Christine Sutherland

is a Registered Massage Therapist, massage instructor, author, and documentary filmmaker. She co-founded Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic in Toronto in 1978, and is the Director of the Canadian Institute of Palliative Massage. 

Along with her professional experience as an RMT she has taught “virtually” around the globe, from South Africa to China and has several decades of experience teaching hands-on massage to families and medical professionals. She has recently moved her courses through Selkirk College online using Zoom, allowing participants to join from anywhere in the world. 

Christine Demonstrates a massage while travelling the world
Christine gives a leg massage to an elderly woman in a wheelchair

Christine has presented at the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, at the International Congress of Palliative Care in Montreal, and was one of the keynote speakers for the Cayman Island Hospice Conference in 2014.

Christine Sutherland started her career in multimedia in 1970 working on a documentary crew for the West Kootenay Ecological Study with Selkirk College. She then went on to study at the Gulf Island of Film and Television School in 2000, the Vancouver Film School in 2001 and the Langara Film Program in 2005. Sutherland Productions has created feature-length documentaries, series for TV, and educational videos for YouTube. Her most recent film project is titled ‘Dream Big: Fort St John to Tokyo‘ and follows the journey of wheelchair basketball player Bo Hedges, as he competes in the 2020 Paralympic Games.

Christine pushing her friend Bridget in a wheelchair
Christine with two young goats

Christine Sutherland has been teaching Animal Massage for the past forty years. She started in her barnyard in the Kootenays of British Columbia with 60 chickens, three goats, two horses, four dogs, three cats, plus ducks and geese! With her self-subsistent lifestyle of the seventies, she acquired extensive experience with animals and was taught hands-on techniques by the Doukhobor farmers for all kinds of everyday complaints and crises. 

She has studied with thoroughbred farms and veterinarians across the country and demonstrated and filmed at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Christine has taught local kennel clubs, 4H groups, SPCA volunteers and vets her message of hands-on healing through animal massage and the power of touch. 

Combining a passion for healing and massage with her multimedia skills, Christine is always looking for the next way to share the power of touch with the world!

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