FHT Annual Training Congress attracts big crowds at Holistic Health

After a wonderful whirlwind of a weekend, it’s nice to look back at all the amazing people we met and moments we experienced.

Our thanks also to FHT Fellow Linda Jacobs, and FHT Members Nadeen Buchanan and Carol Brown, for providing much-appreciated taster treatments on the FHT stand. It was great to see so many members and visitors to our stand enjoy a little ‘me time’ at this busy event.

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Linda Jacobs, FFHT, giving a taster treatment.

And if you joined FHT on the Sunday or Monday – a warm welcome aboard! You’re all the proof we need that it’s people that make the difference in this business.

The show offered professional therapists the opportunity to learn, shop, network and relax, all under one roof.

Our Training Congress was nestled in among the Holistic Health show, which was held on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd 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 32 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 people away so make a note for next year to book early!

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Topics included cancer care, Emmett Technique, reiki for beginners, essential oils, reflexology, WaveStone, dry needling, crystal therapy, auricular diagnosis, aquamassage, Ayurvedic facelift massage, supporting individuals with autism, age and exercise, the Chrysalis Effect, building a successful salon, building a tribe on Facebook, and more.

We also offered exclusive deals on shop stock, with many browsing in between talks, and three dedicated therapists working our stand offering Indian head massage and reflexology.

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FHT Vice Presidents and Training Congress speakers Mary Dalgleish and Maria Mason.

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.

Similarly, if you’d like to suggest specific topics or speakers you’d like to see at future FHT training events, please complete our short survey at fht.org.uk/learning

What you had to say about FHT’s Training Congress speakers…

[About Nick Flanagan’s talk – Age and exercise]

‘Great session. Loved the dancing!’

[About Jackie Winters’ talk – Understanding crystal therapy]

‘Excellent, inspiring and interesting seminar – very uplifting.’

‘Good workshop to start the weekend with. Jackie is great!’

[About Adrian Jenkins’ talk – WaveStone cellulite reduction massage]

‘Amazing workshop and fantastic product. Further training now planned.’

[About Martin Thirwell’s talk – Working alongside reiki guides]

‘Very interesting. Good speaker. Incredible insight.’

[About Elaine Wilkins’ talk – The Chrysalis Effect]

‘Very interesting – there is hope for people with fibromyalgia. I will be passing information on, as a nurse and therapist.’

[About Alison Battisby’s talk – Growing your social media audience]

‘Awesome workshop.’

[About Carol Samuel’s talk – Reflexology for stress and anxiety]

‘I have been coming here for years. This is the most informative session I have ever been to – thank you.’

[About Cameron Reid’s talk – Manipulative therapy]

‘Enjoyed the session. Found the content engaging and helpful for my practice. Thank you.’

[About Rennie Gould’s workshop – Release your WOW]

‘Marvellous! Have booked workshop in Birmingham and looking forward to it.’

[About Penny Price’s workshop – Are essential oils anti-ageing?]

‘Excellent presentation. Lots learnt in a small amount of time. Very informative.’

Students stoked for success through new FHT initiative

The FHT Ambassador Programme is now in full swing, with our most recent talk coming from Vice President Maria Mason. She visited the City of Bristol College on 23 March and spoke to an enthusiastic group of Level  2 and 3 students about the benefits of membership in a reputable organisation such as the FHT.

But wait, what is the Ambassador Programme?

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It’s the FHT’s regional awareness campaign, which sees specially appointed, local FHT Ambassadors visiting colleges and speaking to students about regulating bodies, insurance, their futures in therapy and the valuable support offered by the FHT every step of the way.

‘I think as experienced therapists, we need to reach out and guide new therapists in the direction that is right for them,’ Maria said of the experience. ‘I’ve been with the FHT since I qualified, over 25 years, and I think it’s brilliant. When I worked on my own, I never felt alone, because I always had that point of reference, and I think it’s really important for students to realise that.’

As well as giving an engaging and informative presentation and talk, our experienced Ambassadors can also answer any questions students may have.

Maria said the students ‘had so many questions they wanted to ask me, and I was able to answer them, and show them it’s a wonderful thing to work in holistic therapies.’

Their tutor, Zofia Kogut, had nothing but praise for the programme, saying that Maria’s enthusiasm and professionalism touched her students on a different level. ‘They were all absolutely buzzing afterwards,’ Zofia reported.  ‘They have been given lots of food for thought on where their qualifications will take them whilst ensuring they have the backing of an amazing company like FHT.’

Ambassadors also can bring with them a wide range of collateral for tutors and students, including back copies of International Therapist, information postcards, application forms, and pens.

Learn more about this wonderful new programme, and request an FHT visit at www.fht.org.uk/ambassador

Last chance! 24 hours left to buy Training Congress tickets!

We’re counting down the days until our annual Training Congress, this year happily nestled in the Holistic Health UK show. There’s only 24 hours left before ticket sales close, so make sure you grab yours now!


Tickets for the 2017 FHT Training Congress are selling fast, with over 150 delegates already booked to attend a variety of seminars from 32 industry experts. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend.

Seminar topics include:

  • How to market yourself as a therapist
  • Dorn Method/Breuss Massage for Back and Joint Pain
  • Working with people living with and beyond cancer
  • Aquamassage
  • Age and exercise
  • Five golden rules to increase your revenue
  • Holistic therapies to support autism
  • Ayurvedic foot massage
  • A social media strategy for your business
  • Auricular diagnosis
  • WaveStone cellulite massage
  • Reiki energy and working alongside reiki guides
  • Aromatherapy and the skin
  • All about the Emmett Technique
  • Facial acupuncture
  • Reflexology for stress, anxiety and pain
  • Manipulative therapy
  • Examination and treatment for the sacroiliac joint

And much more…

To see the full range of seminars on offer click here.

We hope to see you there!

Protecting your child’s skin in the sun

With summer fast approaching, make sure you’re ready to protect your child’s skin against harmful UV rays. British Skin Foundation spokesperson and Consultant Dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto shares essential sun safety advice.

A photo by Ben White. unsplash.com/photos/4K2lIP0zc_k

Young skin & UV

Young skin is particularly vulnerable to the effects of ultraviolet radiation.  Babies below the age of 6 months have little melanin, or pigment, in their skin and their skin is also too sensitive for the use of sunscreens. It is therefore important that young babies are not left in direct sunlight.  After six months of age, sunscreen is safe to apply,” explains Dr Mahto.

What to look for in a sunscreen

Dr Mahto advises, “Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB light with a minimum of SPF 30. Remember to apply about 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 2 hours after swimming or excessive sweating.”

It’s important to use sunscreen in conjunction with other sun-protection measures. 

  • Seek shade between 11am-3pm when the sun is at its hottest and take walks before 10am and after 4pm
  • Dress your child in lightweight protective clothing covering the arms and legs
  • Protect their head, neck and ears with a wide brimmed hat
  • Protecting the delicate eye area with UV protection sunglasses
  • For babies, a pram with a canopy or cover will also add extra protection

What to do if your child suffers sunburn?

Dr Anjali Mahto explains, “If a child below 12 months of age has sunburn, you should seek medical attention immediately as there is a risk of becoming severely unwell.”

For children over 12 months, Dr Mahto recommends the following:

Act quickly and get out of the sun
Cover up the affected areas and keep your children in the shade until the sunburn has healed. Wear loose cotton clothing that allows the skin to “breathe” over the sunburnt areas.

Take over the counter pain relief regularly until the skin starts to settle.

Cool the skin
Apply a cool compress to the skin e.g. a towel dampened with cool water for 15 minutes, or give your child a cool bath or shower. Aim to keep the temperature just below luke-warm.  Make sure the shower has a gentle flow of water rather than being on full power.  If blisters are starting to develop, then a bath is preferable. Do not rub their skin with a towel, but gently pat it dry.

Moisturise
After a bath or shower, use an unperfumed cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Repeated applications of this are necessary to reduce the appearance of peeling and this may need to be continued for several weeks. Aloe vera or soy containing gels or lotions can be beneficial in soothing the skin. Aloe vera not only has a cooling effect on the skin but also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Be wary of using creams or lotions that contain petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine. These can either trap heat in the skin or cause local skin irritation.

Stay hydrated
Sunburn can encourage fluid loss through the skin.  Give your child plenty of water to prevent dehydration and help their body recover.

Leave blisters alone
Try to encourage your child not to pop blisters as this can lead to infection and scarring.  They will settle by themselves after a few days.

 

Remember sunburn can cause long-term damage to the skin and prevention should be key. For especially bad cases of sunburn always seek urgent medical advice.

 

For more information on skin cancer and top sun safety tips, please visit:

www.ittakesseven.org.uk/skin-cancer-facts

For more information on identifying signs of skin cancer in clients click here

The 2017 Excellence Awards are now open!

The FHT Excellence Awards were launched to showcase the enterprising and innovative work being carried out by practising complementary, beauty and sports therapists, as well as those setting the bar in education.


At the FHT, we know the most rewarding aspect of your therapy work is seeing the difference you make to others. Dedicating yourself to the health and well-being of others is a noble cause and we want to celebrate the difference you make – big or small.  Let us recognise and share your stories, and show the world at large what excellence looks like in daily practice.

Award Categories:
  • Complementary Therapist of the Year
  • Beauty Therapist of the Year
  • Sports Therapist of the Year
  • Student of the Year
  • Tutor of the Year
  • LSG Coordinator of the Year

Whatever type of therapy you specialise in, there’s an award for you! The winner of each category will receive a £250 personal cheque, award trophy and certificate. 

Find out more at www.fht.org.uk/awards 

2017 FHT Training Congress: tickets are selling fast!

There is just 5 weeks left to go before the FHT will be celebrating all things holistic at the Holistic Health UK show!

Tickets for the 2017 FHT Training Congress are selling fast, with over 100 delegates already booked to attend a variety of seminars from 32 industry experts. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend.

Seminar topics include: 

  • Holistic well-being in the beauty salon
  • Dorn Method/Breuss Massage for Back and Joint Pain
  • Working with people living with and beyond cancer
  • Salon etiquette
  • Age and exercise
  • Five golden rules to increase your revenue
  • Holistic therapies to support autism
  • Ayurvedic foot massage
  • A social media strategy for your business
  • Auricular diagnosis
  • WaveStone cellulite massage
  • Reiki energy and working alongside reiki guides
  • Aromatherapy and the skin
  • All about the Emmett Technique
  • Facial acupuncture
  • Reflexology for stress,anxiety and pain
  • Manipulative therapy
  • Examination and treatment for the sacroiliac joint

And much more…

To see the full range of seminars on offer click here.

The FHT will be at stand A32 introducing our membership to attendees and selling discounted FHT shop stock. FHT therapists will also be on hand, offering treatments to guests to showcase the benefits of complementary therapy.

 

FHT members demo treatments at the Natural Health Awards

The FHT were a partner sponsor of the Natural Health International Beauty Awards at the Excel London on the 3rd April, where three FHT massage therapists demonstrated the benefits of complementary therapy.

 

 

The Natural Health International Beauty Awards 2017 celebrate the very best natural beauty products, experts and retailers, and the FHT were proud to support these prestigious celebrations.

 

After the winners were announced, FHT therapists got stuck in offering a variety of relaxing massages to attendees. The taster treatments went down a treat with a consistent flow of volunteers, and we got to explain and show the holistic benefits treatments can make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raising awareness of our members and organisation, FHT therapists and staff gave their time to educate the readers and attendees of the awards about the benefits of holistic therapies.

Ben Wise Fowler:

FHT therapist and member Ben Wise-Fowler from North West London, is one of the therapist that took part at the event. He is qualified in aromatherapy, body massage, deep tissue massage, Indian head massage and facials. 

“I really enjoyed the general atmosphere of the event, and getting to spend time around like minded people who were really into the holistic lifestyle. My favourite response was from a lady who had battled cancer five times; the general gratitude from someone like that melts my heart and makes every moment spent in this job worth it.”

You can find Ben’s company, Bodyworks, Fitness & Massage Therapy here

Linda Cooke:

FHT therapist and member Linda Cooke offered her services during the event. She holds qualifications in stone therapy, body massage, hands free massage and natural face lift.

“I loved the feeling that we were all there to promote the profession in the best way possible, by providing our time free of charge, and to reassure people that not all massages have to take place undressed on a couch.”

You can find Linda’s company, Treaturight Face & Body here

Mario Sousa: 

FHT therapist and member Mario Sousa was the third therapist to volunteered his time at the event. He is qualified in shiatsu and body massage. 

“At the Natural Health International Beauty Awards, I was so impressed by the efforts of the awards winners and all the nominees who have spent the entire year perfecting their products and services. This, I believe pushes the standards in the health and beauty industry much higher.”

You can find Mario’s company, DeSousa Holistics here

We would like to say a big thank you to Ben, Linda and Mario for donating their time to promote the FHT to the wider health and beauty industry.

Find qualified and professional therapists like these at www.fht.org.uk/findatherapist