The Float Shoppe was founded in 2011 as a welcoming, calming environment in which to experience floatation therapy combined with massage, acupuncture, and counseling.
Founders Dylan and Sandra created The Float Shoppe after their own first float sessions provided deep relaxation, renewal, and pain relief. They set out together, with no business experience between them, to create a place of integrative healing with floatation therapy at its core of offerings. A few months later, they broke ground at The Float Shoppe’s forever home. Through the summer and into winter, the couple built a comfortable, inviting place with the help of friends and family. On December 14th, 2011, they gently opened their doors to the public.
A full team of staff now delights in every person who walks down the Float Shoppe stairs with their post-float glow. Clients leave refreshed, with a restored sense of optimism and confidence in their ability to create the life of their choosing.
“Floatation therapy–and the way it integrates with massage, counseling, and acupuncture–has immense potential to foster health and wellness.” – Sandra Calm
The Float Shoppe is a small, local, family business which strives to provide an extraordinary environment both for its clients as well as its staff. These days, you might see a little baby stuck to someone’s side, since our floaty family just grew by one. Since opening, Dylan and Sandra have become leaders within the float industry, providing guidance to others including the research facility at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, where float research is progressing every day. Dylan hosts the Art of the Float Podcast, started in 2015 to help others successfully start their own float centers.
Our massage therapists are talented, experienced professionals with empathy and intuition.
Morning Star Ramsey
Star’s focus in her bodywork is to promote balance by creating release in the soft tissue, and moving her clients towards equilibrium through her healing touch.
Joelle trained at East West College of the Healing Arts, focusing in deep tissue, myofascial release, spa therapies, shiatsu, and tui na.
Matthew has a special interest in helping with chronic pain (physical and emotional), injuries, pre/post surgery, pre/post natal, chronic stress, and spiritual growth.
Allyne specializes in Swedish massage, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and energy healing for imbalances of the mind, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening.
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS
Dedicate to furthering awareness and knowledge of floatation therapy and its many benefits.
Mari Ane Anderson LAc
Mari Ane is licensed by the Board of Medical Examiners in the State of Oregon and brings more than 20 years of experience into her practice. She has honed the skills of listening and intuition, developed from helping hundreds of people over many years.
Sara Voruz, PsyD
Dr. Voruz enjoys working with a diversity of emotional and relationship issues. She works with individuals and couples and hopes to create group therapy experiences in the near future. Dr. V’s clients float for $49.
Sandra Calm RN, MS
Sandra Calm is one of the two co-founders of The Float Shoppe. As an RN, Sandra witnessed the enormous impact of stress on the development of chronic illness. After floating relieved her chronic back pain and anxiety, she set out with Dylan to create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere in which to discover and utilize floating and its many benefits. Through the Float Shoppe, Sandra aims to provide a center for wellness which fosters holistic well-being and prevention of disease.
Dylan Calm, Portland native and co-founder of The Float Shoppe, has a passion for community and personal development. In 2011 he and his now-wife Sandra opened the Float Shoppe. Dylan started The Art of the Float in 2014 to help others open and run successful float centers.
The float tank’s potential for healing and mindfulness is news that E really excited about, which is why I started volunteering here at the Float Shoppe in June of 2014. I now get to work here, sharing this special place and unique healing modalities with our community, both near and afar.
Abraham adores the intuitive connection between body and mind and believes strongly in our innate capacity for self-healing. Learning the importance of peace during less than peaceful times left him with a deep appreciation for grace and balance. By learning those lessons and following his intuition, he found relief and healing through years of mindful meditation and yoga. This desire for self exploration eventually led him to a path filled with float tanks. Floating helps Abraham see what is truly important and leaves him feeling kinder, more compassionate, and more creative. In addition to collaborating on behind-the-scenes construction projects and connecting with local artists, Abraham’s favorite part of working in this industry is the importance placed on simply holding space. Abraham always endeavors to help others live in each present moment, honoring their stories and the paths that they have travelled. He believes healing is always there to meet us exactly where we are, no matter where we come from.
Brian Van Peski
Senior Solution Architect
Brian plays a variety of roles at the shop from troubleshooting computers and helping with websites, to optimizing business practices & workflow methodologies