Inspiration, education and relaxation at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

Thank you to all members and speakers who joined us at the 2018 FHT Training Congress. You all made the event a huge success.

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Our Training Congress took place alongside the Holistic Health show, on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 May at the NEC in Birmingham. We packed the schedule with experts on a wide range of topics, from marketing to massage, with hundreds of delegates enjoying 23 talks by leading therapy and business experts across both days. We had lots of people snapping up the few remaining tickets on the day, and even had to turn some away.

Topics included social media marketing, stretching your clients, mindfulness, being with terminally ill clients, Ayurvedic kansa wand face massage, postural analysis, aromatherapy skincare, laughter yoga, crystals for stress and anxiety and lots more.

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We also had a stand within the main Holistic Health Show and were delighted to meet many existing and new FHT members.

Free goodie bags loaded with great materials and show offers were available at both the stand and Training Congress.

What you had to say about the 2018 FHT Training Congress…

We have received fantastic feedback from members at this year’s event. Read a few comments below:

  • ‘Great seminars today, with Ruth Duncan, John Gibbons, Seán Collins and Nic Wood.’
  • ‘Spent all day yesterday at the FHT Training Congress at the NEC in Birmingham attending talks about “advanced techniques to treat chronic pain” with Jing Massage, “Postural Analysis” with James Earls and “Stretching your clients” with Jane Johnson. Always interesting and great to get tips on new techniques.’
  • ‘Very good visit and talks.’
  • ‘It’s all been fantastic.’
  • ‘It’s the main time in the year where I really get to relax.’

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Help us to plan future education events…

If you attended the training congress and are yet to provide us feedback about the talks you attended, please email your comments to education@fht.org.uk writing ‘Training Congress’ in the subject box.

 

Supporting clients with fertility issues

Guest blogger and 2018 FHT Training Congress speaker, Barbara Scott, writes about taking an integrative approach to support clients experiencing fertility issues.

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Globally, there are now an estimated one in six couples who experience difficulties of some kind when trying to get pregnant, and sadly, this is getting worse rather than better. These are the couples that seek help and there could be many more who do not. I would estimate that 20-25% of couples now find that starting a family is not as easy as they first thought. Male fertility, in particular, has declined by a massive 50% over a 25-year period, and this decline is continuing, for a multitude of complex reasons, but not least due to pollutants. In addition, what we now realise is that males are involved in probably 50% of all cases of fertility issues and repeated early miscarriage. Men are routinely overlooked when couples try to establish why they are unable to conceive.

Human beings are one of the least fertile mammals on our planet and our chances of conceiving naturally each month are only 17%. When things don’t go according to plan and couples seek the help of Assisted Reproductive Techniques, the results are not much better. IUI has a success rate of between 10-20% per cycle and IVF/ICSI a success rate of 25% per cycle, although this does increase with each cycle undertaken.

The causes of fertility issues are wide, varied and can be complex, so we need to ensure we gather the right kind of information, to provide the most effective support for our clients. Using an integrative approach, we are able to understand some of the basic reasons why couples are having difficulty conceiving. This means being able to understand and interpret basic blood tests for women and both basic and advanced semen analysis for men. It also means that we have a referral pathway and can signpost clients to appropriate services for further investigations.

The top ten most important things to know are:

  1. How long have they been trying to conceive?
  2. If longer than 12 months and they are under 35, has the woman had a basic blood test for FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), Luteinising Hormone, Oestradiol, Prolactin and Progesterone?
  3. If longer than 12 months and they are under 35, has the male had a basic semen analysis?
  4. Have they any underlying reproductive issues that may be affecting their fertility (i.e. endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS in women or varicoceles, hydroceles, prostatitis in men)?.
  5. What does your female client understand about her menstrual cycle?
  6. Does she use basal body temperature charting to monitor her cycle?
  7. Information about the menstrual cycle (i.e. length, length of bleed, signs of ovulation, PMS symptoms and length of the Luteal Phase)
  8. Height, Weight and BMI, as these can really impact upon fertility.
  9. Diet, nutrition and exercise levels.
  10. And finally…….. stress levels! Stress can have a huge impact upon both male and female fertility health.

In 2011, I formed the Association of Reproductive Reflexologists, which among other things allowed us to carry out data collection to see how effective our work was and to develop collaborations with the medical professionals involved in client care. Our data, showed a 68% success rate across the board and a doubling of the success rates with IVF from 25% to 52%.

We continue to work on this data and are exploring collaborations with Ovusense (a medical grade ovulation monitor) and Cardiff Met University, to undertake research in the hope of providing a further evidence base to this work.

Learn more at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

You can learn more about supporting clients with fertility issues at the 2018 FHT Training Congress in the NEC Birmingham:

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With Barbara Scott
Room 1, Sunday 20 May, 12pm – 1pm

Reproflexology™ is an integrative approach to using reflexology to support fertility and underlying reproductive conditions for both men and women.  The integrative approach allows us to understand what the issues may be, measure outcomes and monitor progress.  This provides an evidence based approach to fertility, using reflexology as the main form of treatment.

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FHT features in May issue of In the Moment magazine

In the Moment - MayThe FHT regularly contributes to national consumer publications to promote the FHT, its members and the therapies they practice.

This month, FHT Editor and Communications Manager, Karen Young, provides a full-page article on Indian head massage (IHM) for In the Moment magazine.

In the Moment is a monthly lifestyle magazine, covering wellbeing, creativity, good living and travel.

In its May issue (#12) Karen discusses the origins of IHM, what a treatment would typically involve, as well as five key benefits of the therapy.

Read the full article

 

Sun safety message sinks in

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There is a growing trend of using high factor sunscreen in both the UK and abroad, according to a recent survey published by the British Skin Foundation.

Of those who use sunscreen in the UK, three in five people are using SPF 30 or higher.  More than three quarters of those surveyed who use sunscreen abroad, opt for SPF30 or higher – both in line with British Skin Foundation guidelines.

Seven out of ten of people surveyed with children use SPF 30 or higher on them in the UK. Only one in ten parents do not put sunscreen on their children in the UK at all.

Some three quarters of parents use SPF30 or higher on their children when abroad. Less than one in ten of people opt not to use sunscreen on their children whilst abroad.

Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation spokesperson says, “It’s fantastic to see the sun safety message has hit home to the British people. It’s vitally important to protect the skin from harmful UV rays both at home and abroad. Also remember to protect children’s skin as sun damage in childhood can lead to problems – such as skin cancer – later in life.”

Getting information from a trusted source

The British public now seek sun safety advice from reputable sources. Sensibly, more than three in five people surveyed trusted sun and skin information from dermatologists.

Matthew Patey, British Skin Foundation CEO says, “I’m pleased to see that the British public are turning to medical professionals when it comes to skin advice. There’s nobody better qualified to give sun safety advice than a consultant dermatologist.”

Factors when choosing sunscreen

Pleasingly, the top influences when choosing a sunscreen were the SPF and the level of UVA/UVB protection, with three in five people stating these factors as important.

Nowadays, 86% of sunscreen users appear to understand sunscreen labelling.

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FHT Accredited Register awareness stretches to new heights at COPA Series 2018

We’re delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with COPA Series 2018 ahead of the show’s eagerly-anticipated return next year.COPA image

COPA logoEurope’s leading event for rehab professionals will take place at the ExCeL on 9 and 10 May 2018, when more than 6,000 practice owners, practitioners and experts will converge on London to discover everything they need to improve their business.

With COPA having a reputation for partnering with some of the most innovative and influential businesses in the world of rehab, the addition of FHT to next year’s roster is another major step towards making COPA 2018 the biggest and best yet.

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FASCIA AND PAIN

What is fascia’s role in pain? Fascia is involved in force transmission, lubrication, and cellular communication. It protects, connects and separates of all other structures and therefore must play a role in dysfunction and pain. This lecture will discuss what happens when fascia becomes injured and how it compounds body dysfunction. Scar tissue and adhesions will also be discussed including their contribution to structural imbalances, physiological distress and ultimately pain.

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR MYOFASCIAL PAIN

This seminar outlines the neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture and dry needling at peripheral, spinal and supraspinal levels. The session will introduce clinicians to the anatomical and physiological approach to western medical acupuncture and dry needling and their utilisation in the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. It discusses the clinically reasoned approach to the use of acupuncture and dry needling based on the relationship between the body’s mechanistic response to needling and pathophysiology.

As the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland, FHT will be one of 200 forward-thinking organisations exhibiting at stand 2230 across the five shows that make up the COPA Series – Chiro Expo, Physio Expo, Osteo Expo, Podiatry Expo, and the Prosthetics & Orthotics Expo.

What’s more, as a platform for rehab practice owners to build on their professional knowledge as well as discover the rehab equipment of tomorrow, COPA 2018 will house 90 CPD-accredited seminars by industry experts from across the globe.

And with visitors also having access to a whole host of educational workshops, interactive product demos, and unlimited networking opportunities with like-minded rehab professionals; practice owners will be spoilt for choice with ways to take their practice to the next level.

Click here for your free ticket to COPA 2018 – which will also get you into the neighbouring Elite Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Expo

Ideas for postural analysis

Guest blogger and 2018 FHT Training Congress speaker, James Earls, shares a few pointers to help therapists feel at ease when performing a postural analysis.

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Performing a postural analysis can be nerve wracking for the therapist and the client. I remember my first few appointments after qualifying in structural integration – I was supposed to be some kind of expert with my certificate on the wall but, when confronted with an uncomfortable client standing in front of me in their underwear, it was nearly impossible to see anything clearly. Sweat ran down my sides, my brain shut down and I rushed to let the client get onto the couch and relax.

Once my client was on the table (usually face-down) and we were both back in our comfort zones, I could think clearly and get back to doing everything I learnt in basic bodywork class.

Eventually, I realised I was doing a disservice to everyone involved. I was rushing into a treatment with no real plan, thereby undermining my own professionalism and the training that required a lot of my time and money. Most importantly, the client was not getting ‘their’ treatment, just a re-hash of a range of numerous techniques that might correct some muscle issues but not necessarily the ones that were most significant for their overall pattern.

The privilege of teaching bodywork for 20 years has shown me that I was not alone in this experience. Many therapists practise bodyreading in the safe environment of the class where there is a mutual understanding of the process, but then have some degree of shyness, panic and/or discomfort when it comes to the privacy of the clinic room.

Here are a few pointers I hope will support you through the process of becoming more at ease.

1. Practise. The more you look the more you will see. Stay relaxed and don’t be hard on yourself. It takes time to see things and you will find there is a feedback loop between understanding something and seeing it more clearly. Seeing clearly will help you understand it a little better because you can now see it.Our visual system is tuned to pick up things that we already know. If you are new to a situation and information, it will take repetition for the visual cortex to re-tune itself. It is important to remind yourself of this in classes where the ‘expert’ points things out and you and your friends may not see what they are talking about. To a certain degree, it is true that you can’t see it as you didn’t know about the concept or the anatomy and your cortex needs time to learn the necessary algorithms. After a while these things become clear – but only with practice.

2. Positives. When assessing someone, especially for the first time, make sure you start with positives. What is working well in their structure? What is strong, balanced, open, grounded or light? Make sure your comments are clear and specific as possible; don’t make generic platitudes. But also, more importantly, don’t make them suggestive – choosing your words carefully is another important skill to practise.

While it might seem less important to find the ‘right’ things than the ‘wrong’, think of the process from the client’s point of view. They have an in-take session in which they list all of the negatives about themselves, often they already feel some degree of low self-esteem coupled with any pains and discomforts that inspired the appointment, and then we ask them to remove their clothes and stand in front of us while we list their faults, many of which they didn’t even know they had.

If we’re going to make our clients feel better, why not start from the outset and reinforce the fact that there are many good things in their system, not just the painful, stiff, or ugly ones they notice.

3. Feedback. Practise with friends, family or the regular clients who are already invested in your success. Ask them for feedback on how they feel about the process. Things like the position of mirrors, room temperature, draughts, your own posture and gestures – anything they notice should be considered for your clients’ comfort.

4. Real and relative. To bring it now to the technical – there are two methods of assessing posture, reading the real position of the bone in gravity and understanding its relative position to its bony neighbours. Few references, if any, make this clear.

Most standard texts measure a bone’s relationship to gravity and the floor; this is the usual plumb line approach.  We will call this the real position because we are only considering one bone’s position in space. The most common example is pelvic tilt and while there are many versions of what it ‘should’ be, most of those measure the pelvis to the floor by assessing the angles between the PSIS, ASIS and pubis.

Measuring the bone angle is fine but it excludes a lot of other information about the relationship to the rest of the body. For example, the pelvis can be anteriorly tilted by standard measurements and we would therefore expect the hip to be in flexion but this is not always the case. To really understand what is happening with the soft tissues, we need to assess joint positions.

A joint is a relationship between at least two bones and is independent of gravity. We refer to this as the relative position because it compares one bone relative to another. Reading the relative position requires seeing the relationship between bones. In the case of pelvic tilt, the relationship between the pelvis and the femur.

It is possible, in fact it is very common, for the pelvis to be anteriorly tilted in gravity but ‘posteriorly tilted’ relative to the femur. The implication is that the hip is actually in extension, and not in flexion, making the flexors longer and the hip closer to its normal end of range – could this be why so many people are diagnosed with ‘short, tight hip flexors’?

Coming to terms with the relationships through the body and how it all fits together requires clarity in what you are seeing – both the real position of the bone in space and its relationship to other bones.

5. Practise. This is so important it is worth repeating. You won’t learn to see until you start practising seeing.


Learn more at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

You can learn more about postural analysis at the 2018 FHT Training Congress in the NEC Birmingham:

Postural analysis – adding the next dimension to your treatment
With James Earls (supported by Lotus Publishing)jamesearls
Room 2, Monday 21 May, 2pm – 3pm

Postural analysis is often considered diagnostic – it isn’t. Posture is only the starting position from which movement takes place and it gives information about a client’s potential for movement. Performing quick postural screenings allows therapists to ask better questions and getting better information is an essential element of giving a good treatment.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets

You have one day left to pre-book your seminar tickets as sales will close this Friday at 4.30pm. Any remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis at our Training Congress.

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show

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Meaningful May

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This month Action for Happiness urges us to focus on activities that create more meaning and purpose in our daily lives, with its Meaningful May calendar.

Like the movement’s Happy January, Friendly February, Mindful March and Active April calendars, Meaningful May includes daily suggested activities to help people gain perspective and prioritise what matters most.

Suggestions include the following:

  • Gazing up at the stars to see that we are part of something bigger
  • Find out about the values and traditions of another culture
  • Look for opportunities to be a good citizen of the world today
  • Pay special attention today to the people you cherish most

Download the calendar