27 June 2017
GCMT Officer Susan Findlay  
Susan Findlay
    Susan Findlay

Communications Chair

Like most of the people I teach, I came to sports massage by way of a journey.

Mine began with classical dance and gymnastics back in my home country, Canada. When your body is the tool that you work with, you learn to take notice of it and it was this interest in the human body that led me to retrain as a nurse.
 
Fast-forward to 1992 and I stepped off the plane onto English soil and my future life. After briefly working for the NHS, I made the choice to be my own boss. Still in the health and fitness field, I worked with GPs and health centres, setting up different schemes for a range of clientele. Holding 20+ classes a week and running multiple health programmes, I discovered a love of teaching and enjoyed the rewards of helping clients to reach a goal.

Sport and Remedial Massage brings all of my skills together.

I gained my certification in 1996 and began teaching in colleges and lecturing across the UK two years later. Although I am the director (and senior lecturer) of the North London School of Sports Massage, I’ve never given up the practical side of the profession and I still run my own clinic – also in North London. Keeping up with the real world helps to keep me inspired and that helps to make me a better teacher.
 
I’m passionate about providing the very best quality of training – and that goes beyond NLSSM.

I put my money where my mouth is and sit on the board of the General Council Massage Therapies serving as Chair of Communications. One of the GCMT's aims is the development of high standards of practice and training within the massage profession.
 
Being involved with the Olympics is a great honour.

The London 2012 organisers invited me to join the selection committee, which means that I’m helping to put together a huge team of sports massage therapists to be on hand throughout the games. I’ll also be volunteering. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I know that the experience will feed back into lessons here at NLSSM, making the next generation of graduate therapists even better.
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