Returning favourites at the FHT 2018 Training Congress

We’re pleased to welcome back the following speakers for the FHT 2018 Training Congress. They’ll be joined by a whole host of new speakers, talking on a wide range of topics. Many of their sessions sold out last year, so if you didn’t get an opportunity to see them in 2017, now’s your chance.

Here’s a quick run down of what they’ll be presenting:

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Alison Battisby is a digital marketing instructor and social media expert, and founded Avocado Social in 2014 having worked in the social media industry since 2008. Alison has worked with a wide range of start-ups and growing enterprises, as well as big brands including Estee Lauder, Tesco and Pringles. Alison is an accredited She Means Business Facebook trainer, and has travelled the world training companies including the BBC, John Lewis, Cambridge University Press and Interflora.

Alison’s seminar:

Getting the most out of social media
Room 3, Sunday 20 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Looking to boost your online presence with Facebook, or want to master the art of Instagram? Join social media consultant and founder of Avocado Social, for an interactive session on making the most out of your social media.

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FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish qualified as an aromatherapist in 1999. Her aromatherapy studies sparked her interest in the holistic approach to health and wellbeing and since then, she has completed a variety of further training courses including reflexology, Indian head massage, natural face lift massage, Ayurvedic massage, ear candling and numerous CPD courses.

She also teaches continuing professional development courses in natural face lift massage, Indian head massage, Ayurvedic facelift massage, Ayurvedic foot massage and ear candling.

Mary’s seminars:

Ayurvedic kansa wand face massage
Mary Dalgleish, Room 1, Monday 21 May, 10.30am – 11.30am

This session will include a brief introduction to Ayurveda and a dosha questionnaire to discover your Ayurvedic ‘type’. Delegates will discover important marma points (Ayurvedic pressure points) of the face and observe an Ayurvedic kansa wand facelift massage being carried out. This session will conclude with a short self-massage session.

Ayurvedic foot massage
Room 2, Monday 21 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

This session will include a brief introduction to Ayurveda and a dosha questionnaire to discover your Ayurvedic ‘type’. Delegates will discover important marma points (Ayurvedic pressure points) of the foot and observe an Ayurvedic foot massage treatment being carried out. This session will include a short self-massage session, working on the corresponding marma points of the hands.

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Penny Price is Managing Director and Academy Principal of Penny Price Aromatherapy. She has been an aromatherapist since 1983 and has been teaching aromatherapy since 1986. Penny spends much of her time in product development and looking after PPA’s Key Clients.

Penny’s seminar:

Making aromatherapy skincare products
Room 3, 
Monday 21 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Learning to produce skincare products for your clients can be a bit of a minefield with EU cosmetic regulation and all that goes with it. This lecture provides guidelines for bringing a new product to market and also covers dealing with a ‘one-off’ formulation for a face-to-face consultation in your clinic.

Cameron Reid

Cameron Reid provides accredited courses in manipulation, soft tissue, articulation techniques, and sports injuries for sports therapists, massage therapists and physiotherapists. Cameron is a qualified osteopath, who trained at world renowned British School of Osteopathy, London. He owns Cameron Reid Training which offers training to small groups who receive individual attention making sure they leave with new tools and confidence to move forward in their career. Find Cameron on facebooktwitter and instagram.

Cameron’s seminar:

Treating your client from injury to performance
Room 2, Sunday 20 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Successfully treating a sports injury not only requires damaged tissues to have healed but an understanding of the cause of the injury to enable a continuum of care for a successful return to sport participation. This talk helps to bridge the gap between injury and successful return to play.

Elaine Wilkins

Elaine Wilkins is founder and author of The Chrysalis Effect, a leader in M.E, CFS and Fibromyalgia Recovery. She is an FHT Excellence award recipient of Tutor of the Year and long time FHT accredited training course provider. Elaine is an inspiring teacher, driven by her own 6 year recovery journey from M.E/ CFS and has over 10 years track record of helping over 2500 recoverers and training practitioners in this specialist field to work with them. This year sees the launch of ‘Chrysalis Effect Health’ a movement to transform the current health model. CE Health will integrate medical and complementary medicine with wellbeing coaching and cutting edge online resources to expand lifestyle medicine to address medically misunderstood illnesses.

Elaine’s seminar:

Adverse childhood experiences – a major factor in chronic fatigue recovery
Room 1, Sunday 20 May, 10.30am – 11.30am

‘ACE’ or adverse childhood experiences has been coined ‘the theory of everything’. An ACE score is a predictor of chronic health issues and renders a person six times more likely to develop chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. This interactive workshop will arm you with a unique understanding and tools to help you and your clients overcome the hidden obstacles to chronic fatique syndrome recovery.

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Jackie Winters is the founder of the British Academy of Crystal Healing and author of the highly successful divination cards “Messages from Mother Earth”. Jackie has over 30 years’ experience in the field of vibrational medicine, in particular researching the effective use of crystals. Her knowledge, techniques and expertise has been shared via many spiritual magazines in articles and blogs. She has appeared as a guest speaker on radio stations both here in the UK and the USA, delivered many workshops nationally and internationally and now offers retreats in the Andalusian Mountains to the more advanced students. Recently Jackie was proud to be nominated as a finalist in the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards for Tutor of the year. Jackie now spends much time researching the effects of crystals in the equine sector in the Spanish Mountains.

Jackie’s seminar:

Effective use of crystals for stress and anxiety
Jackie Winters, Room 1, Monday 21 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Take control of stress and anxiety by using crystals – a natural way to calm the mind, soothe emotions and relax the body. Jackie Winters will introduce a selection of crystals and demonstrate effective placement on the body to initiate the best results to self-manage stress and anxiety.

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Nic Wood has a passion for Natural Health which has taken her in the direction in which she practices today as an EMM-tech tutor. First qualifying in 2003, she has gone on to further her studies not only with other practical, hands-on therapies but also with the in-depth use of naturopathic medicine whilst working in a Herbel Remedies Store for six years. With a passion for the outdoors, her hobbies keep her active down by the sea, out on the Hills with her dog, and busy at home with foraging, cooking and creating.

Nic’s seminar:

Addressing pain and body movement with EMMETT technique
Room 1, 
Sunday 20 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

This introduction to EMMETT technique will show you the way in which EMMETT technique allows you to address pain and body movement. You will learn about the founder of the therapy, Ross Emmett, how the muscle release therapy can be used as well as various EMMETT points.

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Jennifer Young is the creator of Defiant Beauty, specialist skincare for those affected by cancer, founder of http://www.BeautyDespiteCancer.co.uk and author of ‘Recognise Yourself’ a beauty and well-being guide for those living with and beyond cancer. Jennifer has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is an experienced microbiologist, is a qualified nutritional therapist, an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a qualified aromatherapist, beauty therapist and product formulator. She has two post-graduate qualifications in health-related fields, has been accepted by the courts as an expert witness for occupational health cases and has been active in medical research.

Jennifer’s seminars:

Marketing yourself to vulnerable clients
Room 3, Sunday 20 May, 10.30am – 11.30am

As therapists, we want to help people, but our skills are not always in marketing and promotion. It can be difficult enough to promote our services generally. Marketing a specific skill to a vulnerable group can feel scary. This interactive workshop helps you to navigate your way through marketing and responsible marketing to vulnerable client groups.

Communicating with medical professionals
Room 3, Sunday 20 May, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Many complementary therapists feel that medical professionals undervalue their skills and remain unconvinced of the benefits of complementary therapies. Jennifer will help you to understand why your skills may not be appreciated and will give you strategies to help you to be heard.

All of these speakers were extremely popular last year, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Psychologies readers wrap their minds around mindfulness

Sean Collins pictureThe FHT was delighted to receive a request from Psychologies for a web article by Seán Collins, about how mindfulness techniques can help to protect the health and wellbeing of complementary therapists. A speaker at this year’s FHT Training Congress, Seán teaches meditation and mindfulness to therapists and other health professionals, as well as hospices, charities, corporate companies and universities. He is also a senior mentor within Zenways, where he mentors almost 20 qualified mediation teachers.

You can read his run down on winding down here.

Want to learn more?

Seán will be giving a talk on mindfulness for therapists as part of the 2018 FHT Training Congress, taking place at Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham, on Sunday, 20 May and Monday, 21 May.

The two-day event will feature a range of expert speakers, educating you on various topics, from therapy specific modalities to general business advice, all of which will gain you one point to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD)With 24 CPD sessions for you to choose from, don’t miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

Sessions cost only £12 for FHT members and £15 for non-FHT members.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Low-cost CPD with expert speakers at FHT’s 2018 Training Congress – Get your tickets NOW!

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

The FHT is proud to be hosting the 2018 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health show in Birmingham. The two-day event will feature a range of expert speakers, educating you on various topics from therapy specific modalities to general business advice, all of which will gain you one point to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD). With 24 CPD sessions for you to choose from, don’t miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

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FHT Vice Presidents Mary Dalgleish and Maria Mason both gave two talks at the 2017 FHT Training Congress.

The FHT Training Congress is being held in three private seminar rooms, just outside of the Holistic Health Show hall in hospitality suites, 28, 29 and 30. You can find the training congress using this map. Also, come and see the FHT stand at D12 and D18 to chat to the team and enjoy discounts in your Members’ shop.

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

Sessions cost only £12 for members and £15 for non-members.

1cpdroundel1Here’s a snapshot of what’s on this year…
  • Ayurvedic foot massage
  • Effective use of crystals for stress and anxiety
  • Laughter yoga
  • Kinesiology taping for the athlete
  • Fascia – facts and fiction
  • Charge what you’re worth and get it
  • Mindfulness for therapists and their therapies
  • Getting the most out of social media

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

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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.

 

President’s Award Profile – Gill Morris

Business and beauty therapy expert, Gill Morris, has received an FHT President’s Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the beauty therapy industry

gill morrisGill is highly respected in the beauty therapy industry, which she has been involved in for more than 35 years.

Initially training at North Warwickshire College in Nuneaton, she was among the first wave of students to receive an IHBC (International Health and Beauty Council) qualification in beauty therapy and electrolysis.

For the first two and a half years of her professional career, Gill worked in a beauty salon carrying out a range of treatments. However her employer was an electrolysis specialist and her passion for the subject rubbed off onto Gill. She became an expert in this treatment while running her own beauty salons, before going on to work for Ellisons then Sterex, where she was heavily involved in research and product development. This included the development of the Sterex Blend epilator, which Gill considers one of her career highlights. She is also the author of three electrolysis training textbooks and one on retailing skills.

Today, Gill is the Director of Commercial Development for Sterex, Chair of the City & Guilds National Advisory Committee for Beauty and an international trainer and presenter – indeed, she has just returned from San Diego where she delivered a lecture on motivation at the American Electrology Association’s annual convention. Her lively and often humorous presentations, talks and lectures are universally acclaimed.

Other influential roles Gill has had within the beauty therapy industry over the years include being a founding and non-executive director of beauty standards setting organisation, Habia; one of the first Employer Champions whose role was to bring vocational education and businesses closer together; and an advisor to numerous colleges.

Gill was also one of the very first in the therapy industry to recognise the need to develop and deliver business training to salon owners and managers. As a chartered marketer with a passion for helping beauty therapists to succeed, she founded her own business consultancy and skills training company, GMT Business Training, which she ran for many years.

Gill is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past member of the Professional Speaking Association and Global Speakers Federation.

Speaking about receiving this award, Gill says: ‘As someone who is usually presenting awards rather than receiving them, I was really quite shocked when I returned from California and heard the news! Obviously I am very passionate about the therapy industry and I’ve loved every moment of my career. And hopefully I’ve helped others along the way, too – but it’s still quite overwhelming when your work is recognised as outstanding by one of the oldest and most respected organisations in the industry. A huge thank you for this very special FHT President’s Award. I feel truly honoured.’

Paul Battersby, President of the FHT, says: ‘The FHT has been promoting the highest standards in therapy education and practice for more than 50 years. The President’s Award aims to recognise individuals who have spent the best part of their career striving towards the same objectives, and have enhanced our industry. Our congratulations to Gill – she is a truly deserving winner of this award.’

About the FHT Excellence Awards

The FHT Excellence Awards were first launched in 2011, to showcase the enterprising and innovative work being carried out on a daily basis by practising complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapists. The awards were also a valuable opportunity to inspire other therapists, to push forward the boundaries of best practice.

In 2012 the Excellence in Education awards category was added to the portfolio, as a natural extension to the existing awards, as so many members would talk about their inspirational teachers and outstanding students.

The FHT President’s Award is awarded to select individuals for their outstanding contribution to the therapy industry and/or integrated healthcare.

The 2017 FHT Excellence Awards were kindly sponsored by Psychologies Magazine, Shared Beauty Secrets and Zephorium.

We’re warming up for Therapy Expo!

Next month is the big finale for our 2017 events. 17 November sees us glamming it up at the FHT Excellence Awards at Leamington Spa’s Royal Pump Rooms, and immediately after that is our exhibition at Therapy Expo!

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Therapy Expo, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 22-23 November, promises to provide even more tools for therapy professional’s whose workloads and responsibilities continue to increase as they move further and further into front line positions, to support other healthcare professionals experiencing unprecedented pressure from all sides.

Attendees will be kept up-to-speed on the latest treatment techniques, clinic studies and will be able to tailor individual training paths from a comprehensive, cross specialty speaker line-up and hands-on skills training programmes covering sports injuries & biomechanics, neuro rehabilitation musculoskeletal and business.

The world class programme boasts over 50 hours of accredited CPD education which will allow attendees to secure the bulk of their annual CPD requirements in one go whilst catching up with peers and sharing best practice. Your conference pass will also gain you entry to the RockTape UK Movement Summit and the STA Annual Conference.

While the FHT Excellence Awards are sold out, you can still get tickets to Therapy Expo. Just follow this link to secure your place at our final event for 2017!

Fun and Flair at Olympia Beauty

We had an amazing time at Olympia Beauty this year, and want to thank everyone that came out to visit our stand, as well as welcome our new members that joined during the show!

There was so much to do and see at the show, including:

  • Salon & Spa Owners’ Club and Restaurant
  • The New Generation Beauty Influencer Awards 2017
  • Brush Wars Competition & Awards
  • The Lash Games Competition & Awards
  • Holistic Business Awards
  • Nailing Mental Health
  • The Nutrition & Wellbeing live stages
  • Nailympia London & Awards

It was also a great pleasure to sponsor the Nutrition & Wellbeing live stages, which featured a wide range of talks and demonstrations.

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Keep up-to-date with our upcoming events to find out what’s next!