Massage, Exercise & Cancer: What Does the Evidence Say?

Massage, Exercise & Cancer: What Does the Evidence Say?

Historically, massage has mistakenly been viewed as a contradiction 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…

Cancer, Exercise and Massage

Cancer, Exercise and Massage

Historically, massage has mistakenly been viewed as a contradiction for individuals who are currently undergoing treatment for, or who have a history of, cancer. Cancer is a broad term used to describe a set of diseases characterised by cell mutation, and division of cells in the body that often spread to surrounding tissue forming tumours….

A Guide to Post Event Work

A Guide to Post Event Work

Excerpts from Sports Massage, a hands-on guide for therapists… by Susan Findlay Event work can be rewarding, challenging, and have an air of excitement. It also provides an opportunity to demonstrate your skills to potential clients.  Many of my graduates use event work as an opportunity to network, get their foot in the door, gain experience…

The Vital Role of Complementary Therapy

The Vital Role of Complementary Therapy

Understanding Complementary Therapies The words complementary therapies sometimes get confused with alternative therapies – non-evidence-based treatments that have questionable results. Alternative therapies are often touted as alternatives to conventional medical treatment – for example, someone would use an alternative medicine rather than taking paracetamol. On the other hand, complementary therapies are designed to complement conventional medical treatment! That is…

Biomechanics: Movement

Biomechanics: Movement

The latest blog in this body mechanics series focuses on movement. 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…

Specialising in Oncology Massage

Specialising in Oncology Massage

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…

Cancer and Massage Therapy: Is what they’re saying true?

Cancer and Massage Therapy: Is what they’re saying true?

Right from the start, I want to make it clear that you can pretty much find studies that will counter act other studies. The intention of this article is to highlight what is being discussed at the moment, and give the opportunity for both sides to be heard. There is, and always has been, an…

Finding my Mojo

Finding my Mojo

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. Instead I found myself working fast and anxiously, paddling furiously to keep my head above water, dealing with one crisis after another. Trying to support,…

The Need To Specialise in Massage Therapy

The Need To Specialise in Massage Therapy

Specialising 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…

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