Founder and Director of École Setsuko
Ecole Setsuko is a holistic health education school that offers both workshops for general interest and full certification programs in the field of natural therapy, massage therapy, acupressure and energy work. Located in Montreal, Quebec for our on-site teaching clinics and in person training, we can also access a larger audience by offering online trainings.
Our unique approach to learning includes a multidimensional awareness to health, wellness and balance. Each educational component is accompanied by an IN-body, somatic experience. In this way, combining physical, emotional and the energetic/spiritual aspects creates harmony and balance. Without this awareness, the dis-stress in our lives, can eventually show up as physical pain, emotional unrest, mental instability or a diagnosed dis-ease.
My number one goal is to create awareness for my clients, who is essentially a student of their own life. I have a strong sense of community and family life, always striving to find balance between work/personal/self-care and development. Part of this inspiration comes from my ancestors, who have guided me along this path of service and healing. Our teachers are old souls who have a wealth of knowledge and experience and I serve as the bridge between the older and newer generations.
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Natalie started her journey at Ecole Setsuko in 2008 where she graduated in Massage Therapy. She continued to study, practice and teach many of the advanced techniques including Deep Tissue, Champi, Reflexology, Cupping, Fung Shui and Reiki to name a few. Natalie has studied TCM, Ayurveda and many Massage techniques. Her long-standing experience in customer service, communication and technical skills provide the support network for both students and teachers.
Hi my name is Paule Guérard. My formal training has been as an energy healer (Barbara Ann Brennan School of Healing-99), a kabbalist (A Society Of Soul-05), a spiritual psychotherapist (School of New Directions-88) and a specialist in understanding early love maps (Center for Intentional Living-15) . I bring to the table a love for words, stories and metaphors (MA creative writing -84) that transcends linguistic barriers. A double BA(Con U-07) in Psychology and Applied Social Sciences nourished my understanding of transference, archetypes and shadow work. I am a strong believer that what I perceive in the World, in some way reflects what is within me. My latest interest brings the body into greater focus as so much of what affects us travels from the body to the brain on the wandering vagus nerve. Play and creativity possess tremendous healing potentials and are almost always part of the tools I bring to the table. In the end being able to reframe, or re-assess, or re-experience and in turn integrate what has been hidden or frozen is a choice way to be more fully open and alive. Teaching is a passion: it combines an ongoing desire to learn with an active love of deep group sharing and the emergent support inherent in a group.
Marjorie Silcoff is a skilled therapist and talented teacher. She started her private practice in 2006, as a practitioner of the TCM branches of Acupressure, Dietetics and Moxabustion, with a special emphasis on emotional healing. She has been teaching TCM for 10 years, is the Director of the Acupressure program at Ecole Setsuko and teaches Clinic to the graduating students. She also teaches workshops and gives lectures to interested groups, most recently the doctors and staff at the Montreal Pain clinic and the Anglican Diocese.
Her unique approach to teaching includes demonstration, storytelling and real-life cases which inspire connection and integration of the material.
Tony is a certified massage therapist, yoga and bodywork instructor, who has explored extensively the world of bodywork for over a decade. He specializes in osteopathic approaches, which include Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, Somato-Emotional Release, Myo-Fascia Release and Brain Therapy. He treats the body as a whole and not just looking at the symptoms. With his extensive bio-mechanic background and subtle approach he is able to look at the body, its issues from different angles.
Are you a woman who struggles to eat right? Cathy Cochrane is a holistic nutrition consultant who looks beyond calories and nutrients to help you take back the reins on your own health. She sees your relationship to food and eating as a doorway to a deeper relationship with your Self. For over 13 years, Cathy has been guiding women through that door by exploring their physiological needs from a place of soul.
Cathy has practiced privately, out of the Montreal Centre for Integrative Medicine and is currently an associate at the Ottawa Integrative Health Centre. Educated at NHC Institute, she also taught there for 5 years before its close. She gets nourished by conversations on the energy and spirit of food, and writes the occasional blog about a deeper & broader understanding to what you eat.
Cathy is honoured to be sharing her soul-based approach to nutrition and physiology as a foundational part of the naturopathy stream at École Setsuko. Her courses present an eye- and mind-opening perspective on what constitutes healthy food and eating.
Monica Giacomin is an educator, community herbalist, forager and emissary of the green nations. She created “HERBS on the SIDE”, an educational herbal sanctuary and home to over fifty medicinal plants which she has been teaching students how identify, nurture, harvest and transform into food and medicine for the past three decades! Monica continues to offer apprenticeship programs and classes combining the best practices of herbal medicine, active living, nature awareness and nutrition in pursuit of optimal wellness.
Janine has been teaching Traditional Chinese medicine and acupressure at Setsuko for the last 4 years. She has a B.A. from McGill University in Psychology and Religious studies. For 8 years, Janine ran a holistic health practice in Montreal as well as workshops integrating yoga and Chinese medicine. Currently living in BC, Janine is thrilled to continue to teach at Setsuko from a distance. Her passion is to empower and educate people with the tools to live a healthy and balanced life.
Marcia Thomas is a vibrant healing enthusiast. She began practicing in the field of Chinese medicine 4 years ago yet has been involved in the world of traditional holistic healing most of her life. Through her own personal ailments: chronic migraines, eczema, back/neck/shoulder pain, allergies and fertility to name a few, it has been her mission to find alternative forms of healing that align with and support her body.
Marcia’s dedication to personal growth and desire to be of support to others has led her to a career in Social Services. There, she learnt to be a solid presence, a clear communicator and a consistent and supportive ally. In the midst of establishing a career as an Educator in Youth Protection she found herself dabbling in the world of holistic therapies and following a new passion for Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Through this lens she developed an appreciation for the body’s capacity to self heal. Understanding ‘Qi’, the body’s life force energy and its desire for equilibrium, the interplay of dietary properties and lifestyle, Marcia has been successful in alleviating her ailments.
Her passion is to create a space for people to access means to holistic health by promoting healthy lifestyle, conscious eating and balanced emotions.
Maria started her journey in Alternative treatments about 7 years ago. She dove into Aromatherapy because of her own imbalances and learnt that just a single scent can rebalance your body. Triggering your emotions and mental clarity. From there she wanted to learn more about healing herself and others. That’s when she found the Setsuko family.
She became a student in Shiatsu, to being a certified practitioner and then an apprentice for the meridian classes. She recently started her own natural product line, favouring essential oils and herbs. As a certified prenatal massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, her passion lies in working with pre and post natal women, offering support through bodywork, emotional healing, energy work, food, herbs and essential oils. She found her love of teaching through her journey to heal and cannot wait to share a class with you.
Michelle Beckles is a Certified Athletic Therapist and a Certified Kinetic Swedish Massage Therapist. She comes to Setsuko with a plethora of knowledge in the sports science and manual therapy background. In her 16 year career she has worked with Quebec Soccer, Canada Soccer, Quebec Football and many more elite and amateur athletes. She is grateful to have been able to see the world working with different teams. She worked at Dawson College for 13 years managing the Athletic Therapy Clinic, treating all of the varsity athletes and supervising internship students from Concordia University from the Athletic Therapy Department.
Michelle is passionate about education. Whether she’s teaching students or her clients, she is always looking to inform everyone about proper movement and optimal care for their body. She has taken continuing education courses to further her knowledge in sports rehabilitation, manual therapy and osteopathic approaches.
As she moves away from field work with teams she continues to treat and educate with a holistic approach of appreciating the mind, body and spirit connection.
Marco started his journey in the holistic arts at a young age. Being initiated with crystals and the esoteric arts, he dived into magic and divine readings. His path led him to practicing martial arts and chi-gong where he learned how energy and the breath can enhance one’s life and it has become an integral part of all his practices.
His ongoing journey then brought Marco into the healing arts and polarity therapy. He had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest pioneers in polarity therapy, where he has gained 2 lineages in the healing system. With this background and knowledge, Marco has obtained several certificates in Polarity Therapy.
Shanice Nicole is a Black feminist educator, facilitator, writer, and (out)spoken word artist. Her debut children’s book Dear Black Girls published by Metonymy Press is now available for pre-order and she is also the curator of free community resources such as Jobs & Things, All Black Everything in Montreal, and the BFCN Scholarship Directory. Shanice works closely with education and community-based organizations and believes that everyone has the power to make change.
Heather Allice is a leading authority in teaching women how to naturally and gracefully transition through the menopausal years and beyond founded on the traditions of Chinese Wisdom. She is the creator of Fuel Your Vitality: An Energetic Approach to Nourishing Naturally. A live online wellness education workshop to help women feel like themselves again. She educates and inspires at Ecole Setsuko in the core program of Acupressure & Chinese Energetic Medicine.
Carina has been immersed in Yoga for over 20 years and is devoted to bridging the gap between modern science and the therapeutic benefits of Yoga.. Having a strong academic background in health sciences, her approach integrates anatomy, physiology, immunology and cognitive psychology to establish equilibrium between Stress and Relaxation Responses. Carina is the founder Yoga Re:source – Montreal’s first Yoga Therapy School, focusing on health education – where ‘health’ is considered to be a collective response of all systems working fluidly together.
Her passion and her mission continue, in order to teach the principles of health; and how to attain these in a manner that is accessible, sustainable, complementary, and, ideally, enjoyable.
Eduardo is a wise, experienced healer from Tepoztlan, Mexico. His sessions are the blending of his knowledge of the ancient healing arts and the new age alternative therapies. He is a visiting Practitioner at LifePath Center specializing in Craniosacral and Polarity Therapies.
As a child, Eduardo had the opportunity to have contact with native healers (curanderos) from his town and it was then when he began being interested on alternative healing. He has being teaching and practicing the art of healing for the last 27 years in Canada and Mexico. He is the Founder and director of the Centro de Terapia de Polaridad in Mexico. He studied Polarity Therapy with Health Training Group in Montreal, Canada; where he was certified as a Polarity Therapist. He was trained as a Polarity Therapy instructor and studied Craniosacral and Rebirthing Therapies.
Eduardo takes Polarity and Craniosacral therapy into the mental, emotional, and spiritual realms, as well, using it to assess and address issues in a holistic approach.