Welcome to my Blog

So, it seems that you want to spend some time reading what I have to say. Well, thank you and welcome! It's my hope that each time you read something 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
Susan Findlay

About Susan

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#Goal setting is something that is important for all #massage #therapists on both a personal and a professional level. Personally, we all need something achievable to aim for, something that when done we feel personally validated and our motivation is reinforced. Professionally, understanding the need for goal setting, and the steps we can take to implement our goals, is imperative when working with clients and helping them structure and achieve their own recovery. If we understand how to set goals for ourselves, and include it in our daily practice, it will be much easier for us to encourage and explain how to do it with clients.

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Just as taking care of your business requires planning and preparation, so does taking care of yourself. As a massage therapist, very often we are the core of our business, so taking care of ourselves is vital. Nutrition should be at the top of this list.

This blog focuses on movement that can achieve power, strength, with ease. The goal in massage is for us as therapists to be able to apply the appropriate broad-based compressive force to soft tissue whilst at the same time, using as little physical effort ourselves as possible. More often than not, when you ask clients how the pressure is, they ask for it to be harder, but obviously don’t wanted to be stabbed or poked. Without the proper body mechanics or understanding of movement, at best, this can become extremely tiring for us, at worse it can be injurious.

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

You may have noticed that I’ve recently upped the ante when it comes to writing blogs and social media postings. These days I try to post at least one blog a week, share my Massage Mondays and upload something that has either a personal interest to me, or I think might benefit you. Engaging on social media was not something that came naturally for me, I have never been a fan, hence, you can still see the heel marks in the ground while holding onto the idea that I didn’t need to engage. For years I resisted the idea that I needed to interact on social media.  I am sure many of you feel the same way and are not convinced or understand what social media can do for you. In this blog, I’d like to elaborate on my reasons for doing this, and hopefully give those of you who manage your own private practices some useful pointers.

Specializing is not a bad word! I understand as a therapist there is so much more that we offer and the idea of specializing might somehow appear to limit what we can deliver. I also know that some of the best sessions are usually the ones that use a variety of techniques and can respond to the needs of the client. This is essential for the success of your sessions and will certainly attract return clients but it might not be the best way to market yourself at the onset.  Hear me out. The intention of this article is to explain what is meant by specializing and how you can use it to increase your market value.

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.

Historically, massage has mistakenly been viewed as a contraindication for clients who are currently undergoing treatment for, or who have a history of cancer.  Traditionally, it was believed that massage could exacerbate the problem by spreading the illness throughout the body, or even be passed on to the masseuse. With advancements in science and a more comprehensive understanding of how the body works, we now know these ideas to be myths.

This is the third blog in my Body Mechanic Series. In the first two we discussed correct couch height and looked at the basic working posture. In this one I’d like to concentrate on the importance of your alignment whilst working with clients.