Body massage is the most popular complementary therapy with clients

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A survey conducted by the FHT has found that body massage is the complementary therapy that is most popular with clients.

For our 2019 Member Survey, we asked members to rank their treatments in order of popularity, with 52% of respondents listing body massage as the most popular with clients. Last year’s most popular treatment, reflexology, claimed 2nd place with 51% while aromatherapy and healing/reiki were joint third with 30%.

Quote of the week

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In an article on yoga for dementia in the latest edition of International Therapist, Tania Plahay tells us that yoga is highly adaptable and for everyone.

Tania says, ‘Older people often say to me, “Oh, I’m too stiff to do yoga.” To me, that is like saying, “I’m too dirty to have a shower.” Yoga is highly adaptable and suitable for all people.’

Read Tania’s article

A big ‘Thank You!’ to our nurses


Held on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, Nurses’ Day is held on 12 May each year to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to the health and wellbeing of all.

The day is recognised and supported by the Royal College of Nurses, which provides guidance and resources to nurses looking to mark the day with a special party (see for more information).Janet Cairnie.jpg

Janet Cairnie, MFHT, is lead Complementary Therapy Practitioner (Renal Services) at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, where different activities will be held throughout the hospital to celebrate Nurses’ Day. Along with several members of her therapy team, she will be based at Salford hospital on 12 May, to offer free mini treatments to nurses, including massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and reiki.

‘It’s our way of showing our appreciation for the long hours, dedication and commitment provided by the nurses we work alongside,’ Janet told the FHT.

‘While we are normally based in the renal unit, all nurses, from all departments, are invited to have a treatment, including those working in the smaller satellite units, like Wigan and Bolton, where we will have one or two therapists present on the day. The nurses are so busy that they usually only get the chance to come and see us during their breaks, but it’s still nice to see them smiling and relaxed, even if it is just for 10 minutes!’

We’d love to hear from other FHT members who are getting involved with activities to celebrate Nurses’ Day, no matter how big or small the event or initiative. Please get in touch with us by email at


Massage could help reduce occupational stress for people working in emergency medical services

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Massage could be an effective therapy for reducing stress in people working in emergency medical services, according to a study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

People working in emergency services often suffer from occupational stress, so the study sought to establish whether massage could help.

Researchers recruited 58 people working in prehospital emergency medical service stations in southwest Iran to participate in a randomised controlled trial. The participants were randomly assigned to two groups, with a control group receiving no intervention and a massage group, where participants received 20-25 minutes of Swedish massage, twice a week for four weeks.

The results showed significant differences between the two groups, indicating that Swedish massage could be an effective therapy in reducing occupational stress in staff working in emergency medical service centres.

Access the full study


Quote of the week

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In the Winter issue of International Therapist, former president of the FHT, Wendy Arnold, SFFHT, talks about the value of all therapists, in improving health and wellbeing. Speaking in defence of beauty therapists, Wendy says, ‘I have met some amazing beauty therapists throughout my career, whose aim is to make their clients feel good—whether that be physically, emotionally or cosmetically.’

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