Sorin graduated from Sutherland Chan School of Massage Therapy where he now teaches. He has also completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program at McMaster University and has taken several courses in movement assessment. In addition to practicing at the CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre he also practices at Sutherland Chan in Women’s College Hospital.

Sorin’s first exposure to treating cancer related symptoms was during massage therapy school where he treated in a specialty clinic dedicated entirely to alleviating the pain and discomfort resulting from mastectomy scars. Since then he has expanded his practice to treating scar tissue in many areas of the body, and working both with people currently undergoing cancer therapy and those who have completed their treatments but are still experiencing ongoing discomfort as a result.

Sorin has seen how massage therapy can be extremely beneficial to those undergoing cancer treatments in a number of ways:

  • In addition to decreasing the fight or flight response that tends to be in overdrive throughout cancer treatment, calming touch can assist in decreasing nausea and promoting better sleep.
  • Chemotherapeutics tend to come with a long list of adverse effects. One of these unwanted side effects is known as sensitization. Sensitization occurs when nerves become irritated due to a change in their environment and results in pain throughout the body. Sorin uses a combination of massage and acupuncture to calm the irritated nerves and restore pain free function to the affected areas.
  • Massage therapy can also be highly effective in treating lymphedema, which occurs when fluid accumulates after lymph nodes are damaged or removed. Sorin uses a combination of manual lymph drainage, cupping and kinesiology taping to mobilize and disperse the accumulated fluid to reduce uncomfortable swelling.