FHT contributes to the February issue of Natural Health magazine


We are delighted to have contributed an article to Natural Health magazine’s February  issue, to promote the FHT, our members and the therapies they practice.

In the article, we look at the health benefits of Jasmine, a plant said to have originated in Egypt and known to be used by cultures for personal adornment and religious ceremonies. The essential oil is thought to be good for clients who have a lack of libido and to help confidence.

In addition, we include an important safety note, that essential oils should not be ingested or applied to the skin undiluted.

Read the full article here.

International Therapist issue 131 (Winter 2020)

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As a member of the FHT, your Winter issue of International Therapist will be arriving soon! Your magazine will come in a biodegradable wrapper, so please read the carry sheet enclosed for advice on how to dispose of the wrapper appropriately.

In this issue, you will find:

  • A special feature on alcohol and how to support clients who want to take the first step towards changing their drinking habits. In this feature we look at survey results and include tips from Lauren Booker, an expert from Alcohol Change UK.
  • A look at the relationship between gut health and musculoskeletal problems, by Dr Ese Stacey.
  • Taking a look back at our 2019 Conference and Awards, we look at our highlights from the day including our speakers, networking and our FHT Excellence Award winners.
  • An excerpt from Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s book, Feel Better in 5. The Morning Wake Up Flow is a morning routine to start your day the right way.
  • An insight into FHT Vice President Maria Mason’s beauty business. In the piece Maria looks at five areas of her business, from branding to tackling inappropriate behaviour.
  • A look at the link between dementia and trauma and how to support those affected.
  • Exploring the crown chakra with Marion Eaton. 

Plus an essential oil profile on geranium, the latest FHT local group news; a day in the life of Shirley O’Donoghue, MFHT, FHT accredited training provider and founder of a community interest company; the latest research; expert advice; medical A-Z; an interview with Dr Kaur Thandi Birinder, GP and new FHT Vice President; a look at the 2020 FHT Training Congress; public affairs and lots more…

And don’t miss the opportunity to win one of six Base Formula products, worth more than £25, and a £20 John Lewis & Partners gift card and a Malki Dead Sea Natural Black Mud Mask Soap.

Landing on your doorstep from Thursday 23 January. You can also log in to read this issue (from Thursday 23 January) and past issues online at www.fht.org.uk/members-area.

Win a pair of tickets to The Mindful Living and The Sleep Show on the 6 – 7 of March


FHT members can win a pair of tickets to The Mindful Living and The Sleep Show! To be in with a chance to win, simply answer the question below and send it to lsheill@fht.org.uk by the 20 January.

Q: How many hours of sleep is the average adult advised to get per night?

  • 12-14 hours
  • 4-6 hours
  • 7-9 hours

About The Mindful Living and The Sleep Show

On Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March 2020, experience peace in the heart of the city, with a unique opportunity to reflect, experience and learn more about mindfulness, meditation and sleep.

The Mindful Living and The Sleep Show come together at the Business Design Centre in London, to offer two exceptional days of learning, connectedness and fun and one evening of rest and relaxation – through seminars, live practice, inspirational features and experiential sessions.

Discover the science with exclusive content for visitors with a professional or a personal interest.  Learn how mindfulness can benefit your life, health and work. Find solutions and guidance to sleep issues affecting your family or working life.

Now in its fourth year, the event offers over 120 talks in four conference-style theatres, including the main stage; mindful living theatre, health and science theatre and sleep theatre. The inspiration doesn’t stop there – four peaceful feature areas offer creative relaxation and meditation, including the body and mind Space; taster zone, creative calm space and guided meditation space. Plus on Saturday, the mindful minis zone gives children (and carers) their own wellbeing space to enjoy.

And new for 2020, an evening of deep relaxation.

Launching this year for the very first time, on Friday 6 March 4 – 9pm, we are delighted to bring you ‘the wind-down’ – sound, senses and space. A blissful few hours to take you into a world of rest and relaxation and introducing you to an array of new sensations.

For more information visit www.mindfullivingshow.com.

FHT Sports Therapist of the Year speaks on BBC Radio Leicester


Speaking live on BBC Radio Leicester last week, 2019 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year Rebecca Ayres and her business partner Hannah Poulton explained Scar Therapy and the positive affect it can have on clients.

Rebecca and Hannah their own scar recovery business called Reactiv8 Therapy where they use non-invasive treatments to help improve the function of a scar.

They begin the interview by explaining that they are able to help anyone with a scar through gentle massage-based techniques. Hannah explains that the focus isn’t cosmetic but instead on the effect that the scar has underneath the skin and how it can impact the individual.

Rebecca then spoke about her work volunteering at the Invictus Games in Summer 2018. She said: ‘Last summer I donated quite a lot of my time to the Invictus Games athletes. We ran training camps with them and we saw a huge array of different kinds of accidents and surgeries that have taken place, causing an array of different difficulties.

‘It was phenomenal work and there were huge responses to what we were doing, relieving a lot of pain for individuals. Scar work was something people knew little about but awareness rocketed because people can see that helps with all sorts of sensations people can experience.’

Rebecca spoke about winning 2019 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year. She said: ‘I was an award winner at the Federation of Holistic Therapists. It was a fantastic awards ceremony in London, I was recognised for what I’ve been doing in the scar arena and the sports arena.’

Listen to the full interview at bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07xsv3t (1:45- 1:53) 

FHT Ambassador gives a talk to staff at a cancer charity


FHT ambassador Vanessa Franklin was invited to talk to staff at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity in November.

The workshop was to share best practice, ideas and new protocols in the industry. Some of the topics included how to create a suitable treatment environment, as well as how to maintain hygiene standards and safe working practice.

The group also discussed mental resilience and the importance of having a support network for the therapists.

Vanessa said: ‘At the end of the day we had a speaker from an earlier session conduct a role-play session, which explored the varied family dynamics of someone living with cancer. This activity highlighted where therapists might need guidance or might need to signpost to other experts.

‘Within our own breakout session we then followed on with how a therapist could offer support and how to refer clients to other professionals.

‘I’d just like to say a huge thank you to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity for the amazing work they do for those living with cancer and their families.’

Do you know who your local FHT Ambassador is? Find out at fht.org.uk/ambassador

‘Do what makes you happy’ – the lady who quit her job and started a llama farm


Happiness is a feeling we all strive to achieve, whether it’s through embracing the small pleasures in life or focusing on a bigger goal.

NHS programme director, Celia Gaze, found her happiness in one long necked animal with a tendency to spit. Celia was feeling particularly stressed at work and after being signed off with burnout, she reconsidered her options and decided to quit her job in the pursuit of happiness.

Celia identified that the cause of her stress was the pressure she was putting on herself to succeed. She knew she wanted to set up her own business and decided to research ideas that would be as stress-free as possible, which was when she came across the idea of setting up a llama farm.

She said: ‘Live your life now, go. What have you got to lose? Make 2020 the year you changed your life.’

There has been an abundance of research on the things that make us happy, from being kind to having direction in our lives. Read more tips for achieving a happy life at actionforhappiness.org.

Watch a video about Celia at facebook.com/watch/?v=702743113588614

FHT contributes to the January issue of Natural Health magazine

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We are delighted to have contributed an article to Natural Health magazine’s January issue, to promote the FHT, our members and the therapies they practice.

In the article, we look at the health benefits of Geranium, examining how ancient civilisations regarded the shrub as a powerful healer, using it to treat conditions such as diarrhoea, haemorrhoids and dysentery. The essential oil is thought to be useful for stress and feelings of frustration and anger.

In addition, we include an important safety note, that essential oils should not be ingested or applied to the skin undiluted.

Read the full article here.