FHT features in Issue 100 of Massage World

Mary Dalgelish RLD in Massage World-1The FHT regularly contributes to national publications to promote the FHT, its members and the therapies they practice.

FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, has recently been featured in Issue 100 of Massage World, providing a case study of a client she had supported with reflexology.

Using a technique called reflexology lymph drainage (RLD) Mary helped a client relax and sleep better.


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College of Medicine calls for student essays on lifestyle medicine

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The College of Medicine and Integrated Health is currently accepting entries for the Michael Pittilo Essay Prize 2018.

First launched in 2010, the Michael Pittilo Essay Prize recognises and celebrates the integration of conventional and complementary approaches to healthcare.

Entries are open to UK students studying any healthcare discipline at degree level or above, including CAM therapies that are statutory regulated or on an Accredited Register, approved by the Professional Standards Authority.

This year’s essay question for the Michael Pittilo Prize is: ‘Lifestyle medicine – the next BIG thing?’

In times of increasing pressure on NHS services, lifestyle advice, diet, and self-care could be the key to healthier patients, but do clinicians have the time and expertise to utilise such a diverse range of interventions? Should NHS clinicians be looking outside the orthodox, western, biomedical model for therapists to refer to, and what are the potential risks/benefits if they do?

Essays (1,500 words) need to be submitted by 5pm Sunday 1 July 2018 to students@collegeofmedicine.org.uk

The FHT is delighted to have been a member of the judging panel for nine consecutive years and looks forward to publishing the winning essay in International Therapist.

Read the winning essay from 2017


Helping clients from injury to recovery

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Have you helped an athlete transition from a debilitating injury to full recovery?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in sports therapy excellence?

Do you work as part of a team that works with professional athletes, providing cutting-edge pitch-side support?

Perhaps you have given an athlete the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges that resulted from injury?

Maybe you know a therapist whose injury prevention strategies have helped sports people continue to perform at the highest level?

If any of the above sounds familiar, or if you have an equivalent therapy success story, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

Last year, Sheree Phelps, MFHT, was named Sports Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards for her work with athletes, including her voluntary service with the Welsh Rugby Union’s Elite Women’s Programme. Speaking about her win, Sheree said: ‘This award means so much to me. Coming from a competitive sporting career, it has always been important for to me to build a professional and welcoming practice for my clients. Having the knowledge to clearly explain why and how I am going to treat them, in an empathetic and relaxing environment, so that they can unwind from their daily stresses has always been my ultimate goal.’

Award categories

You can self-nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter


Supporting the wellbeing of carers

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Carers UK has today highlighted the importance of wellbeing in people who support the physical and mental health needs of others in a new report, published as part of Carers Week.

Carers Week runs from 11-16 June 2018, and aims to raise awareness of the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Discussing the results of a recent survey, Carers UK says that the physical and mental strain of caring is jeopardising the ability of unpaid carers to care in the future, as more than half of UK carers expect their physical and mental health and wellbeing to get worse in the next two years.

It is estimated that there are around 6.5 million carers in the UK who support a member of family or friend with a disability, physical illness or mental health problem. However, a spokesperson from Carers UK says that “without the right support, carers often put their own health needs to the ‘back of the queue’. As a result, many see their physical and mental health worsen.”

There are 6.5 million carers in the UK looking after a family member or friend with disabilities, illnesses, mental health problems or extra needs as they grow older.

Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK on behalf of Carers Week says, “Whilst caring can be hugely rewarding, it can also have a huge effect on us, our lives and our plans. Unpaid carers are often unprepared for the impact caring can have and frequently put their own health and wellbeing needs to the ‘back of the queue’.

This year, we’re asking individuals and communities up and down the UK to help unpaid carers stay ‘Healthy and Connected’. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can make a difference by helping make it easier for people to recognise their role as a carer and get support from the communities and services around them.”

Recognising the need to support carers, FHT member and 2017 FHT Highly Commended Complementary Therapist of the Year, Anne-Marie Rose was recently quoted in an article by The Carers’ Centre (Bath and North East Somerset) charity. In the article Anne-Marie says, “I am keen to support carers in recognition for all their hard work and dedication to their caring role. I offer low cost reflexology sessions to allow carers an opportunity to take some time out from their caring duties, to focus on themselves and be nurtured in a calm and peaceful environment.”

If you are supporting carers this week, we would love to hear from you. Please send in a short post-event write-up and pictures to the FHT, so that we can potentially give you a mention in International Therapist and/or on our blog. Please email dralls@fht.org.uk, writing Carers Week in the subject box. Please ensure that the pictures you take are high-resolution, in case we would like to include these in the magazine.

Read the Carers UK Carers Week Research Summary


Making a difference to client wellbeing

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Have you helped a client get their life back on track?

Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in therapy excellence?

Do you work as part of a team that works with terminally ill clients, providing life-changing support to them, their families and carers?

Perhaps you set up an innovative and sustainable healthcare model that leads the way in allowing patients access to first class therapeutic support?

Maybe you have helped a client overcome debilitating body image issues and witnessed profound changes in their confidence and sense of self worth?

If any of the above sounds familiar, we’d love to hear from you. We will be celebrating the wonderful work and achievements of our members at the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards.

Hear from previous winners

In 2016 Angela Wheat, FFHT, was named Beauty Therapist of the Year for her life-changing electrolysis work for transgender clients. On winning the award, Angela said, “I feel honoured and thrilled to have my skills and professionalism recognised. I hope that winning this award will put the spotlight on the benefits of remedial electrolysis for men and women alike, as this treatment has the ability to change lives.”

Last year Barbara Scott, MFHT, became our Complementary Therapist of the year for supporting clients who had difficulty conceiving with reflexology. Speaking of her award win Barbara said, “I am truly delighted to have received this award in recognition of not just my own work, but the fantastic work that our practitioners do in supporting couples having difficulties in conceiving. My hope is that it allows us to let couples know that there is support for them, that reflexology is an excellent tool and that making even the smallest changes can be beneficial to them on their journey to parenthood.”

Award categories

You can self nominate, or put forward an inspirational colleague or team, for one of the following categories (click for entry criteria):

• FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year

• FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

• FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year

• FHT Student of the Year

• FHT Tutor of the Year

• FHT Local Support Group Coordinator of the Year

Closing date 30 June, 2018

Click here to enter


Wellness Live special offer for FHT members

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This year the FHT is sponsoring The Wellness Seminars and Wellness Live at Olympia Beauty.

In celebration of this, FHT members are being offered 15% off all Wellness Seminars booked from now until the end of June, whether this is a single session booking for £15 or a day pass for £48.

To redeem the offer go to the booking page at www.olympiabeauty.co.uk/wellness and enter the code ‘WELLNESSFHT’ in the ‘coupon’ box.

About The Wellness Seminars

The Wellness Seminars are 10 one-hour long CPD accredited education sessions held at Olympia Beauty. Taking place in the London Room at the show, every seminar attendee will receive a CPD certificate at the end of each session, and the first 100 bookings per day will also receive a free goody bag! Topics of discussion include massage techniques, energy treatments, hormones, bullying in the workplace, wellness in your salon/spa, mental health, stress management, cancer care and communication skills for therapy.

About Olympia Beauty

Olympia Beauty is Autumn’s biggest beauty trade show for professionals, and is held at Olympia London on Sunday 30 September and Monday 1 October 2018. Boasting over 500 exhibiting brands every year and more than 18,000 visitors in 2017, 2018 has more to offer than ever before. As a visitor you’ll get to enjoy special show offers, the latest product launches and innovations, take in the future of beauty at the Salon Of The Future, and enjoy a wealth of talks and discussions on the Wellness and Olympia stages. Olympia Beauty also hosts The Salon & Spa Owners’ Club, Lounge and Restaurant for anyone who owns their own salon or spa and four incredible competitions including The National Massage Championship.

For more information click here