This is our story. We met one another in an environment that focused on compassion, healing, growth, and wellness. After meeting, we found further connection through our shared experience and interest in floating. Together, we began to reflect on elements that enrich the process of human connection, healing, and growth.
As our bond grew, we continued to explore and expand our personal concepts of connection, healing, and growth. Our shared ideas ultimately inspired us to design FLOAT STL In the end, we gathered the courage to make our vision of FLOAT STL a reality. FLOAT STL is an extension of our collective prior experiences and our shared vision.
For a good portion of Kevin’s life he had wandered a path both outside of his awareness and unmarked by the signals of his own internal wisdom. The idea of intuition was largely unfamiliar and instead he unknowingly invested in a non-feeling existence which led to a dull sense of ache and emptiness. However this numbed feeling became familiar and thus went largely unnoticed. In the summer of 2007 while living in Prague, Czech Republic and working in Baku, Azerbaijan he was graced with a painful and terrifying experience forever altering his perception of existence. This event and the healing recovery period that followed realigned Kevin’s spirit to connect with a deeper knowing which he strives to resource in his current daily practice.
Shifting from a strategy of competition, acquisition, and power as a business consultant to one of service, compassion, and love, Kevin found his way into being a therapist focusing on mindfulness, meditation, and healing. When Kevin found floating, or floating found Kevin, he was reminded and returned to this experience of deep knowing, clarity, and truth. Connecting with Jake and Marcio, Kevin again found direction to pursue the creation of the float experience to welcome, share, connect, and create with others.
Jacob Resch, RN
Jacob has always followed the curiosity of dreams, assisting in the creation of a vision to follow. This has taken him to explore European countries, live in Washington, D.C. and currently landed him in Saint Louis, MO. He has always been motivated by following his dreams and taking the risks required to do so. In the current path of his dreams, Jacob decided to move beyond his previous job and has completed an accelerated nursing degree (BSN), spending time on a critical care unit. He is also an actively practicing psychotherapist with a wealth of professional experience in the realm of the human mind and condition.
Jacob hopes that his experiences as a nurse will expand his current practice of integrative, holistic healing. These dreams deeply mixed with passion for exploring and understanding the human psyche lead Jacob into floating. The first time floating in a sensory deprivation tank Jacob felt the experience begin to evolve, to transform his passion and understanding of human consciousness and love. Ever since that moment Jacob has been researching and exploring float tanks and their benefits; spreading the word to all curious minds. Along this journey, Jacob’s path has converged and connected with two like-hearted and passionate souls, Kevin and Marcio, creating FLOAT STL. He is excited for what floating can bring to Saint Louis and all the wonders and beauties that come along after the float.
Marcio Guzman, Psy.D
Marcio hatched near the shores of the great Lake Titicaca, which is on the border of Bolivia and Peru. Growing up near this large body of water, he often basked in the water’s flexible spirit. At a young age, his curious mind led him to attempt to float in it, but was unsuccessful since lakes are typically very low in salt. After completing high school in Bolivia, Marcio moved to Chicago and soon after, he joined the US Air Force. After spending 7 years in the military, Marcio completed a graduate degree in biomed and a doctorate in clinical psychology. For several years after, he committed himself to a successful career in the field of eating disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders, human attachment, and mindfulness meditation.
Still troubled by his early unsuccessful attempt to float in Lake Titicaca, Marcio searched for and in 2007 found a floating center in Chicago, where he reconciled his early aquatic childhood experience. His first floating experience was magical. He has been floating ever since. Marcio then met Jake and Kevin, two men who shared his lovely enthusiasm for the floating arts, human connection, love, and elephants. In 2015, the three of them founded and opened FLOAT STL.
Katie Andrews, M.Ed
Katie is a St. Louis transplant. She hails from Connecticut and Block Island, where she grew up with two amazing sisters, waitressed by the ocean, and studied drawing, art history, and English literature. Following a profoundly difficult period of grief and transition back in 2011, she found support and nourishment in various alternative healing practices. Her husband urged her to try floating, and she has been a devoted float convert ever since. She experiences floating as powerfully relaxing, physically rejuvenating, and psychologically healing. Aside from facilitating floats, Katie is an Internal Family Systems psychotherapist, art maker, cat mama, jogger, newbie gardener, and a loving homebody. When she’s not working at float or in her practice, you can find her snuggling her family, losing herself in poetry, roasting something delicious in her kitchen, or painting and drawing around St. Louis’ beautiful parks.
Rick grew up in St. Louis, and has been exploring ways to bring community to the city ever since. He has a strong foundation in the arts, which has carried into his unique style of bodywork. Rick went to massage therapy school and became interested in alternative health practices during the process. He heard about floating and tried it for the first time in Chicago. That first float ignited a fire in Rick, and he knew he would be involved in floating from then on. He met Kevin at a float conference in Portland the summer before FLOAT STL opened, and was an intern from the start. Rick now works full-time at FLOAT STL and at his private massage and energy work practice Rest Bodywork. www.reststl.com
Luke was born and raised in St. Louis by a family of music lovers and artists. He came to FLOAT STL for the first time with a friend in the summer of 2015. After a pretty profound first float, he knew it was something very special. He came back every consecutive Friday for two months, and left each time feeling deeply rejuvenated and increasingly inspired. On his birthday, Luke got a call from Kevin offering him an internship at FLOAT STL (the best gift EVER), and in the following months he became a full-time member of the FLOAT STL family. Luke is also a passionate artist, actor and singer, and aspires to bring as many creative minds into the space as possible. Some of his best creative work has been born during float sessions. He is extremely excited about the future of floating, and the unlimited potential it has to enhance many facets of our lives.
Brendan was born and raised in St. Louis. He primarily dwells in the humid, yet temperate, Arnold, MO living off of chicken and rice and sometimes peanut butter and jelly, if he is feeling funky.
He attends Lindenwood University where he is currently working on his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. School makes up a large portion of his life, but he is also very passionate about fitness, acting, and FLOAT STL. He has performed with many regional theatre companies and has been in several commercials as well. Brendan feels it is very important to stay connected to one’s mind, body, and soul and the perfect place for him is FLOAT STL.
Like most of the pivotal encounters in her life, Hilary’s first exposure to floating was purely serendipitous. After completing her first float, she felt that a deeper connection to herself and to others had been uncovered. Hilary continued to pursue this feeling both in and out of the tank – exploring mindfulness, identity, and the importance of human relationships with a more grounded and clear mind than she had ever experienced prior to floating. When presented with the opportunity to join the FLOAT STL family, her heart immediately recognized that this was the next pivotal moment to which Life had been leading her and a barred owl confirmed that this was, indeed, the path she was meant to embrace.
Given the intense sense of curiosity that she has possessed since birth, Hilary is extremely interested in further uncovering and sharing the gifts that floating may be able to offer to the world. A Licensed Master of Social Work, she is forever thinking in terms of systems and leverage points, interconnectedness, empowerment, equity, and access. As a native of St. Louis, Hilary feels a deep commitment to the community and looks forward to building relationships that will support community members and facilitate their journeys through floating.
Matt became interested in Floating in 2015 after researching non-typical relaxation techniques and sensory deprivation. However, due to his busy lifestyle, he was not able to focus on developing Self-Awareness or practicing Mindfulness as much as he wanted. In early 2017, Matt reached a point in his life where it was absolutely necessary to start his journey towards inner peace. He did an online search for Floating in St. Louis and called the first business listing he found, FLOAT STL. Based on the low-key energy and abundance of information he received during that first interaction with a Float Tribe rep., Matt knew he chose the right venue to Float.
Floating has helped Matt become more mindful not only of his inner self and own personal needs, but also those of others he interacts with throughout his daily life. He gained fresh insight to the inner workings of his mind and discovered that we are all the same and that we all have the same basic, primal and unconscious needs. Floating has given Matt a bigger sense of community, compassion and peace within himself.
The thing Matt loves most about FLOAT STL is the environment and serenity of the space. He feels, as he walks through the front door, a wave of relaxation washing over his body. The sights and smells, the plant life and ambient music really take him out of the “real world” and into a very calm, peaceful state. He enjoys hanging out in the space so much that it doesn’t even feel like “work” to him all.
Some of Matt’s personal interests include retreating to natural spaces. Whether it be a river, wooded area, desert, or just a local park. This helps him come back to his center as he meditates and contemplates the challenges and successes throughout his life. Other interests of his include mastering home improvement projects, road trips with friends/family in his RV, and rollerblading with his two large dogs (Bean and Zoey).
Before joining the FLOAT STL Tribe, Matt built and operated a small, local residential moving company. He currently still owns the business, but has stepped out of the daily operations. Due to the success and growth of his business over the last 10 years, Matt has been fortunate enough to create long-term positions for his own Tribe. Allowing them to succeed individually and provide for their own growing families.
Wendi is a native St. Louis city resident. She has a background in visual and performing arts and studied art and art history at the University of Missouri St. Louis. She has since dedicated her time and efforts to spaces that support the self-care and economic empowerment of people of color, LGBTQIA and gender non-binary communities through tools that include yoga, meditation and now floating. In her free time she enjoys checking out new art and music and taking several song and dance breaks with her daughter in their living room.
Yann is a native St. Louisian. After extensive travel, he is grateful to reconnect with his hometown. For Yann, floating has been a blessing in many different ways. He finds FLOAT STL to be a lovely space in which to ground himself between his extra-national jaunts. You can often find him reading with a view to writing or writing with a view to seeing in this home away from home, pondering the endless cycle of learning.
Constance has been teaching self-empowerment through the tools of yoga and meditation since 2012, and dedicated to her own practice for over a decade. A disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Naryan Goswami Maharaja, she’s been classically trained in India and Nepal in the ancient eastern wisdom traditions of the Satyananda Bihar lineage of yoga, Bhakti Vedanta, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation techniques.
Her teachings come from lifetimes of personal transformation, and experience serving others to find their own authentic path to deep happiness and satisfaction.
Floating is a recently adopted compliment to Constance’s wellness regimen.
“Having the opportunity to disconnect from your sensory experience and slip into a state of deep inner awareness is such a gift + floating is a wonderfully modern and unique way of accessing yourself.” – she considers Floating time to get clear, reflect, and connect with your own personal wisdom, creative abilities, and expansive potential.
Zach is a Saint Louis native and has lived and worked in several major metropolitan cities including: Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. From an early age Zach has been a natural explorer and curious to the mysteries of the world. After working in a corporate environment for several years Zach needed a change of pace and gave up the security of his job to travel and follow his dreams of exploration. He joined FLOAT SLT directly upon returning from backpacking throughout SE Asia, and has visited five of the seven continents of the world. Floating has helped Zach become a more organized and grounded individual, learning to turn dreams into a reality. Floating is a “tool to become connected to the truth within” for Zach. He is currently studying for his undergraduate degree in psychology and hopes to one day go to Law school.
Raised in rural Illinois by a laissez-faire family, she developed a fiercely independent mind with
an affinity for the fantastical. As a child she spent the majority of her time in bucolic scenes ;
Running through golden fields to climbing trees at creek’s edges to practicing dolphin dives in backyard pools.
The tiny flower child grew up, influenced by her father’s passion for computers and her mother’s creative flair ;
Learning to strike a balance between the two realms, utilizing technology as a tool to a means of artistic expression of the senses.
Which is why when she first visited FLOAT STL, she felt overwhelmingly in sync with the space and the humans sharing it.
Jennae was given a chance to intern at FLOAT STL, and filled with gratitude when offered a position as part of the tribe.
Ever since her first float, she has recognized an increased ability to concentrate creatively on projects (even when in lack of caffeine!).
She encourages anyone she meets, to use the tanks as a tool to listen to one’s inner voice and learn the art of letting go to find bliss.