FHT award winner profile: Nicola Gee

Complementary therapist, Nicola Gee, MFHT, has won the title of 2017 FHT Local Support Group Coordinator of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

FHT Excellence Awards Nicky Gee with award and LSG attendees

Awarded annually, the FHT Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to practitioners working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

One of these awards is aimed specifically at FHT Local Support Group (LSG) coordinators, who volunteer to organise regular meetings in their area, for therapists and members of the public to network and learn about different therapies and other health-related topics.

Nicola Gee is a member of the FHT and coordinator of the Blackpool LSG – one of nearly 60 LSGs that form a network covering the whole of the UK and Ireland. She goes to great lengths to organise monthly meetings for her group members, covering a range of interesting topics –  from deaf awareness, to presentations on up and coming therapies – attracting attendees from Southport, Lytham St Ann’s, Blackburn, Chorley and Cleveleys, to name but a few.

She was nominated for the 2017 FHT Local Support Group Coordinator award by Audrey Dickson, MFHT, a complementary therapist who regularly attends the Blackpool LSG meetings. When putting Nicola forward, Audrey commented, ‘deciding to get involved and set up a group takes time and courage. It requires a character with a serious sense of community spirit. It’s only through dedicated individuals like Nicky that such groups are possible.’

As well as organising and running meetings for Blackpool LSG, Nicola is a crystal therapist and Reiki Master, who has recently established her own business, Blackpool Crystal Therapy, where she offers treatments and training. She also runs jewellery making workshops.

Speaking about her win, Nicola says: ‘I feel very honoured and my thanks to Audrey for nominating me. To think that only a year ago I applied to the FHT to become a coordinator and now our Blackpool group is attended by nearly 50 therapists from all over Lancashire. We have all become great friends – there to support and offer advice to each other, and have a laugh while learning. I have had a great year as an FHT coordinator and look forward to many more.’

FHT award winner profile: Lorraine Senior

Therapist and training provider, Lorraine Senior, has won the title of FHT Tutor of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards Lorraine Senior

Awarded annually, the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to practitioners and training providers working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Lorraine, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the education arena, has developed a special therapy framework, called Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT), which aims to support children and adults with autism, learning difficulties, special educational needs and disabilities, and communication issues.

Using a combination of reflexology and relaxation techniques, FRT is a positive touch therapy. It involves working specific reflex points of the feet and lower legs, or hands and forearms, to promote relaxation and enhance wellbeing and is supported, where appropriate, with the FRT tool kit of ‘objects of reference’ and specific methods of communication to meet an individual’s needs.

Alongside her own successful therapy practice, Lorraine travels throughout the UK to share her work with qualified reflexologists, so that a growing network of practitioners have the relevant tools to offer reflexology, using the FRT framework. FRT reflexologists may also offer workshops in their local area, to enable parents and family members to use the FRT relaxation routine in the comfort of their own home.

FRT is a very ‘portable’ therapy which can be carried out in a variety of contexts, with Lorraine tailoring her training to meet the needs and expectations of each environment. She has successfully introduced FRT into a few schools, to benefit both learners and staff, and even travelled to Zambia in July 2017 to introduce FRT into the classroom at St Mulumba Special School.

Speaking about her win, Lorraine says: ‘Receiving this FHT award is a real honour. Sharing the FRT framework through my training courses is giving me the opportunity to meet and work with many reflexologists. It’s a privilege to see how they might use FRT alongside their own experience and reflexology practice to support their local communities.’

FHT members and accredited course providers can read an article about Lorraine’s work with children who have autism in the latest issue of International Therapist (Winter 2018, issue 123)

Emma Holly, Highly Commended for 2017 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year, gets a hometown highlight

HERTFORDSHIRELIFE COVEREmma Holly, Highly Commended for 2017 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year, has been featured in Hertfordshire Life magazine for her work with charities.

The local publication highlights ScarWork, a unique therapy with only around 100 qualified practitioners in Britain.

Read the article here.

 

FHT award winner profile: Emma Holly

Emma Holly won the title of Highly Commended FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony, for helping people with scar tissue problems.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards Emma Holly Mary Dalgleish

The award was presented to Emma at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Emma first qualified in massage more than 23 years ago, but she received her Highly Commended Excellence Award in recognition of an innovative hands-on treatment she is now using to help clients affected by scar tissue problems.

Emma’s interest in this area was sparked when she attended a course in 2015, where she learned an advanced yet very gentle massage technique for scar tissue, called ScarWork. Since then, she has helped a wide range of people impacted by painful, tight or unsightly scar tissue, often on a voluntary basis, so that those most in need of her support can access treatment.

As well as helping women recovering from breast cancer surgery and caesarean sections, Emma has travelled to Bosnia through the Healing Hands Network charity, to provide treatments to war victims who have suffered amputations, sniper bullet wounds and blast injuries.

In addition to her hands-on treatments, Emma also regularly gives presentations and training on ScarWork massage to hospital staff and other health professionals, along with charities such as Mulberry Centre. She also offers self-help massage workshops to women experiencing tightness or pain following multiple or emergency caesarean sections.

Speaking about her win, Emma says: ‘Being recognised by the FHT with this prestigious award is thrilling and a wonderful way to celebrate my achievements over the past year. I have donated many hours to charity as a therapist, and also lecturing and teaching within the field of post-operative scar therapy, as I meet so many people desperate for help but unsure where to turn when they have been left with issues after surgery. Knowing this hard work has been recognised motivates me to set even bigger goals for 2018.

‘It speaks volumes that the FHT is such an embracing and forward-thinking organisation to acknowledge this specialised and emerging area of therapy, and I hope to inspire other therapists to explore the benefits of helping people in their journey to recovery.’

FHT award winner profile: Stacey Radcliffe

Stacey Radcliffe, won the title of 2017 FHT Student Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards Stacey Radcliffe

The award was presented to Stacey at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary therapy and integrated healthcare.

Stacey was nominated for the award by one of her tutors, Gemma Jones, while studying for a BSc (Hons) in Complementary Therapies in Healthcare at Glyndŵr University.

Stacey was selected as the winner of the FHT Student of the Year category in recognition of not just her academic performance, but also for her drive and commitment to complete her studies, despite facing exceptional personal setbacks throughout her degree course. Following a breast cancer diagnosis, Stacey underwent numerous gruelling treatments, including chemotherapy, a single then double mastectomy, and corrective surgery after a failed breast reconstruction. In addition, Stacey lost her mother, as well as a fourth child, just before she was born, who was diagnosed with a rare condition called Edward’s Disease.

As awards judge and FHT Vice President, Jonathan Hobbs, commented: ‘Anyone would be forgiven for stepping back from their studies but Stacey worked diligently towards her goal, not letting serious ill-health or tragedy prevent her from achieving what she set out to do. All this while maintaining a positive approach to her studies, engaging with all of the course activities, carrying  out voluntary treatments and also being a wife and devoted mother of three.’

Stacey now works as a self-employed complementary therapist and has been providing treatments at St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph, for over a year, offering support to people with active, progressive or advanced illness.

Speaking about her win, Stacey says: ‘I feel so honoured, proud and humbled to accept this award. I am truly overwhelmed and so grateful for the support, kindness and empathy that I have been shown, by my family, friends, tutors, peers and the FHT. This award is the perfect end to completing my degree and I am so excited to see where this takes me in my next chapter as a fully qualified complementary therapist’.

For more information about the FHT Excellence Awards and previous winners, click here

FHT Excellence Award Winner Emma Holly

2017 FHT Excellence Awards Emma Holly Mary Dalgleish

Healing Hands Network has featured one of our 2017 FHT Excellence Awards winners. Emma Holly, Highly Commended for Complementary Therapist of the Year, discusses her introduction to ScarWork, as well as what winning the award means to her.

Read their feature here. You can also catch Emma on Radio Verulam (92.6FM) soon. On 16 January at 11am she’ll be discussing her prestigious award from the FHT as well as her charity work supporting women after breast cancer surgery in St Albans. Learn more about the show she’ll be on, Verulam in the Morning, and listen in on their website.

It is our mission to make the public more aware of the FHT and its members. Our coverage also highlighted the importance of the FHT’s Accredited Register, independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority, and directs readers to search for an FHT member at fht.org.uk/findatherapist

FHT award winner profile: Anne-Marie Rose

Anne-Marie Rose, MFHT, was named Highly Commended FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards Anne-Marie Rose

The award was presented to Anne-Marie at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Anne-Marie set up her therapy business, Rose Holistic Treatments, in May 2015, where she specialises in massage and reflexology.  She was awarded Highly Commended Complementary Therapist of the Year in recognition of the excellent client service she provides to the Bath community.

As well as running a thriving private practice where she helps clients with a wide range of health needs, Anne-Marie also runs a reflexology service for the clients of VOICES, a charity that supports survivors of domestic abuse and violence. A representative from the charity commented on Anne-Marie’s award nomination: ‘We have received very positive feedback about Anne-Marie’s sensitive and professional approach, and her ability to help people feel that they are in a safe and confidential space. I can’t recommend her work highly enough and we hope to continue using her services, which we feel are a real benefit to people who have faced, and continue to face, very challenging situations with very few opportunities for self-care and relaxation.’

Her passion for helping others has also seen Anne-Marie treating elderly clients at a local residential home, and providing free therapy sessions to carers of people with mental health issues and terminal cancer. On top of this, she also finds time to offer business advice to other therapists in her area, to help them promote and build their own business.

Speaking about her win, Anne-Marie says: ‘I am delighted to win this award as it is recognition of all my hard work and efforts to build a successful therapy business that supports both the local community and charities.’

For more information about the FHT Excellence Awards and previous winners, click here

FHT award winner profile: Sheree Phelps

Former Team GB rifle shooter, Sheree Phelps, MFHT, won the title of Sports Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

Sheree Phelps - sports therapist of the year

The award was presented to Sheree at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Having retired from a 13-year career in rifle shooting, Sheree has only recently retrained and set up her business, Podium Therapies, based in Cardiff. That said, she is already making a huge impression on the clients she treats, who range from triathletes and rugby players, through to hospital surgeons and families impacted by rare health conditions.

As well as providing massage in the corporate world – treating employees of British Gas, Barclarycard and Sport Wales – Sheree also provides a voluntary service to the Welsh Rugby Union’s Elite Women’s Programme, covering major campaigns such as Six Nations and Rugby Europe. With her sporting background, she can fully empathise with clients dealing with an injury, as well as offer lots of advice on training and competing, in addition to their rehabilitation and therapeutic treatments.

The letters of support submitted with her FHT Excellence Awards nomination clearly showed that Sheree thoroughly researches any condition affecting her clients, is committed to developing her knowledge and skills, and that her friendly and positive outlook boosts morale and enhances treatment outcomes.

Speaking about her win, Sheree says: ‘This award means so much to me. Coming from a competitive sporting career, it has always been important for to me to build a professional and welcoming practice for my clients. Having the knowledge to clearly explain why and how I am going to treat them, in an empathetic and relaxing environment, so that they can unwind from their daily stresses has always been my ultimate goal.

‘My business logo, which I designed myself, is effectively three logos in one. It shows three people on a podium, three people running through a finishing line, and a lotus flower. The aim was to blend sports massage with the therapeutic and relaxing holistic therapies I also provide. I will continue to strive in all areas of my massage skills and learning, and look forward to welcoming and addressing the needs of many more clients in the future. I’d like to thank my friends, family, clients and FHT for their support.’

For more information about the FHT Excellence Awards and previous winners, click here

President’s Award Profile: Professor George Lewith

In memory of Professor George Lewith – for outstanding contribution to the integrated healthcare

Prof George Lewith1A qualified physician and Professor of Health Research, the late Professor George Lewith was the first doctor in England to receive specialist training in Complementary Medicine. Between 1980 and 2010, he set up and partnered the largest practice of integrated medicine in the UK, with NHS contracts in both Southampton and London. In an obituary published in British Medical Journal, it was commented that, ‘George gained much pleasure from seeing and treating patients and was passionate about treating them as a whole, with great emphasis on holistic care. Thousands of patients feel indebted to George for the compassionate, often life changing, treatment they received.’

Alongside being a practitioner of acupuncture, nutritional and herbal medicine and homeopathy techniques up until 2011, he was also a founder member and trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine in 1982. He also established the Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton in 1995, and founded the annual conference on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Strategies, Training, Research and New Developments – or CAMSTRAND, for short. He was a prominent researcher in the CAM field, and passionate about the importance of building the scientific evidence base for complementary medicine. Indeed, he had more than 350 peer review papers published, and raised more than £5 million in research funding – a huge accomplishment, by anyone’s standards.

 

FHT award winner profile: Cristina Coelho

Skin and facial specialist, Cristina Coelho, MFHT, won the title of Beauty Therapist of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

Cristina Coelho - beauty therapist of the year

The award was presented to Cristina at a prestigious FHT Excellence Awards Dinner held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, on 17 November. Organised by the FHT, the Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to high-calibre practitioners, students and tutors working in the fields of complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapy.

Cristina has been working in the beauty therapy industry for 12 years. For five of these, she has been running her own private clinic in London, called Cristina Coelho Bespoke Facials, where she specialises in CACI and Environ facials, creating tailored treatment plans for clients who have a wide range of skin challenges.

Cristina was awarded FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year for providing excellent customer service. She uses a non-invasive, holistic and person-centred approach when creating facials for her clients, taking into account the vital role vitamins play in helping to keep the skin healthy and vibrant.

Her award nomination was accompanied by more than 30 client testimonials, from male and female clients seeking treatments for ageing concerns, sun-pigmentation, hypersensitive skin and acne, amongst others. One client, whose face has a number of lesions caused by a condition called discoid lupus, commented ‘I feel Cristina is committed to helping me, which calms my fears and encourages me to be patient as my skin continues to heal’.

Speaking about her award, Cristina says: ‘I’m so pleased to have won FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year. My passion is to achieve outstanding results for my clients and make them look and feel their very best, so I’m truly grateful that this has been recognised. I carefully research and source the best technology and products available in order for my clients to attain and maintain excellent skin health, and my overall aim is for clients find my bespoke facials as effective as they are enjoyable.’

For more information about the FHT Excellence Awards and previous winners, click here