FHT’s International Therapist magazine shortlisted for excellence award

The FHT is thrilled at today’s announcement that International Therapist has been shortlisted for the Best Association Magazine category of the Association Excellence Awards 2018.

The awards, organised by GCN Events, aim to ‘recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of UK trade bodies, professional membership organisations and associations [and] highlight excellence in how these operate and serve their members’.

Karen Young, FHT’s Editor and Communications Manager, said: ‘We’re all incredibly excited that International Therapist has been listed as a finalist in these prestigious awards. It’s a real testament to everyone involved in producing the magazine, not least our members, whose contributions and feedback helps us to shape International Therapist, ensuring it remains topical and one of the most highly respected publications for professional therapists.’

Fingers crossed for 12 October, when the winners will be announced! We’ll be sure to keep members informed.

FHT announces new President

New president Christopher Byrne

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Byrne was been elected as President by his peers on the FHT Governing Council. He takes over the role from Paul Battersby, who represented the interests of the FHT and its members for two consecutive years.

After a successful 20-year career as a chartered engineer, working for Rolls Royce and Bentley, followed by the Volkswagen Group, where he worked in customer care and then business management, Christopher embarked on a career in professional therapy. He initially trained in Swedish and sports massage, then went on to complete an MSc degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which was closely followed by gaining clinical experience at the Hepingli Hospital and Beijing Academy in China. Today, Christopher enjoys running a busy therapy practice and training school in Crewe, Cheshire.

‘It is a privilege to be elected as the sixth President of the FHT and a great honour to be representing our members during these exciting times,’ said Christopher. ‘The therapy world is ever-changing and the FHT continues to be at the forefront of these developments.

‘As a full-time therapist and therapy trainer myself, I understand what a difference our members are making to their clients’ lives – whether that’s helping them to manage a long-term condition or injury, or simply encouraging them to make small lifestyle changes that will help to improve their overall wellbeing and self-esteem. I also appreciate the need for further recognition for the work our members do, whatever their therapy specialism, and particularly in the field of health and social care. During my time as President, I will be working hard to promote the safe and excellent therapy services our members have to offer, which benefit not just the public, but also other professionals striving to meet the nation’s needs.

‘Finally, I would like to thank my predecessor, Paul, who steered the FHT for two years. With an experienced FHT Governing Council and staff at my side, I hope to continue much of the excellent work he initiated, while also looking for new ways to support our members as they support others.’

For more information about Christopher and the FHT Governing Council, please visit www.fht.org.uk/about-us

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.

James Earls TC

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.

 

FHT features in May issue of In the Moment magazine

In the Moment - MayThe FHT regularly contributes to national consumer publications to promote the FHT, its members and the therapies they practice.

This month, FHT Editor and Communications Manager, Karen Young, provides a full-page article on Indian head massage (IHM) for In the Moment magazine.

In the Moment is a monthly lifestyle magazine, covering wellbeing, creativity, good living and travel.

In its May issue (#12) Karen discusses the origins of IHM, what a treatment would typically involve, as well as five key benefits of the therapy.

Read the full article

 

International Therapist Issue 124 (Spring 2018)

The Spring issue of International Therapist is on its way to members…

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This issue includes:

  • Researching reflexology for pregnancy and labour, by Dr Julie McCullough, MFHT;
  • Bite-size business advice from FHT’s Governing Council;
  • Case studies on challenging skin, by Cristina Coelho, MFHT;
  • Treating leg length discrepancies with myofascial release, by Ruth Duncan;
  • Mindfulness and therapist health and wellbeing, by Seán Collins
  • A look at the benefits of entering industry awards and some top tips;
  • Results of the 2018 FHT member Survey;
  • The benefits of laughter for good health and wellbeing, by Lotte Mikkelsen;
  • An introduction to snapping hip syndrome and techniques to help, by Dawn Morse.

Plus an essential oil profile on German chamomile; the latest FHT local support group news; an insight into an Everest trek, by FHT Vice President Maria Mason; everything you need to know about the 2018 FHT Training Congress and Holistic Health Show; the latest research; medical A-Z; a day in the life of Ingvild Skodvin Prestegård, a holistic therapist and yoga teacher, and lots more…

Don’t miss the opportunity to win a Highland Wax range of massage oils, worth more than £78 and a £20 Amazon gift card and Zone Facelift – Face and Spirit Lifting Elixir (30ml), in FHT spiral no. 26.

Landing from Thursday 26 April. You can also login to read this issue (from Thursday 26 April) and past issues online at fht.org.uk/membersarea

COPA Series 2018

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COPA logoEurope’s leading event for rehab professionals will take place at the ExCeL on 9 and 10 May 2018, when more than 6,000 practice owners, practitioners and experts will converge on London to discover everything they need to improve their business.

With COPA having a reputation for partnering with some of the most innovative and influential businesses in the world of rehab, the addition of FHT to next year’s roster is another major step towards making COPA 2018 the biggest and best yet.

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FASCIA AND PAIN

What is fascia’s role in pain? Fascia is involved in force transmission, lubrication, and cellular communication. It protects, connects and separates of all other structures and therefore must play a role in dysfunction and pain. This lecture will discuss what happens when fascia becomes injured and how it compounds body dysfunction. Scar tissue and adhesions will also be discussed including their contribution to structural imbalances, physiological distress and ultimately pain.

Jonathan Hobbs: Speaking at COPA Practice Growth

ACUPUNCTURE FOR MYOFASCIAL PAIN

This seminar outlines the neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture and dry needling at peripheral, spinal and supraspinal levels. The session will introduce clinicians to the anatomical and physiological approach to western medical acupuncture and dry needling and their utilisation in the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. It discusses the clinically reasoned approach to the use of acupuncture and dry needling based on the relationship between the body’s mechanistic response to needling and pathophysiology.

As the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland, FHT will be one of 200 forward-thinking organisations exhibiting at stand 2230 across the five shows that make up the COPA Series – Chiro Expo, Physio Expo, Osteo Expo, Podiatry Expo, and the Prosthetics & Orthotics Expo.

What’s more, as a platform for rehab practice owners to build on their professional knowledge as well as discover the rehab equipment of tomorrow, COPA 2018 will house 90 CPD-accredited seminars by industry experts from across the globe.

And with visitors also having access to a whole host of educational workshops, interactive product demos, and unlimited networking opportunities with like-minded rehab professionals; practice owners will be spoilt for choice with ways to take their practice to the next level.

Click here for your free ticket to COPA 2018 – which will also get you into the neighbouring Elite Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Expo

Member News – April

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The April issue of FHT Member News is out today. Take a peek at what’s inside…

Member News features the latest therapy updates, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership.

In this month’s issue:

  • Acupuncture may be more effective than Ibuprofen for lumbar disk herniation
  • FHT’s Jane Long presents professional beauty award
  • Stroke association seeking volunteer therapists for London Marathon
  • And more!

Members, be sure to check your inbox this evening for your copy.

If you’re not a member and would like to receive our updates…

Find out more about joining the FHT – the largest professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. Visit fht.org.uk/join-us or call 023 8062 4350 today.