FHT Virtual Congress – Kate Beaven-Marks on hypnotic language skills for therapists

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today we hear from Kate Bevan-Marks and Rory Z Fulcher from hypnosiscourses.com and HypnoTC whose seminar is on the topic of hypnotic language skills for therapists.

Dr Kate Beaven-Marks and Rory Z Fulcher write, ‘As well as teaching hypnotherapy, we run our own respective hypnotherapy practices and believe the best hypnotherapy teachers are those with real-world experience helping clients. With over 40 years of experience, we are well-respected in hypnotherapy, yet come from very different backgrounds. I (Kate) came to hypnotherapy from an interest in the psychology of communication, and Rory came from an initial career in entertainment hypnosis. When we are not teaching and seeing clients, both of us enjoy writing books and presenting at hypnosis and hypnotherapy events and conferences around the world. 

‘Our Virtual Congress seminar will teach attendees how to use and develop hypnotic language skills. Is it just theory? Definitely not! When you join us, you will learn practical skills and strategies to persuade and positively influence your clients, whether online, or in-person. These hypnotic language skills can be easily used by any complementary therapist wishing to communicate more effectively. An added bonus is that these approaches can be used in many other aspects of your life to really enhance any aspect of your interpersonal communication. By learning to communicate hypnotically, it will help enhance every aspect of a client’s experience, so both you and your clients will benefit. 

‘Our one piece of advice for therapists, is to identify and build on your strengths and personal qualities by continuing to discover, learn and grow. Flexibility and growth is important for therapists. Last year (2020) reflected our own flexibility and adaptability, helping both our in-person and online students to thrive in challenging circumstances. We have since been delighted to help students from all around the world learn and develop their hypnotic skills.’  

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

The FHT Virtual Congress is sponsored by…

Melanoma and skin cancer awareness month

Charity and FHT accredited course provider, Skcin, work to raise awareness of the need for early detection of skin cancer and melanoma. Complementary therapists are well placed to spot early signs of skin cancer and sensitively advise clients to speak to their GP and so this month, Skcin are sharing a series of blogs to help raise awareness.

Across skin cancer and melanoma awareness month, these blogs will look at the topic of skin cancer as a whole, sun protection, spotting early signs of skin cancer and how to approach the conversation with clients.

About skin cancer

Since the early 1990s rates of non-melanoma skin cancer have risen by 166% in the UK with cases expected to reach almost 400,000 by 2025. The incidence of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) has risen faster than any other common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 36 males and 1 in 47 females will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime and alarmingly, it is one of the biggest killing cancers in the 15-34 age group.

Whilst skin cancer statistics are concerningly high, the good news is that around 90% of all cases are preventable . In addition it is the only cancer we can physically see developing in its early stages, so with education, we can reverse these statistics and save many lives.

What Causes Skin Cancer?

Around 90% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to UV radiation from the sun and/or sun beds. Sunburn, reddening, peeling and even tanning of the skin, is clear indication of sun damage. While many people associate a tan with looking healthy, a tan is actually a sign that our skin has been harmed by UV radiation and is trying to defend itself against further damage.

Sunburn has strong links to melanoma. When we burn, the superficial layers of the skin release chemicals that cause the blood vessels to expand and leak fluid, causing swelling, pain and redness. Without sun protection UV radiation starts to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, causing damage to the DNA in our skin cells. Damage from UV is cumulative and irreparable, therefore once the tan fades, the damage remains, which can result in serious consequences over time.

How are Skcin helping professionals detect skin cancer sooner?
Skcin have developed an online training course, MASCED Pro. This training programme was developed to help bridge the gap in skin cancer training amongst GPs, pharmacists, podiatrists and many other Allied Healthcare Professions.

Our next blog for #SkinCancerandMelenomaAwarenessMonth is contributed by Dija Ayodele, founder of the Black Skin Directory. Dija has written about whether skin cancer risk is determined by skin colour and how to safely protect your skin from the sun.

FHT Virtual Congress – Marie Duggan on supporting people in cancer care

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today we hear from Marie Duggan from Butterfly Touch Therapies whose seminar is on the topic of supporting people in cancer care.

We recently recorded the first episode of the International Therapist podcast, Virtual Congress series, with Marie. Marie spoke about her background in palliative care, what she thinks the next steps are for fully integrating therapies in the NHS, the impact of COVID-19 on therapy training and practice, and much more! Listen to the full episode here.

Marie tells us a bit about what viewers can expect to come away with from her seminar…

I am so delighted to share an insight into working within cancer care in private practice and a healthcare system. We will discuss who we can treat, when and the many benefits we provide. Therapists will learn how to adapt treatments and we will finish off with a wonderful butterfly touch relaxation self-massage, which I hope therapists will join in on. Hand-outs will be available for future use with clients …. Or just for yourself!

What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?  

With so many people being diagnosed with a cancer in their lifetime, I have a mission to educate therapists so they can provide their gentle soothing touch and ease the path for many patients during this time.

What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

I would advise therapists to stay true to their passion, do not compromise on the quality of your treatments, the best way to promote your business is word of mouth. Invest in developing yourself, if you can access stillness then you will facilitate stillness for your clients. Be joyful, grateful and loving, we never stop learning. 

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

The FHT Virtual Congress is sponsored by…

New: International Therapist podcast

We are thrilled to share that we are launching our first ever podcast in the run up to the FHT Virtual Congress. In these conversations, we will be speaking to our Virtual Congress seminar hosts, delving into the reasons they first fell in love with therapies and their goals for the future.

We will be sharing new episodes every Monday from 10am, follow our Spotify channel to receive a notification each time a new episodes is released!

Virtual Congress series | Episode one

In the first episode of our Virtual Congress series, we speak to FHT accredited course provider, Marie Duggan from Butterfly Touch Therapies about supporting people living with cancer, what she thinks the next steps are for fully integrating therapies in the NHS, the impact of COVID-19 on therapy training and practice, and much more!

Listen on Spotify

COMING SOON! In the second episode of our Virtual Congress series, we speak to Dr Peter Mackereth from The Christie Hospital in Manchester…

Have your say on women’s health and care

“For generations, women have lived with a health and care system that is mostly designed by men, for men. This has meant that not enough is known about conditions that only affect women, or about how conditions that affect both men and women impact women in different ways.” The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Thankfully, things are set to change, with the government developing England’s first Women’s Health Strategy, to ensure women’s voices are heard and to put them at the centre of their own care.

By responding to the government’s call for evidence, both therapists and clients not only get to share their personal experiences, they can also explain first-hand how complementary therapy can be used to support various health issues that affect women – from menstrual problems, pregnancy and menopause, to painful joints and muscles, and mental health issues.

With a section of the survey also dedicated to ‘Research, evidence and data’, it’s also an ideal opportunity to demand more research is carried out in CAM and women’s health, as this is an area sorely neglected by the government, despite the urgent need to take pressure off our health and social care system.

Get your voice heard

You and your clients can either take part in a short public survey or send in a written submission as part of the government’s consultation process (please note respondents must be over the age of 16 and live in England).

The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 30 May 2021.

Find out more, take part and share a link to the public survey with other women

Self-care myofascial release with Amanda Oswald

In International Therapist Spring 2021 (issue 136), FHT accredited course provider, Amanda Oswald, from the Pain Care Clinic contributed an article on self-help myofascial release.

Amanda writes, ‘Myofascial release is a therapy that is focused on releasing restrictions and trigger points that have formed in fascia and contribute to chronic pain conditions. Most people think of it as hands-on therapy, but the beauty of myofascial release is that you can do this for yourself through stretches or exercises using simple tools such as balls.

‘In its natural state fascia is a complex, three-dimensional web of free moving structural tissue that constantly shapes and reshapes itself in response to our movements and the demands we make on it. When healthy, fascia moves fluidly and seamlessly to distribute tension and maintain balance in the body. However, fascia can suffer accident or injury or be damaged in some other way, for example, by surgery. When this happens, the fascial web can snag and lose its ability to move freely. This causes fascial restrictions and trigger points to form, and it is these that can lead to chronic pain.

‘Other major causes of fascial restrictions are the overuse and underuse of our bodies associated with modern lifestyles, psychological stress and trauma. Self-help myofascial release is an effective way of helping yourself out of chronic pain as it progressively allows your body to release and rebalance. We call it the ‘slow fix’ because it takes time for your body to undo itself. Working regularly with your fascia can bring long-term benefits of improved balance and posture, as well as decreasing pain and movement restrictions.’

Read the full article to see Amanda’s self-help exercises.

Did you enjoy this article? The FHT features sports therapy articles in each issue of International Therapist magazine. To find out more about the many benefits of being an FHT member, visit www.fht.org.uk/join-us

Amanda is hosting a seminar at the FHT Virtual Congress in June, where she will demonstrate myofascial release techniques for anyone to use, find out more.

The FHT Virtual Congress is sponsored by…

Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2021

Aromatherapy Awareness Week takes place from 7-13 June and mood boosting blends are just what we all need right now, so we want to help members spread the word about how aromatherapy can support health and wellbeing.

The FHT has put together some useful resources to help you promote aromatherapy in your local area, even if social distancing measures are still in place and you need to adapt your treatments at this time. 

To help spread the word, you can:

  • Get involved with our ‘mood boosting blends’ campaign and download the FHT’s free promotional material which includes a leaflet you can distribute eletrconically or printed out, an image to post on social media and a cover/banner image for use on your social media profiles
  • Contact your regular clients and businesses during Aromatherapy Awareness Week, offering a discount or offer of your choice that applies to their next or first treatment with you. 
  • Contact your local newspaper or radio station, or send a press release, telling them what you are doing to promote Aromatherapy Awareness Week – remember to insert your special Accredited Register mark (if eligible).
  • Although some face-to-face meetings are not going ahead right now, you can still chat with other FHT members from your local group on a digital platform. 
  • Now more than ever people want to help others, but Aromatherapy Awareness Week is a reminder to take time for yourself too.

Planning on supporting your clients remotely? Please be sure to let us know what you are planning, so that we can give you a mention in International Therapist and on our website!

Please email Leanne at lsheill@fht.org.uk, writing Aromatherapy Awareness Week in the subject box.

Nominations for the 2021 FHT Excellence Awards are now open!

The FHT Excellence Awards showcase how you, our members, are making a difference to people living in your local community – from helping clients to improve their health and wellbeing, to providing tailored learning and support to students and qualified therapists. After the unprecedented year we have all experienced, and the ongoing pandemic, it has never been more important to recognise the many ways professional therapists can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

Last year we introduced the category, FHT Green Therapy Business of the Year, and we are excited to continue that award for the second year running. We are also delighted to announce a brand new category for 2021, FHT Inclusive Therapy Business of the Year, for therapy businesses embracing diversity and inclusion, as part of our ongoing commitment to support inclusivity within the industry.

Our full range of catergories are:

Entering the FHT awards is free of charge and you can enter, or nominate someone else, for more than one category. The winner of each category will receive a certificate, trophy, logo for marketing materials and PR support to help spread the word in their local area, and nationally.

Finalists will be published on the FHT website in August and the winners announced the week commencing Monday 22 November. Entries close on Wednesday 30 June.

Submit your entry or nomination here

FHT Virtual Congress – Lucy Trend on pregnancy massage incorporating Shiatsu and acupressure

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today we hear from Lucy Trend from Shiatsu and Thai Massage Training in Scotland who is speaking about pregnancy massage incorporating Shiatsu and acupressure.

My interest in Shiatsu for pregnancy began when I had an extraordinary experience supporting a woman with Shiatsu. As I placed my thumb in each acupoint I had an overwhelming sense that I was pressing seeds into soft, warm fertile soil. It was the most curious feeling, and I was delighted and not at all surprised to find out at the next session that she had been in the very early stages of pregnancy. I was inspired to deepen my understanding of the energies of pregnancy, so in 2003 I went to study with Suzanne Yates in Bristol, on her one year post graduate Holistic Maternity Care for Shiatsu Practitioners course. My journey began of learning all about the rich landscape of pregnancy, adapted positioning, and the physiology of pregnancy and childbirth. Eventually this has led me to become a Shiatsu doula (lay birth partner) offering Shiatsu for childbirth as well as pregnancy, and now I am Wellmother Shiatsu teacher for Scotland and the North of England.  

Pregnancy is a time of great uncertainty. Everything is changing on a daily basis; physically, emotionally, sociologically, financially, and on top of this emotions are heightened by sensitivity to the constantly shifting hormonal balance, and feelings around the approaching experience of childbirth.  

One of the keys to a rewarding experience for the client is comfortable positioning. Commonly we would use side position, it gives a nice feeling of being protected, and at the same time giving access to some very useful techniques and acupoints.  

As therapists our first guideline is to be extremely sensitive and supportive of the needs of the pregnant client. Treat them with compassion, with gentleness, give them space in the treatment for peace, breath, connection to self, and provide an environment where they feel supported. Remember pregnancy is a condition, not an illness, and with support many people will be fine throughout pregnancy, so although some may struggle to feel well at certain stages – they are not actually ill!  

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

The 2021 FHT Virtual Congress is sponsored by Power Diary and Gateway Workshops.

Food Waste Day: Ten creative things to do with your food waste

The 28 April 2021 is Stop Food Waste Day, a campaign launched to drive awareness to the issue and to encourage more of us to cut down on our food waste. In our 2021 FHT Member Survey, we asked members ‘What causes and values are most important to you?’ and 23% responded sustainability. Knowing this cause is important to you, we have put together a helpful list of ways to make the most of your food waste.

Orange peel in tea

A simple yet delicious way to use your discarded orange peel, perhaps even add some honey in there for good measure!

Coffee ground as an exfoliant

A well-known tip but often forgotten, use your coffee ground as a natural exfoliant.

Make a vegetable stock from your scraps

Pop any vegetable scraps in a big pot, cover with boiling water and leave to simmer. Come back a few hours later to whizz up and pop them in an ice cube tray – whenever you need some veg stock, it will be in the freezer to hand!

Create ‘old’ paper with teabags

A fun activity to do with the kids, write a letter and dab the paper with a teabag for a vintage effect.

Use scraps as natural fabric dyes

In our Create Your Own feature, published in International Therapist Winter 2021, we showed readers how to create their own beeswax wraps. In this article, we used avacado pips, red cabbage and berry tea to add a vibrant colour to the material.

Banana peels as a drink for house plants

Did you know that banana peels can help your plants thrive? Next time you eat a banana, pop the peel in boiling water for a few hours, once cooled, use the water to feed your house plants.

Grind egg shells and use in the garden as a calcium rich powder

Egg shells are a food waste item that regularly get discarded straight after use. Try blending them up and creating a powder to spread across the soil in your garden.

Fruity scented home cleaning products

Down your Zoflora and make your own eco-friendly cleaning products, incorporating your used fruit waste. Not only will they smell delicious, you’ll never go back to your store bought products.

Soups and jams

Blended foods can be a great way to use hardier bits of fruit or veg that you can’t use in a typical meal. Chuck your broccoli stalks in a soup and put any fruit that is past its best in a homemade jam!

Preserve what you can

A lot of foods that we might not even think to preserve can be frozen. Next time your spinach is looking a little wilted or bananas are going brown, simply pop them in the freezer (make sure to peel your banana first!).

Find out more about Stop Food Waste Day.