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 tanks are specially designed to create a near zero-gravity state and limited sensory environment. These two characteristics create a unique experience that allows our body and mind to rest, heal, and grow.
It is our mission to provide the Columbia area with a space to experience nothingness. When you remove all distractions you can expose layers of clarity, tranquility, relaxation, and creativity that you may have never noticed before. Floating can be a great practice to get to know yourself and connect with the world around you. We are committed to providing the best floating experience possible with state of the art float tanks, experienced float facilitators, and an inviting facility.
We have two different types of tanks to provide customers with a safe and comfortable environment.
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 tank. 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 tank 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 tank 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.
Joshua grew up in the countryside of a small rural farm town in central Missouri. At
an early age, he recognized a passion for the great outdoors and adventure. After high
school, Joshua attended college for a semester but felt unfulfilled in his academic
endeavors along with his love for adventure led him into an Army recruiting center.
A year later Joshua was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. Ten months into a 12 month deployment Joshua was severely injured during an engagement with Taliban. His injuries resulted in an amputation of a leg, PTSD, and a long strenuous road to recovery. After rehabilitation, Joshua’s yearning for adventure reignited and he moved to Orlando to pursue a higher education at the University of Central Florida.
Joshua's passion for Floating emerged while undergoing therapy for PTSD in Orlando. While medications were seemingly ineffective to alleviate the anxiety and depression, a friend suggested floating as an alternative method of relaxation that could result in mindful clarity and peace. Soon after Joshua's first floating experience he was introduced to the wonderment of floating and an improved sense well being. “Floating is liberating! It’s an exceptional way to refresh and improve my disposition.” - Joshua Ben
Louie first heard about floating at 16 as he painted houses for a local business in his hometown in Columbia, Missouri. Fast forward 7 years: Louie met Connor through the University of Missouri meditation group, Breathe. It wasn’t long before Connor introduced Louie to his first float at Metamorphosis Float Tank & Massage Studio in Illinois. Louie was instantly hooked; he found flotation to be one of the most relaxing experiences he’d ever done. As Louie floated more, he began to recognize floating as a valuable tool for both his own inner struggle and also could see it as a valuable therapeutic tool for others.
Louie has his earned bachelor degrees in both Psychology and Anthropology, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, developed his own daily meditation and yoga practice, and established a float practice using the float tank Connor and Louie share as roommates. Currently, Louie works in Psychological Laboratory at the University of Missouri, studying mindfulness and meditation in addition to facilitating at Clarity Float Spa. When he isn’t working, Louie can be found drumming, planning his next international adventure, growing vegetables, practicing yoga, meditation and flotation.
Louie believes that the float tank experience offers a very intimate look within oneself and can lead to greater self-awareness and growth, particularly when combined with meditation and yoga practice. Louie has his sights set on graduate studies in the healing arts and hopes to own his own therapeutic center, which will absolutely offer a float tank.
Meditation has long been an essential component of Thomas’ routine for reducing stress, and maintaining health and happiness. Early in his college career, Thomas took an honors philosophy course in which he was given the opportunity to dive into the big philosophical questions - the meaning of life, love, happiness. With a zeal he dived into exploration of the mysteries of life, seeking to better understand the art of living a balanced, healthy, and happy life. The exploration is forever on-going! Having spent his entire teenage life struggling with Crohn's disease, his path of recovery, growth, and healing has been shaped by many teachers, including Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Ram Dass, Pema Chodron, and many others in his personal life. Then in 2015, Thomas was first invited to try floating by Connor, whom he met in a meditation group at Mizzou. The guy was so enthusiastic about floating that he already had a residential model set up in his apartment! Thomas graciously accepted the invitation and soon began to deepen his meditation and relaxation within the warm emptiness of Connor’s float tank.
Floating has since allowed Thomas to introspect, reflect, and find insight in an entirely new way along his path of growth and awakening. It has become an essential tool to his stress reduction and health maintenance, allowing him to take much-needed breaks from the external world and instead tend to his internal world. He has used floating to help draft essays, take restorative naps, problem-solve, resolve internal conflicts, and in some cases even let go trying to problem-solve! Put simply, floating has allowed him to see exactly where he’s at in life, and be okay with wherever that is.
Thomas is a local, born and raised in Columbia. He is a daily meditator and active mindfulness educator on MU’s campus. Outside of classwork, giving mindfulness presentations, and facilitating floats at Clarity, he can usually be found in his kitchen, filling the air with good smells, and bellies with good food. A lifelong drummer, he moves through life with rhythm and presence, whether it’s a jam session with friends or a quiet, contemplative walk through the woods. Thomas feels both honored and privileged to call Clarity Float Spa his home away from home, and is dedicated to spreading the many benefits of floating throughout the local community.