Body massage is the most popular complementary therapy with clients

Body massage

A survey conducted by the FHT has found that body massage is the complementary therapy that is most popular with clients.

For our 2019 Member Survey, we asked members to rank their treatments in order of popularity, with 52% of respondents listing body massage as the most popular with clients. Last year’s most popular treatment, reflexology, claimed 2nd place with 51% while aromatherapy and healing/reiki were joint third with 30%.

FHT member offers advice to Professional Beauty readers

PB_CoverFHT member, Kate Mulliss, has recently been featured in Professional Beauty magazine, offering readers advice on how to support clients with arthritis and rheumatism.

In the April 2019 issue of Professional Beauty Kate discusses how aromatherapy massage is one therapy that can be beneficial. Kate suggests which carrier oils and essential oils are best to use, offers tips on the first session and adapting techniques, and encourages readers to be mindful of any other health problems the client may be experiencing.

Read the full Professional Beauty article here

In addition, Kate discusses aromatherapy for arthritis and rheumatism in the latest issue of International Therapist.

Read Kate’s International Therapist article here

Learn more

Kate Mulliss will be joining a range of expert speakers at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit


Top tips for stress free travel this summer


With today’s hectic and ‘always on’ lifestyle, it’s more important than ever to take time to unwind and relax. Spending time doing the things you enjoy with friends or family or even on your own can help to recharge your batteries and re-balance your wellbeing.

But the truth is, going on holiday can sometimes be demanding and stressful in itself! The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to make your experience of travel this summer a little easier. RESCUE Remedy® has created some hassle-free travel tips to help:

  1. Plan your journey

There’s nothing worse than starting your holiday off with extra pressure because you are running late or have got stuck in traffic. However you are travelling, be it by plane, train or bus, make sure you have factored in enough time for any unforeseeable delays. If you’re travelling by plane, try to pick flights that are convenient for you and won’t leave you rushing. Remember, if you are earlier there is always lots to do at the airport to keep you busy, so it is better to get there and relax than arrive late and in a rush.

  1. Be prepared

Make sure you are prepared for all stages of your travel. From packing early and having packing check lists, to ensuring you have only the bare essentials in your hand luggage to save you time at security, preparation is the traveller’s friend.

  1. Relax and breathe

Take items on the trip with you that you know will help you feel comfortable and relaxed. Tune into your inner positive playlist with a good book or your favourite tunes, it always helps to take items that will help you find your balance in demanding situations. You can also practice some meditation, mindfulness or breathing exercises to help you unwind.

  1. Think ahead to the destination

Don’t leave anything to chance when you get to the other end of your journey. Make sure you have all your paperwork to hand and that you have thought through check-in times for your accommodation. The last thing you want to be doing is wandering around aimlessly instead of settling yourself in.

  1. Be flexible

Things don’t always work out exactly how we want them to and even the best laid plans can go awry, so try to tap into your inner control and roll with the punches. There’s not much you can do about delays or cancellations, instead try to relax and make the best out of it. It’s also okay if you don’t get around to seeing everything you planned to, just let the day unwind in front of you and enjoy the experience with your friends or family.





Yoga could help with depression during pregnancy

Yoga pregnancyYoga-based therapies can help manage antenatal depression, according to a review published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

A team of scientists in the UK and Singapore conducted a systematic review of six clinical studies, involving 405 pregnant mothers, that examined the effects of yoga on depression during pregnancy.

All six studies showed reductions in depression scores, indicating that yoga is a ‘promising non-pharmalogical modality’ for improving the psychological health of expectant mothers.

Participants recruited for the trials reported mild depressive systems, therefore larger studies may be needed to examine the effects of yoga on severe prenatal depression.

Read the review at

We hope you enjoyed this article, which was first published in the Spring 2019 issue of International Therapist!

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Quote of the week

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In an article on yoga for dementia in the latest edition of International Therapist, Tania Plahay tells us that yoga is highly adaptable and for everyone.

Tania says, ‘Older people often say to me, “Oh, I’m too stiff to do yoga.” To me, that is like saying, “I’m too dirty to have a shower.” Yoga is highly adaptable and suitable for all people.’

Read Tania’s article

Positive touch

Lorraine Senior webpage image black and white circle.pngIn the latest in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we speak to Lorraine Senior, MFHT, about education, autism spectrum disorders and positive touch.


Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I am a qualified teacher with over 25 years’ experience, supporting children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and complex needs, and a qualified UK-based reflexologist.

My career began in secondary mainstream education in the mid ‘80s and I continued with my training to make the move into special education within the first few years of teaching. I have worked with several education authorities in England throughout my teaching career with pupils aged from three to 19 years of age.

Seeing the wonderful value of positive touch throughout my time in the classroom, I decided I needed to learn more, and I qualified in reflexology in 2008 with a passion to develop a reflexology framework that would be embraced and valued, to provide a timetabled therapy to support the emotional wellbeing of pupils during the school day.


Give us an insight in to your normal day to day schedule…

A usual day working in school is always rewarding and always a little different. I need to be an advanced organiser, with a plan A, B and C. The intention of my therapy sessions is always to help the receiver to be in a better frame of mind at the end of the session, to cope better with their ongoing activities and demands placed up on them throughout the school day.

I arrive at school about 8am to prepare the room, which is shared with other therapists during the week, ready to welcome my young clients when the school day starts at 8.50. Each child is collected by me from the classroom and offered up to 20 minutes of relaxation, calming, wellbeing reflexology. I deliver this using the Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT) Framework and then return the child to the classroom so they can continue their activities and learning.

I often stay after school to take time to meet with staff and give feedback and arrive home around 5 pm. Sometimes I have private clients in the evening.

Working in the school environment means that I work as part of the multi-disciplinary team. It’s nice to work alongside others and to be part of the team around a young person. It’s great to pop along to the staffroom and have a sociable lunch break.


What interests you outside of work

Outside of work I’m not very good with giving myself spare time! I really should look to improve this. I do like to walk and swim and love visiting family and friends.

I do try to enjoy a little craft work and have a new project up and running. It’s aptly called ‘footprints’—watch this space! And a little time for me to escape from the computer and from FRT!


What is your Training Congress seminar about?

The title of my seminar is Reflexology and the Functional Reflex Therapy Framework, where I will share the value for our clients of providing a repetitive, rhythmical, structured relaxation framework drawn from reflexology and supported with the FRT tool kit where appropriate to support clients with communication issues.


What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?

I am passionate about my topic. I am privileged to work within the education environment and within residential and care homes where I witness the many benefits not just to the receiver but to the people around them.

I feel by sharing the structured routine and working within a consistent way we can lift our professional recognition as qualified reflexology therapists delivering reflexology using the Functional Reflex Therapy Framework.

This is not just for the education system but supportive for any environment where there needs to be a structured protocol in place to support clients of all ages with high levels of anxiety.


What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

 I will share a little introduction to the FRT Framework, a video of the sessions working within the school environment, and one from a headteacher sharing her thoughts about the many values of having reflexology on the school timetable.

I will provide a few suggestions and practical strategies that I have found work well for reflexologists to take away, to consider introducing into their therapy sessions.

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Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

There are many seminars in the programme that look interesting, it is a good varied programme:

  • Dr Carol Samuel “Discover how reflexology can support cancer survivors who have long-term pain”
  • John Bram Levine “Boost your therapy with brainwave music—Learn about the correlation between the brain and the influence of music”.
  • Tania Plahay “Five key tips for working with those living with dementia”
  • Julie Crossman “The role of the complementary therapist within the NHS”
  • Jane Johnson “Posture: does it matter, and can it be corrected?”


What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

To really think about the pathway you are passionate about, and further your learning and passion through CPD. If you are not quite sure why you are drawn to a particular training course there will be a reason! Go for it! I’ve attended a few like that, they have been really helpful, and way exceeded my expectations.

I find it very valuable to belong to the FHT for advice, support and meeting other therapists.


Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit




Manchester North coordinator promotes FHT Local Support Groups in new video

Manchester North FHT Local Support Group (LSG) coordinator Martin Thirlwell has recently created an informative video to highlight the benefits of the FHT and being part of an LSG.

The video gives us an interesting glimpse of a recent meeting, where group members attended a workshop on first aid, learning potentially life-saving skills.

Group members talk about their impressions of the meeting and how beneficial it is to network with other local therapists.

Martin says: ‘We came up with the idea to film the promotional video to give people an insight into what the LSG evenings involve, what they include, and what you can learn from attending these events. We always try to involve audience participation and make these evenings as interesting as possible.

‘It also gives the opportunity for people to share the video to promote what the LSG meetings are all about, demonstrating holistic therapies from a range of qualified speakers and bringing together likeminded people for a chance to network.’

Find your local group and feel part of a therapy community!

Local groups are a valuable hub for all those with a passion for therapies. Come along to hear from excellent speakers about the latest therapies and business ideas, take part in outings and social events, enjoy treatment swaps and share best practice.


We hope you enjoyed this article, which was first published in the Spring 2019 issue of International Therapist!

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