FHT Virtual Congress – Kate Mulliss and the six essential oil constituents

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we will be introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to Kate Mulliss, FHT Accredited Course Provider at Teach Therapy.

I qualified as an Aromatherapist with the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA) back in the early 1990s and have since worked in the field of complementary therapies.  Fast forward nearly 30 years and the practice and perception of aromatherapy has, I feel, certainly positively evolved.   

During that time I have seen an increased public awareness of the benefits of essential oils, the integration of aromatherapy into health care practice and elevation of its status as a respected health care modality.  Additionally advances have been made in our understanding of how essential oil components might exert their influence when we use them in massage and for inhalation purposes.   

Over the years there have been considerable additions to the number and variety of oils that are available for use as practitioners, for example a number of different types of eucalyptus oils, various chemotypes of particular oils, wonderful replacements for traditional oils that have been overexploited and pushed to the edge of extinction as well more readily available COextracted oils.   

For aromatherapists seeking out information on essential oil components or the potential of a new essential oil to the market there is much research information available along with evidence based practice resources. 

Today there is much more appreciation of the role of complementary therapies generally and an acknowledgement that concept of health so much more than just the absence of disease or illness.   

As responsible aromatherapists we therefore need to be aware of, and keep up to date with our knowledge of essential oils and developments in information on safe application and potential therapeutic use.  My seminar at the FHT Virtual Congress just touches on some of the information that is freely available and focuses in on some of the more established essential oil constituents illustrating some of their potential their promising uses.  

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

FHT Virtual Congress – common knee conditions in runners

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we will be introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to Cameron Reid, FHT Accredited Course Provider at Cameron Reid Training.

Tell us a bit about yourself… After graduating in Human Biology, I had a place to do an MSc in Sports Medicine in the USA. This was a theory MSc and I enjoy interested in working with people.  I applied for a scholarship to study Osteopathy in London, and qualified in 1986.

How did you find 2020? What business challenges were presented to you and what did you do to adapt to these changes? 
Very difficult, courses had to be cancelled and no patients! So I spent my time writing and producing an online course, and decorated my clinic. 

What interests you outside of work? My two hobbies are playing guitar and photography. I wanted to play live in 2020 but that couldn’t happen, maybe just as well ! I entered the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 (landscape section). I had a photo accepted, now waiting to see how well I do!  

What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with? 
The knee is subject to strains coming from above it eg hip and torso, and below it the foot. Its about developing our visual and examination skills to better understand  how knee injuries start, this helps you develop a better treatment and rehabilitation plan. 

What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?  Developing good practical is essential for a therapist. This lecture will focus on important aspects of knee assessment generally and in relation to knee pain in runners.   

What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?   
Be compassionate, if people see that you are genuinely helping them they will always come to see you.  

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

Mindful March – the latest Action for Happiness Calendar

Every month, Action for Happiness produces a calendar packed with daily actions we can take to increase our own happiness and that of others around us.

This March, the charity’s ‘Mindful March’ calendar focuses on helping us to live more fully in the present moment – rather than losing ourselves in regrets about the past or worries about the future.

When noticing how you speak to yourself on day 4, consider some of our suggestions below:

  • Mindfully look at yourself in the mirror and point out things you like about yourself.
  • Listen to the voice in your head and tell it to stop if you notice negativity creeping in.
  • Compliment other people! It may help to train your mind to look for the positives.

The calendar is free to download as a PDF or image file (JPEG) in 16 different languages. You can also download the actions straight to your calendar using a Google Calendar or iCalendar file.

Download the March 2021 Action for Happiness calendar

FHT Virtual Congress – Massage and microbes with Peter Mackereth, Ann Carter and Anne Ferguson

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we will be introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to Peter Mackereth, Ann Carter and Anne Ferguson, educational advisors and lecturers at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.

Peter Mackereth and Ann Carter

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

Peter M – I have been working in the NHS since I was 17. I worked as a nurse in intensive care for many years, then teaching and research in the University setting before going back into oncology as clinical lead for one of the largest complementary therapy teams in Europe. Recently I have been working in a hospice providing a range of therapies while continuing to teach, write articles and books and research.  

Anne Ferguson

Ann C –  My background is in education, I have been working in supportive and palliative care as a therapist, coordinator and teacher for over 25 years. Additionally, I created The HEARTS Process, which has led me to train other therapists and write the first textbook on HEARTS.

Anne F – Peter and I met at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London back in the 80s when I was working in A&E. My clinical and teaching experience is in wound healing and infection control, I have also trained in hypnotherapy and have taught at The Christie.  

How did you find 2020? What business challenges were presented to you and what did you do to adapt to these changes?

Peter M – I returned to nursing at the start of the first wave helping with COVID-19 screening, helping with admissions and transfers. Throughout the pandemic, I have been delivering guided imagery and relaxation zoom training, plus writing up research projects and online conference work. This week I am continuing to support the battle against COVID-19 by starting in a local vaccination team.

Ann C – Normally I would be travelling around the UK teaching HEARTS, I was planning to go to Japan to teach too – but that’s on hold. Since lockdown, Peter and I have been running Guided Imagery courses for therapists on Zoom. 

Anne F – I have been running courses face-to-face with health care staff around the country, but now have been taking my work online with the challenges of Zoom! Both of my daughters became pregnant during lockdown, one has just delivered and the other is due in June, I’m really looking forward to coming out of lockdown and holding both the babies.

What interests you outside of work? (How do you normally spend your spare time?)

Peter M – I have been a part-time potter for many years, creating and selling my work under my #ClayPrideUK banner. When we are not in lockdown, I can be found in a group potters studio. Since the third wave, I have been a student attending Zoom evening classes on art and pharaohs.

Ann C – I am a keen photographer, I play the piano and anything to do with plants and wildlife in the garden. I am also the proud owner  of a black Labrador called Barney and enjoy walking him!

What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?

We wrote about infection control and massage in International Therapist, Winter 2021 so are looking to bring this feature alive in our Virtual Congress seminar. We have created a video with questions and discussion by the three of us. We have included content about the ‘Chain of Infection’, infection control measures, who is at risk?… and have included three case studies to raise issues and best practice recommendations for therapists.    

We are keen to support practice being as safe as possible. Through our seminar, therapists can learn useful tips to protect others and themselves by interrupting the chain of infection.  

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

Don’t stop learning! Even better, start teaching and researching your practice – it’s a great way of being forever curious about your therapy, and sharing your skills and knowledge with others. Go forth and create your therapy legacy!

Read Microbes and Massage, first published in International Therapist (Winter 2021, Issue 135)

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

FHT Local Groups – join a community of therapists!

Do you ever have a burning question that you’d love to run by other therapists? Why not check out our FHT Local Groups (LGs), communities of therapists across the UK who come together to discuss current affairs, new therapies and sometimes just for a natter!

COVID-19 has meant that sadly, LGs have been unable to meet face-to-face since March. But it has led to many groups taking to Zoom instead and connecting digitally. In these strange times, we encourage our FHT members to find any active group (it doesn’t have to be local to you) to chat to other therapists and attend virtual meetings about a range of interesting topics.

The virtual meetings are a great place to earn CPD points and come together with other therapists for that much-needed sense of community and togetherness. You can hear from exciting speakers and share thoughts and ideas with your fellow therapist community. See below for all the up-coming virtual meetings taking place in date order.

See a list of upcoming virtual meetings here or search for your nearest LG here.

FHT Virtual Congress – Kinesiology five-element (5E) massage with Miranda Whelton

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we will be introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to Miranda Whelton, an FHT accredited course provider and founder of the Progressing Kinesiology Academy UK.

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

My parents had always taken a holistic view on health, I was very healthy as a child and we rarely visited our GP. As I grew up, I strayed away from complementary medicine slightly but things changed again after my third child was born.

I’d had mastitis following my pregnancy and was told it was ok to continue breast feeding. so my son got several doses of septrin, which should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. This broke down his immune system  tried all sorts of conventional methods to improve my symptoms but nothing seemed to work. My son became allergic to so many things which was a real struggle. It wasn’t until my mother re-introduced me to mainly reflexology and kinesiology that things changed, by then he was four years old. Kinesiology that made a huge difference to our lives and by 1996 I had trained in kinesiology, reflexology and reiki. I trained not to work with clients but for my families health, so I never expected to run my own clinic, but it naturally developed. I became really busy, and have run my complementary health practice in Colchester, Essex ever since.  

My teaching came about as one day coming out of a weekly meditation class held at our local adult education centre, I bumped into a man who turned out he was the principal of a college. He opened the door to me becoming a teacher and I have loved it ever since. By 2001 I had also developed my own brand of kinesiology and this had been recognised as formal training and in time my school was registered with the National Open College Network (NOCN).  In addition, I undertook my IQA & EQA Level 4 qualifications and worked as an External Quality Assurer visiting colleges, training establishments, schools, prisons, and adult education centre as part of this role. I loved this role and still verify as and when required.  Today I sit on three boards for complementary healthcare, where we work towards increasing the profile of holistic healthcare and improving training standards. 

What interests you outside of work?

I was part of a community choir until Christmas 2019 and absolutely loved it. When this pandemic is over, I may re-join but it was nice to have time off as we had been so busy up till then, that I actually needed a break.  I love reading and enjoy writing too. I also knit and always seem to be busy; I’ve always got things to do!

What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with? 

My favourite part of kinesiology is the Five Elements and their connection to us and our world.  They make sense of our body, our needs, our emotions, our lives. It will be great for those attendees who may not know much about them to get an insight into what they are, and we also hopefully will be sharing some self-help tips and a lovely massage technique. I hope to whet people’s appetite about a subject close to my heart.  

To learn more about Miranda Whelton, visit www.progressive-kinesiology.co.uk

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

FHT Virtual Congress – Sound therapy with Craig Eddington

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we will be introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to Craig Eddington, FHT accredited course provider and founder of the Sound Therapy Company.

‘I am a musician, so sound and music have always been a big part of my life. I have been ‘playing with sound’ in one way or another since I was a teenager; this started out as creating soundscapes with early analogue synthesisers, which continues to be one of my main hobbies today. I also enjoy travel, adventure, the great outdoors, hill walking and creating deep, meaningful connections with people in all areas of my life.  

‘As soon as I experienced my first gong bath, I knew that I had found the career for me. The sound bath experience was a revelation, being an ‘air element’ with a busy mind, the use of sound allowed me to quickly enter a peaceful and calm meditative state. I also found the gong to be both relaxing and energising, I came out of my first sound bath feeling totally rejuvenated. This is the great paradox of sound therapy, how it is able to calm and energise at the same time.  

‘I now use sound practices to share this experience with others. I love hosting group relaxation sessions and believe that coming together to share a sound experience can be an empowering, enriching and spiritual experience. I tailor each sound bath to the requirements of the group, using Himalayan singing bowls and crystal singing bowls if the group are looking for a more spiritual sound bath. I introduce the gong at various points in the session, to encourage relaxation and grounding while at the same time creating an energising atmosphere.

‘As well as relaxation sound baths, I work on a one-to-one basis with clients where we look to improve a blockage they may be experiencing in their lives. I use my coaching skills paired with reflection techniques to guide clients’ during this process. 

‘I am delighted to be able to share my experiences of working with sound in the FHT Virtual Congress. During the seminar, we will be exploring:  

  • the mechanics and science of sound 
  • the two main principles of how and why sound works 
  • where sound therapy fits in relation to other healing modalities 
  • how sound sessions can help you to tune in to your inner world and energetic self 
  • how to use sound therapy to raise your vibration or encourage inner calm 
  • practical exploration of these concepts using your voice and humming 

‘One of my greatest joys is to share what I have learned with others in the Foundation Certificate in Sound Therapy training course. What I love about sound therapy is that the techniques are so simple and accessible to us all, yet can be extremely powerful. In fact, they can be lifechanging. I know this because sound healing has done that for me.’

To learn more about Craig Eddington, visit thesoundtherapycompany.co.uk.

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day

Each year on the 17 February individuals, groups and workplaces from around the world are encouraged to give a small act of kindness. Sometimes the smallest act of kindness can be the most powerful. The aim is to spread joy far and wide, with no other goal than to make someone else happy.

As part of Random Acts of Kindness day, we asked FHT staff to send a small gesture to one another, all created for free or relatively cheap.

Coronavirus restrictions have meant that staff had to think outside the box a little more this year and send a virtual gesture, here are some of our favourites…

  • A natural montage
  • A thoughtfully put together Spotify playlist
  • A short ‘Which cat are you?’ quiz
  • An outdoor swimming journal
  • A PowerPoint presentation with a kind message at the end
  • A short video featuring hand painted stones
  • A series of cute baby animal photos
Image from YouTube (Cute baby animals Videos Compilation cutest moment of the animals – Soo Cute! #12)
  • A promise of a cup of coffee when staff are able to return to the office

Staff commented on the idea to say that it put a smile on their face and that it was a ‘lovely start to the week’.

Have you carried out a random act of kindness today? Let us know what on Facebook and Twitter @fht_org and on Instagram at @internationaltherapistmag

FHT Virtual Congress – Question Time with Jane Sheehan and her Gurus

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we will be introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to Jane Sheehan, accredited course provider and winner of our 2018 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year award. Jane is a leading foot reader, author and runs her own training service…

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am the UK’s leading foot reader, teaching internationally, and an Amazon Bestselling Author.  “Let’s Read Our Feet!” is now a staple on the reflexology school book list.  I feel that reflexology and foot reading chose me – if you had told me when I was at school that I was going to be a foot reader, I would have laughed you out of the room!  My life’s goal is to act as a catalyst for change, supporting my fellow therapists and clients in the process, in fact every book I have written has arisen from noticing students’ questions.  

How did you find 2020? What business challenges were presented to you and what did you do to adapt to these changes?  What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with? 

When we had the first lockdown in 2020, despite the fact we couldn’t do hands-on therapy, I knew I could carry out foot readings online via photographs and convey the information via Zoom.  However, my immediate thought was “Great! I can spend time on my projects”, I’d been wanting to put together a series of books about Reflexology for a while.  The field of Reflexology has changed dramatically since I first trained 22 years ago, and so I wanted to produce a book that reflected the different forms of reflexology while showing the breadth of expertise in our industry.  In my mind I envisaged one book about the different forms of reflexology, one on the theme of hormones and one on the theme of cancer.  Little did we know then, how long we would be unable to see clients or to travel or to teach in the classroom.   

I managed to get the first two books of the series completed and named the Series “The Gurus’ Guide to Reflexology”.  The first book has 17 gurus each writing a chapter about their form of reflexology and the second features 13 gurus who cover between them the subjects of puberty, fertility and infertility, pregnancy and menopause.  It was scary publishing the first book because I had no idea whether publishing during a pandemic was madness, or whether it was the right thing to do – but sometimes you just have to go with your gut.   

When FHT approached me to give a talk about Foot Reading, I decided that I would rather share my spot with some of my gurus.  To make it fair, I said that the first five gurus to reply to my email could join me.  I’m happy to announce that the gurus who will be joining me are: 

  • Jenni Tribe:  Pregnancy Reflexology 
  • Kerry Hales:  Coaching for Therapists 
  • Lynne Booth:  Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT) 
  • Sue Ricks:  Gentle Touch Reflexology and Baby Reflexology 
  • Teri Woods:  Nutrition for Menopause 

We are pre-recording our talk next week which will have a panel set up, with me and my fellow experts being asked questions by therapists about our areas of expertise. While it may be clear which panelist will be the best person to answer a given question, we hope that a cross-fertilisation of ideas will grow, with the different experts supporting each other with their knowledge to provide a unique learning experience for the audience.

What interests you outside of work? (How do you normally spend your spare time?) 

When not travelling the world teaching foot reading, or in my clinic seeing reflexology clients, I love to go dancing and have been known to go to modern jive freestyles and classes up to five times a week.  Going dancing is such fun, it keeps me fit, helps me to rebalance my thoughts and is extremely sociable.

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

The great thing about foot reading is that you can do it as a stand-alone treatment as well as using it together with your reflexology – it is the flexibility that has helped me through this pandemic. Having a multi-pronged approach to your business and with different income streams means that you can change focus quickly and adapt either to your clients’ needs or to your environment. 

What I love about the gurus’ knowledge is that they are all experts in a different type of reflexology or associated specialism – they understand their clients’ needs and have revolutionised the reflexology industry with their approaches. 

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

As therapists, you are limited to how many clients you can see a day, so I would recommend that you find a way to create a passive income alongside your therapy practice.  That way you can pick and choose your clients, pick when to work and how to work and if you fall sick, you have a back up income stream. 

Think outside the box and consider how their best practice could be translated into your specialism, often new pioneering ideas are born from bouncing off ideas in other sectors. Build your own group of mentors to help you with your brainstorming and above all, stay curious about everything. Curiosity is the highest state for change. 

Do you have a question for Jane and her gurus to answer in their video next week? Simply send them to education@fht.org.uk by 21st February!

To learn more about Jane Sheehan or to find the books mentioned here, go to footreading.com 

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here. *Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

Learn from leading experts in the comfort of your own home…

The FHT is delighted to announce that, for the first time, their annual training congress will be hosted virtually, allowing you to learn from leading experts in the therapy industry, wherever you are. 

The 2021 FHT Virtual Congress is a two-day event, taking place on 13-14 June, featuring  expert speakers, insightful seminars and show discounts to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Tickets start from just £25* for both days and will provide you access to more than 40 seminars to broaden your knowledge, gain valuable CPD and to take the next step in your therapy career.

The ‘access anytime’ format of the event allows you the flexibility to dip into the pre-recorded seminars at a time of the day that suits you. You will also have the opportunity to attend a live, interactive webinar on both days.

Topics covered include:
  • Relaxation, meditation and mindfulness for therapists
  • Growing your business online
  • Working in palliative and cancer care
  • Foundations in exercise rehabilitation
  • Laughter yoga (live webinar)
  • How to start your own product making business
  • An engineering perspective on post-traumatic stress
  • Myofascial release for all
  • Massage and microbes
  • Hypnotic language skills for therapists
  • Medical and scientific jargon explained (live webinar)

Seminars range from 30 minutes to an hour in length, with more being added to FHT’s website on a regular basis.

Learn more and book your ticket today at fht.org.uk/virtualcongress *Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45