Men’s Fitness heats up July with Accredited Register awareness campaign

Keep an eye out for the July issue of Men’s Fitness, where you can find Nick and Kevin‘s ‘My therapist helps me…’ campaign in the Trainer section.

Mens Fitness - July 2017

This promotes the hard work the FHT’s members do, and the benefits available to the public, to a wide audience of highly active, health-conscious readers. We always want to showcase the best, and what better way to do that than with the backing of a government-accountable accreditation?

You can also find posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – please share/re-tweet to help spread the word!

If you would like to join FHT or find out more about our Accredited Register, visit: fht.org.uk/join

Missed the last Pedal for Parkinson’s event? Two more around the bend

Calling all qualified 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?

  • Level 3 Sports Massage

Where and when is it?

  • Dates: 2 July and 6 August, 2017
  • Venues:
    • 2 July – Ripley Castle, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY
    • 6 August – Torbrex Farm Road, Stirling, FK8 2PA
  • 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 : Julia Selby, Events Project Manager – Cycling, Parkinson’s UK. T: 020 7963 9312 E: jselby@parkinsons.org.uk

 

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 Jenkinson’s 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!

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?

sunny road

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 hhearn@fht.org.uk

Accredited Register awareness campaign stretching to new audiences

In February, we introduced Nick and Kevin as part of our ‘My therapist helps me…’ campaign. We’re continuing to promote the benefits of the Accredited Register, with advertisements appearing in both Men’s Fitness and Healthy for Men.

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This promotes the hard work the FHT’s members do, and the benefits available to the public, to a wide audience of highly active, health-conscious readers. We always want to showcase the best, and what better way to do that than with the backing of a government-accountable accreditation?

You can also find posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – please share/re-tweet to help spread the word!

If you would like to join FHT or find out more about our Accredited Register, visit: fht.org.uk/join

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 www.fht.org.uk/awards 

Sports therapist Nicholas Flanagan reveals why he chose a career in care

Following the release of the FHT’s second ‘My therapist helps me…’ case study, we have caught up with sports therapist Nicholas Flanagan who revealed why he chose a career in care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why did you decide to train as a sports therapist?

‘I started my journey on a complementary health therapy course which introduced me to massage and many other types of therapy. When the course ended, I found myself wanting more – I had developed a thirst for learning. I went on to complete a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree and have recently embarked on a master’s degree in Physiotherapy at Teesside University.’

What do you enjoy most about your role?

‘I really enjoy working with people who have developed seemingly unwarranted aches and pains, whether that is due to poor posture as a result of working at a desk or from not having a correctly balanced gym programme. Being able to assess the root of these issues allows me to help people to understand the cause of their problems and therefore provide them with treatment or tools to help correct these. The best feeling is when people return to the practice with a feeling of self improvement and greater understanding of their body.’

What are the most common problems you help your clients address?

‘I see a lot of people dealing with low back pain, and back, neck and shoulder issues due to poor posture as well as a variety of sport related injuries. They all have one thing in common; regardless of how the problems occur, people want to improve their function and reduce pain.’

What has been your greatest achievement while working as a sports therapist?

‘I couldn’t define one moment but rather a general feeling. When you are in a position to help people improve their function, you gain an insight into how significantly these problems can affect people’s lives, and that can be tough – people can be really down and feel hopeless. However, with some encouragement and therapy, I often see people return to the practice with a positive attitude and feeling like they can make a difference in their lives. That gives me joy; it makes me proud to have been an influence in that transition.’

What did winning the 2016 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year award mean to you?

‘”Wow!” first of all, considering the competition of Adrian and Nicholas, I didn’t think I stood a chance against such strong calibre, high achieving therapists.

‘For me it was a real validation of the work that I do, not only in practice but also as a volunteer. To be recognised as somebody that makes a difference has always motivated me; it inspires me to keep learning and developing and to continue thinking outside the box. It has already afforded me so many new experiences, and this is only the beginning.’

Tell us about your part in the FHT’s ‘My therapist helps me…’ campaign.

‘I had an inordinate amount of fun taking part, especially being given the opportunity to go on this journey with my wonderful client, Kevin. Kevin is a real inspiration and such a go-getter; he is determined not to let life get in the way of his ambitions. Being able to help him manage his body was good enough for me, but to see him push forward and keep coaching the rugby team was the icing on the cake. I also have to mention the hard work that the FHT does to make the campaign flow seamlessly; it puts me at ease knowing that there are such competent and dedicated professionals working to best represent me and fellow therapy professionals.’

What inspired you to take part in the 2017 FHT Training Congress and what should guests expect from your seminar?

‘Truthfully, I jumped at this opportunity. In the past I have lectured to new learners but never to peers. I am always seeking a new challenge as I believe working outside your comfort zone is essential for both personal and professional growth.

‘This seminar on age and exercise is going to be a lot of fun and will get your heart beating. I have some relevant and informative research to highlight, and will be presenting a collection of recommendations for practice, received from very well recognised practitioners. There is also a nice surprise in store for you – I am all about experiential learning and so I ask you to bring an open mind, a positive attitude and comfortable footwear!’

What’s next for Nick?

‘I have just begun studying a master’s degree in Physiotherapy which will be my main focus over the next two years. I also work at The Westoe Practice in South Shields; we are a multidisciplinary center for health and well-being. I am part of an amazing team of people who are passionate about helping people improve their quality of life through various physical, psychological and spiritual modalities. I hope to offer the highest quality of service to those in need and continue to develop my craft by learning from my clients and peers.’

 

 

Nicholas Flanagan will be hosting the “Age and Exercise” seminar at 10:30 on Sunday 21 May at the 2017 FHT Training Congress.

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You can find out more about Nick and Kevin’s case study here