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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

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.

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.

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.