Additional speakers announced in the FHT CPD Zone

FHT at Holistic Health



Holistic Health Show
NEC Birmingham
22-23 May, 2016

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

An introduction to the WaveStone with Adrian Jenkinson

Adrian JenkinsonProtect your hands and enhance your massage treatments. Adrian Jenkinson, the inventor, will explain the concept of the WaveStone, detail key product and treatment information, demonstrate its use on all parts of the body and then supervise delegates in several highly interactive practical sessions as you familiarise yourself with key moves.

Building a multi award-winning holistic salon with Maria Mason

Maria MasonBeauty Time is an industry-leading salon with over 40 awards / accolades to date, including 2 FHT Excellence Awards in Client Service and Leadership. Maria is a highly respected businesswoman with 20 years’ experience, qualified in more than 12 different holistic therapies and advanced skincare. Maria has a never-ending passion for holistic beauty and will explain to us the journey of her established team, her loyal clients and staying at the forefront of our ever-changing industry.

Facial reflexology with Teresa Rich

Teresa RichThe aim of this workshop is to give an introduction on how to give a practical facial reflexology treatment as either a stand-alone therapy, or as a self-treatment. In this session, Teresa will cover how to carry out a facial reflexology treatment safely, opening and closing sequences, along with facial reflexology points and how to work specific areas for some common conditions.

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!



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
  • Dissolving the mystery of the ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery process – Elaine Wilkins
  • Facial reflexology – Teresa Rich
  • 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

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Learn from leading experts in the FHT CPD Zone

Holistic Health Show
NEC Birmingham
Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd 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.

See and learn the latest techniques and treatments presented by acknowledged experts over two days. Our longer sessions and single sessions give you the chance to gain valuable CPD points.

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

Prices start from just £10 per session! Find out more at

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FHT Awards Dinner and Training Congress a buzzing success

We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all those who joined us for our 2015 Gala Awards Dinner and Training Congress this year, making it yet another truly enjoyable and successful FHT event.

Held at the Holiday Inn at Stratford-upon-Avon, this was the first year that we have hosted the awards presentation and training congress back-to-back and it was lovely to see so many of our members, speakers and exhibitors making ‘the best of both’.

Celebrating excellence

At our gala dinner, FHT’s President, Jennifer Wayte, and other Governing Council members from the judging panel, were delighted to present certificates and trophies to no less than 17 deserving members present on the night, who were awarded Winner, Highly Commended and Commended as part of this year’s awards. In addition, Jennifer presented a special President’s Award and three Senior Fellowships, before the evening was rounded off with a DJ and dancing. For more information about our 2015 FHT Excellence Award Winners

Train to gain

Train to gainOn the Sunday morning, a small group of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed members enjoyed an early yoga session before the main seminar programme got underway. Those attending the congress enjoyed a wide range of different talks, covering topics such as shoulder and neck pain; developing your sensitivity; massage in cancer care; analysing and treating dark skin; aroma and the emotions; crystal light therapy; ayurveda and reflexology.

A select exhibition also offered delegates the opportunity to shop for some new and exciting products and training before and after sessions.

Feedback prize draw winners

Thank you to all of those members who filled out and returned our feedback forms. Your comments will be shared with all FHT staff and board members and we will endeavour, as always, to improve future member events, based on your feedback.

The winners of our feedback prize draw are Nicole Neillings, MFHT, who will receive a £25 One4all gift card and Mr J Lennon, MFHT, who will receive a Weleda goody bag.


Please note that you can still provide your feedback to if you didn’t have a chance on the day.

And finally…

… we would like to thank all of our 2015 speakers and exhibitors for supporting this FHT event, along with our Excellence Awards sponsors (Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Botanicals, Global Payments, Zephorium, Holistic Health and Physique Management).

Show offer! 50% off PANDHY’S™ Sugaring Practitioner course

Coming along to the FHT Training Congress? Be sure to bring your purse/wallet to make the most of any ‘show offers’ available on the day, including 50% off PANDHY’S™ Sugaring Practitioner course!

Show offer! 50% off PANDHY’S™ training course

There is a growing trend amongst customers to pursue 100% natural, skin friendly, but still highly effective hair removal.

PANDHY´S™ Sugar Depilation is the perfect solution:

  • Very skin friendly and prepares it perfectly for follow-up treatments.
  • PANDHY’S™ sugar consists of only glucose and water, so you can be sure there will be no allergic reactions.
  • Short or in-growing hairs can be easily removed.
  • Avoids skin damage as it does not stick to the skin cells.
  • The material is very stable, so by using the correct technique the same sugar can be used all over the body.

SHOW OFFER! Sign up during the FHT Training Congress on the 6th September to become a PANDHY’S™ Sugaring Practitioner, saving you 50%. A 2.5 day training course is just £144 incl. VAT (regular price £288).

After successfully completing the training you will be confident to ‘sugar’ using hand, strip and spatula techniques and will be presented with an internationally recognised PANDHY’S™ Practitioners Certificate. Please note that you will be required to purchase a product Starter Kit.

Find out more about the FHT Training Congress and book your tickets at

Just one week left to book

Just to remind you that bookings for our Gala Awards Dinner and Training Congress close next week, on Friday 28th August!

For the first time ever, the two events will be held on the same weekend, giving you the chance to enjoy a weekend away, while catching up with friends, meeting new people, gaining some CPD points and generally having a bit of fun!

The two events are taking place on the 5th and 6th September in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Training Congress and Awards

What’s happening?

Gala Awards Ceremony

On Saturday 5th September at 7pm, we’re holding our annual Gala Awards Dinner, where you can enjoy a welcome drink, a three-course meal, the awards presentation, entertainment and to top it all off a chance to network and meet members of the Governing Council. Tickets are £24 for members and your guests, or £30 if you are a non-member. Partners and friends are of course very welcome, but if you want to come alone, there are some ‘Dinner for One’ tables where you’ll be seated with other people coming on their own.

After a good night’s sleep, on Sunday 6th September (starting with an optional yoga session at 7am) we have a full-day programme of seminars and training events, giving you the chance to brush up on your skills, learn something new and gain some CPD points. Highlights include sessions on pain management, reflexology, massage in cancer care, ayurveda and treating darker skin, among others, in a 14-session, all-day series. Prices start from £18 per session for members and £22.50 for non-members, or alternatively you can take advantage of one of our great money-saving weekend packages:

Money-saving packages (exclusive to FHT members):

  • Option 1:
    • Two-day package with accommodation (includes a ticket to the awards, a single-occupancy room at the venue and unlimited seminars), only £190
    • You can also make your room a double/twin and bring someone else:
      • For the Gala Awards Dinner and overnight stay, only £70
      • For the Gala Awards Dinner, overnight stay and unlimited seminars, only £115
  • Option 2:
    • Two-day package without accommodation (includes a ticket to the Gala Awards Dinner and unlimited seminars, but you will need to book a hotel yourself), only £100
  • Option 3:
    • A training congress day-delegate rate for Sunday 6th September enabling you to book as many seminars as you would like, only £76

Please note: The above prices are FHT member rates, which include a 20% reduction.

Our full list of seminars:

Seminar 1

  • DOUBLE SESSION 09.45 – 12.30: Treating the shoulder with NAT (Niel-Asher Technique) with Simeon Niel Asher
  • 09.00 – 10.15: Colour yourself healthy with Colour Me Beautiful with Ann Skidmore
  • DOUBLE SESSION 09.45 – 12.30: Develop your sensitivity, develop yourself with Jan Trewartha

Seminar 2

  • 11.15-12.30: From acute to chronic – how the reflexologist can support the client in pain with Carol Samuel
  • 11.15-12.30: Crystal Light Therapy: marrying science with nature to produce health and well-being with Jacqueline Winters

Seminar 3

  • DOUBLE SESSION 13.45 – 16.30: Getting to the root of the pain with John Gibbons
  • 13.45 – 15.00: Creative approaches to massage in cancer care with Peter Mackereth
  • 13.45 – 15.00: Effective analysis and treatment of darker skin shades with Kim Ford
  • 13.45 – 15.00: Aroma and the emotions with Sandra Oram

Seminar 4

  • 15.15 – 16.30: Anxiety, panic and phobia – tools for therapists with Peter Mackereth
  • 15.15 – 16.30: Facial reflexology with Teresa Rich
  • 15.15 – 16.30: Natural beauty with ayurveda with Dr Deepa Apté

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There will be a limited number of individual Training Congress tickets available to purchase on the day. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Shedding light on dark skin

Kim Ford provides an introduction to analysing and treating darker skin types

An introduction to analysing and treating darker skin types

When therapists traditionally think about darker skins, the majority will revert to a black skin type, of African or Afro-Caribbean descent. With an ever-growing number of nationalities in the UK and the rise of multicultural cities however, there are now far more skin tones to treat than ever before, broadening the spectrum of darker skins that therapists may need to deal with.

Treating darker skin types can be done in the same way as Caucasian skin, using the same techniques and treatments, but beauty therapists will need to be confident in properly assessing and identifying common afflictions they may not have seen before, and be able to recommend treatments and products that are suitable for dark skin.

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Kim FordKim Ford is a global industry expert and owner of Expert Beauty Solutions, Consultancy and Training, specialising in business start-ups and turnaround. She has worked in the beauty industry for more than 30 years and has extensive experience working in the UK, European and international markets, in salons, spas, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) and educational establishments, visiting 30 countries and 99 cities. Kim serves as a non-executive director on various beauty boards, in the UK and internationally.

Complementary therapies and substance misuse

CTs as part of encouraging self-help by Lyn Hill

CTs as part of encouraging self-help by Lyn Hill
Lyn Hill, MFHT, works for Project 6, a voluntary drug and alcohol agency that has been operating in Keighley, West Yorkshire, since 1989.

Project 6 is a harm reduction service, working to help people reduce the risks associated with drug and alcohol use. We offer support to users of drugs and alcohol, their relatives and carers, and assist them in achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Project 6 is an open-access agency, and our services include needle exchange, an Asian community development project, structured treatments, complementary therapies and specialist services. Most services are provided within our buildings in Keighley, but we also provide outreach services at GP surgeries and antenatal clinics, as well as street-based work and attending local music festivals.

Complementary therapy service

Any person who engages with our service for structured interventions is offered regular complementary therapy (CT) sessions as part of their care plan. The CT service was added into the treatment programme in 2000 and since then has been expanded and improved to match service users’ needs.

The therapies that we offer are shiatsu, Indian head massage, reiki, reflexology, relaxation and visualisation, and emotional freedom technique (EFT). We also provide electro-stimulation therapy (EST) and auricular acupuncture, both of which have been specifically designed to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and cravings experienced when reducing or stopping the use of drugs or alcohol. Therapists working for Project 6 are sent on training courses for these two field-specific therapies.

Read more 

Attend Lyn’s lecture demonstration, Complementary therapies and substance misuse at the 2015 FHT Training Congress on Sunday 6 September

Training Congress and Awards2015 FHT
Training Congress

What’s happening?

On Saturday 5th September at 7pm, we’re holding our annual Gala Awards Dinner, where you can enjoy a welcome drink, a three-course meal, the awards presentation, entertainment and to top it all off, a chance to network and meet members of the Governing Council. Tickets are £24 for members and your guests (if booked by you).

On Sunday 6th September, starting from 7am we have a full-day programme of seminars and training events, giving you the chance to brush up on your skills, learn something new and gain some CPD points. Plus, make the most of our exhibitors’ ‘show offers’ available on the day. Prices start from £18, or alternatively you can take advantage of one of our great money-saving weekend packages.