Hi, I’m Maxine
I’m passionate about empowering people to feel at home in their bodies. I take a holistic approach to health and happiness, with my roots in Tantra, somatic theory and transformational coaching.
I’m a certified Somatic Sex Educator (The Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education), with much of the last 10 years spent working with individuals and couples. I’ve had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers along the way. I’m a graduated student of the Accomplishment Coaching program as an ontological life coach.
Finally, I’m in my 2nd year of study with Somatic Experiencing International. I firmly believe trauma healing tools have an important place in the realm of sexual healing and look forward to completing my certification in 2024.
My passion for my work comes from my own history of battling disembodiment. In my early 20’s I struggled with chronic dysregulation as a highly sensitive person. This led to a long bout of using drugs, alcoholic and codependent relationships to cope with the inescapable sense of overwhelm.
Coming out of chronic patterns of dissociation was a long haul. In much of the early days I was in chronic freeze, isolated, and felt strongly that I has to pull myself up by my bootstraps to heal myself. My journey became exponentially easier when I finally called in support and stopped trying to do it all on my own.
Having transformative experiences in the realm of sexuality called me onto my path as an educator and a bodyworker. Working with erotic energy gave me a touchstone for releasing my body’s patterns of intergenerational trauma and orienting back to pleasure. Studying Tantra (Through originally neotantra communities and now lineage based practice) has allowed me to put many of these somewhat mystical experiences into context.
In 2020 I was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia and scheduled in for a routine LEEP procedure to remove precancerous cells from my cervix. After this procedure was the first time that I began to experience painful sex. Luckily I was already well along my journey as a sex educator and I has many tools that few have access to. This experience fueled my passion for even more deeply for supporting others to dearmour their genitals and heal from adverse sexual experiences.
It’s been a wild journey that’s a testament to personal discovery, resilience and and the magic of healing through the body’s wisdom. I have a continued commitment to personal growth and supportive community building that have been the foundation of my practice.
I live in Victoria, BC, on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen speaking people. Here I do most of my writing, visioning and recharging. I host my in-person sessions from a heritage loft studio in the heart of downtown.
Some of my sessions invite in-person work to expand on tools of consent and co-regulation. My loft studio is an oasis in the heart of Victoria. Here I support clients using tools of Somatic Sex Education – Including breath, sound and client directed touch. It’s equipped with a deluxe memory foam massage table, consultation area, bathroom and many other loving details to create a welcoming atmosphere.
My studio is a three story walk up and is not wheelchair accessible at this time. If you have mobility challenges please let me know and I’d be happy to make other accommodations.