathouse – Gastown/Kitsalano/Surrey

Puriin Spa

Hälsa

Salt Wellness Center

Sensa Float Center

Float Tour Blog Issue #27 – Washington

Olympia, Washington

Oly Float

Tacoma, Washington

Northwest Float Center

Bellevue, Washington

Float Seattle – Bellevue

Seattle, Washington

Life Float

Cocoon

Urban Float

Auburn, Washington

U Float

Tacoma, Washington (again)

Uncharted Waters

Float Tour Blog Issue #28 – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

The Float Shoppe

Mudra Massage

Float On

That’s all she wrote.

Our road trip may have ended, but the adventure certainly hasn’t. In the wake of the Float Conference, our deepest ambitions lie in finding a way to keep the float community as strong as it was when it was just a handful of centers getting together to talk about Nothing.

Personally, I learned so much more about this industry (and about myself) than I knew was possible. I accomplished my goal of becoming even better friends with Graham and Ashkahn, and I’ve listened to more versions of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” than anyone on the planet (save two others ahead of me).

The industry isn’t going to thrive unless we all reach out and make it. There were multiple times when we visited that we heard from other centers that they had never met the other float center owners in town and had concerns about how they were representing the industry. And there were others who treated each other as best friends. They loaned supplies, helped cover shifts, and whatever else was needed. They stood against preconceived notions of competition and worked together to make their community better.

Isn’t that what we want to be known for?

As always, we will continue to present the industry with the best we have to offer. Follow our blog if you haven’t already, and get to know your fellow float centers. In Graham and Ashkahn’s talk, they introduced the Float Drinks website. A standing offer to buy the first round of drinks for float centers who get together. I say, take them up on it.

For Graham and Ashkahn, this trip was about taking a snapshot of the industry before it got too big to do so. It was already too big for us to visit every center, but that didn’t stop us from trying. Going out and sharing drinks and stories helped us really get to know the incredible people who make up this industry.

And that experience doesn’t belong to us: get out there, find your floaty neighbors, and be excellent to each other!

 
 

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