Susan Findlay BSc RGN, Dip SMRT, MSMA, MCNHC, MLCSP, Director NLSSM, is director of the North London School of Sports Massage, where she is a sport and remedial massage therapist and lecturer. Susan’s experiences as a ballet dancer, gymnast, personal trainer, and nurse have allowed her to develop both an applied and a clinical understanding of human movement, physical activity, anatomy, and physiology. Susan is the co-founder of the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage. She also serves as chair of communications on the General Council of Massage Therapies and as an educational advisor to the Sport Massage Association. In her free time, Susan enjoys motorbiking, cycling, and yoga.
For a long time, treatment of cancer was purely medical. Now, however, there is more understanding that treating the person holistically, involving support with diet advice, physical activity and massage, in addition to the medical care can help the patient to have a more positive outcome. This integrative approach to cancer care is discussed in this article and will allow you to better understand the role of the oncology massage therapist. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
In this week's Massage Monday video Susan gives a short example of a post marathon massage. Brought to you by Susan Findlay from the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM).
Endurance athletes, while being incredibly fit, are not necessarily very healthy. The demands placed on their bodies by intense and prolonged training regimes can leave them with high levels of inflammation – something that is linked to immunosuppression and potentially an increased risk of cancer. This article describes how massage can be used to reduce inflammation levels in athletes, helping perhaps to reduce their risk of cancer, as well as in patients with cancer to improve their well-being through the course of their disease and its treatment.
Each week Susan Findlay, the director of the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM) releases weekly videos giving advice and practical tips on massage therapy. We've compiled a few of the best here. They're open access with a free registered account.
Does stretching the iliotibal band (ITB) conjure up scenes of torture? For many clients it seems to be a rite of passage, if the treatment has not taken a client’s breath away it can lead to doubts of how good a therapist is or how successful the treatment was. This article will challenge the old school of thought, 'deeper is better' when it comes to treating the ITBS, and that giving it a bit of elbow will sort it out. It won't! I am proposing a different intention, how to deliver the best treatment with minimal discomfort particularly given the sensitivity of the ITB. I will be demonstrating how transverse soft tissue release can offer an effective form of treatment for iliotibial band syndrome while dispelling the 'deep is better' myth. The article includes a detailed video showing the manual techniques described along with a certificated continuing education assessment and some practical client advice.
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