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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FHT Annual Training Congress attracts big crowds at Holistic Health

After a wonderful whirlwind of a weekend, it’s nice to look back at all the amazing people we met and moments we experienced.

Our thanks also to FHT Fellow Linda Jacobs, and FHT Members Nadeen Buchanan and Carol Brown, for providing much-appreciated taster treatments on the FHT stand. It was great to see so many members and visitors to our stand enjoy a little ‘me time’ at this busy event.

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Linda Jacobs, FFHT, giving a taster treatment.

And if you joined FHT on the Sunday or Monday – a warm welcome aboard! You’re all the proof we need that it’s people that make the difference in this business.

The show offered professional therapists the opportunity to learn, shop, network and relax, all under one roof.

Our Training Congress was nestled in among the Holistic Health show, which was held on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd 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 32 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 people away so make a note for next year to book early!

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Topics included cancer care, Emmett Technique, reiki for beginners, essential oils, reflexology, WaveStone, dry needling, crystal therapy, auricular diagnosis, aquamassage, Ayurvedic facelift massage, supporting individuals with autism, age and exercise, the Chrysalis Effect, building a successful salon, building a tribe on Facebook, and more.

We also offered exclusive deals on shop stock, with many browsing in between talks, and three dedicated therapists working our stand offering Indian head massage and reflexology.

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FHT Vice Presidents and Training Congress speakers Mary Dalgleish and Maria Mason.

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 education@fht.org.uk writing ‘Training Congress’ in the subject box.

Similarly, if you’d like to suggest specific topics or speakers you’d like to see at future FHT training events, please complete our short survey at fht.org.uk/learning

What you had to say about FHT’s Training Congress speakers…

[About Nick Flanagan’s talk – Age and exercise]

‘Great session. Loved the dancing!’

[About Jackie Winters’ talk – Understanding crystal therapy]

‘Excellent, inspiring and interesting seminar – very uplifting.’

‘Good workshop to start the weekend with. Jackie is great!’

[About Adrian Jenkinson’s talk – WaveStone cellulite reduction massage]

‘Amazing workshop and fantastic product. Further training now planned.’

[About Martin Thirwell’s talk – Working alongside reiki guides]

‘Very interesting. Good speaker. Incredible insight.’

[About Elaine Wilkins’ talk – The Chrysalis Effect]

‘Very interesting – there is hope for people with fibromyalgia. I will be passing information on, as a nurse and therapist.’

[About Alison Battisby’s talk – Growing your social media audience]

‘Awesome workshop.’

[About Carol Samuel’s talk – Reflexology for stress and anxiety]

‘I have been coming here for years. This is the most informative session I have ever been to – thank you.’

[About Cameron Reid’s talk – Manipulative therapy]

‘Enjoyed the session. Found the content engaging and helpful for my practice. Thank you.’

[About Rennie Gould’s workshop – Release your WOW]

‘Marvellous! Have booked workshop in Birmingham and looking forward to it.’

[About Penny Price’s workshop – Are essential oils anti-ageing?]

‘Excellent presentation. Lots learnt in a small amount of time. Very informative.’

Last chance! 24 hours left to buy Training Congress tickets!

We’re counting down the days until our annual Training Congress, this year happily nestled in the Holistic Health UK show. There’s only 24 hours left before ticket sales close, so make sure you grab yours now!


Tickets for the 2017 FHT Training Congress are selling fast, with over 150 delegates already booked to attend a variety of seminars from 32 industry experts. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend.

Seminar topics include:

  • How to market yourself as a therapist
  • Dorn Method/Breuss Massage for Back and Joint Pain
  • Working with people living with and beyond cancer
  • Aquamassage
  • Age and exercise
  • Five golden rules to increase your revenue
  • Holistic therapies to support autism
  • Ayurvedic foot massage
  • A social media strategy for your business
  • Auricular diagnosis
  • WaveStone cellulite massage
  • Reiki energy and working alongside reiki guides
  • Aromatherapy and the skin
  • All about the Emmett Technique
  • Facial acupuncture
  • Reflexology for stress, anxiety and pain
  • Manipulative therapy
  • Examination and treatment for the sacroiliac joint

And much more…

To see the full range of seminars on offer click here.

We hope to see you there!