FHT award winner profile: Emma Holly

Emma Holly won the title of Highly Commended FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony, for helping people with scar tissue problems.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards Emma Holly Mary Dalgleish

The award was presented to Emma at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Emma first qualified in massage more than 23 years ago, but she received her Highly Commended Excellence Award in recognition of an innovative hands-on treatment she is now using to help clients affected by scar tissue problems.

Emma’s interest in this area was sparked when she attended a course in 2015, where she learned an advanced yet very gentle massage technique for scar tissue, called ScarWork. Since then, she has helped a wide range of people impacted by painful, tight or unsightly scar tissue, often on a voluntary basis, so that those most in need of her support can access treatment.

As well as helping women recovering from breast cancer surgery and caesarean sections, Emma has travelled to Bosnia through the Healing Hands Network charity, to provide treatments to war victims who have suffered amputations, sniper bullet wounds and blast injuries.

In addition to her hands-on treatments, Emma also regularly gives presentations and training on ScarWork massage to hospital staff and other health professionals, along with charities such as Mulberry Centre. She also offers self-help massage workshops to women experiencing tightness or pain following multiple or emergency caesarean sections.

Speaking about her win, Emma says: ‘Being recognised by the FHT with this prestigious award is thrilling and a wonderful way to celebrate my achievements over the past year. I have donated many hours to charity as a therapist, and also lecturing and teaching within the field of post-operative scar therapy, as I meet so many people desperate for help but unsure where to turn when they have been left with issues after surgery. Knowing this hard work has been recognised motivates me to set even bigger goals for 2018.

‘It speaks volumes that the FHT is such an embracing and forward-thinking organisation to acknowledge this specialised and emerging area of therapy, and I hope to inspire other therapists to explore the benefits of helping people in their journey to recovery.’

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