ECIM 2020 calls for integrative medicine abstracts 

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As a more holistic, integrated approach to healthcare continues to gain momentum, the European Congress for Integrated Medicine (ECIM) Committee is encouraging all those working in integrative medicine to play a part in this movement by contributing an abstract for oral or poster presentations.  

If you are part of a team working in cutting-edge research, have case studies demonstrating how integrative medicine can make a difference, or success stories in clinical carethe ECIM would love you to submit an abstract on or before their deadline of 23 March 2020. 

The congress, being held in the UK for the first time this September, aims to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits of the integration of conventional medicine, lifestyle, complementary and traditional therapies, and will feature a wide range of presentations and discussions by healthcare practitioners, academics, researchers and experts in the field of integrative medicine. 

The programme will be covering (but is not limited to) the following topics: 

  • Evolution of the Integrative Medicine Model 
  • Lifestyle Medicine & Social Prescribing 
  • Mental Health & Stress Management 
  • Integrative Oncology 
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 
  • Nutrition, Gut Health & the Microbiome 
  • Planetary & Environmental Pollutants & Health 
  • Integrative Approaches to Pain Management 
  • Patient Activation & Self Management 
  • Arts and Health 
  • Evidence for Clinical Guidelines & Traditional Health 
  • Integrative Medical Education 

All successful abstracts which are provided in the format requested, will be published in The European Journal of Integrative Medicine (EuJIM) online journal.  

For more information and to submit an abstract on or before the deadline of 23 March 2020, please visit: 

Good luck if you submit an abstract and please keep the FHT posted if you are invited to present at ECIM 2020!  

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness day


Each year on the 17 February individuals, groups and workplaces from around the world are encouraged to give a small act of kindness.

Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can be the most powerful. The aim is to spread joy far and wide, with no other goal than to make someone else happy.

As part of Random Acts of Kindness day, we asked FHT staff to give a small gesture to one another. All of the gestures were either created for free or were relatively cheap. Some of our favourites included:

  • A box of happy notes
  • A creative journal
  • A list of things to do for free in the local area
  • A little book of cat memes
  • A list of jokes

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Staff commented on the idea to say that it put a smile on their face and that it was a ‘lovely start to the week’.

Have you carried out a random act of kindness today? Let us know what on social media @fht_org.



Core Postural Alignment with Allyn Edwards and Sue Weller

Allyn Edwards & Sue Weller

In the latest in a series of interviews with 2020 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we speak to Allyn Edwards and Sue Weller about Core Postural Alignment (CPA).

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

Allyn: I trained as an immunologist and was very interested in what is now called psychoneuroimmunology, how the nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system work together to keep us well. I realised that Chiropractors had found a way to integrate these three systems in a therapeutic way, so I trained as a McTimoney Chiropractor. When I discovered CPA in 1998, I realised that this was an even better way to share my knowledge.

Sue: My interest for different forms of natural health started in my teens when I suffered terribly with allergies. My previous roles include teaching sciences and running a recruitment company. Becoming a Chiropractor appealed to me as it seemed a fantastic way of working with the nervous system and encouraging the body to function in a more balanced way. I trained in CPA 22 years ago because I had an interest in posture.

Give us an insight in to your normal day to day schedule…

Allyn: I prefer to only work in clinic three days a week and see no more than twelve people a day. At the weekends I might be involved in teaching, speaking or attending other seminars as I feel I can never learn too much about the body.

Sue: I work in and run a busy clinic. Outside clinic work I carry on with my studies and at weekends I may be teaching CPA or speaking at conferences.

What is your Training Congress seminar about?

We are presenting two seminars at the congress, please see below.

1. An introduction and demonstration of CPA

As CPA is relatively unknown, we will be explaining the basics and demonstrating the simplicity of how to integrate this powerful technique into your own practice, making your existing therapy skills more effective.

2. CPA – a return to innocence

Our second seminar is about recapturing the ease of movement you had as a child by restoring your relationship with gravity, releasing the tension in your body and allowing it to rest.

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

CPA looks at assessing a client’s relationship with gravity, as this can affect joints, muscles, fascia, posture, energy, wellness and peak performance. If you work in any of these areas then this technique can have profound improvements to the way you work.  In our case we found that integrating CPA into our chiropractic practices was simple to do and it meant we were able to help more people in a day which was much less stressful on our own bodies.

Are there any other seminars in the programme which you find particularly interesting?

  • Ian of Reinge Education “The Role of the Deep Spinal Stabilisers; ‘The Forgotten Four!”
  • Dr Ese Stacey “The gut and environment in muscle and joint conditions.”
  • Ian of Reinge Education “Practical gait analysis”
  • Nikki Collinson-Phenix “Why therapists play small despite wanting to play big”

What is one piece of advice you would give therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice? 

Allyn: Under promise and over deliver.

Sue: Don’t stop putting energy into your business. Put the clients needs first and be there for them when you are interacting with them.

Find out more about the 2020 FHT Congress and sign up at


Sustainable products leading the way in the organic beauty market

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The industry for certified organic and natural beauty products is now worth £106.4 million according to a report by the Soil Association.

The organic beauty market is said to have grown by 23% in 2019, the 9th year of double-digit growth.

The Soil Association suggest that a rise in conscious consumerism has sparked a demand for sustainable and ethical products, including certified organic beauty and wellbeing.

Consumer research on over 500 people in December 2019 found that 79% were more likely to buy a beauty product if it is labelled as organic.

The report also revealed:

  • 87% of brands customers feel passionately about supporting environmental initiatives. 
  • 64% of consumers are now looking for products with recyclable packaging. 
  • 56% of people said they looked for logos because it allowed them to support the causes they care about.

Retailers are responding to consumer demand by increasing the availability of certified organic beauty and wellbeing products.

Beauty brands are not legally required to be certified and can claim to be organic with just 1% of organic ingredients. Consumers are advised to look out for products with the Soil Association logo, as they will be certified as 100% organic.

In the Spring 2020 issue of International Therapist (IT), we speak to eco-beauty expert and FHT Excellence Award winner, Joanna Taplin. The Spring issue lands on Thursday 23 April 2020.

Visit to read the full report.

Consumers advised to be wary of online pre-biotic health claims


A new study published in Frontiers in Medicine warns that people should be wary of searching for pre-biotic information online as inaccurate sources are often shown at the top of search results.

Of the 150 webpages evaluated, only 10% of webpages met all four criteria, 40% had a cautionary note on benefits, 35% referred to scientific literature, and only 25% mentioned potential side effects.

They highlight that the majority of webpages that appear at the top of search engines are news sites or commercial websites which tend to provide less complete information.



FHT contributes three page spread in February’s In the Moment magazine

ITM_035_p001_coverF1FHT Board Member and qualified aromatherapist, Mary Dalgleish, contributed a special three-page article to the February issue of In the Moment (ITM) magazine.

In this feature, we take an in-depth look into aromatherapy, its history and its benefits. The article highlights that essential oils can help to improve sleep and mood, reduce stress and anxiety, aid wound healing and reduce the perception of pain in people with long-term conditions.

We also contributed a separate article about how to use essential oils safely at home. Included is an important safety note, that essential oils should not be ingested or applied to the skin undiluted.

FHT regularly contributes to consumer magazines to promote the FHT, our members and the therapies they practice.

Read the full article here.

2020 FHT Training Congress: therapy seminars specific to you


The 2020 FHT Training Congress is made up of 30 seminars, all of which are created specially for complementary, beauty and sports therapists as well as therapy business owners.

Keep reading for some seminars specific to you, to give you a taste of the options over the two-day event.

FINAL NVQ-Beauty-Therapy-Fast-Track-Courses1. For the complementary therapist

Jing’s Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari will provide a practical session showing you how to use ‘hot stone fusion for chronic migraine sufferers’. You’ll learn how to use advanced massage techniques, including trigger point, fascial work, stretching and soft tissue release to really make a difference to your clients. Join Jing on Sunday 3 May at 1pm – 2pm.

For those who would like to provide massage to additional needs clients, attending Emma Gilmore’s seminar, ‘additional needs massage’, is a must. Working with additional needs clients is so rewarding and after this seminar you will have a greater understanding of how to communicate with those clients, both verbally and non-verbally, as well as how to work safely with and create a nurturing space for them. Emma will also cover comfortable and supportive positioning, managing expectations of carers and parents and much more in her session on Monday 4 May at 2.30pm – 3.30pm.

industry_beauty2. For the beauty therapist

TEACH Therapy’s Kate Mulliss will be discussing ‘the use of aromatherapy in skin health and integrity’ on Sunday 3 May at 09.30am – 10.30am. Kate will talk you through how to incorporate essentials oils into skincare treatments to promote skin health and skin integrity. You will also learn which bases to use to achieve your clients’ desired therapeutic outcomes.

‘Become a powerful advocate in the fight against skin cancer’ with Marie Tudor from skin cancer awareness charity, Skcin. This session will focus on identifying the signs of skin cancer and how to sensitively and appropriately discuss this topic with your clients. This session will also cover the different types of skin cancer and how they present themselves. This talk is on Monday 4 May at 1pm – 2pm.

Sports-Therapy-Hero-900x4403. For the sports therapist

Join Cameron Reid on Sunday 3 May at 1pm – 2pmfor his session on ‘osteopathic techniques – sport and spine’. Learn how to integrate assessment and treatment using osteopathic techniques with a full explanation of how the management and approach to the same injury may differ between your sports and non-sports clients.

The deep spinal stabilisers, an essential muscle group that is often overlooked, is explored thoroughly in Ian Reinge’s seminar, ‘the role of the deep spinal stabilisers; the forgotten four’. Ian will teach you quick and simple tests that can be applied by any type of therapist, trainer or instructor and rehabillitation strategies to correctly apply and strenghthen this muscle group. Ian’s session is on Monday 4 May at 9.30am – 10.30am.

photo-1546432507-bd9e20b3c78b4. For the therapy business owner

Discover ‘how to identify your dream client’ with Nikki Collinson-Phenix, a business coach with over 20 years experience in the therapy world. Having a clear idea who your target market is will help you develop your business and reach those who you truly want to help. Nikki will be delivering this workshop on Sunday 3 May at 1pm – 2pm.

Whether it is getting to grips with digital marketing or refining the art of well-written website copy, we have two talks that can help. Gemma Went, award-winning business mentor and growth strategist, will discuss ‘how to grow your business online’ on Monday 4 May at 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Lisa Slater, owner of a professional copywriting agency, will provide stellar training to help you write ‘website copy that gets results’ that will inspire visitors to your website and win you more business. This talk is on Monday 4 May at 4pm – 5pm.

sophrology-pic-15. For those wanting to try something new

Our CPD sessions cover a wide variety of topics, demonstrations, techniques and ideas and it is the perfect opportunity to explore something new.

Richard Kravetz introduces ‘chair yoga’, a different take on the traditional practice that is an inclusive and accessible alternative for participants with disabilities or injuries. Richard will demonstrate the adaptations you can make so everyone can benefit from this activity on Sunday 3 May at 9.30am – 10.30am.

In her ‘Reflex Resonance Technique™’ seminar, Helen Mary Perkins will teach you how to take reflexology to an advanced level by combining traditional movements with sound, balance and healing. Not only will you discover how these skills can treat the body, you will also have a foot and hand reflexology demonstration followed by the opportunity to practice in pairs. Learn and take part on Monday 4 May at 1pm – 2pm.    

Book your sessions at the 2020 Training Congress today.