Are your plans afoot for World Reflexology Week yet?

World Reflexology Week, which runs from 18-24 September, is a wonderful opportunity to show potential clients and employers the many benefits this complementary therapy has to offer.

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To help spread the word, FHT members can:

  • Download the FHT’s free promotional leaflet/poster, to print and distribute in your local area and a cover/banner image for use on your social media profiles*
  • Contact your regular clients and local businesses, offering a discount of your choice on all aromatherapy treatments booked, or being carried out, during World Reflexology Week
  • Contact your local newspaper or radio station, or send them a press release, telling them what you are doing for World Reflexology Week – remember to insert your special Accredited Register mark
  • Get together with other FHT members from your Local Support Group to organise an event where taster treatments are available. You might want to consider donating all or a portion of the proceeds raised to a local charity or other worthy cause – it is likely whoever you are supporting will help to promote the event in return, which means more people to treat!

Simply log in to the Members area to access your resources or click here

Please be sure to send in a post-event write-up and pictures of your event to the FHT, so that we can give you a mention in International Therapist and on our website! Please email, writing World Reflexology Week in the subject box. Please ensure that the pictures you take are high-resolution, in case we would like to include these in the journal.

Happy World Reflexology Week!

*You must be an FHT Member and hold a Level 3 qualification in reflexology to download the FHT’s World Reflexology Week promotional posters, banners and other support material

Holistic Therapist magazine taps FHT Vice President for advice on recharging

FHT Vice President, Christopher Byrne, looks at ways to preserve and boost your energy in the latest issue of Holistic Therapist Magazine.

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Some of his tips include:

And lots more! You can read the full article here.

Craving before menstruation is a cultural phenomenon

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What if chocolate cravings, experienced by 50% of women before their period were the result of culture, rather than a natural physical response?

Scientists at the the State University of New York seem to think so. In a paper published recently, they have shown that out of 275 women of diverse backgrounds, foreign-born women were half as less likely to experience menstrual chocolate craving, compared to women born to US born parents, and two-and-a-half times less likely than second generation immigrants.

In fact, the researchers have noted in their paper that only 6% of Egyptian women and only 28% of Spanish women experience craving chocolate in general (not just before their period), as opposed to 90% of American women.

And what makes things more interesting is the fact that the researchers have found that women with the most cravings are more ‘westernised’ than the ones without cravings, reporting ‘significantly greater US acculturation and lower identification with their native culture than non-menstrual cravers’.

So there you have it: the more TV you watch, magazine articles you read and the more you chat about premenstrual chocolate cravings, the more you will experience them yourself. But what about the weather, sedentary lifestyle, indoor living etc? Don’t these play a role in chocolate cravings before the period?

‘Not specifically’, explains nutritionist Georgios Tzenichristos, of the London-based LipoTherapeia clinic. ‘The researchers have found in this study that there were no significant differences between the three groups in the prevalence of non-chocolate food cravings or in the prevalence of regular, non-PMS related chocolate cravings’.

‘This means that boredom, stress, sedentary/indoor living and weather cannot be blamed for the differences in increased PMS cravings of first generation, second generation immigrant or ‘native’ women: they all experienced normal, day to day (non-PMS) chocolate cravings equally’, says Georgios.

The two scientists who have conducted this study believe that the constant struggle to remain slim in US popular culture pushes women to find socially and personally acceptable excuses to consume ‘taboo’ foods like chocolate, such as PMS and pregnancy.

On the other hand, nicotine craving seems to indeed be related to hormonal fluctuations before periods, while alcohol cravings (another taboo drink for constant dieters) are also increased before periods.

In summary, and despite some limitations, this study has shown that immigrants to Western countries have an initial health advantage, in comparison to local populations, with lower risk of obesity and related diseases. However, by adopting westernised food, that advantage dissipates.



FHT Members’ News – August Issue

The August issue of FHT Members’ News is out today!

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Featuring the latest news in the therapy world, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership, make sure you don’t miss out. This month’s news includes:

Members, be sure to check your inbox this evening for your newsletter.

Not a member, and want in on this? Contact us today to join the largest organisation for complementary, beauty, and sports therapists.

Yoga may help improve working memory

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Practising yoga may be beneficial for both your memory and wellbeing, according to a recent study published in the PLOS ONE online journal.

The study examined the effect of yoga practice on cognitive function, by looking at measures of working memory both before and after six sessions of yoga. More than 40 participants were asked to recall digit spans both forward and backward and letter-number sequences to test their working memory. In addition, mindfulness scores were recorded for the participants using the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale.

The results showed significant improvement on maintenance and manipulation in working memory following yoga sessions. Improvements in mindfulness scores were also recorded. However, there appeared to be no link between the mindfulness and working memory measures.

Access the full study here