In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we will be introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to Anne and Paul Crease, FHT Accredited Course Providers at Touchline Training Ltd.
Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
We are both former secondary school teachers and trained as massage therapists while we were teaching. After qualifying, we both took further massage related training and provided therapy services from home. In 2007 we designed the IMPACT Workplace Wellbeing Programme for students and staff at the college, because we were aware of the pressures they were experiencing. We Then we realised that the programme of simple and adaptable relaxation techniques was relevant to everyone. Since 2011 we have been providing nationwide trainings for education, health, social care staff and therapists.
How did you find 2020? What business challenges were presented to you and what did you do to adapt to these changes?
In 2020 we had instructors’ trainings booked for London, Glasgow, Prague and Moscow but sadly they didn’t happen. We realised that we would have to adapt what we were doing and redesigned the course for an online presentation. The content is the same but students have six videos and worksheets with practical work to complete – we also included two video calls to make sure that we know and connect with our learners. The whole process involved a lot of trial and error and even more learning. Our training is now available to everyone whereas before students were limited to locations within travel distance – we have just certified two instructors in Russia!
What interests you outside of work?
Family and friends are a big focus for us. We also enjoy reading, walking, gardening and sailing, our small boat requires regular maintenance and with the extended family we are always involved in some design and make project.
What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?
In our seminar, we show how a self-care wellbeing toolkit of simple, adaptable and effective relaxation techniques with a mindfulness-based approach is used in the workplace and home and how face to face and online teaching enables therapists to support their clients.
What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
We are both really interested in self-care, although therapists provide specific interventions for clients, we know that it is important that clients also take responsibility for themselves. We provide a wellbeing toolkit of techniques that are quick and effective for therapists to teach their clients, the idea is for them to practice self-care at home as an enhancement to their usual provision.
What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
We have learned, slowly, that it is important to have a ‘can do’ attitude. Keep an open mind and look for opportunities to provide something extra for your clients, on an individual or group basis, to reflect their needs.
Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.
*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45