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.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

FHT’s Jane Long presents Professional Beauty award

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FHT’s Executive Director, Jane Long, was delighted to present the Therapist of the Year award to winner Rebecca Griffith, at the 2018 Professional Beauty Awards, held in London this February.

Rebecca is the founder of The Secret Spa, Wrexham, and has 21 years of experience in the beauty industry, specialising in skin therapy.

‘Professionally organised awards like this are an excellent way to highlight best practice in the therapy industry,’ Jane commented. ‘Many congratulations to Rebecca and her team at The Secret Spa, and a warm thank you to Eve and the team at Professional Beauty for inviting me to present this award.’

Read more about this year’s Professional Beauty award winners 

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Barbara Scott


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.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Member News – March

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


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.

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.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

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.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Indoor air pollution as harmful as car fumes, study finds


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.