Therapist and training provider, Lorraine Senior, has won the title of FHT Tutor of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.
Awarded annually, the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to practitioners and training providers working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.
Lorraine, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the education arena, has developed a special therapy framework, called Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT), which aims to support children and adults with autism, learning difficulties, special educational needs and disabilities, and communication issues.
Using a combination of reflexology and relaxation techniques, FRT is a positive touch therapy. It involves working specific reflex points of the feet and lower legs, or hands and forearms, to promote relaxation and enhance wellbeing and is supported, where appropriate, with the FRT tool kit of ‘objects of reference’ and specific methods of communication to meet an individual’s needs.
Alongside her own successful therapy practice, Lorraine travels throughout the UK to share her work with qualified reflexologists, so that a growing network of practitioners have the relevant tools to offer reflexology, using the FRT framework. FRT reflexologists may also offer workshops in their local area, to enable parents and family members to use the FRT relaxation routine in the comfort of their own home.
FRT is a very ‘portable’ therapy which can be carried out in a variety of contexts, with Lorraine tailoring her training to meet the needs and expectations of each environment. She has successfully introduced FRT into a few schools, to benefit both learners and staff, and even travelled to Zambia in July 2017 to introduce FRT into the classroom at St Mulumba Special School.
Speaking about her win, Lorraine says: ‘Receiving this FHT award is a real honour. Sharing the FRT framework through my training courses is giving me the opportunity to meet and work with many reflexologists. It’s a privilege to see how they might use FRT alongside their own experience and reflexology practice to support their local communities.’
FHT members and accredited course providers can read an article about Lorraine’s work with children who have autism in the latest issue of International Therapist (Winter 2018, issue 123)