Susan Shipton Massage Therapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Susan Shipton

RMT, BA, CDT Registered Massage Therapist, Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Susan is a caring and empathetic massage therapist who offers a combination of clinical training and keen analysis within a nurturing environment. She has experience treating people with diverse health conditions, including muscle tears and repetitive strain injuries, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, multiple sclerosis, cancer and lymphedema, low back issues, and pregnancy. She has helped people recover from spinal cord injuries at Lyndhurst Rehabilitation Centre and received training from the Canadian Institute of Palliative Massage. Susan tailors each treatment to the individual and may begin with an orthopaedic assessment to ascertain the source of the problem. Susan explains clearly and simply what is happening during the treatment and shows clients what they can do outside of the massage room to reach their goals.

Having been a competitive swimmer, rower, and runner, and an enthusiastic hiker and canoeist, Susan understands the aches and pains associated with being active and athletic. She has additional training in treating sports injuries and has often worked in cooperation with physiotherapists and other health professionals to help clients successfully rehabilitate from injury. She was delighted to have been selected as an RMT for the 2015 PanAm and Parapan Am Games!

Susan is certified in Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and provides specialized manual lymphatic drainage, compression wrapping and garments, and education to patients living with lymphedema. Susan is also trained in therapeutic breast massage, a gentle treatment to alleviate the discomfort of normal hormonal fluctuations and the after-effects of surgery. Many women experience breast discomfort associated with menstruation, pregnancy, lactation, or menopause. A few minutes of massage to the breast area during your regular massage therapy appointment can help relieve congestion and ease pain. For women who have undergone breast surgery, specialized massage can help release adhesions, scar tissue, and axillary cording, and help regain movement at the shoulder. Just as important, massage therapy can offer some much-needed nurturing care, and help cancer patients reconnect with their changing bodies.

Susan is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and has completed certification in manual lymph drainage from the Vodder School.