Steve Finnemore, Massage Therapist

I have a deep interest in the mechanics of the body and movement and love keeping up to date with natural methods of getting the body back to working effectively and comfortably. I'm a keen runner and gym-goer too and am always looking for natural ways to improve my own performance. I'll be blogging about these interests and passing on tips to help you to stay mobile, fit and healthy. I hope you find what I pass on helpful and interesting.

There is more to see than meets the eye...

Over the weekend our new website went live at, and the process that Ann and I went through has inspired me to write this blog...

"Has that always been there?"

I was reminded recently that humans have a great capacity for noticing new things, yet we readily lose sight of things that haven't altered for a long time. It's part of our survival mechanism.

Preparing for our new website gave us an opportunity to change a few things that we'd been unhappy with for some time with our old website - and while we were working with our web designers to create our new website, they came up with new ideas and thoughts of their own. Some of these ideas related to aspects of our website that we'd become accustomed to over time, and therefore we didn't see anymore.

Very similar things happen with many of my clients too. They book in with known problem areas, but when I start the massage I pick up other muscle knots or strains that the client hadn't been aware of, or that they remember being there a long time ago but hadn't been playing up since.

Two things are happening here. Firstly, my careful palpation of the client's muscles is picking up things that haven't yet made the headlines - the problem is not serious enough to be announced to the conscious mind. By spotting and treating the problem early, I can prevent unwanted headlines later on.

Secondly - when I find something that the client remembers having a problem with in the past - what's happened there is probably that the awareness of the problem has decreased, even though the problem has not gone away. I think of it in this way: that if pain signals are not listened to and acted on after a period of time, the pain shuts off or becomes part of the "background noise", whilst the problem continues without recovering. We become accustomed to the situation and put up with constant shoulder aches, stiff lower back, or problems putting on a coat. Only when someone else spots it do we realise how bad it is and how long we've been putting up with it.

So, by getting in the specialists for our new website design we've improved on things we knew were not right; and a fresh pair of eyes has found other things that we had put up with for ages or forgotten about, but are now changed for the better.

My advice to you: don't put up with aches and pains, especially if you've had them for a long time. Come to see me and let a fresh pair of eyes (well, hands really!) help you deal with your problems, both past and present.

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Friday, 20 April 2018

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