International Therapist Issue 129 (Summer 2019)

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This issue includes articles on the following:

  • Aromatic memories, by Peter Mackereth, Ann Carter and Paula Maycock;
  • Tennis injuries and prevention strategies, by Lance Doggart and Sarah Catlow;
  • The effects of sleep on the skin, by FHT;
  • A mindful approach to the menopause, by Clarissa Kristjansson;
  • Home-made cleaning products, using essential oils, by Sharon Lovett;
  • Chapman’s Reflexes and techniques for tight muscles, by Paula Nutting;
  • Exercises for protecting the hands and wrists, by Ross Clifford; and
  • A look ahead at the 2019 FHT Conference.

Plus an essential oil profile on sweet fennel; the latest FHT local group news; a day in the life of Sal Hanvey, a complementary therapist and magazine writer; the latest research; expert advice; medical A-Z; an interview with Georgia Barnes, Business Development Manager for Health and Beauty at Soil Association Certification; a look at the 2019 FHT Training Congress; public affairs and lots more…

Don’t miss the opportunity to win a WaveStone Therapies Relaxing Balm in our members’ competition and a £20 John Lewis & Partners gift card and FHT scented therapy room candle in the latest spiral quiz.

Landing from Thursday 18 July. You can also login to read this issue (from Thursday 18 July) and past issues online at

A small knee bone is making a comeback

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A small bone more common in clients with arthritis is making a comeback, according to an article published in the Journal of Anatomy.

The fabella is a small independent bone located behind the lateral femoral condyle that is common in non-human mammals. It is absent in many humans who have lost the bone through evolution.

However, a recent systematic review examining medical literature over the past 150 years has found an increase in its prevalence. The findings show that the fabella is now three times more common than it was 100 years ago and is present in 39% of people.

Scientists believe that this increase could coincide with the global increase in human weight and height due to improved nutrition over the past century. Increased weight and height leads to larger calf muscles and longer shinbones, putting more pressure on the knee, and in turn leading to the formation of the fabella.

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Three top tips for therapists working with trigger points

Author, therapist and therapy trainer, Jane Johnson offers us her top three tips for working with trigger points in a new video.

We had the pleasure of catching up with Jane at the 2019 FHT Training Congress after she delivered two fascinating talks on postural correction and trigger points for beginners.

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Read an article on trigger points by Jane Johnson

FHT pleased to sponsor Natural Health International Beauty Awards

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We recently helped Natural Health magazine celebrate the very best in holistic beauty by sponsoring its International Beauty Awards.

It was the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of FHT and our members to its readers over seven months of pre-awards promotion, at its awards event and in post-event communications.

FHT Vice President, Maria Mason (pictured above), was delighted to attend the event to celebrate the winners at the awards gala evening on Friday 5 July at the Hilton London Olympia hotel.

Maria was pleased to see the event place a strong emphasis on the importance of reducing plastic waste and sustainability:

‘FHT is delighted to sponsor these awards, as they shine a spotlight on innovative and natural products that are ideal for holistic beauty treatments. Organic, ethical and vegan brands are becoming increasingly important to both our members and the public, and these awards help to celebrate those at the forefront.’

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Making International Therapist more environmentally friendly

As many of you are aware, FHT’s membership magazine, International Therapist, is produced by printers that have FSC® chain of custody certification to ensure that materials used are tracked from well-managed forests to the consumer. They also use efficient processes to reduce the consumption of energy and water, and inks that are vegetable-based. And while the poly wrap your magazine currently arrives in can be recycled at many of the larger supermarkets, we appreciate that the ideal is to avoid using plastic wherever possible.

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Environmentally-friendly wrapper

For some time, we’ve been looking into more environmentally friendly ways to distribute International Therapist to our members and we have decided to trial a biodegradable wrap that is made from potato starch. The wrapper contains no plasticisers or toxins and as a result, it is 100% biodegradable… under the right conditions.

In order for the potato starch wrapper to break down effectively, it needs to be disposed in either a home composting bin or, where accepted by local authorities, in food waste recycling or green bins. As far as we are aware, placing the wrapper into a standard waste bin will drastically hinder its ability to biodegrade. So, in order for this greener alternative to poly wrap to be truly environmentally friendly, we need your support at the end of the chain!

Please talk to us…

If you are one of the 1,000 members to receive your Summer issue in a potato starch wrapper (which is opaque/milky in colour rather than completely see-through), please get in touch and let us know that your magazine has arrived safely. We’d also like to know if it is easy for you to dispose of the wrapper, either in a home compost bin or in your food recycling or green bin.

Even if you aren’t part of the trial, we’re happy to receive your comments on this topic, too. Please email us at

Please note: your Summer issue is due to arrive on or around 18 July (please allow a few days on top of this for any geographical variations in postage).