FHT’s Green Therapy Business of the Year award is open for entry

The Green Therapy Practice of the Year award launched in 2020 and the FHT were pleased to have received an unprecedented number of nominations. Winners of the award Anne Bramley and Helen Saunders from Wellbeing at Whistlewood, were recognized for their focus on improving health and wellbeing by connecting people with nature.

Have you considered nominating yourself or someone you know for this award? Perhaps you have ditched single-use products in your salon or clinic, or developed a ‘green‘ product for professional therapists and their clients to enjoy?

From reducing, reusing and recycling to switching to green energy providers, sourcing eco-friendly therapy supplies to introducing air-purifying houseplants, we’d love to hear from you.

In these challenging times, it’s never been more important to showcase your work and show the many ways professional therapists can make a real difference.

The winner of each category will receive a certificate, trophy, logo for marketing materials and PR support to help spread the word in their local area, and nationally.

Submit your nomination for the FHT Green Therapy Business of the Year award today.

*Nominations close on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Young LGBTQ+ community are three times more likely to have an eating disorder

New research suggests that young people in the LGBTQ+ community, one in five people (20%) have experienced or are currently experiencing an eating disorder. This is compared to just 7% of people who consider themselves heterosexual.

The study by charity, Just Like Us, found that a quater of bisexual girls (24%) and young lesbians (23%) have had eating disorders, compared to 9% of heterosexual girls. The research found that 18% of gay boys and 13% of bisexual boys have had eating disorders, compared to 3% of heterosexual boys.

LGBT+ young people’s charity, Just Like Us, surveyed 2,934 secondary school pupils (including 1,140 LGBT+ young people) in Years 7-13 (ages 11 to 18) across 375 UK schools and colleges in December 2020 and January 2021.

Chief Executive of Just Like Us, Dominic Ardall, said, ‘It is devastating to discover that LGBT+ young people are three times more likely to have an eating disorder and this highlights how society’s lack of acceptance can impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

‘LGBT+ young people are disproportionately experiencing tension at home, feeling far less safe in school, and struggling with greater mental health challenges – we hope that this Mental Health Awareness Week, schools and parents will send a positive message of acceptance to any young people that being LGBT+ is something to be celebrated and that they can be themselves at home and at school.

‘LGBT+ young people who are struggling with mental health will find it far harder to reach out for the support they need if they don’t explicitly know it’s OK to be themselves – we’d really encourage schools to take part in School Diversity Week (21-25 June) as a first-step in showing that LGBT+ pupils are safe and welcome in their school so that they feel less isolated.’

Read the full study here.

Why it’s important to wear SPF, no matter your skin tone

May is skin cancer and melanoma awareness month. Over the month of May we are sharing a series of blogs will look at the topics of skin cancer, sun protection, spotting early signs of skin cancer and how to approach the conversation with clients.

Dija Ayodele, founder of the Black Skin Directory shares why it’s important to protect your skin from the sun, no matter your skin tone. Dija said, ‘Regardless of skin colour, we all have generally the same amount of melanocytes, however the key determinant when it comes to black skin is the amount of melanin that the melanocytes produce. Black skin produces more melanin than white skin and the melanocyte cells are significantly larger in black skin than they are in white. 

‘As an aesthetician we’re taught to educate everyone on how the sun damages the skin – UVA rays age the skin, deplete collagen leading to fine lines, wrinkles and increase in skin discolouration. UVB burns the skin leading to cell deformities and the development of skin cancers like Melanomas. 

‘However, the suncare market predominantly educates mainly the white public about UVB damage, which obviously I understand – skin cancers that can be attributed to avoidable sun damage are a waste of life. The UVA message largely goes uncommunicated unless you are talking to a skincare professional in relation to treatments and products and how you should protect your skin post treatment. 

‘Darker skin tones tend to get none of the above. Because darker skin tones are less likely (not completely) to develop skin cancer, the suncare market doesn’t engage with this demographic – not from a UVB or UVA perspective. Naturally, I think this should change and skin of colour deserves to be included in the sun care narrative, with the explanation that yes melanin gives protection, but it doesn’t mean you should be complacent and forgo sun protection completely, especially when there is still issues of skin bleaching around and the popularity of treatments such as chemical peels which make skin more sensitive and vulnerable. 

‘It can often be difficult for women of colour to find a sunscreen that works for them. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active protective ingredients, which leave a ghostly, undesirable cast on the skin. So if a woman of colour, wants to use a mineral sunscreen, they really have to search hard and put in the legwork into finding something suitable for them. Fortunately, brands are cottoning on to this and investing more in new formulations to improve their products to be more cosmetically elegant.’

In the next blog in this series, charity and accredited course provider Skcin, share tips for spotting early signs of skin cancer.

FHT shares self-soothing tips with Oh Magazine readers

FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, has recently shared a few simple but effective self-care techniques on Oh Magazine’s website, to help their readers manage stress, naturally.

As well as explaining how to work the adrenal reflex on the hand or foot to help calm the fight-or-flight response, Mary suggests a few essential oils that can be safely inhaled from a tissue and offers guidance on how to release tension stored in the jaw and temples.

At the end of the article, readers are encouraged to visit FHT’s blog for more tips on self-care or to visit FHT’s Directory if they’d prefer to visit a professional therapist. We will also be promoting our members with a full-page print advert in the July issue of Oh Magazine, so keep a look out for this in a month or two!

If you’re not familiar with Oh Magazine, this beautifully illustrated publication has a readership of 120,000 and offers a fresh perspective, covering new ways of looking inside ourselves and out. Oh offers mindfulness for everyday living, with mindful activities and adventures for readers who want to live ‘on purpose’.

Read our Simple Self-Soothing for Stress article on Oh Magazine’s website

FHT Virtual Congress – Relaxation, meditation and mindfulness for therapists with Christine Browne

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today we hear from Christine Browne from Tranquility Zone Training in Wiltshire who is sharing mindfulness techniques for therapists in her seminar in June.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve been involved in complementary therapies for over thirty years now and have worked in different environments including from home and mobile, as a spa therapist, on retreats and in care homes. I began teaching in 1998, completed my teacher training and taught VTCT courses at my local college. Seven years ago, I trained to teach meditation and mindfulness, which I’m also passionate about and love passing on to others.

What interests you outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my family, walking and yoga. I also enjoy making my own cosmetic balms, oils, and creams. I’ve recently enrolled on an organic skincare formulation diploma and am excited to see where this study leads me.

What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can attendees expect to come away with?

The seminar will introduce the topics of relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness and how they can be used by therapists within their work. I’ll explain a bit about the techniques and guide viewers through three short practices which are suitable for self-care as well as passing on to clients.

What is it about your seminar topic that appeals to you and why is it useful to therapists?

I’ve practised meditation for many years and find that the benefits weave throughout all areas of my life. Meditation can be useful for therapists in many ways. A regular personal practise can increase self-awareness and connection with clients, helping you to be fully present and bring fresh perspective to each treatment. Short and simple techniques can also be good to use before or after giving a treatment – especially for therapists who feel they pick up energies or emotions easily from others. When working with clients, techniques can be incorporated into treatments or aftercare to complement the effects of a therapy and help them reach deeper levels of relaxation.

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

The FHT Virtual Congress is sponsored by…

FHT Virtual Congress – Kate Beaven-Marks on hypnotic language skills for therapists

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today we hear from Kate Bevan-Marks and Rory Z Fulcher from hypnosiscourses.com and HypnoTC whose seminar is on the topic of hypnotic language skills for therapists.

Dr Kate Beaven-Marks and Rory Z Fulcher write, ‘As well as teaching hypnotherapy, we run our own respective hypnotherapy practices and believe the best hypnotherapy teachers are those with real-world experience helping clients. With over 40 years of experience, we are well-respected in hypnotherapy, yet come from very different backgrounds. I (Kate) came to hypnotherapy from an interest in the psychology of communication, and Rory came from an initial career in entertainment hypnosis. When we are not teaching and seeing clients, both of us enjoy writing books and presenting at hypnosis and hypnotherapy events and conferences around the world. 

‘Our Virtual Congress seminar will teach attendees how to use and develop hypnotic language skills. Is it just theory? Definitely not! When you join us, you will learn practical skills and strategies to persuade and positively influence your clients, whether online, or in-person. These hypnotic language skills can be easily used by any complementary therapist wishing to communicate more effectively. An added bonus is that these approaches can be used in many other aspects of your life to really enhance any aspect of your interpersonal communication. By learning to communicate hypnotically, it will help enhance every aspect of a client’s experience, so both you and your clients will benefit. 

‘Our one piece of advice for therapists, is to identify and build on your strengths and personal qualities by continuing to discover, learn and grow. Flexibility and growth is important for therapists. Last year (2020) reflected our own flexibility and adaptability, helping both our in-person and online students to thrive in challenging circumstances. We have since been delighted to help students from all around the world learn and develop their hypnotic skills.’  

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

The FHT Virtual Congress is sponsored by…

Melanoma and skin cancer awareness month

Charity and FHT accredited course provider, Skcin, work to raise awareness of the need for early detection of skin cancer and melanoma. Complementary therapists are well placed to spot early signs of skin cancer and sensitively advise clients to speak to their GP and so this month, Skcin are sharing a series of blogs to help raise awareness.

Across skin cancer and melanoma awareness month, these blogs will look at the topic of skin cancer as a whole, sun protection, spotting early signs of skin cancer and how to approach the conversation with clients.

About skin cancer

Since the early 1990s rates of non-melanoma skin cancer have risen by 166% in the UK with cases expected to reach almost 400,000 by 2025. The incidence of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) has risen faster than any other common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 36 males and 1 in 47 females will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime and alarmingly, it is one of the biggest killing cancers in the 15-34 age group.

Whilst skin cancer statistics are concerningly high, the good news is that around 90% of all cases are preventable . In addition it is the only cancer we can physically see developing in its early stages, so with education, we can reverse these statistics and save many lives.

What Causes Skin Cancer?

Around 90% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to UV radiation from the sun and/or sun beds. Sunburn, reddening, peeling and even tanning of the skin, is clear indication of sun damage. While many people associate a tan with looking healthy, a tan is actually a sign that our skin has been harmed by UV radiation and is trying to defend itself against further damage.

Sunburn has strong links to melanoma. When we burn, the superficial layers of the skin release chemicals that cause the blood vessels to expand and leak fluid, causing swelling, pain and redness. Without sun protection UV radiation starts to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, causing damage to the DNA in our skin cells. Damage from UV is cumulative and irreparable, therefore once the tan fades, the damage remains, which can result in serious consequences over time.

How are Skcin helping professionals detect skin cancer sooner?
Skcin have developed an online training course, MASCED Pro. This training programme was developed to help bridge the gap in skin cancer training amongst GPs, pharmacists, podiatrists and many other Allied Healthcare Professions.

Our next blog for #SkinCancerandMelenomaAwarenessMonth is contributed by Dija Ayodele, founder of the Black Skin Directory. Dija has written about whether skin cancer risk is determined by skin colour and how to safely protect your skin from the sun.

FHT Virtual Congress – Marie Duggan on supporting people in cancer care

In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today we hear from Marie Duggan from Butterfly Touch Therapies whose seminar is on the topic of supporting people in cancer care.

We recently recorded the first episode of the International Therapist podcast, Virtual Congress series, with Marie. Marie spoke about her background in palliative care, what she thinks the next steps are for fully integrating therapies in the NHS, the impact of COVID-19 on therapy training and practice, and much more! Listen to the full episode here.

Marie tells us a bit about what viewers can expect to come away with from her seminar…

I am so delighted to share an insight into working within cancer care in private practice and a healthcare system. We will discuss who we can treat, when and the many benefits we provide. Therapists will learn how to adapt treatments and we will finish off with a wonderful butterfly touch relaxation self-massage, which I hope therapists will join in on. Hand-outs will be available for future use with clients …. Or just for yourself!

What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?  

With so many people being diagnosed with a cancer in their lifetime, I have a mission to educate therapists so they can provide their gentle soothing touch and ease the path for many patients during this time.

What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

I would advise therapists to stay true to their passion, do not compromise on the quality of your treatments, the best way to promote your business is word of mouth. Invest in developing yourself, if you can access stillness then you will facilitate stillness for your clients. Be joyful, grateful and loving, we never stop learning. 

Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.

*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45

The FHT Virtual Congress is sponsored by…

New: International Therapist podcast

We are thrilled to share that we are launching our first ever podcast in the run up to the FHT Virtual Congress. In these conversations, we will be speaking to our Virtual Congress seminar hosts, delving into the reasons they first fell in love with therapies and their goals for the future.

We will be sharing new episodes every Monday from 10am, follow our Spotify channel to receive a notification each time a new episodes is released!

Virtual Congress series | Episode one

In the first episode of our Virtual Congress series, we speak to FHT accredited course provider, Marie Duggan from Butterfly Touch Therapies about supporting people living with cancer, what she thinks the next steps are for fully integrating therapies in the NHS, the impact of COVID-19 on therapy training and practice, and much more!

Listen on Spotify

JUST ADDED! In the second episode of our Virtual Congress series, we speak to Dr Peter Mackereth from The Christie Hospital in Manchester – find out more and listen here.

Have your say on women’s health and care

“For generations, women have lived with a health and care system that is mostly designed by men, for men. This has meant that not enough is known about conditions that only affect women, or about how conditions that affect both men and women impact women in different ways.” The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Thankfully, things are set to change, with the government developing England’s first Women’s Health Strategy, to ensure women’s voices are heard and to put them at the centre of their own care.

By responding to the government’s call for evidence, both therapists and clients not only get to share their personal experiences, they can also explain first-hand how complementary therapy can be used to support various health issues that affect women – from menstrual problems, pregnancy and menopause, to painful joints and muscles, and mental health issues.

With a section of the survey also dedicated to ‘Research, evidence and data’, it’s also an ideal opportunity to demand more research is carried out in CAM and women’s health, as this is an area sorely neglected by the government, despite the urgent need to take pressure off our health and social care system.

Get your voice heard

You and your clients can either take part in a short public survey or send in a written submission as part of the government’s consultation process (please note respondents must be over the age of 16 and live in England).

The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 30 May 2021.

Find out more, take part and share a link to the public survey with other women