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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

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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.

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.