Awaken Studio Toronto
Etiquette and Behaviours
What is expected of you and what you can
expect when visiting the Awaken Studio Toronto?
BOOKING a Session with Phillip Coupal
First-time bookings for counselling, coaching and bodywork are arranged via email. I have one email address: firstname.lastname@example.org My primary means of communication for information and bookings is via email. I will respond to your email within 24 hours. If you call by phone or communicate by text you must leave a message so that we may shift the conversation to email.
Before booking any session with a new client I will need to have a conversation, an Introduction. This takes about 30 minutes, and we can arrange to do this via telephone or video conference. After that session, first time clients are familiarized with an intake session. Through this process we can move to a full session with ground rules or boundaries in place and we will also have a firm understanding of what will take place in the session.
BOOKING or REGISTERING for a Class or PURCHASING a PASS
Booking or Registering for a class is done online through the portal provided on the service page. This service page has links to individual events as well as passes for groups of classes or events. If this process is confusing or it is difficult to manage, please email me with your request for help. I will email you back either a specific link to the web page for what you are trying to register or a form for you to fill in with your information.
I will not respond to communications that are rude, overly sexual, explicit, or have your naked photograph. In any communication, please include your name and the best information for me to contact you, an email address is best. In this communication Inquiry please let me know something about the type and modality of the session that you are looking for. Include any questions you have. After we have seen if there is a fit with what you are seeking and what I am providing we can move to a more personal conversation. I will happily spend some time, in our Introductory session, to get to know you and what you want a little more.
For the safety of everyone attending the Awaken Studio or having a session with Phillip, I will ask you to fill in a covid survey, sent to you via email and for you to fill in about 12 hours before you attend your session, event or class. Clients registering or booking any session or class with be asked for contact information, including: their name, email address, phone number, their city of residence and if they have any concerns for the well being as they attend. As we begin to return over the summer and fall of 2021 all attendees will need to show proof of their second Covid 19 vaccination.
Participants will be asked about skin conditions and if they have any parasitic condition or contagious skin condition before they attend any class where there is touch. If this happens to be the case and thereis a skin condition present than participants are asked to rebook and attend after the condition has been taken care of.
Please know that I am very particular and know well the importance of confidentiality and privacy of personal information. I will never share your information with anyone else, unless it is a matter of Public Health or legality. The confidentiality of your information is the building block for trust.
Payments for all sessions classes and events can be processed by three different means.
1. Clients and participants may prepay with an Interac e-transfer through their bank.
This is my preferred payment method for all transactions.
2. Clients and participants can pay with cash at their session or event.
3. Clients and participants can prepay through PayPal.
Within the PayPal portal payment can be processed with a PayPal account or with a Visa or Mastercard.
As we practice kindness and understanding around payment and the price of everything. Please know that the studio and Phillip do our best to be as understanding as we are able. If you need a financial arrangement for any service offered, please make certain to have arranged this before you are trying to make a payment.
Haggling, bargaining, or complaining about the fees ic considered as rudeness. We have always done our utmost to keep prices so that they are very reasonable, and we are always open to making accomodations for those who are in need.
Taking advantage of the studio's generosity, lying or misleading about ability to pay is also considered as disrespectful and will not be tolerated.
HYGIENE AND SAFETY
Private Bodywork Sessions
Please arrive for our session freshly showered and groomed. A shower, fresh towels, and mouthwash are available at the Awaken Studio, should you have the need. Please let me know before you arrive if you will need to have a shower before we start our session. I am very conscientious of hygiene and sexual safety - I want to give you an experience free of worry or concern. Please know that a session with is always focused on erotic massage, connection, energetics, and sensual touch rather than on specific sexual acts. Afterall we are not together to have sex but to learn more about sexual and erotic energy.
Massage is carried out with 100% organic cold pressed coconut oil. I do occasionally use water-based lube and I seldom use silicone lubes as they are murder on the table linens. I also use latex free gloves for any kind of anal massage.
Moving forward out of Covid I will be wearing face protection, a KN95 mask under a bandana. If clients wish to wear masks they are encouraged to do so. If you have questions or concerns please ask.
Classes and Events
Please arrive fresh and clean for all classes and events. As we move back to offering more full services any equipment that is needed for classes is provided by the studio. This means that for yoga classes we provide sanitized mats, towels, blocks, bolsters, and straps, for massage and touch classes we provide freshly sanitized sheets and towels. This way we know exactly how clean it is! One of my obsessions is how clean and hygienic everything is kept. We use alcohol, thymol, "Lysol" which is based in ammonia as surface cleaners, laundry is process with detergent and thymol, Again if you have questions or concerns, please let me know.
The two biggest areas around boundaries are privacy/ confidentiality and consent. The reason we communicate so much before any session is that we can determine these boundaries and that they can be maintained in a safe and respectful manner. I will do my utmost to maintain any boundary that you tell me of and will carry this through into any session we might be involved in. Indeed, within a session if we bump against a boundary, we can honour that boundary and meet it by acknowledging it and holding it sacred. I ask that you hold my boundaries with respect. Although, together we can celebrate our bodies and the energies that are expressed through them I ask that we each respect our bodies as the temple that they are. For me. the most important element to be maintained around our engagement within a session is that we are gathering know to harness energy and gain awareness and information from the experience and the heightened consciousness that the experience delivers.
Nudity - Touch - Behaviour in Classes and Events
Understanding our behaviour and how we treat each other is a formulative building block for creating safety in all the classes and events that take place at the Awaken Studio. Everyone has their own boundaries and these boundaries must be always respected. Different classes at the Awaken Studio have different expectations and requirements with regard to nudity, touch and behaviour.
Queer Heart Community - Talking Circle and Cinema
These events are with cloths on. The focus and intent of these events is not focused on erotic or sexual energies. The Queer Heart Community events offer a safe and welcoming space for men to gather and share community, communication, and culture. There is no nudity at these events.
Naked Yoga Classes and Meditation Classes
Naked Yoga and Meditation classes are a solitary and internal pursuit. We share the space; we share the energy and community of gathering and having the opportunity to be naked. There is no touching in these classes, there is no physical sharing of erotic or sexual energies. Finally, as we gather, we can all maintain respect and acceptance for the vulnerability and the courage of the men to bare their bodies and share these practices together.
Ecstatic Breathwork and Self Pleasure Classes
These classes we are a less solitary and visibly more external in their pursuit. Again, we share the space, we share the energy and community of gathering and having the opportunity to be naked and to be fully in the expression of erotic energy. There is personal touch in these classes, this means that the touch is the participants touch on their own body we do not touch each other in these classes. There is a visceral and physical sharing of erotic or sexual energies. Finally, as we gather, we can all maintain respect and acceptance for the vulnerability and the courage of the men to bare their bodies letting the energy that is often contain be expressed as we share these practices together.
Kinky Play, Taoist Erotic Massage and Tantra Classes
These classes we are communal. Bodies are visible and physical in their pursuit of the energies that we will work with. Again, we share the space, we share the energy and community of gathering and having the opportunity to be naked and to be fully in the expression of erotic energy. In these classes we touch each other's bodies. There is shared touch in these classes, this means that the participants touch each other's bodies, this includes genitals. Touch will take place all over the external body. There is no penetration of any part of the body, into any part of another's body. There is a visceral and physical sharing of erotic or sexual energies and the physical manifestation of those energies through the body. We work with this energy and stimulate the energy with touch. Finally, as we gather we can all maintain respect and acceptance for the vulnerability and the courage of the men to bare their bodies letting the energy that is often contain be expressed as we share these practices together.
DIVERSITY - DISABILITY - IDENTITY
The Awaken Studio Toronto welcomes all diversity. All men of legal age are welcome. This heartfelt welcome includes all those who identify as male from all races, cultural and religious identity, abilities, birth genders and sexual identity. The most important element of our gathering is that we are sharing and honouring the time-honoured traditions of men sharing their life, knowledge, skill, and experience. All who attend must be capable of informed consent when they book services, classes, or events.
I welcome personal encounters with people with disabilities - if you need a specific type of assistance or a support worker in order to meet with me, please let me know in your booking email, and I will do my best to accommodate your specific need.
In order to, accommodate attendance at a class or event for persons with disabilities prior knowledge is required. Participants must be able to move and get up and down from a chair, a massage table, or the floor. Some events are more physically straining than others. If you need more information, I am always glad to have a conversation and have the opportunity to address concerns and answer questions.
If a class is not the place for you, I am very capable of providing the experience on an individual basis.
Sexual and Gender Identity
All men no matter their sexual identity are welcome to participate in all sessions, classes, and events. Men who attend classes and groups must know that they must participate. In order to maintain a safe and mutually respectful environment, men must be willing to play in each role as a giver and as a receiver. As we give and receive, we are able to develop our knowledge, skill and ability.
Men who wish to only receive are encouraged to attend private sessions and not attend classes or events where there is a gathered group.
Those who identify as male and might have a body that is divergent from their identity are welcome and encouraged. As we gather together, we have an opportunity to bring consciousness, awareness and knowledge to one another. Please know that we can all learn and grow with each other. If the class or group environment is not the correct venue for you, again I am always capable to delivering the information in a private session.
All men are welcome into the world that we create as a community. As I hold the space for all men to come together I ask that each man treat his fellow man with respect and dignity. We can do this as we consciously practice Kindness - Compassion - Grace.