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.

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FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Jane Duncan Rogers

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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.

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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

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Jane Johnson

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Jane Johnson is a physiotherapist with a passion for helping therapists to gain confidence in hands-on techniques. A massage and sports massage therapist for many years, she appreciates the value of touch and thrives on sharing the many tips she has picked up over the years. Jane is author of six books for therapists: Soft Tissue Release, Therapeutic Stretching, Deep Tissue Massage, Postural Assessment, Postural Correction and The Big Back Book; Tips and Tricks for Therapists. You can contact Jane on her Facebook page, The Friendly Physio.

In 2015, Jane wrote a two-part feature for International Therapist magazine, which provides an in-depth discussion on therapeutic stretching. This feature serves as an excellent primer for Jane’s session at our Training Congress, and you can read both parts here and here.

Jane is also teaching FHT Hosted courses, which you can book here and here.

Where to find Jane at the FHT Training Congress:

Stretching your clients
Room 2, Monday 21 May, 10.30am – 11.30am

Would you like to incorporate stretches into your massage routine? This seminar includes practical elements to show you how you can utilise and deliver couch-based and seat-based passive stretches. It also provides you with information on how to adapt your stretches to suit various clients’ levels of flexibility and contraindications.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

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

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FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Barbara Scott

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Barbara Scott is the founder of Seren Natural Fertility, Reproflexology™ Training  and Chair of The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists.  She is the author of ‘Reflexology for Fertility’ (Watkins Books 2016), and was awarded Complementary Therapist of the Year 2017 by the FHT.  She speaks regularly at The Fertility Show in London and Manchester and on specialist panels as an expert and voice for Reproductive Reflexology as a form of support and integrative medicine for couples who are trying to conceive.

Learn more about reflexology for fertility in a feature Barbara wrote for International Therapist, which you can read here.

Where to find Barbara at the FHT Training Congress:

Reproflexology as an integrative approach to fertility
Room 1, 
Sunday 20 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Reproflexology™ is an integrative approach to using reflexology to support fertility and underlying reproductive conditions for both men and women.  The integrative approach allows us to understand what the issues may be, measure outcomes and monitor progress.  This provides an evidence based approach to fertility, using reflexology as the main form of treatment.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

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

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FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Lisa Smith

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Lisa Smith works as a Nutritionist within high profile, integrated private healthcare clinics in London, as well as in her private practice in Kent, where the focus is on helping the body obtain the nutrients it needs to work properly in a busy, demanding and at times, stressful place.

Lisa is also a senior lecturer for the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), on their accredited three year Nutritional Therapy course.

Where to find Lisa at the FHT Training Congress:

Sugar, stress and sitting down – are they really a problem?
Room 1, Monday 21 May, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Today’s world can be a demanding place, where we spend too much of our time with a toxic combination of stress, sitting down and sugar. This lecture looks at the negative implications of the ‘three Ss’ upon health and, more importantly, what we can do to protect ourselves against them.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

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

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FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Ruth Duncan

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Ruth specialises in myofascial release and has been in clinical practice for 18 years. She is the author of ‘A Hands on Guide to Myofascial Release’ and has delivered numerous foundation and advanced myofascial release workshops both in the UK and internationally. She regularly attends trade shows and conferences delivering lectures and workshops and is also a consultant for The British Fascia Symposium. Ruth delivered the opening lecture on fascia at the Symposium’s inaugural event in 2014 as has provided MFR workshops at all of their other events. She has also delivered a workshop for MyoPain2017 conference in Bangalore, India and is a founding member of the Fascia Research Society.

Find Myofascial UK on facebook and twitter or take a look at their blog. Ruth is also teaching an FHT Hosted course, which you can book here.

Where to find Ruth at the 2018 Training Congress:

Fascia – facts and fiction
Room 2, Sunday 20 May, 10.30am – 11.30am

Love it or loathe it, fascia exists and can be a contributing factor in pain and dysfunction. But what is it? What is its role and how can it be treated? Learn what the science and research says, what not to believe and why fascial therapies are effective tools for your toolbox.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

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

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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

GDPR is on its way

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Things to consider before new data protection regulations come into effect this May

Data protection regulationThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). In many ways, it will simply reinforce the obligations you already have under the DPA, however the GDPR does have a wider scope and carries tougher penalties for those who fail to comply.

Whether the personal data you use and store relates to clients, students, staff or local support group (LSG) attendees, this article outlines a few key things to consider to be compliant.

What is personal data?

The GDPR defines personal data as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. It defines this person as someone who ‘can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to […] that natural person.’ (Article 4)

What information do you hold?

Start by documenting what personal data you hold, how it’s stored, where it came from and who you share this with. This will help you identify any areas of risk – such as storing, using and sharing data securely – and also give you an idea of any processes that need improving.

Privacy notices

You should have a privacy policy in place, which clearly explains who you are and how you intend to use a person’s information. This should include how long you will hold their personal data for; how and when you will delete their personal data records; that they have a right to access any personal information you hold about them; and that they have the right to complain to the ICO if they think there is a problem with the way you are handling their data.

The policy does not have to be long and complicated, but make sure people are aware of the policy and how to access this.

Accessing information

People already have the right to access personal data you hold about them, but the GDPR will mean this information needs to be supplied within one month of their request. The ICO advises that in most cases you will not be able to charge for this service, unless the request is ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’.

Consent

Review how you seek, record and manage consent to use and store personal data, and whether you need to make any changes.

According to the ICO, consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous. There must be a process of ‘opting in’ – consent cannot be inferred from silence or by having pre-ticked boxes.

Reviewing the personal data you hold in order to be GDPR compliant is a good opportunity to ensure this information is current and reflects the other person’s wishes. Ask those who have engaged with your services in the past year:

  • If the information you hold about them is accurate and up to date.
  • If they are happy to ‘opt in’ and be contacted by you for information relating to your services, for example appointment reminders, special offers, or newsletters. Make it clear that they can opt out of these communications at any time, quickly and easily.
  • How they would like to be contacted by you going forward for each of the above (by email, phone, text message, email, post, other).

In the process of checking someone’s personal data, be very careful not to disclose this information to someone other than that specific individual.

Other points to consider

  • Obtaining permission from a parent or legal guardian for consent to process the personal data of a child.
  • Having a process in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach.

Still have questions?

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This article is intended for guidance only. It is not all-encompassing, nor does it constitute legal advice.

Contact the ICO Helpline if you have any questions about data protection or the GDPR. T. 0303 123 1113.

Advice and a copy of the GDPR is also available from their website: ico.org.uk

FHT Holiday Hours

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The holidays are coming up, and we’re super excited!

Just in case your last minute preparations include getting in touch with us, please keep in mind the following office hours in the coming weeks:

  • 12pm Friday, 22 December 2017 through Tuesday, 2 January 2018 – Closed

We’ll be busy relaxing, celebrating, and gearing up for another great year of serving our members and the general public in 2018!