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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.

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Susan Findlay Blog


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I have been a massage therapist for 20 plus years. If you have been following my blogs and career then you may well know that I consider myself a holistic practitioner. This means that I treat the body as a whole; I understand the complex interplay between different parts of the body and the symptoms that dysfunction in one of them can precipitate in another. It is for this reason that I work with a medley of other experts in their fields, ranging from Pilates specialists to nutritionists. When I use this approach I know that my clients are receiving the best possible care, even if it is not all from me. It is absolutely crucial to any practitioner to prioritise client wellness over everything else.

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.

The phrase “muscle knot” is widely used. Most people understand what it is to have one, but recently I’ve noticed some misinformation flying about, and thought I should pose the question as to whether these “knots” are being understood and consequently treated correctly?

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).

Our practice is portrayed as an alternative form of medical treatment – a challenger to conventional means. We have always been up against it: a case of massage therapy versus proven procedures. However, we have seen progress.

I love cooking, and this is a recipe that came out of what I had in my fridge on the day. I have been asked to share this recipe with friends many times, it is such a healthy homemade meal that can tick every dietary restrictions box, just leave out the bits that don’t work for you and it will still taste good.

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.

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