education and experience
Sel is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto. He has been in practice since 1997 and continues to add to his therapeutic skill base. Sel has training in Lymph Circulation/Drainage, Hydrotherapy, Nutrition, Joint Health, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, Pregnancy and Infant massage, Reflexology, Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy.
In 2004, Sel did Hospice Wellington's Volunteer training course "Insights into Terminal Illness, Grief and Bereavement." Called by the palliative work of Stephen Jenkinson in early 2015, Sel completed thanadoula training through the Institute of Traditional Medicine's program "Contemplative End of Life Care". Since then, he has attended Malidoma Some's Community Grief Ritual Intensives on local and personally significant ancestral lands. Sel also offers much lived experience having attended to his beloved mother's end of life care as both Power of Attorney for Personal Care and Executor.
Sel’s past work experience includes teaching at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and developing a thriving practice within multidisciplinary clinics in both Sudbury and Guelph (Norfolk Chiropractic Wellness Centre, 2005 Guelph Tribune’s Readers Choice Award for Massage Therapy). In 2006, Sel went into private practice and has since run his downtown massage clinic on the corner of Cork and Norfolk St. In 2013, Sel was a Guelph Tribune's Reader's Choice Awards winner for Massage Therapist and Massage Clinic.
Sel has initiated wellness-based programs at Sudbury's Shkagamik-kwe Anishinabe Health Centre and Guelph's General Hospital. His other community initiatives have included feminist fundraising events, experiential self discovery workshops, social justice activism and ongoing Guelph community grief circles. Sel has chosen to involve himself with education, work and community events that allow for broad exploration of health and healing, hands on experience and the opportunity to engage in transformative social change.
philosophy of care
welcoming experienced grounded
“In practice, I have had wide ranging experience that includes maintenance of health and well being, stress reduction, anxiety management, muscle and nerve concerns, pre and post operative support, elder and palliative care, trans health issues, pregnancy, infant and child massage. My experience demonstrates professional flexibility and a genuine concern for the health and well-being of all clients, regardless of their age, ability or health status. I welcome all genders and orientations and safeguard a comfortable and empowering healing environment.
Clients can feel confident that I recognize and act within the scope of my training. I gladly work with or recommend other healthcare professionals in order to support the health interests of my clients. Massage therapy that works best is treatment that enables clients to take an active role in tailoring their own healthcare requirements. Based on my clinical experience, co-creative problem solving for a client’s health situation generates solutions designed for that client’s level of comfort, safety and ability. I find great value, both personal and professional, in this process-oriented approach to healthcare.”