Opportunities present in an unlikely fashion

Candice Gardner webpage image black and white circle.jpgThis week we caught up with Dermalogica’s Candice Gardner, who will be speaking about chemical peels at the 2019 FHT Training Congress. We talk about skin science, music and education.

 

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I was born and raised in South Africa, but from a young age I was fascinated by different cultures and wanted to travel and experience the world. I wanted to be a pharmacist but unfortunately university was not an option financially, so I looked to train in an area that had lots of science focus. I am crazy about skin and cosmetic science and working for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica for over 20 years has afforded me the chance to indulge my passions daily. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to travel all around the world teaching and deliver presentations on all things skin, while meeting some incredibly inspiring people along the way.

 

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

I am up early, around 5.45am, to get organized for the day and am in the office by 8.15am. My current role as Education Manager – Content focuses on content and curriculum development. So, my days are filled with a range of meetings and briefings, along with writing and reviewing educational pieces.

I analyse workshop content and marketing copy to ensure technical and scientific accuracy. I also work on the Dermalogica Global Curriculum Task Force, which means I get to test new products and protocols for efficacy and results before we release them. We see over 25,000 skin therapists on our training every year in the UK and Ireland, and our focus every day is to bring outstanding education to skin therapists to ensure their success.

I leave the office at 4pm. My two children keep me on my toes with their busy schedules and between them we are off to one or other sports club or music lesson each day.

 

What interests you outside of work?

A lot of my time outside of work is taken up with my children and their activities. I am passionate about children having broad and enriching life experiences, so I volunteer with our local music charity’s parent’s association which supports fundraising for music education. Several Saturday mornings a month I help set up and run a pop-up café. Next month, over 1,500 children from the London Borough of Merton will perform in choirs, ensembles and orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, partly funded by the parent’s association and café.

When I am not at a sports fixture or watching a choir or dance rehearsal, I love to cook. So, I will spend time in the kitchen most weekends. I love reading and I have resolved to make more time to read in 2019.

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What is your Training Congress seminar about?

I will be discussing working with chemical peels. There is little regulation around these services, and it is essential that high standards of professional practice are maintained. The formation of the JCCP demonstrates that there is a need for better regulation to ensure skin therapists can continue to provide these services.

 

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

We will look at everything from your responsibility at consultation to service execution and aftercare advice. It is a good opportunity to critically analyse your practice, procedures and protocol, and to ascertain whether you are protecting both your clients and yourself with safe treatment, while maximising the results.

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What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

An understanding of what constitutes excellent professional practice standards.

Even if you are not currently offering these services, you may find it useful to know what a client should expect if you are advising someone who is using an alternate practitioner for peels.

 

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

I will definitely be looking to find out about boosting therapy with brainwave music. I already have an insight into binaural beats and find this a fascinating area of research.

I am a massive fan of Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari from Jing Massage. I will always make time to attend their informative sessions.

 

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

Have an open mind. It is easy as we grow in experience to become very opinionated and consequently limit what we would entertain. Often opportunities present in an unlikely fashion, and if we are always open, we are more likely to receive the inspiration. Explore, keep educating yourself, and stay open to what life and the world presents.

 

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

 

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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FHT promotes members and its Accredited Register in Health & Wellbeing magazine

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We regularly advertise in consumer publications, promoting the FHT, our members and the therapies they practise.

In the March issue of Health & Wellbeing magazine – circulated to over 40,000 readers – you will find an insert about the FHT’s Accredited Register. It’s our mission to make the public more aware of our members and the FHT’s Accredited Register, the largest Accredited Register for complementary healthcare therapists, independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority – a body accountable to Parliament and the only initiative of its kind.

Health & Wellbeing is a monthly magazine, packed with feel-good inspiration. In this issue, readers also receive a free book, 365 Days of Mindfulness by Yvette Jane.

To find out more about the publications we advertise in and contribute editorial to, visit www.fht.org.uk/consumer-campaigns

FHT partners with Jing for free webinar

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The FHT is delighted to be partnering with Jing Advanced Massage Training for a free webinar on myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

Taking place on Wednesday 27 March from 11.00 to 11.45am, this webinar will be hosted by Jing director Rachel Fairweather, who will talk about her upcoming myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions workshop at the 2019 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health Show.

Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and ongoing pain from accident, injury or emotional trauma can be frustrating for the massage therapist to treat. Adding myofascial release techniques to your skill set can be highly beneficial in the treatment of these complex and chronic pain conditions.

By registering for this webinar you will automatically be sent the recording, so if you can’t make it on 27 March – don’t panic.

Last September, the FHT was pleased to partner with Human Kinetics for a free webinar with Jane Johnson on low back pain.

This was very popular, and we hope the webinar with Jing will be just as successful.

FHT members can gain one CPD point from watching the webinar and completing a reflective practice. Register your place at fht.org.uk/Jing-webinar

FHT shares the benefits of crystal therapy with In the Moment readers

Find a full-page article written by the FHT in the latest issue of In the Moment.

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In its February 2019 issue (#22) we turn our attention towards crystal therapy, looking at what a treatment would typically involve, as well as five key benefits of the therapy.

The article is part of a ‘Have you tried’ regular feature in the magazine, which puts a spotlight on different therapies practiced by FHT members.

The FHT regularly contributes to national  consumer publications to promote the FHT, its members and the therapies they practice.

In the Moment is a monthly lifestyle magazine, covering wellbeing, creativity, good living and travel.

Read the full article

FHT sponsors 2019 National Massage Championship

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Following the success of the first ever National Massage Championship at Olympia Beauty last year, which was won by FHT Member Mario De Sousa and judged by FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish, we are thrilled to announce our sponsorship of this year’s event.

Taking place on 29-30 September at Olympia Beauty, London, qualified therapists are once again invited to showcase their technique and bodywork skills in six different categories including Advanced Massage, SPA/Wellness Massage, Freestyle Massage, Eastern Massage, Chair Massage and Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage.

Reflecting on his win in 2018, Mario said, ‘Winning the competition was a tremendous honour for me, and a pleasure to be surrounded by amazing people. My congratulations to the organisers, judges and therapists. Olympia Beauty was the perfect place for this.

‘As a therapist, I continually strive to improve my techniques, help those in need and inspire younger generations.’

Mario received a certificate and trophy, as well as a wealth of exclusive gifts from leading brands and recognition from industry peers.

To find out more about the 2019 National Massage Championship and to enter, visit www.olympiabeauty.co.uk/thenmc

FHT members can enjoy a 30% discount on entry into The National Massage Championship, by using the code FHT2019, before 30 June.