In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today hear from Wendy Hale from In the Pink therapies and training in Wales, about her seminar on palliative care and complementary therapy.
Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
I’d always had an interest in things which were a little ‘different’ and many years ago Reiki and crystals were considered this. Despite this my interest in this field, I pursed a secretarial career. My bookcase even then comprised of books and information about massage, crystals and energy and my music collection was mainly relaxation music.
Having reached as far as I could go with secretarial skills, I needed another challenge so enrolled for teacher training. When my daughter was old enough, I went back to work part-time, only this time I was teaching the secretarial skills I had learned. I eventually took on the role of lead tutor which meant settling in new tutors, assessing them and providing resources for the whole of the Caerphilly borough in Wales.
In 2000 I embarked upon my journey with complementary therapies, starting with Reiki. I then qualified in a range of therapies including massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massage, crystal healing, spiritual healing, and more. Following this, I taught complementary therapies within the adult education sector, and taught at my local college, Coleg Gwent. I eventually branched out on my own to run my own therapy training centre called In the Pink therapies and training, where I practice as a therapist as well as teaching VTCT qualifications and FHT accredited short courses.
How did you find 2020? What business challenges were presented to you and what did you do to adapt to these changes?
Like many therapists, 2020 was an extremely difficult year for me. I took over new premises in March and was only open for 2 weeks when I was forced to close. I was devastated. Although I was unable to work as a therapist, the training side of my work continued to operate, albeit more slowly and slightly differently. I have continued to support learners in their training through video calls and of course, their work still has to be marked. I have also taken the
opportunity to create some new courses – some online for CPD and some which require face-to-face training.
What interests you outside work? (How do you normally spend your spare time?)
Funnily enough, my interest is planning courses and writing the resources for them. My love of typing is still there today and I also have a love of gadgets and anything to do with IT. If I can find something different to use, and which includes a bit of a challenge, all the better.
I also enjoy travelling to esoteric destinations such as Glastonbury, ancient burial sites and standing stones.
What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?
I have devised a routine for reflexologists to follow which encompasses the beneficial properties of crystals with the chakra reflexes and body systems on the feet. I am excited to give FHT members an insight into this at the Virtual Congress in June.
I will demonstrate a couple of techniques and will discuss some crystals which reflexologists can start to bring into their treatments now, without having to take the training course.
Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.
*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45