FHT writes plant profile for Natural Health magazine

Basil Sept 2018 cover_Page_1We regularly contribute to national  consumer publications to promote the FHT, its members and the therapies they practice.

This month we provided a plant profile on basil for consumer magazine, Natural Health.

In its September issue we talk about how basil is used in Ayurveda and examine the health benefits of the plant, including its use to support digestive health, and reduce anxiety and mental fatigue.

Natural Health is a consumer magazine, written by leading experts, therapists and health columnists.

Read the article

Dates announced for National Massage Day and Pro-Touch Awareness Month

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It has recently been announced that National Massage Day (NMD) is to be held on 1 October, from 2018 onwards.

Originally hosted by Gill Tree, NMD is now owned by Liz Badger, founder of The Therapist Business Club, who has launched a new Pro-Touch Awareness Month, to coincide with the same start date.

In collaboration with Massage World Magazine, NMD and Pro-Touch Month will be celebrated at the National Massage Championship, which FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish is helping to judge, on 1 October at Olympia Beauty, London. Free entry tickets to the event are available here.

As hosts of NMD and Pro-Touch Awareness Month, The Therapist Business Club will be gifting the first 100 visitors to each of their collaborator stands – including Massage World Magazine and Holistic Therapist Magazine – one months’ free access to all expert content on their website, plus one month’s access to their Facebook group.

There will also be an on-line platform of information launched on 1 October that will be freely available on The Therapist Business Club website, to help raise awareness of the many therapies that can help to support clients living with a range of conditions. Content will include videos, podcasts, client testimonials, blogs and articles, some of which have been contributed by the FHT.

Finally, a special Facebook group has been launched to celebrate NMD and Pro-Touch Awareness Month. The aim is to build a collective and supportive environment, raise awareness and share experiences that highlight the benefits of hands-on therapies and positive touch.


FHT Vice President pens article for Massage World

Massage WorldFHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, has recently written an article for issue 101 of Massage World magazine.

We regularly contribute to national publications to raise awareness of our members and the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament.

In her article, Mary talks about Ayurvedic kansa wand facelift massage, providing an introduction to the therapy and its benefits.

Read Mary’s article

Quote of the week

Dr Michael Dixon

Influential GP, Dr Michael Dixon, believes complementary therapy will play a greater role in healthcare in years to come.

Dr Dixon says, ‘In the future, as we start to expand our view of what local health involves and who needs to be included in that, I think complementary medicine will become a major influence – not only in terms of individual treatment, but also in terms of improving local health within our communities’.

We look forward to hearing more from Dr Dixon at the 2018 FHT Conference. In his talk, he will  provide an overview of the current health and social care landscape, and discuss the different challenges and opportunities this presents for the successful integration of complementary therapies into mainstream care.

About the FHT Conference

The conference will take place on Thursday 29 November at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and feature a host of talks presented by leading experts in research, education and integrated healthcare. Read more

Book your tickets here or call 023 8062 4350


Founder of Beauty Despite Cancer to address delegates at the 2018 FHT Conference

Conference Jennifer YoungWe are delighted that Jennifer Young, MFHT, will be joining us as a speaker at the 2018 FHT Conference in November.

Jennifer has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is an experienced microbiologist, nutritional therapist, aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator. She is the creator of Defiant Beauty, specialist skincare for those affected by cancer, founder of Beauty Despite Cancer, and author of Recognise Yourself, a beauty and wellbeing guide for those affected by cancer.

In 2017, Jennifer was approached by Guy’s Cancer centre, one of the UK’s leading providers of care and treatment for people with cancer, to collaborate with a wig salon, headwear brand and lingerie company to provide all of the appearance and well-being services that a cancer patient could need within the same space.

A previous contributor to International Therapist, Jennifer is well-known to FHT members, as an FHT Accredited training provider, running sold-out FHT Hosted Courses and speaking at this year’s Training Congress. In May this year, she addressed FHT Training Congress delegates on two informative topics, ‘marketing yourself to vulnerable clients’ and ‘communicating with medical professionals.’

At the FHT Conference, Jennifer will be talking about the impact of cancer on wellbeing, including its effects on the hair, nails and skin, as well as her pioneering therapy work to help clients live with and beyond cancer.

Read more about the Appearance and Wellbeing Clinic at Guy’s Hospital.

About the FHT Conference

The conference will take place on Thursday 29 November at The King’s Fund in the heart of London’s West End and feature a host of talks presented by leading experts in research, education and integrated healthcare. Read more

Book your tickets here or call 023 8062 4350


Complementary Therapy Awards shortlist announced

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A big ‘Congratulations!’ to all those who have made it through to the finals of the 2018 Complementary Therapy Awards, sponsored by the FHT.

The finalists were announced by event organisers, Chamberlain Dunn, on 12 September and we’re delighted that a number of FHT members, FHT accredited course providers and former FHT Excellence Award winners have been shortlisted, including:

  • Kelly De Souza, MFHT, senior holistic therapist, Willowbrook Hospice (shortlisted for The Award for Prevention and Self-Care)
  • Gwyn Featonby and Julie Crossman, NHS Natural Health School (shortlisted for The Award for Cancer Care)
  • Dr Julie McCullough, MFHT, reflexologist and research associate at Ulster University (shortlisted for The FHT Award for Complementary Therapy Research)
  • Nicolle Mitchell, MFHT, specialist in massage for dementia (shortlisted for The Award in Mental Health and Well-being)
  • Zoe Warner, founder of Therapies4Forces (shortlisted for The Award for Mental Health and Well-being)
  • Dr Carol Samuel, FFHT, reflexologist and training provider (shortlisted for The Award for Pain Management, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation)

The winners will be announced at a special awards lunch celebration on 18 October in London.

For more information and to see a list of all of the awards finalists, visit complementarytherapyawards.co.uk

Radio interview – FHT Conference speaker Dr Julie McCullough on reflexology

Conference Julie McCulloughAs the headline sponsor of Chamberlain Dunn’s Complementary Therapy Awards, the FHT has been invited to put forward industry experts to promote the health benefits of complementary therapy on UK Health Radio.

Hear the latest of these interviews, with Nana Akua (aka LadyXsize) talking to FHT member, Dr Julie McCullough, about the benefits of reflexology, with a particular focus on antenatal care.

Julie is a research associate at Ulster University. As part of her PhD, she joined an established research team investigating the impact of antenatal reflexology on women experiencing stress caused by pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain. The findings of the trial were very positive, which Julie shared in an article in International Therapist and will also be discussing at our FHT Conference on 29 November, at The King’s Fund, London.

The interview is available now, on LadyXsize’s UK Health Radio webpage

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