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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


Susan Findlay
Susan Findlay

About Susan

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Are you starting to get COVID-19 weary? Isolation is sure to be an incredibly testing time for everyone, especially for us as therapists who, as well as the psychological strain of lockdown, many of us are also dealing with the financial fears of losing our livelihood as we  depend on human contact for work.

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.

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.

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.

Deciding on a career change to become a massage therapist can be daunting for many reasons. There are so many questions to which you want to get the answers right. An understandable primary concern when starting this journey, is where you should study. When considering a vocation capable of transforming the lives of others, and yourself as a therapist, it is vital that you receive the training that suits your needs.

To be fair I am not sure anyone in the UK can answer this one fully.  Understanding exactly what sports massage is, is extremely confusing because of the varied training providers and the enormous differences in material offered in each course. For example, one therapist can do a weekend course in sports massage and another takes a year. Yet both can say they have been trained in sports massage and for the client there is no obvious way to distinguish one from the other.

My treatments always offer an element of relaxation but more often than not, my clients come to me wanting to be ‘fixed’ as well as relaxed. This then raises the question as to what ‘fixed’ actually means?  In many cases it means solving an immediate physical problem. A good example might be a client who presents with chronic lower back problems due to spending most of their day sedentary in a less than ideal position. Of course, they want their discomfort to stop, and they believe I can do it immediately. But realistically, all I can offer is some symptom relief in the short term. In the long term there are greater problems to solve, a single session is not going to resolve a lifetime of bad habits. So how do I deal with the expectations of my clients?

The soft tissues of the body refer to muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Whilst Transverse Soft Tissue Release (TSTR) is often linked to remedial massage, it is not exclusively used for this and is often used in conjunction with several other methods of movement or connective tissue therapy. TSTR is extremely versatile and able to be tailored to suit any client. It is often chosen because of its’ versatility and its ability to get quick and highly effective results.

#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.

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.