Celebrating organic beauty and wellbeing

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This week is Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Week (9 – 14 September). Organised by the Soil Association, this annual campaign aims to raise awareness of certified organic beauty and wellbeing products and the importance of certification and making sustainable choices. And it’s something we’re confident FHT members will be keen to support, with 58% indicating in our 2019 membership survey that they already buy organic products for personal and professional use.

In the Summer 2019 issue of International Therapist magazine, FHT spoke to Georgia Barnes (pictured), business development manager for health and beauty at the Soil Association. Here’s what she shared with our members…

Q. Tell us a bit about your background…
After completing a politics and international relations degree at Manchester University, I settled into corporate life and worked through several roles, from international account executive to product development and category management. My key focus has been on building and maintaining effective business relationships, to the benefit of both the brand and the buyer.

Following the arrival of my son, I found myself needing to align my work with my personal ethics, so in a moment of serendipity I searched the Soil Association’s roles and the vacancy was here. I manage a fabulous team, who work hard to support the organic and natural beauty and wellbeing market, and champion brands that make sustainable products.

Q. When and how did you develop an interest in health and beauty?
My mum is a strong advocate for complementary therapies, having trained as an aromatherapist, and I’ve been a keen advocate of the organic lifestyle my whole life. As a user of beauty and holistic health products, it’s an area that is continuously developing, and this is such an exciting time for the industry.

Q. What are the benefits of using organic products?
‘Organic’ means working with nature. It means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides (weed killers) or artificial fertilisers, and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment, which means more wildlife. Whatever you’re buying, when you choose organic food, drink, beauty or textiles, you choose products that promote a better world.

Q. Why is it important to use products that are certified by an organisation like the Soil Association?
We believe that our lotions and potions shouldn’t come at a cost to our health or the planet. What we put onto our body is just as important as what we put into it. This is where the Soil Association comes in. Certified organic cosmetics ensure that everything, from farm to finished product, is traceable. This includes the restriction of synthetic fertilisers, GM ingredients and harsh chemicals. Certified organic beauty also means no animal testing and the sourcing of ingredients sustainably. Look for an accredited logo such as the Soil Association or COSMOS (Cosmetic Organic Standard) to make sure that what you’re buying is a genuine organic product.

Q. Tell us about ‘greenwashing’…
The terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ beauty aren’t regulated in the same way as food and drink products. As brands don’t need to meet a minimum percentage of organic ingredients to claim that they are they are organic, they can use the term ‘organic’ even if only 1% of the ingredients actually are – otherwise known as ‘greenwashing’. The only way you can guarantee what you’re buying is truly organic is to go for certified products, so always look for the logo.

Q. What key change would you like to see in the industry?
It would be great to bring organic into the mainstream – organic products are such a simple swap as people begin to look for a more sustainable lifestyle. As people demand more from their products, I hope we will see a real shift towards sustainable production, manufacturing and usage. The challenges facing us can feel overwhelming but swapping your purchases for certified organic beauty and wellbeing products really does make such an impact throughout the whole supply chain.

Q. What do you do to relax and unwind?
I love to play in the garden with my toddler and spend time outdoors – preferably in the sun – riding my bike and enjoying the fresh air. Nature is a real healer and having access to it is such a gift. There is also nothing that can’t be fixed by a long, calm bath and some deep breathing mindfulness techniques.

Georgia Barnes is the business development manager for health and beauty at Soil Association Certification, a charity that certifies more than 70% of all organic products sold in the UK. For more information, see www.soilassociation.org

Join us for the FHT’s training event of the year!

Our most popular training event of the year returns this May, with an exciting new programme of talks to help you gain new skills and develop in your career as a therapist.

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The 2019 FHT Training Congress will take place on 19-20 May at the Holistic Health Show, Birmingham, and will feature a range of talks by industry experts on a variety of topics – from therapy-specific modalities to general business advice.

This year we will be hosting more seminars for you to attend than ever before, with 30 sessions to choose from across the two-day event. Here’s a snapshot of what we have scheduled…

  • Five key tips for working with those living with dementiaCPD point roundel copy.png
  • The role of complementary therapy within the NHS
  • Posture: does it matter and can it be corrected?
  • Reflexology and the functional reflex therapy framework
  • Producing a winning brand
  • And more…

What’s more, you’ll gain one CPD point for every session you attend, so if you attend 5 sessions on both days, you’ll gain a total of 10 CPD points – the minimum number required for FHT Members per membership year.

Day passes for the event are available for just £50 for FHT members (£65 for non-members), and allow you to attend a full day of 5 seminars with a saving of £10.

Tickets to individual seminars cost £12 for FHT members and £15 for non-members.

Learn more and book your tickets

Wellness Live special offer for FHT members

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This year the FHT is sponsoring The Wellness Seminars and Wellness Live at Olympia Beauty.

In celebration of this, FHT members are being offered 15% off all Wellness Seminars booked from now until the end of June, whether this is a single session booking for £15 or a day pass for £48.

To redeem the offer go to the booking page at www.olympiabeauty.co.uk/wellness and enter the code ‘WELLNESSFHT’ in the ‘coupon’ box.

About The Wellness Seminars

The Wellness Seminars are 10 one-hour long CPD accredited education sessions held at Olympia Beauty. Taking place in the London Room at the show, every seminar attendee will receive a CPD certificate at the end of each session, and the first 100 bookings per day will also receive a free goody bag! Topics of discussion include massage techniques, energy treatments, hormones, bullying in the workplace, wellness in your salon/spa, mental health, stress management, cancer care and communication skills for therapy.

About Olympia Beauty

Olympia Beauty is Autumn’s biggest beauty trade show for professionals, and is held at Olympia London on Sunday 30 September and Monday 1 October 2018. Boasting over 500 exhibiting brands every year and more than 18,000 visitors in 2017, 2018 has more to offer than ever before. As a visitor you’ll get to enjoy special show offers, the latest product launches and innovations, take in the future of beauty at the Salon Of The Future, and enjoy a wealth of talks and discussions on the Wellness and Olympia stages. Olympia Beauty also hosts The Salon & Spa Owners’ Club, Lounge and Restaurant for anyone who owns their own salon or spa and four incredible competitions including The National Massage Championship.

For more information click here

Inspiration, education and relaxation at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

Thank you to all members and speakers who joined us at the 2018 FHT Training Congress. You all made the event a huge success.

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Our Training Congress took place alongside the Holistic Health show, on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 May at the NEC in Birmingham. We packed the schedule with experts on a wide range of topics, from marketing to massage, with hundreds of delegates enjoying 23 talks by leading therapy and business experts across both days. We had lots of people snapping up the few remaining tickets on the day, and even had to turn some away.

Topics included social media marketing, stretching your clients, mindfulness, being with terminally ill clients, Ayurvedic kansa wand face massage, postural analysis, aromatherapy skincare, laughter yoga, crystals for stress and anxiety and lots more.

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We also had a stand within the main Holistic Health Show and were delighted to meet many existing and new FHT members.

Free goodie bags loaded with great materials and show offers were available at both the stand and Training Congress.

What you had to say about the 2018 FHT Training Congress…

We have received fantastic feedback from members at this year’s event. Read a few comments below:

  • ‘Great seminars today, with Ruth Duncan, John Gibbons, Seán Collins and Nic Wood.’
  • ‘Spent all day yesterday at the FHT Training Congress at the NEC in Birmingham attending talks about “advanced techniques to treat chronic pain” with Jing Massage, “Postural Analysis” with James Earls and “Stretching your clients” with Jane Johnson. Always interesting and great to get tips on new techniques.’
  • ‘Very good visit and talks.’
  • ‘It’s all been fantastic.’
  • ‘It’s the main time in the year where I really get to relax.’

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Help us to plan future education events…

If you attended the training congress and are yet to provide us feedback about the talks you attended, please email your comments to education@fht.org.uk writing ‘Training Congress’ in the subject box.

 

Low-cost CPD with expert speakers at FHT’s 2018 Training Congress – Get your tickets NOW!

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

The FHT is proud to be hosting the 2018 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health show in Birmingham. The two-day event will feature a range of expert speakers, educating you on various topics from therapy specific modalities to general business advice, all of which will gain you one point to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD). With 24 CPD sessions for you to choose from, don’t miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

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FHT Vice Presidents Mary Dalgleish and Maria Mason both gave two talks at the 2017 FHT Training Congress.

The FHT Training Congress is being held in three private seminar rooms, just outside of the Holistic Health Show hall in hospitality suites, 28, 29 and 30. You can find the training congress using this map. Also, come and see the FHT stand at D12 and D18 to chat to the team and enjoy discounts in your Members’ shop.

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

Sessions cost only £12 for members and £15 for non-members.

1cpdroundel1Here’s a snapshot of what’s on this year…
  • Ayurvedic foot massage
  • Effective use of crystals for stress and anxiety
  • Laughter yoga
  • Kinesiology taping for the athlete
  • Fascia – facts and fiction
  • Charge what you’re worth and get it
  • Mindfulness for therapists and their therapies
  • Getting the most out of social media

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

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Emma Holly, Highly Commended for 2017 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year, gets a hometown highlight

HERTFORDSHIRELIFE COVEREmma Holly, Highly Commended for 2017 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year, has been featured in Hertfordshire Life magazine for her work with charities.

The local publication highlights ScarWork, a unique therapy with only around 100 qualified practitioners in Britain.

Read the article here.

 

Fun and Flair at Olympia Beauty

We had an amazing time at Olympia Beauty this year, and want to thank everyone that came out to visit our stand, as well as welcome our new members that joined during the show!

There was so much to do and see at the show, including:

  • Salon & Spa Owners’ Club and Restaurant
  • The New Generation Beauty Influencer Awards 2017
  • Brush Wars Competition & Awards
  • The Lash Games Competition & Awards
  • Holistic Business Awards
  • Nailing Mental Health
  • The Nutrition & Wellbeing live stages
  • Nailympia London & Awards

It was also a great pleasure to sponsor the Nutrition & Wellbeing live stages, which featured a wide range of talks and demonstrations.

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Keep up-to-date with our upcoming events to find out what’s next!