New research on how to stay cool during heatwaves

Brighton University is researching ways the elderly can stay cool during heatwaves.

Elderly stay cool during heatwave

Visits to hospital emergency rooms for the treatment of heatstroke have been increasing in recent years due to fluctuations in the weather, resulting in mini-heatwaves. Brighton University is conducting research to understand the risk of developing heatstroke in the elderly, one of the population’s most vulnerable groups.

By monitoring volunteers in different environments, such as doing housework, and light to moderate exercise, and evaluating factors such as blood pressure and heart rate, they hope to develop an understanding of the risks of developing a heatstroke based illness.

Dr Neil Maxwell, Head of the University’s centre for sport and exercise science and medicine said; “The key aspect of improving heat sensitivity in a vulnerable population is knowing when they require an intervention. Therefore, specific interventions and advice can be provided to alleviate heat strain within the population”.

To find out more, read the full article here.

The FHT sponsors camexpo’s keynote theatre

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The FHT is a proud sponsor of this years’ camexpo, the UK’s leading natural health and wellbeing event.

Taking place over two days 24-25 September, the show aims to bring together the whole natural and integrated healthcare community, and we’re pleased to announce the FHT will be sponsoring the keynote theatre, as well as exhibiting at the show.

The free to attend keynote sessions, sponsored by the FHT, will enable therapists to gain CPD points by attending, while also showcasing the very latest research, trends and advice from some of the world’s most well renowned natural health and wellbeing experts.

The FHT will also be on hand for any questions and handing out some free goody bags at stand 1808, so make sure you come over and say hello!

As a special offer to our members, we have a limited number of free entry tickets available to give out. If you would like to attend the show and are looking to save £25 off the door price, email us now at   


Yoga could be good for body image

Yoga can be a ‘vehicle for improving self-image’, according to an article published in The Guardian.

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The article mainly focuses on Jessamyn Stanley, a yoga teacher, who has become an ‘accidental poster girl’ for the body positivity movement that ‘encourages people to accept themselves as they are and to believe they’re capable of achieving their goals (fitness related or otherwise) without needing to change anything about themselves first.’

Stanley inspired many people after posting pictures of herself doing yoga on Instagram, showing that people of all shapes and sizes could do yoga and be confident about it.

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, an academic at the University of Minnesota, suggests that ‘individuals practicing yoga are more aware of their bodies and less likely to objectify them.’

In her research on people with eating disorders she also found that many people ‘felt less body shame and were more comfortable with their bodies as a result of doing yoga.’

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NHS case study focuses on staff making informed well-being choices

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has recently published a case study entitled, ‘Empowering staff to make informed wellbeing choices.’

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The Occupational Health and Wellbeing Service set up a dedicated  team that introduced a variety of programmes to empower and support people to make informed and balanced choices. The team uses the motto ‘keep well, live well, work well’ and quickly gained support from the CEO and executive team after regular reporting updates on the impact of their work.

To help staff lead a healthier lifestyle the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hopsitals Trust pledged to introduce physical activity sessions, staff health checks, healthy food options and smoking cessation and respiratory health.

Read the full case study here


Banish that headache!

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FHT President Paul Battersby, has contributed to a feature in the September issue of Natural Health magazine, entitled ‘Banish that Headache’.

Working to raise the profile of the FHT and it’s members, Paul’s expert insight highlights the benefits of complementary therapies in managing tension-type headaches, while emphasising the importance of the FHT Accredited Register.

‘”Most of us have experienced a tension-type headache (TTH) – that accompanied by tight neck and shoulder muscles and a feeling of pressure behind the eyes,” says Paul Battersby, president of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. “The exact cause of TTHs still isn’t clear, but commonly reported triggers include anxiety, stress, depression, poor posture, lack of sleep and physical exhaustion. To help manage mild TTHs, you may find some of the following techniques useful: “Massage, as well as being very relaxing, has the added benefit of actually working tight muscles, so a back massage or an Indian head massage – both of which focus on the neck and shoulder area – are ideal for headaches. “Many people find other complementary therapies helpful too, such as reflexology, aromatherapy and acupuncture. Regular exercise is also recommended for headache sufferers. “A good night’s sleep is important but be careful not to get too much, or you may suffer a ‘weekend headache’, which can be triggered by a change in routine, including too much sleep.”

“Poor posture can cause tension in the back, neck and shoulders and be linked to headaches in some people, with pain occurring at the base of the skull,” says Paul. “Try to avoid sitting or standing in one position for a long time, move around at regular intervals, and gently rotate any affected joints. “A full assessment by a sports massage therapist or Alexander technique practitioner could also help you to identify and correct any postural problems.” To find a therapist in your area, search FHT’s accredited register, which has been independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority, by visiting’

Read the full article here.