Our Team

Claudia Chavez

Founder, Vital Float Centre

Claudia Chavez, Founder of Vital Float Centre, is a Mechanical Engineer (B.Eng), who was raised in beautiful Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia. Throughout her career, Claudia has worked in a wide variety of industries and brings expertise in customer service, sales, and marketing management to her new adventure in the floating industry. 

During her teenage years, Claudia was a professional swimmer and member of the Colombian National Swimming Team. Through her history of advanced training, she understands the benefit of visualization before competitions and muscle recovery after them, something that Float Therapy provides to Athletes.

Claudia and her husband Santiago are proud Canadian Immigrants and parents of two teenagers. Together, they have called Canada “home” for the last 15 years.

In Her Words: Claudia's Story

Though an engineer by trade, after working several years as Project Engineer, Sales Manager, and Admission Consultant, I realized that what drives me is not numbers but people. Understanding their needs and coming up with the best services and solutions for them is the thing I’m most passionate about.

After struggling with mental illness in the workplace, I decided to leave my corporate career to become an entrepreneur. My goal was to create a business in which I would have the ability to help those who have struggled with similar issues that I faced.

While unemployed, I met a peer who introduced me to floating, and I decided to try it for myself. I soon became 100% satisfied with the experience and knew I needed to get involved. I began researching float therapy and its benefits, and I became wholeheartedly convinced of how incredible it would be for more people to understand its benefits.

I realized that, as with any other issues with our health, we need to establish a regular practice of prevention to be in control and maintain good health. That realization changed my life forever. 
I look forward to sharing the power of Vital Float with both Toronto and guests from afar!

Claudia Chavez

Founder of Vital Float Centre

Alexandra Waite

Team Member, Vital Float Centre

Hi, I’m Alex! I am currently pursuing a degree in philosophy and working part-time at Vital Float. I work at Vital because I love all things zen. I am a passionate yogi, foodie, health-nut, and good-livin’ advocate.

I was raised in NYC and Toronto, two energetic, vibrant, and creative cities but I’ve always thought I was better suited to live in a tree house in Hawaii (someday!). That being said, I have found a beautiful community of farmers markets, yoga studios, and plant-based food joints in this city.

Floating has been another great addition to this list. This first time I floated I fell in love with the experience. It is a perfect way to escape the city buzz and go inwards. If you’re like me and you’ve dabbled in some kind of meditation practice (the sitting still and doing nothing kind), floating is an absolutely amazing tool as it eliminates so many annoying distractions. Not to mention that in a float tank your meditation practice is seriously enhanced by the healing effects of the water and salt.

I am so grateful to share this experience with others and to spend time in our beautiful city centre. Hope to see you soon!

Alexandra Waite
Vital Float Centre Team

Deepika Mahadevan

Team Member, Vital Float Centre

Hi I’m Deepika! People call me Dee 🙂

I like to consider myself a pretty multifaceted person! I come from a very technical background in Chemical Engineering from UofT but my passion for the wellness industry was sparked from a 2 years study of Yoga under a very ancient lineage that I undertook while living in India. I am also a singer- songwriter for over a decade now and a vocal coach; I understand very much the importance of mental health and wellness in the field of arts. Music and wellness are greater passions of mine so I am here exploring a career change!

Floating and Vital Float is an incredibly wonderful fit for my current career goals. Floating is congruent with Yoga and meditation in that an hour session in your own company allows your body to rejuvenate and mind to find its way back to the present moment. As an active person and a yoga teacher I find floating also really works well to relieve muscle tension, increase flexibility and promote a good nights sleep; all necessary when you are as high wired and doing a number of things as I am! Floating is the rest you need to schedule for yourself.

Come by our studio to experience it for yourself! Hope to see you very soon!

Deepika Mahadevan
Vital Float Centre Team

Kent Chapman

Team Member, Vital Float Centre

Hi I'm Kent. Serendipitously I came across Vital Float through my yoga community. I had been fostering a tradition of floating once a year on my birthday. Like many meaningful events it didn't seem to happen often enough. Tapping into that vulnerable state provided by floating with an open mind toward the potential that can spring forth from such restful calm needed to become a foundation of my life.

I spent the 3rd decade of my existence working as a Registered Massage Therapist learning to support and facilitate the physical well being of others. In doing so, I was drawn to the practice of conditioning my clients' alignment through kinetic training such as gyrotonic and yoga. Taking a more active approach in one's own self care is integral to a balanced recovery from any of life's challenges. I strive to promote such agency in myself and others behaviour.

Despite my rash tendency to play as many sports as humanly possible and typically giving life and the people in it my all, I value and cherish good down time. Floating provides a beautiful opportunity to explore the body's innate and powerful ability to heal itself. The less stimuli, the more energy for your systemic capacity for rejuvenation. In turn when you find the time to suspend yourself in the moment you can open yourself to a more buoyant being.

Please feel free to ask and engage me in your healing journey as you feel comfortable. Everyone provides the opportunity for me to learn more and I love to share and explore life's physical challenges with others.

Happy Floating

Kent Chapman
Vital Float Centre Team