About the WCT Institute
One day I was chatting with a friend and she shared with me her desire to start a part-time sensual massage practice. "I think I'd like to to do this" she said, "but I wouldn't know where to start!"
This was not the first time I'd heard this sentiment. The West Coast Tantra Institute is my way to help share the "nuts-and-bolts" of the industry so that people can decide if this is a direction they would like to pursue.
The West Coast Tantra Institute is an online learning platform aimed at professional adults interested in working in the adult industry. Our goal is to provide solid, foundational courses from how to setup your own sensual massage studio to the best way to safely and efficiently communicate with potential clients. Each course is written by experienced practitioners and are presented in a fun, engaging and pedagogically-sound manner. The courses are very practical and ‘hands-on’, offering students the skills and knowledge they need to enhance and improve their practice.
In order to capture the many learning styles, our courses make use of a variety of media including video, images, interactive tests and quizzes, animation, text and audio. Plus, the foundational courses all feature an instructor who will monitor students’ progress and answer their questions, adding the personal element so important for success and retention.
From sensual massage and Tantra to camming and escorts, the West Coast Tantra Institute is dedicated to giving you what you need to work safely and successfully. The Institute’s mission is to connect students with top instructors and practitioners in the field so that they can pursue beginning to advanced studies in the sensual arts.
Our Mission & Values
The West Coast Tantra Institute aims to connect students all over North America to top instructors and practitioners in the adult industry. The Institute is dedicated to helping students reach their personal & professional goals and pursue their professional ambitions safely and positively.
The WCT Story
The story of the West Coast Tantra Institute started on the wild windswept shores of Vancouver Island.
I had opened a "metaphysical love shop" in a small coastal town, and in the process became the town's unofficial relationship counselor. As bald eagles soared overhead and seals frolicked in the harbour people from all walks of life, even tourists, dropped by and shared their lives with me. They asked questions, commented about the shop's wares and even sought advice on their sex lives! I love helping people, and these often unexpected exchanges made my day!
One of the questions that came back repeatedly was did I know of anyone offering sensual massage.
Sensual massage? Hmmm.....
I had never really thought about it, but my interest was definitely aroused! I talked it over with Damien, and I remember on one particular drive through the misty coastal mountains we decided to go for it! We received formal training in the art of Tantric massage and founded Massage by Selene. We setup our massage studio as an extension of the shop, complete with candles, incense and glittering crystals and gems. The phone began to ring and I was on my way on a new sensual adventure.
Several years ago we moved Massage by Selene to Victoria and re-branded it West Coast Tantra. We chose this name because although Massage by Selene was perfect for my first foray, I realized there was more to Selene than just massage! West Coast Tantra was more inclusive, broadening my horizons to include Tantra, Sensuality Play and even a little kink!
The change to West Coast Tantra was also an opportunity to delve into the world of online education. I had been successfully planning and delivering workshops on sensual massage, communications and even Japanese bondage to a wide audience, so I thought, "why not go online and reach more people?"
I began talking to experienced Tantrikas, masseuse, escorts, sex chat operators and professional Dominatrixes. Building on Damien's extensive experience in post-secondary online learning, I opened an e-learning school focused on the sensual arts from both the personal and professional perspectives.
There are many avenues to pursue in the adult industry with varying degrees of sexual contact we have with our clients. From a full service companion, a phone sex operator or a sensual/tantric massage practitioner, we are all so different and can find our place which best fits our personalities and risk profiles. I am far from an abolitionist but do not fit fully into the sex work is work mantra. This profession is not for everyone, just like the commercial divers or the high steel riggers there are risks to us emotionally, physically and spiritually. On top of how we feel about it, we have to reconcile how society as a whole looks upon sexuality.
For me, I have always tried to celebrate the sensuality in my life, and empower myself and others to talk about their wants, needs and desires about their sexuality in an open and transparent way as our sexuality as sensual beings is a very important part of our lives that when ignored or looked upon with shame it can create big problems that will spill over into all other aspects of our lives. Most people told me I was easy to talk with and they were surprised at how easy it was to share with me. I felt fulfilled and energised by sharing with others my perspective, having them in turn embrace it and help them on their journey to living their authentic selves.
The results was electrifying and soon the West Coast Tantra Institute was officially born!
I am a passionate, experienced, formally-educated tantrika and somatic bodyworker. I am happily married to my husband Damien, himself a skilled and experienced bodyworker, and we have been involved in the world of sensual massage for many years.
I have always been a very sensual person, and sensual massage is a natural extension of my sexuality. I believe sensuality is a natural part of life, and is something to be celebrated!
But there is more to me than 'just' sensual massage! My mission goes beyond the massage room into workshops, classes and relationship mentoring. I am a professionally trained relationship coach and an experienced mentor, and I am excited to share my knowledge in relationships and intimacy with you. Together we can expand your sensual horizons and help you live deep and fulfilling relationships.
So please do not hesitate to ask me any questions about my knowledge, skills and experience. I am very much looking forward to digitally 'meeting' you!
Let's celebrate our sensuality and live life to the fullest!