Beauty UK and Holistic Health 2012 took place on Sunday and Monday at the NEC, Birmingham, offering visitors an array of products, equipment, services and training from the leading beauty and holistic suppliers.

We popped into VTCT Gold, as they too celebrate their 50th anniversary year, and we were wowed by the theatrical make-up taking place next door at WorldSkills UK – very envious of those who experienced relaxing treatments as part of the competition!  It was great to catch up with complementary therapists in the training village, offering unique treatments and innovative new products.  The Chill Out Zone was chilled out indeed but, sadly, we didn’t have time to stop for an Indian Head Massage.

Learn, shop and celebrate with us at the FHT 50th Anniversary Training Congress and Exhibition on 7th and 8th July, featuring:

  • Over 70 lectures and workshops from experts in the industry
  • Free exhibition entry and show offers from leading complementary, beauty and sports suppliers
  • VIP drinks reception 
  • Discounted museum tickets at our venue, the Heritage Motor Centre
  • Free parking
  • Members’ lounge and lots more.

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We’re so excited about FHT’s 50th anniversary year!  With our Training Congress and Exhibition less than two months away and our Gala Dinner in October, there’s a lot to look forward to.  Local Support Groups are planning local events, with their own celebrations and expert speakers, too.

We would love to show your 50th celebrations on this blog – please email your photos to Jade (

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Dr Marilyn Glenville discusses the nutritional advice that she would give all women, and why…

I would like women to realise that sugar and foods that are broken down into sugar quickly – white flour, for example – are the major culprits behind many of their health problems. Many of the symptoms that women experience, from irritability, anxiety and insomnia, to palpitations, headaches and fatigue, are often due to fluctuating blood sugar levels caused by caffeine and sugar, as well as long gaps without eating.

Low- or no-fat alternatives are not the answer, as a low-fat fruit yogurt (even organic) could contain eight teaspoons of added sugar. Added sugar and caffeine should be eliminated for 80 per cent of the time and people should also eat little and often, ideally every three hours.

Most women I see are exhausted, which often ties in with their stressful lives and is reflected in the way they eat. Food and drink such as coffee and chocolate provide a quick fix but create a vicious cycle of highs and lows; the lows cause a release of the stress hormones and they end up feeling even more stressed.

Following a stressful event, increased cortisol levels cause an appetite surge because the body thinks it should refuel after all the fighting or fleeing. Women under constant stress quite often feel constantly hungry, craving carbohydrates and fats, often in the form of high-sugar, high-fat comfort and convenience food.

If the body does not fight or flee as expected, the fat and glucose gets deposited as fat around the middle of the body and any sugary or fatty foods eaten due to the poststress appetite surge will potentially cause further weight gain there too.

PS. Dr Marilyn Glenville will be hosting the lectures: Fat around the middle – risks of cancer and other illness (7 July, 1pm-1.45pm) and Natural solutions to the menopause (8 July, 2pm-3.15pm).

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Maggie Evans suggests some Bach flower remedies that can help therapists in difficult situations.

Although there is no ‘one size fits all’ with Bach flower remedies, and a Bach practitioner would take a personal and holistic look at each persons’ emotional outlook, the following flower remedies may help a therapist who:

  • …is experiencing nerves when working with a new corporate client.

If the nerves were due to an underlying lack of self-confidence, larch may be indicated, or should the nervousness result from being too hard on oneself in order to set a good example, making it difficult to ‘go with the flow’, rock water could be helpful. However, if there was a tendency to be nervous generally, resulting in anxiety, then mimulus would be a good choice.

  • …needs protection against emotional burnout

Walnut provides protection from negative and unsettling energies from clients, elm enhances coping strategies when there is just too much on, and vervain helps when an enthusiasm for work leads to burning the candle at both ends and resulting in burnout.

  • …is feeling depleted

Oak may be indicated for therapists with a tendency to work relentlessly and neglect one’s own needs, while hornbeam disperses mental tiredness and demotivation. Centaury would help those who are overanxious to please clients and have become drained and over-burdened.

As featured in the April issue of International Therapist.

PS. Maggie will be hosting the lecture: Enhancing mind-body-spirit healing with the Bach flower remedies (7 July, 2pm-3.15pm).

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We’re busy working on invitations to our Gala Dinner! It’s going to be a great night and hope to see lots of our members there. If you haven’t already entered our competition to win two tickets and accommodation, check out page 47 in your April issue of International Therapist.

Photo by kind permission of Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, London