It’s September 1st! We’re officially open to the public again! Our Member Soft Open went just like a dream (I almost said “swimmingly;” it’s hard to avoid water vocabulary around here).
Look, it’s our new video orientation! Narrated by FLOAT co-owner Sara (that’s me) who also appears as The Float Test Dummy, and expertly edited by Tony Fernandez. Special guest appearance by FLOAT manager Shay as A Disembodied Hand; additional lovely hydronauts and video are courtesy of Art of the Float. It was elemental to get this done for the public reopening, since we’re avoiding close conversations for safety. (Honestly, a video orientation has been on my wishlist for years, and apparently it takes a pandemic.)
Members, eternal thanks for your support while we were closed. As promised, we’re adding extra float credits to your accounts. We counted our closure from March 17th through our Member Soft Open on August 15th, and went by your renewal date and number of payments (minus refunds) to determine the number of credits. In the next couple days you should have a $0 receipt for a Covid-19 Bonus in your email. If you believe you are due bonus credits and haven’t seen a $0 receipt by the end of the week, please let us know. You can reach us at 844-443-5628 or drop us an email: info [at] floatboston.com.
So what are you gonna do with your extra floats, huh? They’re yours to share or use as you wish. If you’ve been with us for a couple years, you know that we normally do a Float Challenge in the summer. Research shows that the greatest benefit from floating comes from high frequency. In my own experience, even if you can only sustain a high frequency for a short time, you can then maintain with monthly floats. I personally took up float pioneer Glenn Perry’s challenge a few years ago to float every day for three weeks. He had done so, and this articulate man found words inadequate to describe the effects. “Just try it,” he told us. At the end of my challenge, I felt indestructibly chill. Nothing could faze me. It lasted a long time, too – at least a couple months! Some of the effects may even have been permanent; just knowing that I could feel like that, that it was possible, was deeply affecting.
With that, I’ll leave you with a Funny Story. On Monday, August 31st, when we were updating the website with a new splash message, Colin noticed that the original “Public Health Emergency” splash, which he’d set in March and updated a few times, was due to expire at 11pm on… August 31st. Whoa. He’d originally set that date because it seemed impossibly far away and would easily cover any shutdown time and then some. Well. That turned out to be a little too on the nose!
Stay safe out there, and as always, stay salty.