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

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.

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.

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:

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

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health awareness week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is taking place from 8 – 14 May and aims to highlight why good mental health is only being experienced by a minority of the UK’s population.

In a March 2017 study on Mental Health entitled Surviving or Thriving, the Mental Health Foundation found only 13% of respondents reported living with high levels of good mental health. Their study aimed to shed light on the lack of good mental health in society and reduce the stigma of the widespread problem that affects nearly two-thirds of people in the UK over their lifetime.

Other key statistics included:

  • More than 4/10 say they have experienced depression
  • 10% of children and young people have a mental health problem
  • People aged 55 and over experience better mental health than average
  • More than 1 in 4 reported having experienced panic attacks

You can read the Mental Health Foundations report here

FHT President talks boosting business in Holistic Therapist magazine


FHT’s President, Paul Battersby, wrote an article for Holistic Therapist magazine laying out a simple strategy for sizing up your business. He touches on five basic steps:

Get Social
Paul recommends combating the loneliness of mobile and self-employed therapy work with involvement in the local networking and therapy scene. Local support groups are a great way to do this!

Get Involved

‘[V]olunteering an hour or two of your time to support members of your local community can be very rewarding,’ writes Paul. The FHT maintains a listing of job opportunities which can help kick start your search.

Get Recognised

It’s vital to celebrate your skills and your industry, and awards are a perfect way to do that. Awards can help publicise your work, from small business awards to the FHT’s Excellence Awards.

Get Online

Social media is often the biggest hurdle for small business owners. But it can make all the difference in increasing your business. Your website can also be your hardest working employee.

Get Training

‘Many therapists treat CPD as a grudge activity, but each new skill you learn will help boost your business.’ Even better when you can combine it with a chance to socialise, as with the FHT’s annual training congress!

You can read the whole article here.