Imagine yourself, completely weightless, floating like a lily pad on water. As if laying on a cloud, in an almost zero-gravity state, the mind slowly dissolves into relaxation and tranquility. In the world of floating, there is nothing to do but be there, simply breathing and basking in quietude. Our float devices are specially designed to create a near zero-gravity state and limited sensory environment. These two characteristics create a unique space that allows our body and mind to rest, heal, and grow.
Floating has been clinically proven to provide a wide range of health benefits, and relieve many ailments -- especially stress, muscle tension, and pain. One study conducted in 2018 demonstrated floating regularly to be an effective method to relieve anxiety and depression, accompanied by “significant increases in serenity, relaxation, happiness and overall well-being." We have seen people use their float practices to help recover from all sorts of emotional and physical stresses of life, and in some cases, even adopt a float practice as an alternative to pharmaceutical medications for managing pain and anxiety! Whether you are seeking relief, physical recovery, or pure and simple relaxation, a float practice will deliver.
It is our mission to provide the Columbia area with a space to experience nothingness. Within this peaceful nothingness, we are able to rest and restore our minds and bodies to a deep state of calm. When you take a moment to remove all distractions in your life, you can expose layers of clarity, tranquility, relaxation, and creativity that you may have never noticed before. Every float can ease you into this place of stillness, which promotes recovery from stress, pain, fatigue, anxiety, and more. We have been deeply touched in our own lives by the many benefits of floating, and we are here to share those same benefits with you!
We have two different types of devices, each designed to meet different needs while still providing the same basic float environment. The depth, temperature, and salt content of the water are the same in both types. The only difference is in the size and shape of the devices. In either case, you are free to leave the lights on for as long or as little as you’d like, although we encourage everyone to turn them off to receive the full restorative effects of floating.
We started this business because we have a passion and drive to bring the benefits of floating to the city of Columbia, a place that we love and call home. Clarity Float Spa is not just a place to float, but a community where you can feel at home even when you're not floating.
Connor found out about floating back in 2012 when he was in Kansas visiting his cousin. He was immediately intrigued and
booked a float at the Spa at Briarcliff. The next year when he was on vacation in Chicago
he booked two more floats. After his 3rd experience he realized this was definitely something
he wanted to make a part of his life.
He had this idea of starting a float center when he was at Mizzou finishing his IT degree. Around this time Connor was going through a transition in his life, moving away from ways to escape and instead towards ways to accept life as it is. Over the next few years he found peace in meditation and attended multiple 10 day silent meditation retreats. On these retreats he started picturing what it would be like to own his own float device. This further encouraged him to follow his passion of starting a float center.
After he graduated from Mizzou he started working at Veterans United as a web developer and bought a Zen Float Tent for at home floating. He started looking for spaces to open a float center here in Columbia and came across Noah who was using the same realtor. Realizing they shared similar values and ideas about what a float center should be, they decided that opening a float center together would be the most sensible/logical thing to do.
Always aspiring to get the most out of life, Noah found floating to be the perfect tool for sensory reset and introspection.
With constant sensory overload in our everyday lives from phones, computers, TV, etc., being
able to jump into a float device and truly rest your mind and body was very enticing to him.
After Noah’s first float, he was hooked! Pondering the installation of a personal device in his home, Noah decided to look into bringing his passion for floating to central Missouri by opening his very own float center. A few months later he was on a plane flying out to Portland to go through a three day apprenticeship program with one of the most successful float shops in the country.
Absorbing an immense amount of knowledge over those three glorious days in Portland, Noah began implementing his dream when he met Connor. Since then, they have eagerly been setting plans in motion to open the doors to what they believe to be the ideal shop for the floating experience. After living in Columbia for most of his life and getting so much out of the great experiences this community has to offer, Noah is thrilled to bring his passion for floating to the Columbia area to share with as many people as possible.
In 2014, Zac was led to floating in a way similar to many others; after years of struggling with generalized anxiety, a panicked, “best ways to treat anxiety” Google search ensued. After hastily scrounging through all of the Buzzfeed-esque self-help articles, it seemed as though he had finally found what he was looking for: an environment which minimizes all external stimuli, truly allowing him to dive deep into his mind in order to gain a better understanding of its anxious machinations. He knew as soon as the concept was introduced to him that floating was going to be a part of his life one way or another, he just didn’t quite know how (or when).
Zac joined the Clarity team in May 2019. When he saw the opportunity to get involved, he jumped at the chance, not only eager to hop in the float device, but also eager to begin working with the Clarity team to aid in their mission to bring floating to the community here in Columbia. He still struggles with anxiety, but also celebrates his triumphs in its moments of defeat after a long mental health journey.
Once he was acquainted with the float device, he quickly realized that there is much more to floating than anxiety relief. He discovered an opportunity to be wholly analytically introspective, allowing immense positive personal growth thus far. Floating for him has been a veritable multi-tool for personal care, and he looks forward to seeing how his float practice grows with him.
Anna first stumbled upon floating when she read an article about it online. She was intrigued by the thought of pure tranquility in an atypical environment. When she made the move to Columbia for college she found Clarity Float Spa and had the opportunity to try it out. After floating a few times she understood the major benefits one can take away from a float. Anna has started to establish a floating practice of her own that helps her to relax, reduce stress, and gain clearness of her life.
Floating is especially helpful for Anna in the midst of her school work. It serves as a place she can decompress and refresh her mind during the semester. She is working on her bachelor's degree in biology with hopes of continuing to medical school. She has a long road ahead of her but takes every new challenge day by day. She is excited to learn more about floating and see what long term benefits will prevail as she continues her float practice.
Outside of Clarity and school, Anna enjoys any outdoor adventure. Hiking and kayaking with friends and family are two of her favorites. She has a passion to help individuals and hopes to one day make that impact through the medical field. But for now, she is dedicated to helping others improve their lives— one float at a time.
Jenna was introduced to floating in 2017 by a friend who worked for Clarity at the time. Her first float took her by surprise. Unfamiliar with the concept, she went in without any prior research or expectations. In the tank for that first time, surrounded by warmth, quiet, and the novel sensation of effortless buoyancy, she fell into a level of relaxation never before experienced. There was no pain, discomfort, or anxiety. Time became irrelevant. Floating in the quiet dark all alone, Jenna marveled at the peace and presence she felt. For the first time in a long time, she was having a truly and completely new experience.
Joining the team soon after, Jenna continued to float in states of happy relaxation. One day in the tank however, a rush of emotional deep-rooted anxiety came crashing to the surface. It was so intense that she ended her float early, chalking it up to “just one of those days”. But Jenna soon discovered that everytime she stepped back into the tank, the anxiety and fear were already waiting for her. Dismayed and upset, she quit floating for a while. When she decided to try again, she couldn’t believe it. The moment she turned the light off, the fear came back! Hadn’t she waited long enough she thought? Instead of getting out and giving up, she made the brave choice of staying right where she was. She decided to face the fear she felt, simply by being with it. Although it was difficult and terrifying, the fear eventually ebbed, and then dissipated, revealing a deep held grief that had been hiding underneath the surface of her being for a very long time, wanting to be processed. Jenna was once again taken by surprise at the power and simplicity of it all. Just by being with herself, the tank had shown her what true relaxation could feel like. And now, it was revealing to her neglected parts of herself longing to be integrated. It was this experience that allowed Jenna to truly understand the healing potential floating offered.
Jenna continues to regularly float and sauna as a part of her wellness practice. Apart from floating, she currently enjoys living life with her long-time boyfriend, cats, friends, and family. Hammocking, listening to music, reading, writing, gaming, piano, yoga, and traveling are some of her preferred activities outside of work.
Ashley learned about Clarity her freshman year of college at Mizzou. It was 2020 and due to the pandemic, Ashley’s Spanish class had a limited number of students. Anna happened to be one of those students and the two were some of the only ones that would actually attend every class! Anna one day talked about how much she loved working at Clarity and Ashley was amazed with the idea of floating which she had never heard of before. She jokingly asked, “Are they hiring?”. To her surprise, Clarity in fact was hiring! After trying out floating and meeting the Clarity team, Ashley fell in love with the place and began her float journey which has immensely added peace and relief from anxiety to her life.
Ashley is double majoring in Film Production and Communication with minors in Digital Storytelling and IT. With this heavy course load and busy schedule, Ashley likes to float as a way to relax, reconnect with herself, and to ease anxiety that she has been working to overcome her whole life. Ashley also finds that floating has allowed her to explore her subconscious mind and expand her creativity which is important to her and her success in her majors.
Outside of Clarity, Ashley is very passionate about the environment and social movements. She enjoys vegetarian cooking, spending time with her friends and family, and filmmaking. Ashley wishes to make an impact on the world by going into a career within the media field to increase the positive effects of media, expand media literacy in audiences, and better the portrayal of certain groups and issues in the media like body positivity and mental health.
Shelby learned about clarity from her roommate Ashley, Ashley would often come home from work and talk about how great her team and job was, and how floating has helped her relax in ways she hasn’t been able to before. Shelby was looking for a job at the time that could bring her a sense of comfort as being a college student brings on so much stress; Shelby had also never heard of floating before so she was curious to see what it was about. At Clarity Shelby has been able to find a job she looks forward to coming to, as well as finding a practice to help with her stress and anxiety that comes from everyday life.
Shelby is majoring in social work and is hoping to earn her BSW, and is also planning on earning her masters in psychology. Floating has been a great way to ease the stress that comes from school and her other extracurriculars, as floating is a time that allows her to relax her mind and body and forget about the stressors of the outside world.
In her personal life, Shelby is very focused on her physical health. After going on a weight loss journey and losing a hundred pounds, working out has become an important and cherished part of her everyday life. She is also extremely passionate about spending time with her family and friends, and loves meeting new people. After she graduates she plans to go into child welfare social work and perhaps the mental health field and make as much of an impact as she can.
Kiley had first heard about floating quite some time ago, but never felt like she was ready to give it a try. She figured she had other things to focus on at the time. Recently, however, She drove by the Clarity sign and felt called to find a way to be involved. Kiley has deeply wanted a career change to something that she could truly be passionate about. She reached out and the rest is now history. Kiley has been with the Clarity team since January 2022.
After floating for the first time, Kiley knew it was going to be something she wanted to keep in her routine. Setting aside an hour just to be with herself and whatever thoughts arise is very important for her. The world is a very busy and distracting place these days, and floating allows Kiley to have a much-needed break. She has found every float to be different, and yet each one gives her what she needs that day. She says that it is exciting to think of all the floats she will have in the future, for the benefits never end! The peace of mind a float brings stays with us, and also reminds us that we can come back to that peace at any time.
In Kiley’s free time, she enjoys being outside, practicing yoga, and listening to music. She enjoys art in any form, but photography is definitely her favorite. She feels her hobbies are what allows her to feel connected to the earth, and in turn herself. She also enjoys reading, working with plants, and playing with her dog, Zen.
A growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy to reduce stress, boost mental health and wellness, manage pain, and increase range of motion. Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance, and prevent injuries. It can also help improve mood and reset circadian rhythms, which can lead to better sleep and more energy. Floating before a massage helps maximize these benefits, just as getting a massage immediately before floating maximizes the benefits of the float! For these reasons, we are now offering this powerful wellness combo here at Clarity Float Spa.Book a massage