Tennis is better for bones than going to the gym, study suggests


Playing tennis is better for the prevention of musculoskeletal problems than going to the gym, according to a study by experts at Liverpool Hope University.

In the study, 90 healthy participants were split into two groups. One group played tennis and the other group took part in running, cycling or going to the gym. Each group took part in regular tests which looked at upper body strength, lower body strength, muscle fatigue and body composition.

The results found that the group who played tennis had better musculoskeletal function than those who went to the gym. They had a better BMI and better upper-body and lower-body extremity function than the second group.

Experts are now calling for tennis to be recommended as an alternative to current physical activity guidelines.

Read more here.

Join us for the FHT’s most anticipated training event of the year

2020_training_congress_webpage_banner_finalOur most popular training event of the year returns this May, with an exciting new programme of talks to help you gain new skills and develop in your career as a therapist.

The 2020 FHT Training Congress will take place on 3-4 May at the Holistic Health Show in Birmingham, and will feature a range of talks by industry experts on a variety of topics, from therapy-specific modalities to general business advice.

With 30 sessions for you to choose from across the two-day event, take the opportunity to come along and discover the next step in your therapy development. Here’s a snapshot of what we have scheduled…

  • Hot stone fusion for chronic migraine sufferers
  • The role of the deep spinal stabilisers – ‘the forgotten four!’
  • Using reflexology to help with IBS
  • A mindful approach to the menopause
  • The gut and environment in muscle and joint conditions
  • The use of aromatherapy in skin health and integrity
  • And more…

What’s more, you’ll gain one CPD point for every session you attend, so if you attend 5 sessions on both days, you’ll gain a total of 10 CPD points – the minimum number required for FHT Members per membership year.

Day passes for the event are available for just £50 for FHT members (£65 for non-members), and allow you to attend a full day of 5 seminars with a saving of £10.
Tickets to individual seminars cost £12 for FHT members and £15 for non-members.

Laughing yoga cheers up Capital FM listeners on Blue Monday


Capital FM presenter Roman Kemp tried laughing yoga live on the radio to cheer up listeners of the show on Blue Monday (Monday 20 January).

Laughter yoga encourages participants to copy the act of laughing in order to boost happiness. PHD student and mental well-being coach, Louise Gates, lead the session. Louise is currently writing a PHD on laughing yoga.

Louise first tasks Roman and Capital listeners with finding their laughter by putting their hand on their stomach to find their ‘belly laugh’. She then explains a one metre laugh, which begins with a deep breath in before laughing while exhaling out.

In a pilot study in the European Journal of Humour Research (EJHR), scientists looked at the impact of laughter yoga on 44 participants. The study found significant improvements in positive emotions and decreased feelings of stress and anxiety.

Watch the full clip of Louise on Capital FM here.

Read the pilot study in the EJHR.




FHT contributes to the February issue of Natural Health magazine


We are delighted to have contributed an article to Natural Health magazine’s February  issue, to promote the FHT, our members and the therapies they practice.

In the article, we look at the health benefits of Jasmine, a plant said to have originated in Egypt and known to be used by cultures for personal adornment and religious ceremonies. The essential oil is thought to be good for clients who have a lack of libido and to help confidence.

In addition, we include an important safety note, that essential oils should not be ingested or applied to the skin undiluted.

Read the full article here.

International Therapist issue 131 (Winter 2020)

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As a member of the FHT, your Winter issue of International Therapist will be arriving soon! Your magazine will come in a biodegradable wrapper, so please read the carry sheet enclosed for advice on how to dispose of the wrapper appropriately.

In this issue, you will find:

  • A special feature on alcohol and how to support clients who want to take the first step towards changing their drinking habits. In this feature we look at survey results and include tips from Lauren Booker, an expert from Alcohol Change UK.
  • A look at the relationship between gut health and musculoskeletal problems, by Dr Ese Stacey.
  • Taking a look back at our 2019 Conference and Awards, we look at our highlights from the day including our speakers, networking and our FHT Excellence Award winners.
  • An excerpt from Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s book, Feel Better in 5. The Morning Wake Up Flow is a morning routine to start your day the right way.
  • An insight into FHT Vice President Maria Mason’s beauty business. In the piece Maria looks at five areas of her business, from branding to tackling inappropriate behaviour.
  • A look at the link between dementia and trauma and how to support those affected.
  • Exploring the crown chakra with Marion Eaton. 

Plus an essential oil profile on geranium, the latest FHT local group news; a day in the life of Shirley O’Donoghue, MFHT, FHT accredited training provider and founder of a community interest company; the latest research; expert advice; medical A-Z; an interview with Dr Kaur Thandi Birinder, GP and new FHT Vice President; a look at the 2020 FHT Training Congress; public affairs and lots more…

And don’t miss the opportunity to win one of six Base Formula products, worth more than £25, and a £20 John Lewis & Partners gift card and a Malki Dead Sea Natural Black Mud Mask Soap.

Landing on your doorstep from Thursday 23 January. You can also log in to read this issue (from Thursday 23 January) and past issues online at

Win a pair of tickets to The Mindful Living and The Sleep Show on the 6 – 7 of March


FHT members can win a pair of tickets to The Mindful Living and The Sleep Show! To be in with a chance to win, simply answer the question below and send it to by the 20 January.

Q: How many hours of sleep is the average adult advised to get per night?

  • 12-14 hours
  • 4-6 hours
  • 7-9 hours

About The Mindful Living and The Sleep Show

On Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March 2020, experience peace in the heart of the city, with a unique opportunity to reflect, experience and learn more about mindfulness, meditation and sleep.

The Mindful Living and The Sleep Show come together at the Business Design Centre in London, to offer two exceptional days of learning, connectedness and fun and one evening of rest and relaxation – through seminars, live practice, inspirational features and experiential sessions.

Discover the science with exclusive content for visitors with a professional or a personal interest.  Learn how mindfulness can benefit your life, health and work. Find solutions and guidance to sleep issues affecting your family or working life.

Now in its fourth year, the event offers over 120 talks in four conference-style theatres, including the main stage; mindful living theatre, health and science theatre and sleep theatre. The inspiration doesn’t stop there – four peaceful feature areas offer creative relaxation and meditation, including the body and mind Space; taster zone, creative calm space and guided meditation space. Plus on Saturday, the mindful minis zone gives children (and carers) their own wellbeing space to enjoy.

And new for 2020, an evening of deep relaxation.

Launching this year for the very first time, on Friday 6 March 4 – 9pm, we are delighted to bring you ‘the wind-down’ – sound, senses and space. A blissful few hours to take you into a world of rest and relaxation and introducing you to an array of new sensations.

For more information visit

FHT Sports Therapist of the Year speaks on BBC Radio Leicester


Speaking live on BBC Radio Leicester last week, 2019 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year Rebecca Ayres and her business partner Hannah Poulton explained Scar Therapy and the positive affect it can have on clients.

Rebecca and Hannah their own scar recovery business called Reactiv8 Therapy where they use non-invasive treatments to help improve the function of a scar.

They begin the interview by explaining that they are able to help anyone with a scar through gentle massage-based techniques. Hannah explains that the focus isn’t cosmetic but instead on the effect that the scar has underneath the skin and how it can impact the individual.

Rebecca then spoke about her work volunteering at the Invictus Games in Summer 2018. She said: ‘Last summer I donated quite a lot of my time to the Invictus Games athletes. We ran training camps with them and we saw a huge array of different kinds of accidents and surgeries that have taken place, causing an array of different difficulties.

‘It was phenomenal work and there were huge responses to what we were doing, relieving a lot of pain for individuals. Scar work was something people knew little about but awareness rocketed because people can see that helps with all sorts of sensations people can experience.’

Rebecca spoke about winning 2019 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year. She said: ‘I was an award winner at the Federation of Holistic Therapists. It was a fantastic awards ceremony in London, I was recognised for what I’ve been doing in the scar arena and the sports arena.’

Listen to the full interview at (1:45- 1:53)