Join us for the FHT’s training event of the year!

Our most popular training event of the year returns this May, with an exciting new programme of talks to help you gain new skills and develop in your career as a therapist.

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The 2019 FHT Training Congress will take place on 19-20 May at the Holistic Health Show, Birmingham, and will feature a range of talks by industry experts on a variety of topics – from therapy-specific modalities to general business advice.

This year we will be hosting more seminars for you to attend than ever before, with 30 sessions to choose from across the two-day event. Here’s a snapshot of what we have scheduled…

  • Five key tips for working with those living with dementiaCPD point roundel copy.png
  • The role of complementary therapy within the NHS
  • Posture: does it matter and can it be corrected?
  • Reflexology and the functional reflex therapy framework
  • Producing a winning brand
  • And more…

What’s more, you’ll gain one CPD point for every session you attend, so if you attend 5 sessions on both days, you’ll gain a total of 10 CPD points – the minimum number required for FHT Members per membership year.

Day passes for the event are available for just £50 for FHT members (£65 for non-members), and allow you to attend a full day of 5 seminars with a saving of £10.

Tickets to individual seminars cost £12 for FHT members and £15 for non-members.

Learn more and book your tickets

Inspiration, education and relaxation at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

Thank you to all members and speakers who joined us at the 2018 FHT Training Congress. You all made the event a huge success.

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Our Training Congress took place alongside the Holistic Health show, on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 May at the NEC in Birmingham. We packed the schedule with experts on a wide range of topics, from marketing to massage, with hundreds of delegates enjoying 23 talks by leading therapy and business experts across both days. We had lots of people snapping up the few remaining tickets on the day, and even had to turn some away.

Topics included social media marketing, stretching your clients, mindfulness, being with terminally ill clients, Ayurvedic kansa wand face massage, postural analysis, aromatherapy skincare, laughter yoga, crystals for stress and anxiety and lots more.

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We also had a stand within the main Holistic Health Show and were delighted to meet many existing and new FHT members.

Free goodie bags loaded with great materials and show offers were available at both the stand and Training Congress.

What you had to say about the 2018 FHT Training Congress…

We have received fantastic feedback from members at this year’s event. Read a few comments below:

  • ‘Great seminars today, with Ruth Duncan, John Gibbons, Seán Collins and Nic Wood.’
  • ‘Spent all day yesterday at the FHT Training Congress at the NEC in Birmingham attending talks about “advanced techniques to treat chronic pain” with Jing Massage, “Postural Analysis” with James Earls and “Stretching your clients” with Jane Johnson. Always interesting and great to get tips on new techniques.’
  • ‘Very good visit and talks.’
  • ‘It’s all been fantastic.’
  • ‘It’s the main time in the year where I really get to relax.’

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Help us to plan future education events…

If you attended the training congress and are yet to provide us feedback about the talks you attended, please email your comments to writing ‘Training Congress’ in the subject box.


Therapy seminars specific to you at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

Our 2018 FHT Training Congress features 22 expert speakers, educating you on a wide range of topics, from therapy specific modalities to general business advice. With 24 sessions to choose from, don’t miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

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Many therapists do amazing work with vulnerable client groups – however when it comes to responsible marketing, it can feel scary. Join Jennifer Young at 10.30am on Sunday 20 May as she helps you to navigate your way through ‘marketing yourself to vulnerable clients’.

Or, get inspired and discover your ‘brand archetype’ to capture your spirit, personality and passion into an authentic brand at Emma Hague’s ‘identifying your unique brilliance and authentic brand’ seminar on Monday 21 May at 10.30am.

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Join Julian Baker, renowned Bowen teacher, as he explains the changes to the Bowen technique, a fascia based therapy which treats an array of conditions. Find out more at ‘the Bowen technique: 25 years on’ at 2pm on Sunday 20 May.

Also, don’t miss out on our nutritional therapy talk, looking at the negative implications of sugar, stress and sitting down on our health and what we can do to protect ourselves against them. Find out more at ‘sugar stress and sitting down – are they really problem?’ with Lisa Smith on Monday 21 May at 2pm.

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Start off your Monday learning about ‘Ayurvedic kansa wand face massage’ with Mary Dalgleish at 10.30am. You will learn about the gentle face-lifting massage using the kansa wand,  a tool combining copper and tin with trace elements such as zinc and how you can introduce it into your practice.

Continue on from this seminar and join aromatherapy expert, Penny Price, at her talk titled ‘making aromatherapy skincare products’. Penny will help you to understand the ‘minefield’ which is EU Cosmetic Law and all that goes with bringing a new product to market.

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Any hands-on therapist involved with assessing, treating and rehabilitating sports related injuries will benefit from the skill of taping. Don’t miss out on our ‘kinesiology taping for the athlete’ seminar with John Gibbons, at 12pm on Sunday 20 May.

Why not stick around for a bit longer and attend Cameron Reid’s seminar on ‘treating your client from injury to performance’ at 3.30pm. Learn the importance of understanding the cause of injury to enable a continuum of care for a successful return to sport, bridging the gap between injury and performance.

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Why not experience the benefits of ‘laughter yoga’ first hand with Lotte Mikkelsen on Monday 21 May at 12pm? This interactive and practical workshop gives you an insight into how you can possibly choose laughter in your life, every day.

We also have an exciting opportunity for you to get involved in a group hypnotherapy session with Philippa Bottrill at the ‘Rapid Transformational Therapy’ seminar at 12pm on Monday 21 May. Learn how this hybrid therapy can offer unparalleled results for your clients.

Haven’t seen anything above that interests you? We have a full two-day programme, with 24 therapy talks from the very best in the industry on our website.

Enjoy your member discount on each seminar and remember that your friends can come along too. Our sessions are open to all adults and cost only £12 for FHT members and £15 for non-members.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Volunteer therapists needed for Holistic Health Show’s Chill Out Zone


The Holistic Health Show is currently seeking FHT members who would be happy to volunteer for its Chill Out Zone at this year’s event. Volunteers would donate their time and raise funds for charity.

The Chill Out Zone takes place every year as part of Holistic Health, an exhibition open to qualified complementary therapists, clinic and salon owners and final year students.

Visitors to the Chill Out Zone pay a nominal fee for a taster session of a complementary therapy, and all proceeds raised go towards the show’s nominated charities, Making Space and the Healing Hands Network.

Taking part

The Chill Out Zone runs from approximately 10am to 5pm on Sunday 20 May and Monday 21 May, at the NEC Birmingham.

Therapists are asked to volunteer for a minimum of one of the two days and can choose what therapies they offer (however they will need to hold a recognised professional qualification in the therapy, as well as adequate public liability insurance).


Volunteer therapists are asked to bring their own equipment where possible; however through sponsorship towels, couch rolls, chairs and small tables can be provided. On application, volunteers are asked to specify if any of these items or plug sockets are needed.

Therapists also usually find it useful to bring their own watches/timers, as there are not always clocks in the exhibition hall to time treatment sessions.


Timetables will be drawn up prior to the event, with an hour allocated for lunch and staggered short breaks between treatments.

As in previous years, treatments will be charged at £10 per 20-minute session and £20 per 40-minute session. Please note that treatments are designed as ‘taster sessions’ of therapies, rather than full treatments, but adequate client consultations should still be given.

On the day, the team will deal with all bookings and take the money on a deposit basis to ensure the charity doesn’t lose out if someone doesn’t make it to their treatment.


Sandwiches and bottled water will be provided.


Making Space is a national charity and leading provider of adult health and social care services. The charity provides Person-centred services and accommodation support to adults of all ages, with a diverse range of needs, including:

  • Mental health conditions
  • Learning disabilities
  • Dementia
  • Older people with age-related concerns

Healing Hands Network is a small UK based self-funding charity made up of complementary therapists who offer help to those affected by war and its aftermath. They operate both in the UK and overseas.

Overseas HHN work in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina began in 1996 offering humanitarian aid to those suffering from the effects of the war. Therapists have the opportunity to travel to Sarajevo for two weeks to offer their therapies, between April and October each year.


To volunteer for the Chill Out Zone, members are asked to fill in the following registration form  and send it to or by post to Lucy Self, The Chill Out Zone, Guild Press, Macmillan Building, Parcel Terrace, Derby, DE1 1LY






FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Lotte Mikkelsen

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Lotte Mikkelsen is a laughter ambassador and laughter yoga master trainer, as well as being a laughter therapist trainer and gibberish trainer. She is your everyday laughter queen.

In 2017, Lotte celebrated a decade of delivering Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in the UK with passion, compassion and empathy, always with her students in mind.

After founding UnitedMind in 2002, the laughter yoga journey has been exciting and life-changing in many ways. Working with organisations in the private and public sectors falls naturally with her background of almost 20 years in technology companies prior to starting her full-time laughter venture.

Where to find Lotte at the FHT Training Congress:

Laughter yoga
Room 1, Monday 21 May, 12pm – 1pm

Enjoy an hour of laughter yoga where you will be actively moving around and connecting with people, experiencing the benefits of extending your laughter from a few seconds to a real workout. The workshop gives you an insight into how you can choose laughter in your life, everyday.

Look out for an article by Lotte on laughter yoga in the next issue of International Therapist.

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

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Jane Duncan Rogers

Jane Duncan Rogers cropped.pngJane Duncan Rogers, award-winning coach and counsellor, founded Before I Go Solutions, a social enterprise that arose directly from her memoir, Gifted By Grief: A True Story of Cancer, Loss and Rebirth. She speaks internationally about the benefits of preparing well for a good end of life, and supports people to make full end of life plans through the products and programmes provided by Before I Go Solutions.

She is also teaching an FHT Hosted course, which you can book here.

Where to find Jane at the 2018 FHT Training Congress:

Five pointers to being with your terminally ill clients
Room 3, Monday 21 May, 2pm – 3pm

When facing end of life, how others behave around you is crucial, especially your therapist. In this talk, Jane introduces you to five essential things to consider with your client, in order to best support them, and facilitate as good an end of life as possible.

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

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Emma Hague

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Emma Hague is a Certified Money Breakthrough Coach, Chartered Management Accountant and entrepreneur who helps women in accounting get that first ‘breakthrough’ in their home-based business so they can find the confidence they need to build a business they love – and get past that place of ‘never having any money’ no matter how hard they seem to try.

Emma has helped scores of business women (and men!) during her time as a self-employed accountant and business coach – from Architects to Ecological Surveyers, Fish & Chip Shops to Landlords, Scientists to Sushi Bars and Tilers to Web Designers!

Where to find Emma at the 2018 FHT Training Congress:

Charge what you’re worth and get it
Room 3, 
Sunday 20 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Do you often feel unsure about what you should be charging? Do you feel like you can’t charge what you want to, because you’ll lose clients or you’d feel guilty charging more? Learn the secrets to understanding your own value and pricing with confidence, so you can finally charge what you’re worth… and get it!

Identify your unique brilliance and authentic brand
Room 3, Monday 21 May, 10.30am – 11.30am

In this fun and inspirational session, you will discover your ‘brand archetype’, which unlocks the powerful, instantly recognisable presence within you that is a client-attraction and opportunitiy magnet. Capture your spirit, personality and passion into an authentic brand that you can use in all of your marketing.

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