My therapist helps me… to manage my injuries

My therapist helps me... Kevin and Nick


It’s our mission to make the public more aware of our members and the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament.


Accredited Register AdvertAs such we launched the ‘My therapist helps me…” Campaign in August of last year, showcasing FHT Fellow Alison, and her longtime client Helen, whom she helps to cope with her back pain. You can read Helen’s story here.


We know that complementary therapies can provide much-needed support to all different people affected by long-term health conditions, every step of their journey. Our new advert introduces Nicholas Flanagan and his client Kevin.


2016 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year Nick, has been helping his client Kevin manage injuries he’s sustained over year’s of sports activities. We travelled over to the Emerald Isle to understand Kevin’s journey and how he benefits from sports therapy. You will be able to read Kevin’s story in the coming weeks.


The advert will appear in publications read by a highly engaged and health-conscious audience, including Men’s Fitness and Healthy for Men, also Facebook and Google, along with supporting case studies in the press.


This campaign not only highlights the great work FHT Members do, but also raises the importance for the public to choose a therapist, like you, who meets the highest standards in both training and practice. We’ll also be posting updates on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – please share/re-tweet to help spread the word!

See the full advert here

FHT Member & Accredited Training Provider Ziggie Bergman hits front page news!

FHT Accredited Training Provider Ziggie Bergman, and her holistic therapy practice, has recently been featured in popular publications such as Tatler, The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times.

ziggy-bZiggie has been showcasing her talents in facial reflexology and spreading the word about her FHT accredited Zone Face Lift course. Focusing on her “Botox Detox” she talks about how her clients have come to her to receive “natural methods” that will go on to “soften and sculpt their features.”

Maya Rasamny, 48, who has received Ziggie’s therapy first-hand, has said, ‘The contours of my face have changed for the better. Some people think I’m crazy, others tell me I look amazing. This is the way forward, the future, it’s more holistic.’

Ziggie has previously worked with celebrity clients such as Kate Moss, Keira Knightly and Elle Macpherson, who have all benefited from her unique therapy.

To find out more information, please go to Ziggie’s website

FHT 2017 Training Congress launched!

2017 FHT Training Congress

We’re thrilled to reveal that this year’s 2017 FHT Training Congress will be held at the Holistic Health show, 21 – 22 May, at the NEC Birmingham.

Featuring 32 educational sessions of CPD training over the two day event, the Training Congress is a fantastic opportunity to network, learn the latest therapy trends, grow your business with informative business talks and contribute towards your annual CPD quota.

We’ve organised a variety of different speakers to attend, giving sessions on a range of therapy subjects, with both hands on and theory sessions available, this year’s Training Congress is not to be missed!

Make sure you follow the latest updates here.

Why you should try Reflexology?

Ever considered trying Reflexology? The January issue of Natural Health gives you the top reasons why you should.

Natural Health January
Reflexology can help boost your circulation, offer relief from pain, help with fertility and much more. And according to Helen Atkinson, star of the new FHT “My therapist helps me…” campaign: ‘My [reflexology] treatment not only provides me with deep relaxation, but helps me to care for my overall health and wellbeing’.

Also featuring quotes from FHT Member Dr Carol Samuel, this is an inspiring piece, highlighting how this holistic therapy can help restore inner calm and improve your well-being.

Read the full article

FHT Vice President talks about the benefits of Vitamin D

Natural Health December cover

FHT Vice President Jonathan Hobbs has contributed to an article extolling the virtues of Vitamin D in helping to beat a cold.

Jon writes “If you’re feeling up to it, go for a stroll. Fresh air will improve your mood and the exercise will get your circulation pumping. And you’ll boost your vitamin D. “Winter illnesses such as flu are commonly transmitted through the air via coughs or sneezes,” says Jonathan Hobbs, Vice President of the Federation of Holistic Therapists ( “If you have flu, your body produces large amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, which are typically responsible for the symptoms of fever and headaches. Vitamin D supresses the excessive release of them. It also increases the absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphate, which are all important for our health. However, as we get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight during the warmer months, staying indoors and a lack of direct exposure to sunlight in winter can lower our vitamin D levels, which can make us more susceptible to infection. Those who are frail, housebound or have naturally dark skin may wish to consider taking vitamin D supplements, under medical supervision.””

Read the full article

FHT Vice President contributes to article on ‘no more winter colds’

 FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish has written an article about the use of aromatherapy oils to help cure the winter cold.Natural Health November
“Essential oils are aromatic plant extracts that can be easily added to a bath or gently inhaled, to boost the immune system and help ward off colds and flu during the colder months,” Mary Dalgleish, Vice President of the FHT (, explains.
By stimulating our immune system and promoting healing, the right sort of essential
oils can have a profound impact on the way we feel.
“A warm bath combining Epsom salt and essential oils at the first sign of a
cold or flu can often stop symptoms developing,” Mary says. “The best
oils to use have antiviral and antiseptic properties, such as ravensara,
eucalyptus, niaouli or tea tree. Mix together up to five drops of your
chosen essential oils with a teaspoon of sunflower oil, then stir
through a large mug of Epsom salts and add to bathwater.
“A steam inhalation is also great when you have a cold,”
she adds. “Add two to three drops of your chosen essential
oils to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water and inhale for five to
10 minutes. Drape a towel over your head to keep the steam
in but keep your eyes closed, as essential oils can cause a
burning sensation to the eyes.
“Gently inhaling ravensara or eucalyptus is another
quick and easy way to clear the sinuses when you are out and
about. Simply add one to two drops of essential oil to a tissue
and inhale.”

Read the full article

NICE publishes updated guidelines on low back pain

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its updated guidelines on low back pain and sciatica.


NICE guidelines make recommendations on a wide range of topics, including preventing and managing specific conditions, to promote integrated care where appropriate.

We’re pleased to report that the updated guidelines still recommend manual therapies and make a specific mention to :

‘Consider manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) for managing low back pain with or without sciatica, but only as part of a treatment package including exercise, with or without psychological therapy’ (1.2.7. NG59).

In addition, mind-body approaches also form part of the recommendations:

‘Consider a group exercise programme (biomechanical, aerobic, mind–body or a combination of approaches) within the NHS for people with a specific episode or flare-up of low back pain with or without sciatica. Take people’s specific needs, preferences and capabilities into account when choosing the type of exercise.’

Sadly, however, acupuncture is no longer recommended in the guidelines, despite objections from a number of registered stakeholders, including the FHT, who highlighted during the consultation period that:

  • a number of data errors were present in the draft guidelines and appendices in relation to the acupuncture studies included in the review;
  • a large and potentially significant acupuncture study was not included in the review;
  • sham acupuncture is not a ‘best comparator’ to prove whether acupuncture has treatment-specific effects, as sham acupuncture can produce similar physiological and therapeutic outcomes as acupuncture;
  • it is disappointing that NICE stated in the draft guideline that ‘cost-effectiveness was not considered relevant’ as ‘there was insufficient evidence of an overall treatment-specific effect to support a recommendation for acupuncture’.

For more information and to view the guidelines visit