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It's my hope that each time you read an article it inspires you, makes you question your beliefs, challenges you, teaches you something and hopefully gives you a few chuckles along the way.

I am not a 'writer', but I do love to teach and this a fantastic forum for that, I will talk about what I know and sometimes challenge conventional thinking on a variety of subjects but I will never be intentionally disrespectful.

Having said that though, I might ruffle the odd feather sometimes.

Thanks for listening.

Susan Findlay Blog


If you were to observe a world class sprinter’s jaw in slow motion, you would notice how relaxed it is while running. The fluidity of movement in the upper body, especially the shoulders and arms enable the force of the lower limbs and torso to take over and ultimately produce better form as tension is released. Despite numerous clients requiring treatments for injuries in and around the jaw, early training in sports and remedial massage therapy did not equip me with the skills necessary to treat areas connected to the cranium. In fact, 20% of my clients presented with intraoral and external jaw issues and many others presented with associated symptoms. This demonstrates that it is vital element of treatment and cannot afford to be sidelined.  I believe when treating clients, we should always use a global approach to influence our strategy. That way we can ascertain whether the symptom could be part of a more serious problem.

You might have watched a climber navigate their way around a vertical wall, or over pendulous boulder and wondered how they manage to make it look so easy. Brooke Raboutou has broken world records on the leading bouldering and sports climbs competitions, utilising her physical skill and mental determination at just eleven years old. Another young female climber to top records is Sasha DiGuilan, who successfully completed a 5.15d graded climb, which many others had tried and failed. It is captivating to watch climbers use such dexterity and rapid thinking to scale what might seem to be an impossible manoeuvre.

In order to work as a successful massage therapist, we need to make sure we have the best foundations possible. This series on body mechanics will offer tips and insight into how best to ensure we have these foundations in place in order to have a long, injury free career and are able to work with comparative ease during every session. The first in series is all about massage couch height.

When I was first approached to judge The National Massage Championships in 2018, I was skeptical. I’m sure on hearing about a competition that judges massage, you, and many of my colleagues, may also have had a similar thought process to me: how can massage possibly be judged?

This week is the BIG XI conference in Belgium. I am fortunate enough to be one of the invited guests and as it is an invite only conference, I hope to be able to pass on information to many of you as to what biotensegrity is and the importance of it for our work as massage therapists.

After a decade of not finding a solution towards beating diabetes, I can now say I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

The start of my cure was finding Debbie, a Functional Medicine Practitioner, who had the key to finding the right answers.

With respect, I was trying to follow the recommendations and suggestions from my Doctor to understand and treat my condition, so off to class, I went.

Are we bringing the XFactor to massage?

I was coming from a frustrating place of not feeling well, headaches were constant, eyesight was going, weight gain forever increasing, and my energy was nonexistent. I did my research and the tests confirmed my suspicions.

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