The FHT 2017 events calendar is now LIVE!

2017 is a very exciting year for the FHT; we will be attending some of the most well-known trade shows in the industry, as well as holding our own events. 

On our events calendar you will find pictures and logo’s of the events that we are attending along so come and see what we’re up to this year! 

The events include:

  • The 2017 FHT Training Congress
  • Olympia Beauty
  • Therapy Expo
  • 2017 FHT Excellence Awards

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The 2017 FHT Training Congress

The FHT are proud to be hosting our Annual Training Congress at the Holistic Health show at the NEC in Birmingham. With over 30 knowledgeable CPD sessions to choose from, don’t miss your opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

We will also be holding our own stand where you can come along for a chat and also sample a session of Indian head massage, reflexology or an onsite massage.

Find out more at

Olympia Beauty

For the second year running we will be holding a stand at Olympia Beauty on the 1 – 2 October at the London Olympia. Make sure you say hello and grab a goodie bag at the FHT stand.

Therapy Expo

Therapy Expo is one of the leading shows for sports and therapy professionals covering a range of specialities. The FHT will be raising awareness of our members and our Accredited Register. It is not one to miss!

2017 FHT Excellence Awards

The FHT Excellence Awards highlights the great work of our members and achievements made in the wider therapy industry. More information about this year’s awards will be announced soon at

We will soon be adding more events to the mix so make sure you keep up to date by visiting 

Pollution: How it affects our skin

With pollution levels recently described by the government as ‘very high’ or ‘high’ in eight regions across the UK, Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation Spokesperson looks at what measures you can take at home to protect your skin.

factory pipe polluting air, environmental problems

Dr Mahto explains, “As skin is your outermost barrier, it is one of the first and largest targets for air pollution. Air pollutants include the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile organic compounds (VOC), oxides, particulate matter, ozone, and cigarette smoke. Prolonged and repetitive exposure to these agents can have negative effects on the skin.

“Scientific studies in both animals and humans have shown that these components of air pollution can contribute to premature skin ageing (wrinkling, pigmentation spots) and worsening of inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. One major mechanism is via the generation of reactive oxygen species that can damage DNA in skin cells.”

So short of leaving the city and moving into the countryside, what can you do to limit damage? Dr Mahto recommends the following:

  1. Cleanse your skin every night to remove dirt and environmental toxins from the skin surface.
  2. Exfoliate once weekly (less if you have dry or sensitive skin) to give your skin a deeper clean. This will also improve the penetration of any products that are later applied to the skin.
  3. Use an antioxidant serum – antioxidants such as vitamin C and resveratrol have the ability to neutralize damage caused by reactive oxygen species. They certainly have a role in your anti-ageing armory.
  4. Use a regular sunscreen (SPF 15 or above) – don’t forget your skin also needs UV protection to help reduce risk of skin cancers and signs of premature ageing
  5. Moisturise daily, particularly if you have a tendency to dry, inflammatory skin conditions e.g. eczema and psoriasis. This will keep your skin hydrated helping to maintain the integrity of the barrier function of your skin.

“For many of us settled in city life, it is worth thinking about taking extra precautionary measures to protect against noxious chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. We may not be able to control the environmental factors that lead to skin inflammation and ageing, but it is in our hands to try and limit these.” Dr Anjali Mahto.

Read an article about anti-pollution skincare, published in issue 118 of International Therapist

How much do you value your care?

One of the main focuses for the FHT’s Accredited Register is to offer a platform for the public, and therapists, to have names they can trust. Your own well-being is one of the most important things you have, so why risk it? 








The Accredited Register programme was launched in 2012 to accredit voluntary registers of Health and Social Care occupations that are not statutorily regulated, such as complementary therapy. 

Why is that important for the public?

The FHT Accredited Register ensures that therapists meet the high standards set in the areas of education and training, ethical and professional conduct, governance, skill, competency and public safety. 

This means that if the public choose a therapist that is listed on the FHT Accredited Register, they will have the additional assurance that they are receiving the best possible care.

Professional Standards Authority 

The Professional Standards Authority is accountable to Parliament, and accreditation by this independent body demonstrates that a voluntary register is managed effectively and adheres to good practice. It enhances public protection and enables service users, employers, healthcare commissioners and the public, to choose a practitioner who is competent and behaves in an ethical and compassionate manner. Everyone who is listed on the FHT’s Accredited register has met the Professional Standards Authority requirements.









When choosing an FHT Accredited therapist, you can rest assured that your therapist:

  • Has a qualification that meets the national minimum standards
  • Is insured to practice those therapies
  • Abides by the FHT Code of Conduct and Professional Practice.

Are you a therapist who wants to be listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register? 

There are many benefits to being listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register, they include:

  • Being a part of the largest register in the UK and Ireland
  • No additional fees for FHT members to be included on the Register 
  • The Register covers many different therapies
  • The Register will promote you and your therapy to the public  

FHT’s current Register modalities are:

Alexander technique * Aromatherapy * Body massage * Bowen technique * Craniosacral therapy * Healing * Homeopathy * Hypnotherapy * Kinesiology * Microsystem acupuncture * Naturopathy * Nutritional therapy * Reflexology * Reiki * Shiatsu * Sports Massage * Sports Therapy * Yoga Therapy 

For more information visit

Taking the fear out of CPD

Here at the FHT we know that CPD can be daunting for our members, there has been confusion over why cpd is important and how can members attain CPD points. Today’s blog is aimed at taking the fear out of CPD.

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What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The FHT defines CPD as a range of activities through which professional therapists maintain and develop their skills to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally, within their scope of practice.

In the simplest terms, CPD is any activity that refreshes or develops your skills and knowledge in the therapies you currently practice. 

Why is CPD effective?

CPD keeps you in touch with current practice – knowledge grows over time and there may be better ways of doing things since you qualified, or more information about why certain practices are more effective.  Your first qualification is only the start of the journey; you will be learning more from each client. CPD can provide a way for you to reflect on that practice in a structured way.

The FHT measures CPD on a points scale – FHT Members and Fellows* are expected to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points per membership year. For example, if a member joined or renewed their FHT membership on 6th March 2016, 10 CPD points will need to have been acquired by 5th March 2017.

CPD is good professional practice for the FHT, CPD is a mandatory part of good professional practice as well as a fundamental principle of professional ethics.

For the public, service users and employers, CPD provides the reassurance that as individuals, and as a profession, the FHT members are committed to upholding standards.

The FHT places the responsibility on each member to decide what their professional development needs are and how to address them through a variety of CPD activities. Members are asked to focus on the quality and outcome of CPD activities, as opposed to the time spent on these.

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CPD points can be gained from a wide variety of methods:

  • Work-based learning

This may include:

Case studies, reflective practice, in-service training activity and supervising or mentoring (other therapists or being mentored)

  • Professional activity

This may include:

Writing an article for publication, preparing and delivering a lecture, preparing and delivering a full-day seminar,  attending a Local Support Group meeting, organizing a Local Support Group meeting and attending a committee meeting on behalf of FHT or another professional group.

  • Formal/educational

This may include: 

Further training seminar or workshop (day), further training seminar or workshop (half-day), new therapy qualification (under 50 hours study/teaching contact) and New therapy qualification (over 50 hours study/teaching contact)

  • Self-directed activities

This may include:

Reading journal/technical articles and reflecting on these, creating a business plan, developing a marketing plan, International Therapist spiral quiz.

For more information about CPD, please visit

Leeds Beckett University is seeking volunteers for health and quality of life study

Volunteers are sought for a major research programme undertaken at Leeds Beckett University, which will investigate factors that affect the health and quality of life of the UK’s ageing population.


The three-stranded programme, conducted by PhD students Mathew Butterworth, Matthew Lees and Emily Gregg of the University’s School of Sport, seeks to look at dietary intake and physical activity levels of men and women aged up to 75, as well as gaining a better understanding of the age-associated loss of muscle mass. The research will also explore the differences between older adults who have a history of falls and those who do not.

Dr Theocharis Ispoglou, who is overseeing two of the projects, said he expected that the findings would inform communities and policy makers about what needs to be done to best help the UK’s ageing population.

In the first stage of his research, PhD student Mathew Butterworth investigated interplay between dietary intake, physical activity levels, and physical performance of men and women during their early retirement years (65-75) when there is an acceleration of decline in muscle mass and strength.

‘We are hoping to find out how diet and exercise can be used to improve functional status, muscle and bone health in this age group, and our preliminary findings suggest that dietary intakes are inadequate in this population which results in reduced muscle mass and strength’, he said.

‘Loss of muscle and strength is a natural part of ageing and has a number of health consequences. These include osteoporosis and a greater risk of falls. These risks increase greatly at age 80 years and over. Increasing the amount of protein in the diet would help, but high protein diets make people feel fuller, so they are less likely to be able to get enough of the other nutrients and energy that they need from food. Amino acids are important because they are the building blocks of proteins. Therefore, for stage two of the research we are looking for volunteers between the ages of 60-80 years of age to investigate how nutritional supplements containing amino acids affect the appetite of older people in comparison to protein supplements’.

PhD student Matthew Lees is looking for volunteers from two age groups: 18-45 years and 60 to 80 years, to gain a better understanding of the age-associated loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia).

‘The loss of muscle mass and strength with age is a natural and inevitable process and can lead to a number of health consequences including osteoporosis, an increased risk of falls, and greater risk of mortality,’ explained Matthew. ‘Such risks increase greatly in those aged 80 years plus. Given our ageing population, there is an urgent need to identify the causes of sarcopenia and to find ways in which dietary protein and exercise training may help people maintain muscle mass, functional capacity and quality of life. It is unclear if and how the ageing process affects the muscle’s response to essential amino acids or resistance exercise. Furthermore, it is not clear to what extent the adoption of a sedentary or active lifestyle affects these processes either.’

Researcher Emily Gregg is investigating the differences between older adults who have a history of falls and those who do not. Her study will explore the ability of those adults to perform a number of tasks such as standing and walking from a chair and balance tasks. Alongside this, muscle strength will be measured and scans of muscles and bones will be performed.

Emily, who is also looking for volunteers for the research, said: ‘It is hoped that the research findings can help identify and understand why some older adults are at a greater risk of falling over and in the long term help to prevent these falls, reducing the negative effects of falling amongst older adults.

‘Falling in the elderly poses a substantial problem in the UK. There has been lots of previous research focussed around falls and a wide range of factors which increase the risk of falls have been identified. Generally, these factors are linked to balance and stability, strength and power, and movement ability. However, there has been a lack of agreement about which factors are most important.’

If you would like to volunteer to take part in the study or would like more information, email Mathew Butterworth at, Matthew Lees at or Emily Gregg at