Susan Shriver earned her licensure in medical massage from the state of Ohio and her national certification for therapeutic massage and bodywork in 2000. She has also been an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 2000.
That year she took her first of many Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) classes in the Chikly protocol. She has completed Chikly’s advanced LDT and fluid articular release for the upper and lower body. The amazingly light pressure used makes the protocol comfortable for extremely sensitive individuals. It can also be done with clients fully clothed. By reducing inflammation, the associated pain is relieved or reduced. More applications of the therapy and details on it can be found at https://chiklyinstitute.com/.
Susan also has studied and routinely practices Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and SomatoEmotional Release (SER) techniques. These protocols also use amazingly light pressure making them comfortable for extremely sensitive individuals. They can also be done with clients fully clothed.
She often combines the Chikly and Upledger techniques in a session to optimize the results of the bodywork for the client by paying attention to what the client presents with that day rather than performing a set routine every time. With these protocols she has helped cancer survivors and persons with severe and repetitive injuries, arthritis, other chronic inflammation, migraines, toxicity, range of motion restrictions, and other traumas.
Although most of her clients see her for her skills in these bodywork protocols and the gentle touch used to reduce pain, she also has great hand strength that she sues in medical and sports massage. Early in her career she also studied pre- and post- event sports massage. She prefers medical and sports massage over relaxation massage.
Susan’s clients have included professional and amateur dancers and athletes, cancer survivors, chronic pain sufferers, and persons with scoliosis, injuries, chronic fatigue, and various neuromuscular conditions. She has worked with hours-old infants to the elderly and those at end-of-life who were nonverbal.