3 simple tips to help make your therapy practice a little greener…

Our 2019 FHT Member Survey showed that more than half of FHT members (52%) already use sustainable and environmentally friendly products. For others wanting to take some steps to join this positive movement, we hope you find the following tips useful (the following excerpt was originally published in International Therapist, Issue 128, Spring 2019).  

Energy matters 

When it comes to conserving energy, there are a few areas worth considering, such as how this energy is sourced, how you use it and how much you use.  

Green energy  
Green energy is produced from renewable sources that are naturally replenished, such as solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power, tidal power and biofuels. These are also considered green because they produce a smaller carbon footprint compared to non-renewable sources (for example oil, coal, gas and uranium). According to government research, renewable sources produced 29.3% of the UK’s electricity in 2017, which was a record high (DBEIS, 2018). Green energy tariffs are also becoming more competitive, which is potentially due to the public’s growing support for renewable energy (85%) and concern about climate change (74%) (DBEIS, 2018). If you are looking to switch to a green supplier, check the current tariffs available and keep an eye out for some of the smaller providers, as these may be offering deals that compete favourably against the more mainstream suppliers. 

Lightbulb moment 
For any electric lighting in your salon or clinic, using energy-efficient lightbulbs is a key way to save both energy and money. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are considered the best option, as they use 75 to 80% less electricity than traditional lightbulbs and last up to 10 times longer. If you are using spotlights or dimmable lights, then LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs are a better choice. 

Brands with integrity 

If you are in the process of reviewing which skincare range to stock, sales in certified organic, natural and vegan products are reaching an all-time high. Conscious consumers are seeking a holistic approach to their beauty and personal care routines, using products that align with their ethical and environmental values. If you’re concerned that natural or organic products may not perform as well as the big beauty brands, SAC highlighted this in its 2018 market report: ‘In the past, there have been misconceptions about the sophistication of organic vs. conventional beauty, but the idea of having to choose between efficacy and ethics has changed dramatically. The range of high-performance organic formulas now on offer deliver results-driven beauty without asking consumers to sacrifice their values.’ 

Houseplants for health 

Houseplants not only help to improve air quality by trapping and removing pollutants, an article published on the Royal Horticultural Society’s website highlights that these leafy allies offer a range of psychological and physical health benefits too (RHS, 2019). 

Studies have shown that in terms of mental wellbeing, indoor plants can help to improve mood, reduce stress levels and increase productivity at work, while on a physical level, they can help to reduce blood pressure, fatigue and headaches and improve breathing problems (created by indoor air quality). Five easy-to-grow houseplants that are recommended by the RHS to improve air quality are:  
 
1 Madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)  
2 Indian rubber tree, rubber plant (Ficus elastica)  
3 English ivy, common ivy (Hedera helix)  
4 Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis)  
5 Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata). 

For more tips… 

See our Green Salon article, published in the Spring 2019 issue of International Therapist magazine. Please note this article was published prior to COVID-19 and we fully appreciate that government guidelines from various countries currently require therapists to use, for example, disposable/single use items such as Type II face masks. Hopefully in time we will all be able to resume greener practices to help protect our planet but for now, it is important that we all follow government guidelines to help protect our clients’ safety.  

Do you have green tips that you’d like to share with other members?  

Send these to Leanne Sheill at lsheill@fht.org.uk so that we can share these in International Therapist magazine. 

Congratulations to our 2020 FHT Green Therapy Business of Year winners… Anne Bramley, MFHT, and Helen Saunders, MFHT

Anne and Helen are the co-founders of Wellbeing at Whistlewood, an ‘off grid’ initiative set in 10 acres of community-owned woodland in South Derbyshire. They help to facilitate a team of 29 professionals who offer a wide range of activities and experiences for their guests to enjoy – from holistic therapies and retreats, to wellbeing classes, creative workshops and forest bathing. A key objective of Whistlewood is to help improve health and wellbeing by connecting people with nature and so most of the activities are conducted outdoors, across all four seasons. But there is also a very strong focus on sustainability and giving back to nature, which is why their amenities use solar power, a purified water supply and composting toilets, among others. To learn more about Wellbeing at Whistlewood, look out for an article in the Winter issue of International Therapist, published in January 2021. 

And many congratulations to our finalists for this award, Tina Kent, Mani Kohli and Lucy Stevens. 

Please revisit our blog this afternoon at 3pm, when we’ll be sharing some tips on how to make your therapy practice more green.

Congratulations to our 2020 FHT Tutor of the Year… Jennifer Young, MFHT

When coronavirus reached UK shores, Jennifer drew on her expertise as a former inspector for HSE, international consultant, specialist skincare product developer and accredited training provider to create an online course to support professional therapists through the pandemic. As well as helping them to understand the nature of the virus, her user-friendly course walked therapists through how to create a risk matrix and prioritise appropriate actions when resuming practice. In Jennifer’s own words, her aim was ‘to help therapists return to work with a spring in their step rather than fear in their hearts’. Since it was launched, Jennifer’s fully certified course, Control of Cross Infection in a Post-Covid World – Professional Standards of Hygiene, has been accessed by more than 5,400 therapists, completely free of charge, as she felt free access was the right thing to do in these ‘turbulent and trying times’.  

And many congratulations to our finalists for this award, Caroline Bradley, Marie Duggan and Dawn Morse. 

Please revisit our blog tomorrow morning at 10am, when we’ll be announcing our very first 2020 FHT Green Therapy Business of the Year! 

Congratulations to our 2020 FHT Student of the Year… Anya Rae, MFHT

At the time of her award nomination, Anya was studying for a HNC in complementary therapies. Her background was in sports and leisure management but when her son had to leave mainstream school due to autism and challenging behaviour, as a single parent she had to step back from her career and find a job to fit around his needs. Initially she started a dog walking business but when her son reached 18, Anya decided to retrain as a therapist, knowing first-hand how complementary therapies had helped her to manage ankylosing spondylitis, a condition that is part of the rheumatoid arthritis family. Anya found going back into education daunting, not least because she also discovered she had dyslexia, dyscalculia and other traits of ADHD. But with incredible support from Ayrshire College, Anya has now progressed onto a HND and aspires to open a multi-disciplined healing centre.  

And many congratulations to our finalist for this award, Tina Wilkinson. 

Please revisit our blog at 3pm this afternoon, when we’ll be announcing our 2020 FHT Tutor of the Year! 

Congratulations to our 2020 FHT Local Coordinator of the Year… Tim Djossou, MFHT

Tim created the South Manchester local group in 2017 and has modestly excelled in his role ever since. Each year, he organises a calendar of events with a wide variety of topics to support his local therapist community. Some of the subjects previously covered at Tim’s group meetings include sports injuries, aromatherapy, Chinese medicine and crystal therapy – clearly showing his dedication to educate and support therapists, whatever their specialism or area of interest. During lockdown, he organised a series of virtual meetings with a special focus on topics that would help members, and non-members, during the difficult period. He put together a very successful three-part series on mental health and nutrition, which was very well attended and allowed group members the chance to explore and understand the connection. For many, Tim’s sessions are something inclusive to look forward to at a time when keeping in touch has been so important.   

And many congratulations to our finalist for this award, Jackie Hamilton

Please revisit our blog tomorrow morning at 10am, when we’ll be announcing our 2020 FHT Student Therapist of the Year! 

Congratulations to our 2020 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year… John Molyneux, MFHT!

John treats clients of all ages and abilities but over the past few years, he has turned his attention to the more mature client, as he feels that the older generation are often overlooked by the health and fitness industry. This led him to write his first book, A Better You in Later Life, shortly after which he launched MolyFit.co.uk, a free subscription website for the over 65s to encourage older people to sit less and move more and literally exercise their way out of the GP waiting room. As interest and momentum grew, so did John’s business – within a year, he had built a website with over 500 subscribers, published three books, and gone from 0 to 11,000+ followers on Facebook. During both lockdowns, John became a beacon of positivity, supporting isolated clients with fortnightly calls and online sessions so they could continue to exercise and stay healthy.  

And many congratulations to our finalist for this award, Leigh Edwards. 

Please revisit our blog just after 3pm, when we’ll be announcing our 2020 FHT Local Group Coordinator of the Year!  

Congratulations to our 2020 FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year… Stephanie Chaytor, MFHT

Stephanie is the owner of Karma Beauty, a holistic beauty salon based on Mersea Island, just off the coast of Essex, where she employs six other therapists. After initially qualifying in 2012, Stephanie started her career as a mobile beautician but with an ever-growing client base, decided to take the plunge in the summer of 2015 and open her own salon, at just 19 years of age. Since then, Karma Beauty has moved to bigger premises on two occasions, and currently boasts four treatment rooms, four pedicure stations and four nail desks, receiving the 2018 Best Holistic Beauty Salon in Essex award as part of the Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Awards. Throughout COVID-19, she has supported her clients via social media, while the team wait to treat them again in person. She has also enhanced her business through a second initiative, Karma Boutique, which sells clothing and household accessories online.  

And many congratulations to our finalist for this award, Geraldine Flynn. 

Please revisit our blog tomorrow morning at 10am, when we’ll be announcing our 2020 Sports Therapist of the Year! 

Congratulations to our 2020 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year… Mary Atkinson, FFHT

In 2013, Mary co-founded the Story Massage Programme, which is based on ten massage strokes used to illustrate the words of a story. As we entered the first lockdown, Mary immediately looked to find a way to continue sharing this simple form of nurturing touch with as many people as possible. She produced a free booklet of 36 new massage stories and was overwhelmed by the initial response from over 2,000 people in schools, family homes and community groups. A teacher then approached her about starting live Facebook, Instagram and You Tube sessions, and so Mary and her trusty teddy, Emmanuel, took to the screen on a regular basis, to share different follow-along massage stories. For many, and especially those with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, her live sessions provided a focus for the week, bringing them connection, fun and relaxation in an uncertain world. 

And many congratulations to our finalists for this award, Malminder Gill, Sal Hanvey, Andrea Lambell, Joy Shaw and Alexandra Skanderowicz. 

Please revisit our blog just after 3pm, when we’ll be announcing our 2020 Beauty Therapist of the Year!  

Good luck wishes to our 2020 FHT Excellence Award finalists…

From today, we are dedicating a full week to celebrating our 2020 FHT Excellence Awards online, with this year’s winners being announced on our social media channels from Tuesday through to Friday (@fht_org on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and @internationaltherapistmag on Instagram). To see a brief 2020 FHT Excellence Awards programme, please read this blog item.  

To get events underway, today we’d like to share with you a short video compilation from some of our 2019 FHT Excellence Award winners.

Tune in tomorrow morning at 10am, when we’ll start announcing our 2020 FHT Excellence Award winners, starting with the Complementary Therapist of the Year category. Good luck, everyone! 

Get Back To Business! (10 Top Tips To Get You Springing Back Into Business Action Post Lockdown) with Nikki Collinson-Phenix

FHT is delighted to support the Virtual Hair & Beauty Show, taking place from Saturday 7 November to Saturday 21 November. In addition to exhibiting at this virtual show, we are proud to support a webinar from Nikki Collinson-Phenix.

Nikki said, ‘Let’s be honest, it really has been a crazy year and everyone has been affected in some way, but now it’s time to start looking forward, getting your business mojo back and getting back to business.

‘In this training I share 10 important and valuable steps that you should be focusing on to ensure you are truly springing you and your business forward, ready to rock out an epic 2021, positively impact more people in the world and reap the financial rewards in the process. You’ve got this!’

Watch to Nikki’s seminar as part of the Virtual Hair and Beauty Show.

Nikki Collinson-Phenix, better known as The Therapists Coach is an inspiring chiropractor, therapist, business coach and speaker on a mission to help incredible health and wellness professionals around the world, launch, grow or nurture business that fulfill their passion to serve, make an impact in the world whilst authentically earning an income they deserve and running this alongside a life filled with dreams and aspirations.