Pedal for Parkinson’s needs your help!

Calling all qualified Body/Sports Massage FHT members. Parkinson’s UK is looking for Volunteer Massage Therapists to support their series of cycling events across the country this summer – can you help?

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There will be approximately 250 cyclists taking part to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. But it takes more than pedalling to keep the wheels turning!

What’s involved?

  • Providing post-race leg massage to cyclists to aid their recovery from the ride. Ideally approximately 20 minutes per cyclist.
  • Congratulating cyclists on their achievement and speaking to them about the ride, including any injuries they may have sustained.

What skills do you need?

  • Qualified massage therapist
  • Must be able to provide copy of qualifications
  • Provide current copy of public liability insurance (preferred but not essential)

Where and when is it?

  • Date: Sunday 4 June 2017
  • Venue: Stratford Racecourse, Stratford upon Avon
  • Schedule:  The event starts at 9am, with 3 distances; 19, 40 and 57 miles. Shifts will last for 5 hours – commencing at 10.30am and ending at 3.30-4pm.

They are committed to ensuring that no volunteer should find themselves out of pocket because of expenses incurred when carrying out activities on their behalf. As a volunteer, you can claim out of pocket expenses in line with Parkinson’s UK’s Volunteer Expenses Policy. They will also provide a sandwich lunch.

For more information and to take part please contact : Holly Hearn at

FHT members support the 2017 London Marathon

Following the great success of the 2017 London Marathon, FHT therapists offered their services to help tired runners on behalf of two leading charities, the MND Association and the Stroke Association.

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The 2017 London Marathon, which took place on 23 April, saw a record number of competitors take to the streets of London to raise money for a variety of charities. 

Participants were greeted at the finish line by FHT therapists offering free treatments to participants, to make sure the runners left the post-race reception venue in the best possible condition, after clocking up a massive 26.2 miles.

FHT members volunteered their time and skills on behalf of both the MND Association and the Stroke Association.Their generous donation helping to ease runners aches and pains in a professional and skillful manner, while upholding the standards of the FHT.

With over 160 runners raising money for the charity, it was the biggest year yet for the MND Association.

‘We were impressed by the hard work, care and professionalism of both the FHT therapists, Will McAllister and Neil Ferebee. They really did help to make a difference to each of our runners’ experience, for which we are so grateful. Roll on London Marathon 2018 – we would love to work with your therapists again.’

Also working at the event were FHT members Peggy, Martina, Aria and Wendy; representing the FHT and providing support for the Stroke Association. 

“We are hugely grateful to the FHT therapists who gave up their time and provided their expertise on Sunday to help us look after our team of 240 incredible and inspiring #TeamStroke Marathon runners. So far the runners have raised over £300k. They were so very grateful for the post-run treatments and we offer sincere thanks to the FHT for once again supporting the Stroke Association.”

The FHT are proud to represent therapists who are committed to the industry and who are willing to volunteer their own time to give back to the community. 


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 

Volunteer therapist needed to help homeless people this Christmas

National homelessness charity Crisis is calling on FHT members to provide complementary therapies for homeless people at its temporary centres this Christmas.

Crisis at Christmas 2015

Crisis at Christmas 2016 runs from 23 – 30 December, with centres set to open across London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Coventry and Edinburgh. As well as warmth, companionship and hot meals, guests will receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits.

The massage and natural healing services provided by volunteers are hugely valued by guests, giving them access to treatment they may otherwise miss out on during the rest of the year.

If you practice traditional massage, shiatsu, reflexology, Indian head massage or aromatherapy please sign up as a Massage Volunteer when applying. Massage Volunteers will work as part of a mobile service based at Link Rough Sleepers Centre, with transport provided to and from the other centres in London.

If you practice natural healing, reiki or cranio-sacral therapy, please sign up to be a Natural Healer Volunteer.

Crisis at Christmas centres are run by thousands of volunteers from all walks of life with registration now open at

Homelessness has increased markedly in recent years, with rough sleeping more than doubling since 2010, rising by 30% in the last year alone.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “Christmas can be an extremely isolating time for those without a home to call their own. Many of us can take for granted the companionship and shelter we enjoy at Christmas, yet one in four homeless people spends the festive period alone. This year, the number of rough sleepers in England has continued to rise at an alarming rate, and across the UK tens of thousands of people do not have a proper place to call home. Unfortunately, Crisis at Christmas is as important as ever this year.

“It is only through the generosity of thousands of volunteers that help make Crisis at Christmas happen for homeless people. Volunteers can not only bring some much-needed cheer to our guests but also encourage them to take up the life-changing opportunities on offer all year round at our centres across the country.”

FHT Members – we know that many of you have been kind enough to support Crisis in previous years. Please let the FHT know if you support Crisis this Christmas, as we’d welcome a short write-up for International Therapist.

Support MND Association at the London Marathon

Calling all qualified Body/Sports Massage FHT members. Last minute space on therapy team supporting MND Association at the London Marathon – can you help?

Calling all qualified Body/Sports Massage FHT members. Last minute space on therapy team supporting MND Association at the London Marathon – can you help?

Date: Sunday 24 April, 2016

Venue: Regus Building, 1 Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5BW


11.15am on-site briefing
12.00pm lunch
13.00-13.30pm (approx) first few runners could start coming through (there are some very speedy ones in the team)
14.00-16.00pm busiest times
16.00-17.30pm (approx) late runners and closing

Treatments: Ideally, approx 20 minutes per runner. Primarily leg massages.

Expenses: You will be reimbursed £50 for your travel expenses.

Events crew t-shirts: You will be provided with an MND Events Crew t-shirt to wear on the day.

For more information and to take part please contact Trudi Sadler, Events Manager, Motor Neurone Disease Association: T. 01604611834 E.

Hayley McQueen backs £1.5m fund to create new grassroots football teams for underrepresented groups

Football Foundation Ambassador and Sky Sports News anchor, Hayley McQueen, has announced that £1.5m of funding, designed specifically for grassroots clubs to start new teams and qualify more coaches to cater for under-represented groups, is set to open for applications.

Belper Leisure Centre

The Grow the Game scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs with the costs associated with creating new teams, which will give opportunities to those who have limited options to join a team.

Funded by the Premier League and The FA, Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity.

The fund will boost playing opportunities for three specific sections of society for whom the opportunities to play football have always been traditionally limited. These are:

  • women and girls;
  • disabled players;
  • and male teams of Under-14s-and-upwards.

Applications are only being accepted for teams within these target groups providing they meet the basic eligibility criteria.

£1,500 is available for each new team that a club creates with the grants, the amount is aimed at covering the costs incurred for league entry, referees’ fees, first aid kits, FA coaching courses, football strips and more.

The application window for Grow the Game applications will open on Monday 1 February 2016 and close on Thursday 10 March 2016. Clubs seeking more information on Grow the Game should contact their local County FA or visit

Funding for underrepresented groups2

Hayley is urging clubs to take advantage of this funding to create new football teams. She said: ‘The Grow the Game scheme is an excellent chance for grassroots clubs to expand and get coaches qualified. I think getting more people playing sport is very important so to give football teams the resources to do this is fantastic to see.

‘The Football Foundation’s partnership with the Premier League and The FA in delivering the Grow the Game scheme has had incredible results since it began in 2010, last year’s window alone saw nearly 2,000 new teams created.

‘The application window opens on Monday 1 February, and any clubs who believe they match the criteria to apply, should visit, or speak to their local County FA, to find out more information.’

As well as delivering Grow the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 14,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn.

Together at the table for healthy hearts and households

Research shows that there are many health benefits for families that regularly share meal times. Sadly however, this once traditional habit of eating together around the table appears to be falling out of favour.

Happy family having lunch together

Heart Research UK, in partnership with has launched a new campaign encouraging households to eat together at the table and put the family’s dinner time at the heart of the home in a bid for healthier hearts.

According to research, whether it’s every night or just a few times a week, eating Together at the Table is an excellent way to bring families together and promote healthier eating habits in a supportive and sociable setting.

6 reasons to eat Together at the Table:

Controls portions and waistlines

Turning off distractions like the TV, phones and tablets while eating at the table could help you to focus on what, how much and how quickly you eat. Mindful eating is a great way to tune in to your body’s natural fullness cues preventing you from over-eating and reducing the temptation to over-eat, which could help to control your waistline.

Control what’s on offer

Ditch the ‘TV dinner’ – ready meals and takeaways are often high in fat, salt and sugar which can have a negative effect on heart health. A more structured mealtime routine around the table could give you the incentive to make that extra effort to prepare delicious healthy meals from scratch.

Lead by example

Set a good example to children by sharing the same healthy meal together at the table, including a variety of different vegetables. Children copy the behaviours of those around them and evidence suggests that children who eat with their families are more likely to eat their vegetables. Remember, it can take up to ten tries for children to accept new foods, so keep exploring new and innovative ways to increase the veggie content of family meals.

Develop skills for life

Make mealtimes a family affair and give everyone a role from the food shopping and preparation, to stirring and laying the table, setting them up with positive skills for life. Working together will instil a sense of pride and make cooking and eating as a family enjoyable rather than a chore.

Nurture happy minds

Turn off distractions and let the conversations flow around the table as you enjoy meal times together. Sharing your day, worries and aspirations with those around you creates a supportive and nurturing environment boosting social skills, intellect, self-esteem and ability to manage stress.

Adopt healthier behaviours

Sharing mealtimes as a household will help to build a healthy relationship with food and could make teens less likely to fall into risky habits like smoking, alcohol and substance abuse or develop eating disorders. Use the household’s change towards healthier lifestyles to exploit other opportunities to embed change such as putting out jugs of water on the table, using smaller plates, experimenting with new flavours, textures and ways of cooking or simply enjoying the ambience of the shared experience.

For the sake of you and your family’s future health and well-being, make a pledge today to share more mealtimes together at the table– you’ve got so little to lose and so much to gain because happy minds lead to happy hearts.

Heart Research UK and have lots of ideas to help you make a healthy start for 2016 and make eating Together at the Table a habit for life. To read more about the campaign or to find out how you could make the change go to: