Complementing the NHS

Julie Crossman - web image black and white circle.pngIn the latest in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we speak to Julie Crossman about her background and forthcoming talk on how complementary therapists can support the NHS.

 

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I came into complementary therapy 19 years ago when my sister-in-law was diagnosed with a brain tumour and found great benefit from complementary therapies. I knew from the outset that I wanted to work in oncology.

Previously, I was the sales and marketing manager at Ulster Television. I left there after the birth of our first child and opened a couple of tableware/gift shops, importing goods from Italy. After the birth of two more children, I retrained as a complementary therapist. I ran my own practice for a number of years while also working at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough in the holistic centre, oncology ward, haematology ward and day unit. I joined Harrogate Hospital five years ago, where I am the Lead therapist. I have a full-time NHS contract.

 

Give us an insight in to your normal day to day schedule

I get up at 6.30am and am lucky enough to be able to walk to work. I start at 8am at Harrogate Hospital. Some days I do back-to-back treatments, other days I supervise students on our NHS certificate, giving them tutorials at the beginning and end of the day, following a full clinic in various settings within the hospital, which I supervise. Within the working week, I also teach and mark students’ work for our complementary therapy school: NHS Natural Health School. We offer a number of courses, including foundation diploma level three, short courses, and CPD. These happen at weekends/weekday evenings and some weekdays. I do a lot of fundraising to help sustain and expand the complementary therapy service here at Harrogate Hospital; this involves building relationships within the community as well as organising events, which takes up time in the evenings. I also organise the local FHT support group meetings every other month and I am an ambassador for the FHT which takes me out and about to other colleges. My working week is varied but always extremely busy.

 

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What interests you outside of work?

Outside work, I like walking in the dales, which my husband and I try to do on Sundays. We go to ballroom dancing lessons, (not that you would know if you saw us dance!) We have three adult children who we try to see as often as we can. Our daughters play hockey so we will go to support them when we are free. We also love cooking and entertaining, so make sure we get together with family and friends as often as we can.

 

What is your Training Congress seminar about?

We are talking about the role of the complementary therapist within the NHS and the ever-increasing need for help in supporting an ageing population, increased complex comorbidities, and preventative help, by encouraging patients and staff to do more to help their own health and wellbeing. We will discuss the need for evidence-based practice and the issues surrounding funding. I am hoping to bring other members of the team along, to encourage a wide range of questions.

 

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

The work we do at Harrogate is all evidence-based. These positive results along with daily patient contact, enables us to see first-hand, the benefits patients, carers and staff get from complementary therapies. With an overstretched NHS and a growing population of people requiring support, there is now a real need for well-trained and experienced therapists. We are now getting referrals from GPs, and other clinicians and with social prescribing now firmly on the agenda, this talk will hopefully be of benefit for anyone interested in working, not only within the NHS, but also out in the community and in private practice, who wish to work with more complex clients.

 

What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with? 

An idea of how complementary therapists can support the NHS, by working within the service as well as treating patients out in the community. We will share how we have used different therapies in a range of settings to meet patient need and talk a little about how our service developed to become an integrated sustainable service, identifying problems we faced and how we overcome them. We hope to provide a forum for questions and support for therapists wishing to work, either in a clinical environment or out in the community with more complex patients.

 

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Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

There are always many interesting seminars at the training congress. For obvious reasons of links to my own work, I would find the following talks of particular interest: Dr Toh Wong—Five main reasons why therapists don’t get referrals from GP’s and the medical profession and Dr Carol Samuel—Pain in cancer survivors.

 

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

Make your practice evidence-based, think hard about what training you need and where you can find that, and network within your community of local businesses, therapists and other organisations. Get into fundraising to help provide complementary therapies.

Please feel free to ask me questions on my blog.

 

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Music to our ears

John Levine webpage image black and white circle.pngIn the latest in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we speak to John Bram Levine about the therapeutic power of music.

 

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I have been creating original music and playing piano since I was six. I originally trained as an electronic engineer and then as a classical composer. I have studied psychology and the physiology of hearing. In the 1980s I first read about the discoveries of Dr Hans Berger: how the brain emits electrical waves, which rise and fall in intensity depending on our mood. These waves, whether in the brain or emitted into the air, are measured as frequency or cycles per second. Based on his work and my own expertise and after considerable experimentation, I established a pattern of sound that invites the brain to settle into an alpha state. This is a calmer state than the excitable peaks and troughs known as beta, which contribute to feelings of anxiety.

 

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I am never bored as there is always so much to think about. I love cooking and inventing new types of soup using my Vitamix. Although I am travelling constantly, I also enjoy staying at home enjoying family life.

 

What is your Training Congress seminar about?

It is about how music can become another form of medicine. Therapists can enhance their treatments (for both themselves and their clients) by influencing and harmonising brainwaves. The capacity of our brain is vast, and this subject is endlessly fascinating. In this seminar I will help people to join the dots between brainwaves, hormones, the immune system and how clients can gain more benefits from therapy or healing by using the right type of background music.

I will provide practical tips on how to quickly calm stressed, anxious or chatty clients by inducing a meditative-style state without instructions or narrative.

The correlation between the brain and the influence of music has long been studied. Recent researches prove that this link is strong, and its healing properties have now been recorded in a large number of health cases.

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

As the topic suggests, I will explain how to boost therapy by altering brainwaves using particular music compositions. In alpha we naturally have a better command of life, our health and our mood. We are able to think more clearly, consider responses and even make more creative decisions, with better long-term results.

Music offers the simplest path to the alpha state, without demanding that you sleep, or even leave your desk! From Gregorian chant to timeless lullabies, the effect is the same: as we listen, we feel better, more relaxed.

 

What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

They will learn about the five types of brainwaves, which brainwave states are important for healthy living and which brainwave states to avoid. I will provide case studies and illustrate innovative methods of creating more profound treatments and healing for both clients and therapists.

 

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

19 May: Dr Carol Samuel (Pain in cancer survivors), Julie Crossman (The role of the complementary therapist within the NHS) and Dr Toh Wong (Five main reasons why therapists don’t get referrals from the medical profession)

20 May: Lorraine Senior (reflexology and the Functional Reflex Therapy framework)

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

In order to help patients, it is essential to make sure you take care of your own health as well. Being tired and overworked will create more harm than good. All music and sounds affect yourself and your clients.

Please feel free to ask me questions on my blog.

It’s exciting as this will be the first conference we are talking and exhibiting at for some years!

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Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Building a practice that you love

Jill Woods web image black and white circleMy name is Jill Woods, and I’ve been asked to do a short introduction to myself and the session I am going to be doing for you at the FHT training congress in May. I’ve also been asked to give you my one bit of advice that I feel will help you grow your practice the most (you need to wait to the very end for that).

My background is in both healthcare (I’m a podiatrist) but also marketing and PR, but as I can feel some of you cringing at that, I want to ask you for a few minutes of your time to hopefully show you I’m not your stereotypical sharp suit wearing,  pushy sales orientated practice growth expert.

My outlook is that I want to help you to build a practice that you love, that serves you and that fills you with joy as much as possible. I want to help you build that practice in a way that feels authentic and ethical, without the need for pushy, cheesy marketing.

Press play and I’ll tell you a bit more about me and my approach to supporting healthcare practices like yours grow,  avoiding formulaic sales funnels and staying aligned with your personal values and ethics.

If you are curious and want to find out any more about me please feel free to come and connect with me on Instagram – Just search for Practice Momentum and you’ll find me, or hop over to my website at http://www.jillwoods.com for a rummage around.

If you have any questions at all in the lead up to the event, especially if you are struggling to decide which of the great sessions to attend, please ask away in the box at the bottom of the page and I will get back to you ASAP.

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Knowledge is great, but it’s of no use if you can’t put it into practice

Dr Apte - web picture black and white circleThis week we speak to Dr Deepa Apte, a medical doctor, Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher. Dr Apte will be speaking about diagnostic techniques in Ayurveda at the 2019 FHT Training Congress.

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I come from a family and background in India where Ayurveda has been followed as a tradition in the family. Be it the festivals or various ceremonies that take place at home for example weddings etc, they were all followed according to Ayurvedic principles. Therefore, I was introduced to this great science as a child. Growing up, I studied general medicine to become a medical doctor. After I completed my medical studies, I went back to studying Ayurveda as it was the one science that intrigued me the most because it’s not just a science or philosophy, it’s a way of life, aiming towards true health, balance and harmony.

Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

My typical working day is quite varied. I work both on weekdays and weekends and hence each week or day could be very different. As well as working as a doctor and therapist at my ayurvedic health spa in London, I am the director and founder of a company, Ayurveda Pura Ltd, that manufactures ayurvedic products, from herbal teas to massage oils and spa supplies. I also run an academy that trains ayurvedic practitioners and yoga teachers. Plus, I do a fair bit of travelling round the globe, giving lectures and seminars.

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What interests you outside of work?

I love creativity. Outside of my work, I spend time painting, drawing and any kind of handicraft or creative work. It’s not about just the relaxation part of the hobby, but also to make it useful for the people out there who need help the most. Hence, I sell my artwork and money raised is put towards charitable organisations so that the money can be put to good use.

I also love meeting people and networking. Especially those who inspire me to be able to do my kind of work in a better way.

What is your Training Congress seminar about?

Diagnostic techniques in Ayurveda to help support your practice. Ayurveda has various diagnostic techniques to understand what is happening in the body and mind. Join me to explore the most essential diagnostic techniques used in Ayurveda, like Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis, Ayurvedic facial diagnosis and how you can integrate them into your practice and clinic.

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

Diagnosis, especially precise diagnosis, is key to the success of any therapy or management. Without correct diagnosis and conclusion, one cannot apply the right tools of management. And this is the whole focus of this workshop. Correct diagnosis also gives the therapist complete confidence to apply their principle of practice precisely and hence the result is positive.

What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

They will understand various tools of diagnosis, become aware of them and how they are able to put it into practice. The aim of this workshop is also to point out that diagnosis is easy if the right techniques are applied. And most importantly, the therapists will be able to take away all the information and avenues of various ways of diagnosis and its practice.

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

I am quite interested in Dr Toh Wong’s seminar. I know him personally and his talks are always very inspiring.

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

In Ayurveda there is a saying, knowledge is great, eternal and bliss, but it’s of no use if you cannot put it into practice. Likewise, make sure that your therapies are practical, easy to follow and effective.

Communication is also key. In today’s world of digital marketing, it’s important to become abreast with the latest tools and to network and meet more likeminded people.

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Doctor in the house

Toh Wong.pngThis week we speak to Dr Toh Wong, a practising GP, acupuncturist, hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. Dr Wong will be speaking at the 2019 FHT Training Congress about how to get into GP practices.

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I am a medical doctor, graduating from the University of Leicester Medical School in 2001, and a GP since 2006. I work as a GP Principal and GP Trainer at the Westbank Practice, a semi-rural practice in Devon, near Exeter. Over the last 10 years, I have learned and practice acupuncture, NLP and hypnosis regularly both in my practice and privately.

In 2018, I organised the Integrative Health Convention, a showcase of different complementary and conventional therapists, attended by doctors and complementary therapists to begin connecting doctors and therapists with each other and appreciating the work that each does in their respective fields. This was done in association with the College of Medicine of which I now have the honour of being a council member.

I also run courses under Neurolinguistic Healthcare Ltd in advanced communication skills and therapeutic techniques for healthcare professionals.

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Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

I work full-time as a GP. As GPs, we see on average 40 patients a day. Fortunately, I tend to see only 30 patients a day in my lovely semi-rural practice but can have up to over 40 contacts a day. This includes morning and afternoon clinics and home visits in between. During this time, I see conditions varying from simple colds and sore throats (rare) to musculoskeletal conditions (20-30%), and have to deal with detecting cancers, test results, dealing with hospital letters, minor surgery, and palliative care, as well as long-term care including heart and lung conditions, and dementia. We also see many children. All, utilising a holistic approach to healthcare.

To have enough time, it is important to keep interests varied and attention focused by practices such as exercise and meditation which I do daily.

What interests you outside of work?

I love spending time with my nine-year-old son and enjoying nature in Devon. Learning takes up a lot of my time and I enjoy learning new skills and taking in different viewpoints immensely to improve care for my patients. Organising the Integrative Health Convention and our courses and managing the long hours at work takes up the rest of my time.

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What is your Training Congress seminar about?

From my varied interests in different forms of complementary therapy, I noticed some complementary therapists struggling to make ends meet despite their good intentions of helping people with their skills, and so I created a guide as to how to get noticed and more referrals from doctors, particularly from GPs who every patient in the UK is registered with. As GPs are often the first port of call for many patients, this would be an ideal place to start getting referrals from. I have tested this method and it has worked and been found to be useful.

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

From my contact with complementary therapists, I realised that their skills can be very beneficial to patients and that not knowing about the many therapies out there could mean doing a disservice to our patients. In fact, it is in the medical school curriculum to be aware of the different types of complementary therapies, yet knowledge of this is still lacking. Thus, my topic will introduce complementary therapists to how to get in the GP door, give something useful to them, educate them, and in return possibly get referrals or recommendations from GPs in the hope that all of us can work together for the good of the patient.

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What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

I have a step by step approach on how to get into GP practices and what they want to hear to make the most use of this unique opportunity. This will save them time effort, and money to avoid useless marketing materials and really do something that works.

They can also ask questions to a full-time practising GP with a unique insight into both worlds – that of complementary therapy and conventional medicine.

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

I like Dr Deepa Apte’s Ayurveda talks as she is a wonderful speaker and teacher who spoke at the 2018 Integrative Health Convention. Also, I think meditation is extremely useful and evidence-based for today’s busy world. I do prefer a type of concentrative meditation rather than guided but all of it is a start to greater awareness of the power of these techniques. I also think trigger points are an important concept in manual therapies and I am glad this is being covered. Overall, it seems a varied programme that would be useful to all attendees.

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

Have an open mind and good relationships with the GP or Medical Team around you – all of us are working towards the same thing, the wellbeing of the patient in front of us  (although it might not always seem that way to both parties).

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Cultivating passions

Dawn - webpage image black and white circleIn the fifth in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we talked with Dawn Morse about sport, training and the benefits of dry cupping.

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

After working for several years in administration for Electronic Data Systems, I realised that my passion lied within sport, fitness and health, as during this time I was a long-distance runner and a keen gym goer. After much consideration I took the opportunity to study as a mature student for a degree in sports and exercise sciences.

During this time, I completed several industry short courses alongside my degree, which included personal training and sports massage therapy. Studying additional short courses while completing my degree enabled me to setup a personal training and sports massage therapy clinic upon graduation.

I was self-employed for around seven years, running my personal training and sports massage clinic, along with several group exercise and yoga classes, when an opportunity to move into teaching was provided.

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Initially, I continued to run my business while working part time for both Swindon College and the City of Bath college. I was then offered the opportunity to teach and become the programme leader on the University of Bath Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy.

I learned a tremendous amount while teaching on the sports therapy degree programmes, and it was fantastic to be able to help so many students through their study and to see them passionate about starting their new careers.

Unfortunately, both government cuts and University reorganisation had a detrimental effect on our department. I took this as positive opportunity for change and founded Core Elements, which provides sports massage and sports therapy-based qualifications and short courses that are accredited by the FHT.

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Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

There are several different branches to Core Elements, so every day is different and provides variety, which is great.

For instance, a typical Tuesday will start with delivering our morning Hot Yoga class in Malmesbury. I’ll pop home and shower, reply to a few emails and will then spend the afternoon treating clients in my home-based sports massage therapy clinic.

I will then pop back into Malmesbury to pick my children up from afterschool activities. After which, I’ll spend a few hours in my office working on admin for our courses, classes or upcoming workshops.

Fridays, however, are a contrast as we often have training courses running on this day of the week or over the weekend.

A typical Friday will start, after a morning coffee, by checking that my kids have everything they need for school. I’ll then travel to the Jury’s Inn Hotel, to ensure everything is set and ready for the upcoming course. After that, I’ll re-read through the power-point slides and presentation materials for the day’s course and will check that all handouts are ready for the group. I’ll then meet the group and start the day’s training course. Lunch break is usually spent by having a quick walk to get fresh air and then checking and replying to emails.

As I love teaching, delivering courses and meeting new people, the training days always fly by and before I know it the course is over. If this is a one-day course, I will then dismantle the room and take all equipment home with me, ready to be stored for our next course.

What interests you outside of work?

I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my family, especially after a busy day.

I also enjoy taking time out for exercise, which depending on the day may be the gym, running, road cycling or yoga.

Plus, I love reading and like to stay up to date with industry reading and, of course, a good crime novel or thriller.

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What is your Training Congress seminar about?

My seminar for the Training Congress focuses on dry cupping therapy and includes both theory and practical demonstration. Discussion will specifically focus on the western application of dry cupping and integration within sports massage therapy.

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

Dry cupping is a fantastic modality to add to a therapist’s skillset as it’s such as versatile tool to use. For instance, it can be used with static application or with a variety of movement patterns. It’s also great for time efficiency and for taking the pressure off a therapist’s hands.

What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

Attendees should come away with an understanding of the benefits of dry cupping therapy from a western perspective and how it can be integrated within their current role as a therapist, to help increase effectiveness of their treatment, time efficiency and reduce pressure on their hands.

The seminar will also discuss how this medium can be used as a standalone treatment and within combination therapy.

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

There are many really interesting seminars on offer during the two days. A few that I would be keen to attend are Emma Holly’s seminar on scar tissue on day one; Jane Johnson’s on posture on day two; and Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari’s on myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

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

To be you and focus on your own strengths and personal interests. Avoid copying others and focus on what interests you within the therapy world, as this will help you to cultivate your own passion and enable you to stand out.

Take the time to network with other therapists and, if possible, work with a mentor during the early years.

Finally, attend seminars such as those at the FHT Training congress, when possible, as they are fantastic for picking up tips, developing ideas and meeting likeminded people.

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Meditation and meaning

Anna Louise webpage image black and white circleIn the fourth in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we talked with Anna-Louise Haigh about meaning, millionaire Mondays and meditation.

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I am Yorkshire lass, however grew up in rural Ontario, Canada where life was very nature-based and sports oriented. The sense of freedom and joy that it gave taught me what makes my heart sing!

From as early as I can remember, I have been able to sense others’ feelings, ‘known stuff’, and have always trusted the direct guidance I received through my intuition. I thought everyone did the same as me! However, as I got older, it became clear that was not the case. Alongside this, I had a natural desire to help and heal others.

Back in the 1980s, in rural Canada, the career choices were teacher, nurse or secretary. I chose to follow nursing because it was the nearest to my calling, to help others heal. Although I passed all the college exams, I knew in my heart that this path was not the way for me, so I changed direction and studied recreation leadership instead. I had always loved massage and when I heard about reflexology during a random conversation in college, something inside me lit up!

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I returned to the UK for a three-month holiday when I was 23, and immediately felt as though I had come home, so here I am still!

After two years selling advertising space for a top regional newspaper, I knew I wanted to become a therapist. Without any training to build upon, I quit my promising career. Helping others, making sense of life’s challenges, and trusting my soul’s compass led me to become a reflexology and aromatherapy practitioner in 1988. I trusted my heart and followed my calling.

Soon after gaining some experience, I was asked to run an evening class and from there I discovered my love of teaching and watching others grow. Through the enrichment of working with clients, along with exploring my own awakening journey, my role naturally expanded to embrace becoming a therapy teacher, principal and lecturer, both in the UK and internationally. My days of feeling like a misfit ended when I embraced journey into personal and spiritual authenticity. I invested heavily in my growth by only training with the best teachers in the world and have travelled the globe to do so.

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Naturally, everything that made me who I was from childhood to adulthood started to make sense. Along the way, I could see the challenges and conflicts my ‘yet to awaken’ clients were experiencing. Once again, my role blossomed to include mentoring, writing, workshops and courses to nurture self-discovery, spiritual connection and confidence building, through self-knowing and soul whispering.

 

Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

Until recently, my days were a mixture of early morning admin and marketing, a full diary of clients and then some form of live or online teaching in the evenings! With the exception of my meditation time, the reality of loving what I do meant it was hard to find time to simply kick-back and chill!

In December 2018, I retired from therapy life so I can focus on nurturing my monthly meditation online group called The Meditation Imaginarium, along with offering my signature online courses which are accredited by the FHT, masterclasses and destination retreats.

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Now my day starts with a longer session of Morning Stillness, followed by writing, creating and development time, a long walk on a sunny day, followed by connecting with the wonderful women who have joined my offerings. Providing support, insight and nurturing is very important to me.

I pour my heart and soul into everything I offer. I am loving what each day brings and witnessing the transformations that happen all around me. To finish each day, I send out my gratitude and look forward to starting another day in-service to my path.

 

What interests you outside of work?

For 20 years I have loved having Monday off! I call it my ‘millionaire’s Monday’ because usually there is no one else around and it feels like everywhere I go is my playground! You will find my partner and I in the Yorkshire Dales, walking by a river (often recording a guided meditation or insight piece) or checking out some yummy food in a traditional pub! I am fortunate to have a woodland on my doorstep, so I get to spontaneously go for walks. In the evenings, as I do a bit of stargazing, I am often blessed to hear the owls hooting to each other!

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What is your Training Congress seminar about?

I am absolutely delighted to be presenting my signature Guided Meditation seminar at the Training Congress. Guided Meditation can be used by any therapist who wishes to develop themselves and benefit their clients through lasting transformations. Today’s clients are wanting more from their therapists as they seek ways to de-stress and gain understanding and fulfilment in their life.

My aim is that everyone who attends personally experiences the power and potential of professionally crafted journeys of the imagination. I hope everyone takes away a new awareness that they can personally benefit from and that they can appreciate the role Guided Meditation could have as they grow their career by helping their clients more deeply.

 

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

I have personally used meditation, in various forms, since early adolescence when I used to take myself for moonlit walks to clear my mind. It was during these times, when I discovered and learned to trust the wisdom I received through being centered and open to receive. I love the connection, clarity and direction that naturally is available when the mind is still and receptive.

In 1998 I followed my intuition and became a meditation teacher. Since then I have incorporated guided meditation into my client sessions, workshops and retreats.

I know how powerful this approach to wholeness, fulfilment and joy can be, both personally and professionally. Clients love to be guided to discover their own answers, potential, release limiting beliefs and receive insights when facing a difficult challenge, or are wanting to evolve into the life they were meant to live.

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What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

Guided meditation has the potential to add an invaluable dimension to a therapist’s offerings because it is very powerful, adaptable, and hugely effective when delivered skillfully.

I have always believed that a good therapist must have an affinity with their craft and have experienced it for themselves. By attending the guided meditation seminar, participants will receive a personal experience of the power of a deeply relaxing visual journey that has the potential to inform and inspire new perspectives.

For anyone considering expanding their skills, whether to include guided meditation or not, attending the seminar will bring clarity, direction and the confidence to follow their calling.

 

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

I am sure that the session by Nic Wood on how the mind works with the Hudson Mind Theory will be fascinating. From an integrative perspective, the seminar from Julie Crossman looking at the role of Complementary Therapies within the NHS could be invaluable for therapists wanting to offer their skills and experience in that domain.

 

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

Be authentic! Stay true to what makes your heart sing and lights you up inside. This may mean taking a different path to others, however, by being a pioneer you are following your calling and creating a legacy that has meaning, validity and longevity through the clients and possible future students who see your light and find their way to you.

 

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Opportunities present in an unlikely fashion

Candice Gardner webpage image black and white circle.jpgThis week we caught up with Dermalogica’s Candice Gardner, who will be speaking about chemical peels at the 2019 FHT Training Congress. We talk about skin science, music and education.

 

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I was born and raised in South Africa, but from a young age I was fascinated by different cultures and wanted to travel and experience the world. I wanted to be a pharmacist but unfortunately university was not an option financially, so I looked to train in an area that had lots of science focus. I am crazy about skin and cosmetic science and working for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica for over 20 years has afforded me the chance to indulge my passions daily. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to travel all around the world teaching and deliver presentations on all things skin, while meeting some incredibly inspiring people along the way.

 

Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

I am up early, around 5.45am, to get organized for the day and am in the office by 8.15am. My current role as Education Manager – Content focuses on content and curriculum development. So, my days are filled with a range of meetings and briefings, along with writing and reviewing educational pieces.

I analyse workshop content and marketing copy to ensure technical and scientific accuracy. I also work on the Dermalogica Global Curriculum Task Force, which means I get to test new products and protocols for efficacy and results before we release them. We see over 25,000 skin therapists on our training every year in the UK and Ireland, and our focus every day is to bring outstanding education to skin therapists to ensure their success.

I leave the office at 4pm. My two children keep me on my toes with their busy schedules and between them we are off to one or other sports club or music lesson each day.

 

What interests you outside of work?

A lot of my time outside of work is taken up with my children and their activities. I am passionate about children having broad and enriching life experiences, so I volunteer with our local music charity’s parent’s association which supports fundraising for music education. Several Saturday mornings a month I help set up and run a pop-up café. Next month, over 1,500 children from the London Borough of Merton will perform in choirs, ensembles and orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, partly funded by the parent’s association and café.

When I am not at a sports fixture or watching a choir or dance rehearsal, I love to cook. So, I will spend time in the kitchen most weekends. I love reading and I have resolved to make more time to read in 2019.

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What is your Training Congress seminar about?

I will be discussing working with chemical peels. There is little regulation around these services, and it is essential that high standards of professional practice are maintained. The formation of the JCCP demonstrates that there is a need for better regulation to ensure skin therapists can continue to provide these services.

 

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

We will look at everything from your responsibility at consultation to service execution and aftercare advice. It is a good opportunity to critically analyse your practice, procedures and protocol, and to ascertain whether you are protecting both your clients and yourself with safe treatment, while maximising the results.

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What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

An understanding of what constitutes excellent professional practice standards.

Even if you are not currently offering these services, you may find it useful to know what a client should expect if you are advising someone who is using an alternate practitioner for peels.

 

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

I will definitely be looking to find out about boosting therapy with brainwave music. I already have an insight into binaural beats and find this a fascinating area of research.

I am a massive fan of Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari from Jing Massage. I will always make time to attend their informative sessions.

 

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

Have an open mind. It is easy as we grow in experience to become very opinionated and consequently limit what we would entertain. Often opportunities present in an unlikely fashion, and if we are always open, we are more likely to receive the inspiration. Explore, keep educating yourself, and stay open to what life and the world presents.

 

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

 

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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FHT partners with Jing for free webinar

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The FHT is delighted to be partnering with Jing Advanced Massage Training for a free webinar on myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

Taking place on Wednesday 27 March from 11.00 to 11.45am, this webinar will be hosted by Jing director Rachel Fairweather, who will talk about her upcoming myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions workshop at the 2019 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health Show.

Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and ongoing pain from accident, injury or emotional trauma can be frustrating for the massage therapist to treat. Adding myofascial release techniques to your skill set can be highly beneficial in the treatment of these complex and chronic pain conditions.

By registering for this webinar you will automatically be sent the recording, so if you can’t make it on 27 March – don’t panic.

Last September, the FHT was pleased to partner with Human Kinetics for a free webinar with Jane Johnson on low back pain.

This was very popular, and we hope the webinar with Jing will be just as successful.

FHT members can gain five CPD points from watching the webinar and completing a reflective practice. Register your place at fht.org.uk/Jing-webinar

Always come with an open mind

Nic Wood black and white circle 2In the third in our series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we talked with Nic Wood about pain, the mind and freediving.

 

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

Coming from a hands-on therapy background, I found over time that some clients were stuck, they would improve and then the problem would re-occur, some clients had been passed on from doctors saying there was nothing wrong but the patient was experiencing very real problems.

Something was causing people to continually experience pain and discomfort and it wasn’t just physical.

 

Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

I like to mix my treatments up, so alternate between body mind work clients and hands on pain relief sessions. A few hours a week are dedicated to reading and continually up skilling, regular weekly online conferences with colleagues and brain storming. And every day a dog walk in the middle to get me out and keep me fresh.

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What interests you outside of work?

I have a passion for being in the water — I free dive and spearfish. During the winter I’m less in the sea but maintain a weekly pool club visit to keep me tip top for when the weather warms up. And walking — I love walking, in the woods, on the hills, beautiful Dorset has a plethora of stunning landscapes to enjoy come rain or shine.

 

What is your Training Congress seminar about?

Sharing insights into how the mind works based on the Hudson Mind Theory. As you continue to learn how the mind works you will understand how it is that many clients remain stuck in their problems. You will learn about the ‘Screen’, Matt Hudson’s Theory, and this will open your mind in a whole new way!

 

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

I love understanding how the mind works, and knowing that there is structure to behaviour and problems opens up new opportunities and possibilities within practices. Learning where information is stored in our minds gives therapists tools to help clients access their own personal resources, and this means change can be so much quicker, more effective and definite. ‘Don’t support, SORT’

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What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

New Learning, The Hudson Mind Theory is the latest most up to date work on The Mind and how it works. With this latest information attendees will have the opportunity to see where we store information and will then get to grips with what new learnings are available to allow them to continue on their own journey.

 

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

Dr Toh Wong – Discover the insider secrets to getting your foot through the GP door and get consistent referrals. I personally want more GPs to know about this work and how it can help. The level and rise of mental health problems is frightening. If I can gain more knowledge to help me get a foot in the door to continue getting this work out there, helping to reduce the load on the NHS and make even more significant changes with people, this for me is really important.

 

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

Always come with an open mind.

 

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

 

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