What are the benefits of myofascial dry cupping?

It was a pleasure to once again work with Dawn Morse at this year’s FHT Training Congress. Dawn delivered a talk on the integration of dry cupping within sports and massage therapy and we asked her to tell us briefly about the benefits of the therapy.

Dawn is the founder of Core Elements, running FHT Accredited training courses, and has written articles for International Therapist on runner’s knee and snapping hip syndrome.

Find the latest training courses with FHT at fht.org.uk/training

 

We’re looking for inspirational sports therapists to enter the 2019 FHT Excellence Awards

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Have you or a sports therapist you know helped an athlete transition from a debilitating injury to full recovery?

Given an athlete the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges that resulted from injury?

Worked as part of a team providing vital pre- and post-event treatment or injury prevention strategies ensuring athletes perform at the highest level?

We want to hear from inspirational therapists that are raising the bar in sports therapy excellence for this year’s FHT Excellence Awards. If that sounds like you or a therapist you know, enter yourself or nominate them for FHT Sports Therapist of the Year.

The winner of the category will receive a trophy, certificate and £250, presented at the 2019 FHT Conference, taking place on Friday 29 November at The King’s Fund, London. They will also be featured in International Therapist magazine and the Winners Guide, shared with our national and regional press contacts.

Other categories in this year’s awards are:

This is your time to shine! Entries close 28 June.

Find out more and enter/nominate

 

Last year’s winner for FHT Sports Therapist of the Year was Nefeli Tsiouti, MFHT:

2018 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

An international member of the FHT, Nefeli (centre) is a sports massage therapist with a background in dance and dance science. As such, the focus of her work and research has been to improve health and reduce injury in dancers, performing artists and other movers in general. From first-hand experience, Nefeli knows how prone this group is to injury and that some performers, such as breakers (or break dancers), are not invested in properly when it comes to injury prevention education. To address this, she collaborated with other dance and medical experts to conduct research and offer conditioning, strengthening and injury prevention workshops and lectures to dancers in several different countries.

Speaking about her win, Nefeli says: ‘I am honoured to have received the Sports Therapist of the Year award since it gives me international recognition for my work as a researcher and a therapist. FHT has been a very supportive organisation, and I know that this award will open many more doors for me and my career.’

FHT Ambassador inspires next generation of beauty therapists

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FHT member and ambassador, Vanessa Franklin, recently enjoyed meeting beauty therapy students at Wiltshire College, to offer expert advice for their future careers. Vanessa was invited by the college in her role as an FHT Ambassador, to give a presentation to students studying a City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty and Spa Therapy.

The FHT Ambassador programme puts a trusted, trained FHT representative in classrooms across the UK, giving students valuable information about regulating bodies, insurance, and all the valuable support the FHT has to offer at every step of their therapy career. Students are awarded two CPD points for attending these talks and are given a certificate for their portfolio.

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Speaking after her talk, Vanessa said, ‘What a lovely end to the week. I spent two hours in Chippenham today with the students after being invited by the lovely Emily and Sophie.

‘In my role as an FHT Ambassador, I presented the benefits of membership and support a professional association can offer, particularly if you are a newly qualified therapist or lone worker. A hot topic was the value of progressing to the Level 3 qualification in beauty/spa to increase employability and earning potential. We also had questions and discussed insurance considerations, from treatment liability cover, to getting the takings into the bank.

‘It was a great session with everyone. Wishing the students every success with the next steps in their careers and best wishes with exam results.’

Find out more about the FHT Ambassador Programme

FHT celebrates aromatherapy week with talk on essential oils

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FHT head office staff were yesterday treated to a talk on the benefits of essential oils to mark Aromatherapy Awareness Week.

We were pleased to welcome our speaker Colette Somers, who delivers training for FHT Accredited course provider Penny Price Aromatherapy and the Winchester School of Aromatherapy. Colette told us that although she has been practising aromatherapy for 25 years, she is now more passionate about essential oils than ever before.

After a short introduction, Colette focused on research, highlighting a number of scientific studies that supported the therapeutic use of essential oils for a range of health issues, such as anxiety before surgery and fibromyalgia.

She followed this by warning of the potential dangers of ingesting essential oils and talked about why this is a problematic practice. For example, when swallowed oils can react with medication, stopping them working and even accelerate the effects of blood-thinning medicine – thinning blood to dangerous levels.

Colette then ended the session by passing around some of her favourite essential oils, including bergamot, lavender and geranium. We all had the opportunity to take in their pleasant and therapeutic aromas – the perfect way to start Aromatherapy Awareness week.

 

Six ways aromatherapy can help everyday ailments

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Aromatherapy involves the therapeutic use of plant essential oils, which enter the body via our lungs through inhalation, or the skin, if applied in a massage blend or other product.

A recent survey* by the FHT revealed that aromatherapy is one of the top three complementary therapies requested by the public in the UK. This week, as aromatherapists celebrate Aromatherapy Awareness Week (10-16 June 2019), we look at six different ways this therapy can be used to help manage some common complaints that affect our overall health and wellbeing.

1. Sleep aid
Poor sleep affects as many as a third of us and in recent years, it has been linked to various health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and mental health problems. Clary sage and marjoram both have sedative qualities, which can help promote sleep, while lavender, chamomile and neroli are calming and soothing oils, which are great for relieving anxiety, if this is the underlying problem. Where depression is linked to poor sleep, an uplifting oil, like bergamot, could be beneficial.

2. A natural boost
Many of us can be left feeling physically or mentally drained after a particularly busy period or demanding life event. There are lots of essential oils that can give us a much-needed boost including pine, which reduces fatigue, and citrus oils such as orange, lemon and grapefruit, which are all uplifting and can help stimulate the mind and aid concentration. Rosemary and peppermint are said to be excellent for memory and mental performance, while basil can help bring clarity.

3. Skin support
Aromatherapy can help a wide range of skin problems. For mature skin, cicatrisant or ‘skin healing’ essential oils are ideal, as these promote cell regeneration and are good for scars and blemishes. Examples include frankincense, palmarosa, carrot seed, rose, lavender and German chamomile. For best results, these are often added to a carrier oil suited for mature skin, such as rosehip seed oil, which can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines and is particularly good for dry or damaged skin.

4. Soul soother
Left unchecked, stress and anxiety can take a huge toll on our health and wellbeing. Research shows that lavender can help calm the nervous system; lower blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature; and change brain waves to a more relaxed state. Neroli, often referred to as the ‘rescue remedy’ of essential oils, is also great for helping to ease anxiety and stress, along with bergamot, which is traditionally used in Italian folk medicine to relieve tension and anxiety.

5. Menopause ally
While the menopause is a natural stage in life’s journey, many women experience unpleasant symptoms that can affect their overall quality of life. Geranium, clary sage and rose can help balance and regulate the hormones, while other essential oils are useful for addressing more specific issues. For example, cypress and peppermint can alleviate hot flushes and sweating, while oils like grapefruit, neroli, bergamot and jasmine can help to ease feelings of depression.

6. Nausea knock-back
Nausea is an unpleasant symptom that can be triggered by a variety of things including digestive problems, certain medications (eg. anaesthetics), motion sickness, headaches and pregnancy. For digestive-related nausea, fennel seed or lemon essential oil might be useful. Recent studies have also shown that inhaling lavender, ginger, peppermint or rose essential oils can help reduce nausea in patients experiencing nausea and vomiting after surgery.

Important safety notes…

  • Aromatherapy should be used alongside standard medical care and not as an alternative.
  • If you are currently receiving care from a doctor, consultant, midwife or other health professional, let them know you intend to have aromatherapy treatments / use essential oils.
  • Essential oils are very powerful and if used incorrectly, can be detrimental to your health. Never ingest (swallow) essential oils or apply them to the skin neat (undiluted). Various cautions also apply for babies, children, the elderly, during pregnancy, prior to sun exposure, when taking certain medications, and for some medical conditions.
  • Seek advice from a professional aromatherapist before using essential oils. To find a registered, qualified and insured aromatherapist you can trust, visit www.fht.org.uk

 

Downloadable resources for Aromatherapy Awareness week

To help promote aromatherapy this week, FHT members can access downloadable resources, such as leaflets, posters, and social media images and banners, from fht.org.uk/membersarea

Quote of the week

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Winning industry awards can lead to exciting new career opportunities. Last year Nefeli Tsiouti was presented with the 2018 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year award.

An international member of the FHT, Nefeli is a sports massage therapist with a background in dance and dance science. As such, the focus of her work and research has been to improve health and reduce injury in dancers, performing artists and other movers in general. From first-hand experience, Nefeli knows how prone this group is to injury and that some performers, such as breakers (or break dancers), are not invested in properly when it comes to injury prevention education. To address this, she collaborated with other dance and medical experts to conduct research and offer conditioning, strengthening and injury prevention workshops and lectures to dancers in several different countries.

Speaking about her award win Nefeli said, ‘I am honoured to have received the Sports Therapist of the Year award since it gives me international recognition for my work as a researcher and a therapist. FHT has been a very supportive organisation, and I know that this award will open many more doors for me and my career.’

2019 FHT Excellence Awards

We are still accepting entries for this year’s FHT Excellence Awards until 28 June 2019.

To find out more about nominating yourself or an inspirational colleague or team go to fht.org.uk/awards