This is Sarah – she’s been with PAFC since its conception but rarely appears on our social media, because she’s usually the one behind the lens (or screen). She shares her personal highlights and what it’s like to have a ‘weird job’.
Describe your journey with the float club.
I went from curious bystander to keen explorer, to managing PAFC’s social media on a freelance basis, then eventually I became PAFC’s first full-time hire, two and a half years ago. I have a background as a creative in advertising, so I enjoy handling PAFC’s branding, marketing etc. One of my favourite parts is also learning how to design a safe, comfortable space that helps people slow down.
Can you share a memorable float experience?
Not in particular, I feel it’s more of a cumulative effect, rather than one life-changing session. All the little learnings here and there add up, and when I look back, I realise how much has changed.
I’ve been keeping a journal of all my floats this year (at #45 now!). It’s documented my highs and my lows, even bimbotic musings like this: “Time passed quickly and not at the same time. Maybe that’s how babies feel in the womb? Like you know how you’ve been in there for a while, but you’re cool just being there because you know they’ll tell you when it’s safe to come out.”
I’ve experimented with a 5-hour overnight float, ten days of consecutive floats, binaural beats and guided meditations in the pod. That said, I still prefer to keep it ‘pure’. We’re so overstimulated in everyday life, it’s a luxury to enjoy an hour of nothing.
What are your personal highlights over the years?
Lifting our space pods through a 5th floor window with a crane.
The time we got highest-voted to guest speak at the Portland Float Conference (we declined as we couldn’t take the time off to go). Our talk was about “How to market nothing”.
Our monthly Inner Space events at Kampong Bugis. Always cool to experience the unique energy of each group.
What challenges have you faced?
As a healing practice, floating attracts its fair share of stressed out people, or people who might be going through a rough patch in their lives. I’ve learnt to be patient and understanding if someone seems guarded or stand-offish at first. Usually, after the float, they mellow out a lot and you realise that’s exactly why they came to float.
Share something you’ve done recently that you’re proud of.
I completed my first Vipassana experience in Kyoto last month. Spending ten days detached from the world in meditative silence, in a remote mountain area, was an experience I’ll never forget. My mind never felt so purified.
How do you find balance in Singapore?
I make exercise a priority even when I’m busy. Since my Vipassana experience, I try to meditate daily (no matter how short). Float once a week. I’m also pretty sensitive to sound, which sucks in the city because everywhere you go, you’re getting assaulted by noise. It used to drive me crazy. But I’ve learnt not to be bothered by it, because if you can’t eliminate it, you can only learn not to react to it with aversion.
What is it like running a float centre?
It’s a weird job. In a good way. Most people don’t understand what the crew does on a daily basis. They assume it’s ‘chill’. All I can say is I feel lucky to have a job that doesn’t feel like work. I don’t care if people know what I do as long as people still feel that floating makes their lives better in whatever way. The best days are when I interact with clients and get to understand why they float and how it helps them. I feel like it gives me a deeper understanding of the human psyche and the freakin’ meaning of life. Haha. So thank you, universe for making the stars align!