The Float Shoppe was created 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. As an RN in cardiology and psychiatry at the time, Sandra had witnessed firsthand the impact of chronic stress among her patients and felt strongly that floatation therapy represented an opportunity for a significant shift in the lives of those who make it a practice. Having gained relief from her own anxiety and chronic pain, Sandra set out with Dylan to create a place of integrative healing with floatation therapy at its core of offerings.
Opened in 2011, the Float Shoppe exists to provide integrative therapies which promote a healthful life through reduced stress, reduced pain, and opportunities to reveal and engage with the core of one’s being.
A full team of staff now delights in every person who walks down the Float Shoppe’s 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 local family business which strives to provide an extraordinary environment both for its clients as well as its staff. 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, and offers his skills both as a consultant and photographer to others in the float industry. They are surrounded by exceptional practitioners and dedicated, enthusiastic float facilitators who create an environment for all who enter which is akin to walking into a hug.
Experienced massage therapists with great range and depth of skill in massage for both relaxation and therapeutic work.
Michell Arellano LMT
Michell received her initial massage training from San Francisco Massage School and World School of Massage and has been a licensed massage therapist since the early 2000s. She utilizes many different massage techniques and therapeutic modalities to help her clients. Her favorite massage modalities are a blend of Lomi Lomi, deep tissue and somatic massage. Michell works with a respect for the body’s innate healing potential and the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
Allyne Hylace LMT
Allyne graduated from the Ashland Institute of Massage and has been practicing massage therapy since 2013. Using a holistic approach that is equally intellectual and intuitive, Allyne integrates therapeutic skill with deeply relaxing, fluid massage and energy work in balance with the unique needs of each client. 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.
Clementine Schiavoni LMT
Clementine’s New York roots and West Coast heart come together in her approach to bodywork. Direct and to the point via acupressure, deep tissue, cupping, and trigger point work. As well as fluid, slow, and replenishing via Swedish, myofascial, abdominal and visceral massage, energy balancing and craniosacral therapy. All these modalities are avenues she takes to meet each unique person at a depth that is therapeutic for them. Clementine graduated in 2014 from Port Townsend School of Massage and has been in practice since. She is here to offer her presence and skills to those seeking embodiment, relaxation, unwinding, and greater alignment.
Amber Star Pollard LMT
A recent resident of Portland from the Big Island of Hawaii, Amber Star has over 12 years of professional experience in therapeutic bodywork and the healing arts. After graduating in 2006 from one of the country’s most esteemed schools for medical massage therapy, The Hawaiian Islands School of Massage, her continued exploration of healing modalities led her to study in many places around the world, including Thailand, Bali, Peru, and Kauai. Her work has since expanded to the fields of multi-dimensional healing, intuitive channeling and spiritual coaching, but her love of therapeutic massage and working with the body remains amongst her favorite offerings. Her bodywork has a unique integrative style, combining the refined skill of medical deep tissue with a compassionate and highly intuitive touch. She utilizes an array of techniques, including myofascial release, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, and channeled energy healing to deeply release, realign, and nurture the body on every level.
David Smowton LMT
After a NDE and Spiritual Awakening at the age of 23 David pursued on the path of healing as a massage therapist. After graduating from Florida College of Natural Health and beginning his career, David discovered the profound healing benefits of Qigong and dove heart open into this ancient healing paradigm. Now living in Portland, David has refined his healing touch and passion for holistic health by becoming a Certified Personal Trainer and Medical Qigong Practitioner. David’s bodywork is integrative, balanced and adaptive to each person. His work is specific to helping the body, mind and heart find coherence and providing nourishment to empower the soul. David’s art is a blend of Relaxation & Sports Massage, Reflexology and Medical Qigong.
Christina began her massage therapist journey in 2003 after attending Southern California School of Massage. She worked in several day spas learning the art of customer service and alongside several local chiropractors before deciding to further her education at the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Human Physiology. Concurrently she studied Reiki and massage for oncology and hospice patients. Christina provides a holistic touch with a clinical mindset by blending fundamental techniques such as Swedish and deep tissue to provide massage relief for the specific life stage of each client.
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS
Dedicated 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 an RN and nurse educator as well as one of the two co-founders of The Float Shoppe. While working as a bedside nurse and nurse educator in local hospitals in both medical-surgical nursing and psychiatry, Sandra witnessed the enormous impact of stress on the development of chronic illness. After floating relieved her chronic back pain and anxiety, it was clear floatation therapy represented an immense opportunity to support the long-term health of many. She became determined to create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere in which people could discover and utilize floating in conjunction with therapies that work perfectly in tandem. Through the Float Shoppe, Sandra aims to provide a center for wellness which fosters well-being and the 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, providing consulting services and a podcast to support those starting and running a float center. He soon added photography for use in marketing by float centers and his photos, taken at the Float Shoppe, are now visible across the float community.
Assistant Manager/Float Facilitator
Brian Van Peski
Senior Solution Architect
Brian plays a variety of roles, from troubleshooting computers and helping with websites, to optimizing business practices and workflow methodologies. He also works alongside Dylan to create Art of the Float Podcast.