In the reading room: Kelly De Souza, MFHT, discusses a series of projects she has set up within her local hospice to improve staff and patient wellbeing (First published in International Therapist, issue 128, Spring 2019) #worldwellbeingweek #wellbeingweek
Today is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year.
Speaking of summer in the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald says, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
What’s your favourite summer saying?
We’ve chosen our favourite aromatherapy quote, by Robert Tisserand, a leading figure in the industry.
What are your favourite quotes about aromatherapy?
Winning industry awards can lead to exciting new career opportunities. Last year Nefeli Tsiouti was presented with the 2018 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year award.
An international member of the FHT, Nefeli is a sports massage therapist with a background in dance and dance science. As such, the focus of her work and research has been to improve health and reduce injury in dancers, performing artists and other movers in general. From first-hand experience, Nefeli knows how prone this group is to injury and that some performers, such as breakers (or break dancers), are not invested in properly when it comes to injury prevention education. To address this, she collaborated with other dance and medical experts to conduct research and offer conditioning, strengthening and injury prevention workshops and lectures to dancers in several different countries.
Speaking about her award win Nefeli said, ‘I am honoured to have received the Sports Therapist of the Year award since it gives me international recognition for my work as a researcher and a therapist. FHT has been a very supportive organisation, and I know that this award will open many more doors for me and my career.’
2019 FHT Excellence Awards
We are still accepting entries for this year’s FHT Excellence Awards until 28 June 2019.
To find out more about nominating yourself or an inspirational colleague or team go to fht.org.uk/awards
We can often be our harshest critic. Thích Nhất Hạnh says, ‘To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.’ What’s your favourite quote?
FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, will be giving a presentation on aromatherapy at the 2019 Integrative Health Convention in London this October.
The convention aims to bring together members of the public and health professionals with an interest in complementary and integrated healthcare, to learn, share and connect.
As well as explaining the health benefits of aromatherapy and what a typical treatment involves, Mary’s talk will cover the history and origins of aromatherapy; different modes of application; the therapeutic properties of various essential oils; and issues regarding safe practice.
Delegates will also be signposted to the FHT’s Accredited Register when looking for a professional complementary therapist, both at the end of Mary’s presentation and in FHT goody bags being distributed across the two days.
To promote her involvement, Mary recently took part in an interview with Dr Toh Wong, co-organiser of the convention and a council member of the College of Medicine. Click the link below to learn more about Mary’s talk, why she trained to be a therapist, and how she feels complementary therapists can help to support both the general public and the current health and care system. A special promotional code is available at the end of the video, providing FHT members a 5% discount off their booking.
Watch a video of Mary being interviewed by Dr Toh Wong
A survey conducted by the FHT has found that body massage is the complementary therapy that is most popular with clients.
For our 2019 Member Survey, we asked members to rank their treatments in order of popularity, with 52% of respondents listing body massage as the most popular with clients. Last year’s most popular treatment, reflexology, claimed 2nd place with 51% while aromatherapy and healing/reiki were joint third with 30%.