FHT Local Support Groups (LSGs) are a place for all those interested in therapies, health and well-being to meet. Meetings are open to members, students, and in many cases the public, where you can hear from expert speakers on various topics within the fields of complementary healthcare, holistic beauty and sports therapies. LSGs are run by members of FHT, who organise an enjoyable and diverse range of events…
Isle of Wight LSG intrigued by massage expert
The Isle of Wight LSG recently enjoyed an evening talk and two workshops with FHT accredited course provider Paul Lewis on the topic of dynamic angular petrissage, writes group coordinator Virginia Evans.
Paul’s talk looked at how to build a client base, but also touched on his techniques. I was interested in what he had to say and felt his techniques would have a wide appeal, as I have a disabled son and a friend with MS, and Paul works with people with many different conditions.
Feedback from the group was very positive. We all had the chance to experience the techniques as well as watch the demonstrations. The meeting was well attended and encouraged the group to book places on his workshops.
Laughter was the best medicine for South Holland and Peterborough LSG
Linda Nightingale gave a fun and interactive talk about the benefits of laughter yoga for the South Holland and Peterborough LSG, writes group coordinator Zoe Myall.
Devised by Indian cardiologist Dr Kataria, laughter yoga is a well-being exercise routine that combines laughter exercises with yogic breathing. Its practitioners say the benefits include releasing endorphins, helping to boost the immune system, toning muscles, encouraging positive thinking and promoting relaxation.
The group certainly got involved and we were allowed to act like ‘big kids’ for the evening. Laughter yoga leader and teacher, Linda, explained that through simulated exercises ‘fake’ laughter becomes real laughter. We could choose how we wanted to laugh – either big, hearty laughs, or a gentle ‘ho, ho, ho’. It wasn’t long before the real laughter was flowing as we engaged in fun chants, songs and games. We finished the session with a guided meditation and were ready to face a new year with a smile on our faces and a spring in our step.
Want to come along? Find your LSG at fht.org.uk/LSGs
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