Palliative Massage to Relieve Pain  and Discomfort

In September, our Hospice Volunteers where blessed to have Christine Sutherland visit us for two days of palliative massage training.

Christine is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Massage Instructor, film director, author, producer, palliative and neonatal care specialist. She started her journey in massage in the 1970’s after attending a massage school and has gone on to produce an educational series of how-to videos and DVDs on massage topics ranging from People to Pets.

She is the co-founder of the Sutherland Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto, Ontario, and the Director of the Canadian Institute of Palliative Massage.

Christine is the author of Birthing in Good Hands and Dying in Good Hands.

Dying in good hands book by Christine Sutherland

Christine Sutherland hopes to put massage skills in the hands of everybody who wants to learn to be hands on with their friends and loved ones who are dying or disabled. Dying In Good Hands will show the practicality of respiratory, digestive and circulatory palliative massage to relieve pain and discomfort, bringing love and affection through touch.

Christine shares her patients stories to illustrate her principles of enabling people of all ages and backgrounds, and cultures to use the power of touch through palliative massage.

Over the two days of training, our Hospice Team was embraced by Christine’s training and learned palliative massage techniques that will prove invaluable to our clients.

This training covered many techniques

  • Effective, safe massage for the chronically ill, disabled, and terminally ill.
  • Proven techniques for at home. institutions, in bed or wheelchair
  • Enhancement of circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems

We are excited to bring Christine’s vast palliative massage knowledge to our Hospice community and put these massage techniques in the hands of our volunteers.