Ann Russell RMT
Ann is originally from Hull, Quebec, and moved to Toronto in 2002 where she completed her massage therapy training at Kikkawa College. She has been a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2005. Ann is also a certified foot reflexologist and has received training in Suikodo, a form of shiatsu, as well as Craniosacral Therapy. Ann has worked in a variety of multidisciplinary clinic and spa settings and has maintained her own massage therapy practice in Toronto. Ann is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at the University of Toronto so she can provide spiritual counseling and care in a hospital or community healthcare setting, while continuing to practice massage therapy.
Ann’s treatments are slow and progressive, incorporating both deep tissue and subtle techniques, using the path of least resistance so that the body/mind can more easily release stress, muscle tension, and unhelpful holding patterns. Ann uses her intuition to listen to, follow, and encourage the body to do what it needs to do to heal. Her treatments blend Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, stretching, joint mobilizations, positional release, and direction of energy.
Ann has experience treating a variety of conditions, such as: tendonitis, bursitis, strains and sprains, TMJ dysfunction, frozen shoulder, tension headaches and migraines, lymphedema, sciatica, as well as facilitating symptom management of ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, and vertebral injuries.
Ann’s two passions in life are promoting a healthy planet and healthy people. She continues to learn about both of these through studies in food security, energy sustainability, herbology, organic gardening, music and dance, narrative therapy, spiritual practices, and being in natural landscapes whenever possible.