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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


As a tool I love Soft Tissue Release (STR) but I find the application difficult at times, especially when I stick to the rules. However, like most therapists, I like to experiment, and this was one of those situations which forced me to think outside of the box. The question was “how could I achieve the same result but remove the difficulties?”

Most people associate massage with the physical benefits it can bring, and rightly so, as there are many! However, our bodies are incredibly complex; our mental health can affect our physical health and vice versa. Massage is not just good for us on a physical level, it also has myriad benefits for our mental wellbeing. In this article, I will detail some of these, and explain how stored trauma in the body can be responsible for a wide range of health conditions, from depression to anxiety. I will also explain how massage can be used as a powerful therapeutic tool to deal with the underlying root cause of some of these conditions.

In order to ensure the return of a client, it is important that the client leaves the first session with a positive outlook on your service. A key factor in achieving this is to show your client that you are warm, welcoming, and genuinely are about their treatment. Integral to a successful therapist-client relationship is clear communication. Get to know your client from the first contact by listening to and communicating with them before, during, and after the session.

Like most forms of complementary therapy, the effects of lymphatic drainage in massage are open to discussion. As is the case with all massage types, there are gleaming testimonials and positive historical reports, but scientific studies sometimes lack that conclusive evidence.

For many the answer will be no but for NLSSM and my Oncology courses in north London, we are opening up our doors mid July (unless of course things take a bad turn).

It might seem obvious that if you improve your communication skills between yourself and your client it will lead to an increase in positive outcomes, but as massage therapists we often concentrate on our hands on skills and pay little attention to what we say, but what we say really can make a difference to the way the client perceives the service they have received and how they themselves can make positive changes.

The London Marathon was due to take place today. A highlight in the calendar for runners, record-breakers and fancy-dress enthusiasts. And of course, sports massage therapists. Like most major events, the London Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus. It will now take place on Sunday 4th October, in what will be the first-ever autumn edition of the race. The marathon is not only a day for race-goers and watchers, but an invaluable experience for sports massage therapists to demonstrate their skills and network with other therapists.

When we were first put into lockdown, everything I was working on; normal stuff that would take the school and my online massage coaching program forward, was put on hold.

Laughter is the best medicine. An age old saying that we all know and love, but do we actually understand the truth behind it?

We are, for the first time, celebrating National Complementary Therapy Week from March 23rd to March 29th. To some, complementary therapy conjures up a vision of therapists practicing woo-woo therapies, alongside a misconception that what we offer is an alternative therapy.  However, complementary therapy is anything but a replacement to conventional modern healthcare treatments, it is actually quite the contrary. Although many people have in fact called certain complementary therapies ‘alternative therapy’, it actually serves as a useful tool to assist people along with their conventional medical treatment, not instead of.

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