Rachel Shiu, Registered Massage Therapist
Monday 2:00 - 8:15
Thursday 2:00 - 8:15
Rachel graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and acquired her full certification in the Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)/Decongestive Therapy in 1996. She was also fortunate to receive training at the Vodder Akadamie International Institute in Walchsee, Austria in 2000. She has over 15 years experience treating a wide variety of orthopaedic and soft tissue issues, including complex scarring and edema (swelling), post-surgical recovery and women’s health. Her MLD techniques have helped many patients recovering from mastectomies, reconstructions, knee/hip replacements, and acute sports injuries.
Rachel has a good understanding of performance injuries as she used to be a Sports Med Trainer and former competitive athlete. She has had the privilege to work as both a sports med trainer and massage therapist for the Canadian National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and the Douglas College Badminton Team.
As an athlete, Rachel is a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist for badminton in the National CCAA Championships. She also played in an exhibition tour through Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in 1993. In 1999, she received the All Canadian Athlete award from the CCAA. She has also been involved in tennis, dragon boat racing, beach volleyball, softball, and Aikido.
In giving back to her profession, Rachel taught for 5 years at Vancouver College of Massage. She was a senior instructor of Jurisprudence, Manual Skills, and examiner of students preparing for the government board exams. Rachel occasionally TA's for continuing education courses and currently sits on the Patient Relations committee of the College of Massage Therapists of BC. Rachel brings a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience to Tonume Integrated Health.
Rachel prefers a gentle, non-aggressive approach to create tissue change from superficial fascial work to deep tissue. Patient care and comfort are of utmost importance to her.