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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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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Happy time had by all at Holistic Health 2016

We’d just like to say a very big ‘Thank you’ to all those members who attended this year’s Holistic Health show, and a warm ‘Welcome aboard’ to those who joined FHT at the event! It was great to meet you all at our stand.

Happy time had by all at Holistic Health 2016

Held on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd May at the NEC, the show offered professional therapists the opportunity to learn, shop, network and relax, all under one roof.

The FHT CPD Zone proved a huge hit, with many talks sold out long in advance of the show and remaining tickets getting snapped up on the day.

Happy time had by all at Holistic Health 2016Delegates were able to choose from more than 20 seminars and workshop demonstrations, presented by leading industry experts. Topics included cancer care, aromatherapy and emotions, reiki for stress release, massage and dementia, reflexology in pain management, holistic skin care and facials, ear acupuncture, beauty with crystals, being in balance, building a successful salon, building a tribe on Facebook, and more.

Delegates also had the chance to shop at the adjoining exhibition in between talks, and learn about the latest products and training. And with self-care being a very important element of therapy practice, it was good to see the ever-popular Chill Out Zone busy throughout the two-day event, helping therapists to relax and unwind with a range of taster treatments.

The addition of a small but busy careers fair this year also provided FHT with the opportunity to meet therapy students and tutors, eager to learn more about the UK’s largest and leading professional association.

Happy time had by all at Holistic Health 2016

We’ve already received some terrific feedback from those of you who were kind enough to fill out and return a form at the event. Congratulations to Hinna Kausar-Bashir, who won our feedback prize draw and will receive a £25 One4all Gift Card.

If you didn’t have the chance to provide feedback on the day, we’d still welcome your comments, as this will help us improve future FHT events. Please email these to events@fht.org.uk

What you had to say about FHT’s CPD Zone speakers…

“Such fun but also so relaxing and informative”
– Facial reflexology, by Teresa Rich

“Nicolle was truly inspirational and gave me confidence that I was on the right track treating people with dementia”
– Benefits of massage for people with dementia, by Nicolle Mitchell

“Knowledgeable speaker. Very interesting material”
– Introduction to pain management with nerve reflexology, Carol Samuel

“Very clear, informative, well paced and not full of jargon. Excellent”
– Building a tribe on Facebook and Twitter, Alison Battisby

“Excellent speaker and presentation on a topic that needs more awareness”
– Dispelling the mystery of the ME, CFS and fibromyalgia recovery process, Elaine Wilkins

“Very good product, good demos, nice small group”
– An introduction to the WaveStone, Adrian Jenkins

“Just right – what I needed at this time”
– Building a multi award-winning holistic salon, Maria Mason

“All seminars have been brilliant and I will join some of the course in the future to enhance my learning”
– various talks

Have you booked your FREE show ticket?

FHT at Holistic Health

Holistic Health Show
NEC Birmingham
22-23 May, 2016

If you’re learning from leading experts in the FHT CPD Zone or simply having a browse in the adjoining exhibitions, make sure to register for your FREE Holistic Health Show entry ticket.

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Featuring more than 600 leading brands across three neighbouring shows (find us at stand W5), you can really make a day of it. Plus, enjoy some ‘me time’ in the Chill Out Zone, where therapists will be offering taster sessions to raise money for the Healing Hands Network.

Simply visit www.holistichealthshow.co.uk to claim your FREE show entry ticket or, if you’re a college lecturer bringing a group of students, visit www.holistichealthshow.co.uk/registercollege.jsp

There are still some seminars, workshops and lecture-demonstrations available in the FHT CPD Zone, see below, but make sure to book now to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 22nd May

  • Adapting your therapies for cancer care – Marie Duggan
  • An introduction to the Wavestone – Adrian Jenkinson
  • Aromatherapy and emotions – Penny Price
  • Beauty with crystals – Jackie Winters
  • Being in balance using The Balance Procedure – Jenny Cox
  • Benefits of massage for people with dementia – Nicolle Mitchell
  • Building a tribe on Facebook and Twitter – Alison Battisby
  • Creating your own skin care – Jeni Broughton
  • Holistic facials – Kerry Baxter
  • Integrating MTAT ear acupuncture with reflexology – Anna Venables
  • Introduction to pain management with nerve reflexology – Carol Samuel
  • Reiki for stress relief – Penny Quest

Monday 23rd May

  • Aromatherapy for pregnancy – Penny Price
  • Boosting business with Instagram and Pinterest – Alison Battisby
  • Building a multi award-winning holistic salon – Maria Mason
  • Dissolving the mystery of the ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery process – Elaine Wilkins
  • Facial reflexology – Teresa Rich
  • Helping those affected by cancer – Jennifer Young
  • How dementia affects the brain and its impact on your approach –
    Nicolle Mitchell
  • Living with reiki principles – Penny Quest
  • Male grooming – from niche market to global mainstream – Robert-Sylvester Coleman
  • Reinforced reflexology – Jennifer Wayte, FHT President
  • Story massage for children – Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper
  • Vagus stuff: reducing stress and anxiety with MTAT ear acupuncture protocol – Anna Venables

For further details and to book your tickets visit www.fht.org.uk/CPDZone

New to the FHT CPD Zone!

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FHT CPD Zone
Holistic Health Show
NEC Birmingham
22-23 May, 2016

The FHT is pleased to announce an additional speaker for the FHT CPD Zone, in partnership with the Holistic Health Show.

Helping those affected by cancer with Jennifer Young

Jennifer YoungDoes cancer change your client and do you need to adapt your skills in order to help them? Learn about the biology of cancer, it’s medical treatment and side effects, and the positive power of adapted complementary therapies to support those undergoing treatment. In this interactive and engaging workshop Jennifer Young, founder of www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk will help you to understand the challenges faced by those affected by cancer. More importantly, she will show you how you can use your skills to help.

Find out more and book today

We have an exciting assortment of seminars, lecture-demonstrations and workshops covering a wide range of topics. You will also have plenty of time to shop in the adjoining exhibition, featuring more than 600 leading brands – find us at stand W5!

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FHT CPD ZoneSunday 22nd May

  • Adapting your therapies for cancer care – Marie Duggan
  • An introduction to the Wavestone – Adrian Jenkinson
  • Aromatherapy and emotions – Penny Price
  • Beauty with crystals – Jackie Winters
  • Being in balance using The Balance Procedure – Jenny Cox
  • Benefits of massage for people with dementia – Nicolle Mitchell
  • Building a tribe on Facebook and Twitter – Alison Battisby
  • Creating your own skin care – Jeni Broughton
  • Holistic facials – Kerry Baxter
  • Integrating MTAT ear acupuncture with reflexology – Anna Venables
  • Introduction to pain management with nerve reflexology – Carol Samuel
  • Reiki for stress relief – Penny Quest

Monday 23rd May

  • Aromatherapy for pregnancy – Penny Price
  • Boosting business with Instagram and Pinterest – Alison Battisby
  • Building a multi award-winning holistic salon – Maria Mason
  • Dissolving the mystery of the ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery process – Elaine Wilkins
  • Facial reflexology – Teresa Rich
  • Helping those affected by cancer – Jennifer Young
  • How dementia affects the brain and its impact on your approach –
    Nicolle Mitchell
  • Living with reiki principles – Penny Quest
  • Male grooming – from niche market to global mainstream – Robert-Sylvester Coleman
  • Reinforced reflexology – Jennifer Wayte, FHT President
  • Story massage for children – Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper
  • Vagus stuff: reducing stress and anxiety with MTAT ear acupuncture protocol – Anna Venables

For further details and to book your tickets visit www.fht.org.uk/CPDZone

Have you booked your tickets?

Learn from leading experts in the FHT CPD Zone at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham – 22-23 May, 2016

Learn from leading experts in the FHT CPD Zone

The FHT, in partnership with the Holistic Health Show, is bringing you an exciting assortment of professional speakers in our exclusive programme of seminars, lecture-demonstrations and workshops covering a wide range of topics. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure to book now to avoid disappointment.

You will also have plenty of time to shop in the adjoining exhibition, featuring more than 600 leading brands – find us at stand W5!

Sunday 22nd May
Monday 23rd May

Prices start from just £10 per session! Find out more at www.fht.org.uk/CPDZone

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Male grooming: from niche market to global mainstream

A recent industry report by Salon Services, which surveyed more than 2,500 salon owners and employees, stated that 9 in 10 salons experienced an increase in takings from men in 2014 and that a quarter of customers are now men.

 Male grooming: from niche market to global mainstream

In the International Therapist article, ‘Breaking the mould‘, Robert-Sylvester Coleman MFHT shares his experience of working within the male grooming industry.

Sylvester runs Tranquilstate, a professional male grooming and skincare studio offering a wide range of holistic, well-being and personal grooming treatments. He was awarded Highly Commended for Client Service in FHT’s 2015 Excellence Awards, and holds Dermalogica Expert status.

Why did you decide to focus on male grooming?

When I initially trained, I found the industry to be closed to male therapists, and as a black male therapist, it felt impossible to break into the beauty/grooming side. I was directed towards massage treatments such as sports, remedial and deep tissue, and despite consistently excellent feedback at various trades’ tests, none of the upmarket salons and major spa companies would take me on.

From my own research too, I found that many men felt that the mainstream high street market did not welcome them and often restricted the range of treatments that men could access. I discovered that many men felt uncomfortable with female therapists but in the absence of any market alternative had no choice. I turned what initially had been a barrier to me getting into the industry into a positive asset, and so Tranquilstate was born.

Tell us about your clients…

Our client demographic is diverse, with regular clients as young as 17 and our current oldest client is in his eighties. We see the entire spectrum of people, from city high-flyers to people involved in the construction industry. We even have regular clients who live in Thailand, Japan and the US, who visit us on their regular business trips to London.

Do you think there is a growing demand for male grooming services?

The past 10 years has seen a significant attitude change and targeted marketing of the male health, well-being and personal grooming market, with a surge in demand for treatments. Increasing male body consciousness has raised the popularity of treatments such as waxing, for cosmetic, religious, cultural or personal hygiene choices.

Read the full article here

Robert-Sylvester ColemanSylvester’s workshop, ‘Male grooming: from niche market to global mainstream‘, will take place on Monday 23rd May, 10.30-11.45am, in the FHT CPD Zone at Holistic Health, NEC Birmingham.

Come along to find out about the many opportunities male grooming has to offer your business – just £10 for FHT members!

Find out more and book today