Indoor air pollution as harmful as car fumes, study finds

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The shampoo, deodorants, air fresheners, cleaning products and even perfumes in our homes could be creating as much air pollution as the transportation sector, a new study finds.

Conventional wisdom maintains that outside air pollution from cars, industry and public transport are the main sources of air pollution. While this was true in previous decades, today particle-forming emissions from chemical products are about twice as high as those from transportation. According to this new study, as cars get cleaner, VOCs come increasingly from consumer products.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) atmospheric scientist Jessica Gilman, a co-author of the new paper, attributes this disparity partially to differences in how we store those products versus fuels. “Gasoline is stored in closed, hopefully airtight, containers and the VOCs in gasoline are burned for energy,” she said. “But volatile chemical products used in common solvents and personal care products are literally designed to evaporate. You wear perfume or use scented products so that you or your neighbor can enjoy the aroma. You don’t do this with gasoline,” Gilman said.

What are volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are any chemical compound that evaporates into the atmosphere at room temperature, potentially causing health effects within the environment.

Many VOC concentrations are up to ten times higher indoors than outdoors. They are emitted by a wide array of products, including paints, varnishes and wax, as well as many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing and hobby products. It is thought around 350 different types of VOCs exist in our indoor environment.

What effects can VOCs have?

VOCs can react with the atmosphere to produce either ozone or particulate matter—both of which are regulated in many countries due to the potential health impacts, including lung damage.

There’s a wide range of long- and short-term health effects associated with exposure to VOCs, including eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, and some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.

How can you reduce VOCs in your home?

Store paint, paint thinners, pesticides, particle board, fuel, cleaners, and similar materials in a detached shed or garage to protect your family from VOCs.

Let fresh air in by opening a window, or using exhaust fans in the kitchen or bathroom.

Decorating with houseplants is an easy, inexpensive way to absorb VOCs and other toxins. Some of the best plants for cleaning your air are aloe, spider plants, chrysanthemums, Chinese evergreens, and peace lilies.

Cleaning regularly can reduce VOCs already in your home, and can be done without introducing new VOCs. Use lemon juice and olive oil as a healthy wood polish, or a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with water to prevent mildew in your bathroom.

Dig into DIY deodorisers. Herbs and flowers can make a lovely potpourri, and simmering cinnamon sticks, orange slices, cloves, or other spices on the stove will produce a welcoming aroma. Natural essential oils are also popular as air fresheners.

Read about the study here. You can also learn more about making your own products with essential oils at our 2018 Training Congress, where Penny Price will be running a session entitled Making Aromatherapy Skincare Products. Find out more on our website.

 

 

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.

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GDPR is on its way

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 (three years after their final appointment, if you have a medical malpractice insurance policy through the FHT); 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

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.

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Member News – February

The February issue of FHT Member News is out today. Take a peek at what’s inside…

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Member News features the latest therapy updates, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership.

In this month’s issue:

Members, be sure to check your inbox this evening for your copy.

If you’re not a member and would like to receive our updates…

Find out more about joining the FHT – the largest professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. Visit fht.org.uk/join-us or call 023 8062 4350 today.

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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Emma Holly, Highly Commended for 2017 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year, gets a hometown highlight

HERTFORDSHIRELIFE COVEREmma Holly, Highly Commended for 2017 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year, has been featured in Hertfordshire Life magazine for her work with charities.

The local publication highlights ScarWork, a unique therapy with only around 100 qualified practitioners in Britain.

Read the article here.