Taking care of business

Valerie - webpage image black and white circle.pngIn the latest in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we speak to Valerie Delforge about business, branding and her forthcoming talks on producing a winning brand and attracting new customers with your digital communication strategy.

 

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I studied a commercial course for two years after my baccalauréat and then decided to perfect my English, so arrived in the UK almost 30 years ago now!

I started in the industry with an agency placing me in Harrods or Selfridges as a cover and quickly fell in love with the industry. I sent my CV to Clinique and started my career with them. Retail was in my DNA from then on and I never looked back. I loved it! After that, I joined Clarins two years later and fell in love with the spa side of the industry, which has followed me throughout my career.

 

Give us an insight in to your normal day to day schedule

My days are very mixed which is what I love about my work. From an admin day in the office to having my remote coaching with clients, I also travel internationally for business coaching or public speaking.

I wake up early (around 5.30am) and now have perfected my routine as I realised that when busy, you must take time for yourself. I meditate in the morning and evening which has had an amazing impact on my life.

 

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What interests you outside of work?

I am busy with my daughters, although to be fair they are older so I tend to be the taxi driver!

I love walking and catching up with friends as well as playing the piano J

 

What is your Training Congress seminar about?

I have two talks on 20 of May: ‘producing a winning brand’ at 2.30pm and ‘attract new customers with your digital strategy’ at 4pm.

As a business owner, you now have to be aware of your branding and communication to ensure you are attracting the customers that you want in your business and build your database to become a fan of your brand.

I want to take you through the tools and techniques of what to look for when creating your branding and how to ensure you are creating a strategy that is relevant to your branding.

Attracting new customers has to be thought about. Last-minute posts on social media tend to create confusion and have no real impact on building your brand. Ideally, you want to attend both seminars to focus on your communication as a whole.

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What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?

I am obsessed with branding and digital communication as I believe it creates a strong message to existing and new customers.

Since I was a dinosaur myself when it came to branding and social media, I understand the challenges that we face as business owners, as our role is to focus on the customers and the service we deliver. Having worked for leading brands and digital companies, I want to give you the tools and techniques that I have learned throughout the years and am still using now, as they are easy to implement and recreate in your business without all of the jargon that can be confusing and scary.

 

What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

Tools and techniques as well as a thorough plan of action. What to look for and how to analyse your branding.

 

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

There are so many I want to attend! But the ones that stands out, since I am all business are: Making more money – the heart centred way with Chris and Karane Lambert-Gorwyn and 8 ways to raise your local profile (online and offline) with Jill Woods.

And because I believe meditation and mind are the heart of your mindset: How the mind works with the Hudson Mind Theory – Body Mind Workers with Nic Wood and Guided meditation – experience the power to transform with Anna-Louise Haigh.

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What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

Self-development is extremely important but sometimes, I feel that there is so much information that I meet a lot of clients who are lost and unsure of where to start.

Prioritise what is essential and give yourself a time limit, as to when you want to achieve what, so you can build your dream for 2019!

 

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Complementing the NHS

Julie Crossman - web image black and white circle.pngIn the latest in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we speak to Julie Crossman about her background and forthcoming talk on how complementary therapists can support the NHS.

 

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I came into complementary therapy 19 years ago when my sister-in-law was diagnosed with a brain tumour and found great benefit from complementary therapies. I knew from the outset that I wanted to work in oncology.

Previously, I was the sales and marketing manager at Ulster Television. I left there after the birth of our first child and opened a couple of tableware/gift shops, importing goods from Italy. After the birth of two more children, I retrained as a complementary therapist. I ran my own practice for a number of years while also working at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough in the holistic centre, oncology ward, haematology ward and day unit. I joined Harrogate Hospital five years ago, where I am the Lead therapist. I have a full-time NHS contract.

 

Give us an insight in to your normal day to day schedule

I get up at 6.30am and am lucky enough to be able to walk to work. I start at 8am at Harrogate Hospital. Some days I do back-to-back treatments, other days I supervise students on our NHS certificate, giving them tutorials at the beginning and end of the day, following a full clinic in various settings within the hospital, which I supervise. Within the working week, I also teach and mark students’ work for our complementary therapy school: NHS Natural Health School. We offer a number of courses, including foundation diploma level three, short courses, and CPD. These happen at weekends/weekday evenings and some weekdays. I do a lot of fundraising to help sustain and expand the complementary therapy service here at Harrogate Hospital; this involves building relationships within the community as well as organising events, which takes up time in the evenings. I also organise the local FHT support group meetings every other month and I am an ambassador for the FHT which takes me out and about to other colleges. My working week is varied but always extremely busy.

 

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What interests you outside of work?

Outside work, I like walking in the dales, which my husband and I try to do on Sundays. We go to ballroom dancing lessons, (not that you would know if you saw us dance!) We have three adult children who we try to see as often as we can. Our daughters play hockey so we will go to support them when we are free. We also love cooking and entertaining, so make sure we get together with family and friends as often as we can.

 

What is your Training Congress seminar about?

We are talking about the role of the complementary therapist within the NHS and the ever-increasing need for help in supporting an ageing population, increased complex comorbidities, and preventative help, by encouraging patients and staff to do more to help their own health and wellbeing. We will discuss the need for evidence-based practice and the issues surrounding funding. I am hoping to bring other members of the team along, to encourage a wide range of questions.

 

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What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?

The work we do at Harrogate is all evidence-based. These positive results along with daily patient contact, enables us to see first-hand, the benefits patients, carers and staff get from complementary therapies. With an overstretched NHS and a growing population of people requiring support, there is now a real need for well-trained and experienced therapists. We are now getting referrals from GPs, and other clinicians and with social prescribing now firmly on the agenda, this talk will hopefully be of benefit for anyone interested in working, not only within the NHS, but also out in the community and in private practice, who wish to work with more complex clients.

 

What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with? 

An idea of how complementary therapists can support the NHS, by working within the service as well as treating patients out in the community. We will share how we have used different therapies in a range of settings to meet patient need and talk a little about how our service developed to become an integrated sustainable service, identifying problems we faced and how we overcome them. We hope to provide a forum for questions and support for therapists wishing to work, either in a clinical environment or out in the community with more complex patients.

 

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Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

There are always many interesting seminars at the training congress. For obvious reasons of links to my own work, I would find the following talks of particular interest: Dr Toh Wong—Five main reasons why therapists don’t get referrals from GP’s and the medical profession and Dr Carol Samuel—Pain in cancer survivors.

 

What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

Make your practice evidence-based, think hard about what training you need and where you can find that, and network within your community of local businesses, therapists and other organisations. Get into fundraising to help provide complementary therapies.

Please feel free to ask me questions on my blog.

 

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Doctor in the house

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Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I am a medical doctor, graduating from the University of Leicester Medical School in 2001, and a GP since 2006. I work as a GP Principal and GP Trainer at the Westbank Practice, a semi-rural practice in Devon, near Exeter. Over the last 10 years, I have learned and practice acupuncture, NLP and hypnosis regularly both in my practice and privately.

In 2018, I organised the Integrative Health Convention, a showcase of different complementary and conventional therapists, attended by doctors and complementary therapists to begin connecting doctors and therapists with each other and appreciating the work that each does in their respective fields. This was done in association with the College of Medicine of which I now have the honour of being a council member.

I also run courses under Neurolinguistic Healthcare Ltd in advanced communication skills and therapeutic techniques for healthcare professionals.

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Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

I work full-time as a GP. As GPs, we see on average 40 patients a day. Fortunately, I tend to see only 30 patients a day in my lovely semi-rural practice but can have up to over 40 contacts a day. This includes morning and afternoon clinics and home visits in between. During this time, I see conditions varying from simple colds and sore throats (rare) to musculoskeletal conditions (20-30%), and have to deal with detecting cancers, test results, dealing with hospital letters, minor surgery, and palliative care, as well as long-term care including heart and lung conditions, and dementia. We also see many children. All, utilising a holistic approach to healthcare.

To have enough time, it is important to keep interests varied and attention focused by practices such as exercise and meditation which I do daily.

What interests you outside of work?

I love spending time with my nine-year-old son and enjoying nature in Devon. Learning takes up a lot of my time and I enjoy learning new skills and taking in different viewpoints immensely to improve care for my patients. Organising the Integrative Health Convention and our courses and managing the long hours at work takes up the rest of my time.

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What is your Training Congress seminar about?

From my varied interests in different forms of complementary therapy, I noticed some complementary therapists struggling to make ends meet despite their good intentions of helping people with their skills, and so I created a guide as to how to get noticed and more referrals from doctors, particularly from GPs who every patient in the UK is registered with. As GPs are often the first port of call for many patients, this would be an ideal place to start getting referrals from. I have tested this method and it has worked and been found to be useful.

What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?

From my contact with complementary therapists, I realised that their skills can be very beneficial to patients and that not knowing about the many therapies out there could mean doing a disservice to our patients. In fact, it is in the medical school curriculum to be aware of the different types of complementary therapies, yet knowledge of this is still lacking. Thus, my topic will introduce complementary therapists to how to get in the GP door, give something useful to them, educate them, and in return possibly get referrals or recommendations from GPs in the hope that all of us can work together for the good of the patient.

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What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

I have a step by step approach on how to get into GP practices and what they want to hear to make the most use of this unique opportunity. This will save them time effort, and money to avoid useless marketing materials and really do something that works.

They can also ask questions to a full-time practising GP with a unique insight into both worlds – that of complementary therapy and conventional medicine.

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

I like Dr Deepa Apte’s Ayurveda talks as she is a wonderful speaker and teacher who spoke at the 2018 Integrative Health Convention. Also, I think meditation is extremely useful and evidence-based for today’s busy world. I do prefer a type of concentrative meditation rather than guided but all of it is a start to greater awareness of the power of these techniques. I also think trigger points are an important concept in manual therapies and I am glad this is being covered. Overall, it seems a varied programme that would be useful to all attendees.

What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

Have an open mind and good relationships with the GP or Medical Team around you – all of us are working towards the same thing, the wellbeing of the patient in front of us  (although it might not always seem that way to both parties).

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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Cultivating passions

Dawn - webpage image black and white circleIn the fifth in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we talked with Dawn Morse about sport, training and the benefits of dry cupping.

Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

After working for several years in administration for Electronic Data Systems, I realised that my passion lied within sport, fitness and health, as during this time I was a long-distance runner and a keen gym goer. After much consideration I took the opportunity to study as a mature student for a degree in sports and exercise sciences.

During this time, I completed several industry short courses alongside my degree, which included personal training and sports massage therapy. Studying additional short courses while completing my degree enabled me to setup a personal training and sports massage therapy clinic upon graduation.

I was self-employed for around seven years, running my personal training and sports massage clinic, along with several group exercise and yoga classes, when an opportunity to move into teaching was provided.

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Initially, I continued to run my business while working part time for both Swindon College and the City of Bath college. I was then offered the opportunity to teach and become the programme leader on the University of Bath Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy.

I learned a tremendous amount while teaching on the sports therapy degree programmes, and it was fantastic to be able to help so many students through their study and to see them passionate about starting their new careers.

Unfortunately, both government cuts and University reorganisation had a detrimental effect on our department. I took this as positive opportunity for change and founded Core Elements, which provides sports massage and sports therapy-based qualifications and short courses that are accredited by the FHT.

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Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

There are several different branches to Core Elements, so every day is different and provides variety, which is great.

For instance, a typical Tuesday will start with delivering our morning Hot Yoga class in Malmesbury. I’ll pop home and shower, reply to a few emails and will then spend the afternoon treating clients in my home-based sports massage therapy clinic.

I will then pop back into Malmesbury to pick my children up from afterschool activities. After which, I’ll spend a few hours in my office working on admin for our courses, classes or upcoming workshops.

Fridays, however, are a contrast as we often have training courses running on this day of the week or over the weekend.

A typical Friday will start, after a morning coffee, by checking that my kids have everything they need for school. I’ll then travel to the Jury’s Inn Hotel, to ensure everything is set and ready for the upcoming course. After that, I’ll re-read through the power-point slides and presentation materials for the day’s course and will check that all handouts are ready for the group. I’ll then meet the group and start the day’s training course. Lunch break is usually spent by having a quick walk to get fresh air and then checking and replying to emails.

As I love teaching, delivering courses and meeting new people, the training days always fly by and before I know it the course is over. If this is a one-day course, I will then dismantle the room and take all equipment home with me, ready to be stored for our next course.

What interests you outside of work?

I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my family, especially after a busy day.

I also enjoy taking time out for exercise, which depending on the day may be the gym, running, road cycling or yoga.

Plus, I love reading and like to stay up to date with industry reading and, of course, a good crime novel or thriller.

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What is your Training Congress seminar about?

My seminar for the Training Congress focuses on dry cupping therapy and includes both theory and practical demonstration. Discussion will specifically focus on the western application of dry cupping and integration within sports massage therapy.

What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?

Dry cupping is a fantastic modality to add to a therapist’s skillset as it’s such as versatile tool to use. For instance, it can be used with static application or with a variety of movement patterns. It’s also great for time efficiency and for taking the pressure off a therapist’s hands.

What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

Attendees should come away with an understanding of the benefits of dry cupping therapy from a western perspective and how it can be integrated within their current role as a therapist, to help increase effectiveness of their treatment, time efficiency and reduce pressure on their hands.

The seminar will also discuss how this medium can be used as a standalone treatment and within combination therapy.

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

There are many really interesting seminars on offer during the two days. A few that I would be keen to attend are Emma Holly’s seminar on scar tissue on day one; Jane Johnson’s on posture on day two; and Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari’s on myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

To be you and focus on your own strengths and personal interests. Avoid copying others and focus on what interests you within the therapy world, as this will help you to cultivate your own passion and enable you to stand out.

Take the time to network with other therapists and, if possible, work with a mentor during the early years.

Finally, attend seminars such as those at the FHT Training congress, when possible, as they are fantastic for picking up tips, developing ideas and meeting likeminded people.

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

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FHT partners with Jing for free webinar

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The FHT is delighted to be partnering with Jing Advanced Massage Training for a free webinar on myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

Taking place on Wednesday 27 March from 11.00 to 11.45am, this webinar will be hosted by Jing director Rachel Fairweather, who will talk about her upcoming myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions workshop at the 2019 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health Show.

Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and ongoing pain from accident, injury or emotional trauma can be frustrating for the massage therapist to treat. Adding myofascial release techniques to your skill set can be highly beneficial in the treatment of these complex and chronic pain conditions.

By registering for this webinar you will automatically be sent the recording, so if you can’t make it on 27 March – don’t panic.

Last September, the FHT was pleased to partner with Human Kinetics for a free webinar with Jane Johnson on low back pain.

This was very popular, and we hope the webinar with Jing will be just as successful.

FHT members can gain five CPD points from watching the webinar and completing a reflective practice. Register your place at fht.org.uk/Jing-webinar

Always come with an open mind

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Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

Coming from a hands-on therapy background, I found over time that some clients were stuck, they would improve and then the problem would re-occur, some clients had been passed on from doctors saying there was nothing wrong but the patient was experiencing very real problems.

Something was causing people to continually experience pain and discomfort and it wasn’t just physical.

 

Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

I like to mix my treatments up, so alternate between body mind work clients and hands on pain relief sessions. A few hours a week are dedicated to reading and continually up skilling, regular weekly online conferences with colleagues and brain storming. And every day a dog walk in the middle to get me out and keep me fresh.

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What interests you outside of work?

I have a passion for being in the water — I free dive and spearfish. During the winter I’m less in the sea but maintain a weekly pool club visit to keep me tip top for when the weather warms up. And walking — I love walking, in the woods, on the hills, beautiful Dorset has a plethora of stunning landscapes to enjoy come rain or shine.

 

What is your Training Congress seminar about?

Sharing insights into how the mind works based on the Hudson Mind Theory. As you continue to learn how the mind works you will understand how it is that many clients remain stuck in their problems. You will learn about the ‘Screen’, Matt Hudson’s Theory, and this will open your mind in a whole new way!

 

What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?

I love understanding how the mind works, and knowing that there is structure to behaviour and problems opens up new opportunities and possibilities within practices. Learning where information is stored in our minds gives therapists tools to help clients access their own personal resources, and this means change can be so much quicker, more effective and definite. ‘Don’t support, SORT’

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What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

New Learning, The Hudson Mind Theory is the latest most up to date work on The Mind and how it works. With this latest information attendees will have the opportunity to see where we store information and will then get to grips with what new learnings are available to allow them to continue on their own journey.

 

Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

Dr Toh Wong – Discover the insider secrets to getting your foot through the GP door and get consistent referrals. I personally want more GPs to know about this work and how it can help. The level and rise of mental health problems is frightening. If I can gain more knowledge to help me get a foot in the door to continue getting this work out there, helping to reduce the load on the NHS and make even more significant changes with people, this for me is really important.

 

What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

Always come with an open mind.

 

Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

 

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Reflecting on yoga, research and what matters most

Tania Plahay.jpgThis week we caught up with author and yoga teacher, Tania Plahay, in the second in our series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers. Tania tells us about her career change from civil service to offering yoga therapy for clients with dementia, and why it is important to do the things you love.

 

Q. Tell us a bit of background about yourself…

I first got into yoga in my late teens when I was living in London. When I was 18, I moved in with my father to help care for him after he had a stroke. Previously, my father was in a nursing home, where I remember visiting and feeling a deep sense of sadness about the lack of activities and engagement in the home. My father passed away when I was 21, but this sadness has always stayed with me. My grandmother was also living with dementia during the final part of her life.

During my 20s and early 30s, I had a career in the civil service, but continued my yoga practice as a hobby. In 2010, I trained to be a yoga teacher, which increased my knowledge about the wider therapeutic benefits of yoga. After my teacher training, I wanted to spread the joy and grounding I had found to other people. In particular, those that did not have easy access to yoga.

 

Q. Give us an insight in to your normal day-to-day schedule…

During my research project and when writing my book, Yoga for Dementia, my normal day-to-day schedule would look at little like this:

On a Friday morning I would go and volunteer at my local nursing home. This would involve preparing a class, which could cater for a wide range of clients including those living with dementia, heart conditions, and high blood pressure. This class would last around 40 minutes and we would perform a range of movements and breathing exercises. After the class, I would review any learning points. My afternoons sometimes involved going to another residential home to train some of the activities managers.

My current schedule includes spending time doing my own daily yoga practice, as well as reading about yoga and the latest research into the medical benefits of yoga. I try to keep up to date with the constantly evolving information about dementia and its effects. I am putting together training resources for other people who want to introduce yoga in residential care settings. Some of my regular classes are with older clients in a residential home.

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Q. What interests you outside of work?

I have already gone through one complete career change from a civil servant to a yoga teacher and educator.  Therefore, my current work, on aging, dementia, yoga and meditation was previously my hobby. In my spare time I still really enjoy delving deeper into these topics. There is a quote that goes something along the lines of ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ Although I still have to do things I consider ‘work’, I consider myself very lucky that I truly love what I do.

As well as yoga I am interested in cross training and functional movement, and I love the great outdoors. I particularly enjoy hiking, running and swimming in the sea.

To relax I love cooking healthy vegetarian food, watching a series on TV, and spending time with my partner and rescue dogs.

 

Q. What is your Training Congress seminar about?

In the UK there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. Many complementary, beauty, and sports therapists have the ability to help this group feel well, relax, and practice self-care. However, I believe that many therapists may have reservations about working with those living with dementia or may not know where to start approaching or talking to this client group.

My seminar provides five key tips to working with people living with Dementia. These tips are based on my work in researching and writing my book, Yoga for Dementia.

 

Q. What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?

According to a new study (November 2018) published in The Lancet Neurology, the number of people living with dementia globally has more than doubled between 1990 and 2016. By 2050 more than 100 million people globally could be living with dementia related diseases.  The study also shows that some of these outcomes can be attributed to four key lifestyle related risk factors: being overweight, having high blood sugar, consuming a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages, and smoking. Other studies show that stress can increase the risk of mild cognitive impairment.

The 2018 study calls for community-based services that support improved quality of life and function. I believe that many complementary therapists can help enhance the quality of life and function of people living with cognitive impairment. How we feel in our bodies can have a huge impact on our mental well-being. There are many opportunities for therapists to work with those living with dementia and other cognitive impairments. These may include helping clients to use their bodies more effectively, helping people to relax, or helping them to feel well.

The study also explains that dementia develops over at least 20 to 30 years before it is diagnosed. I therefore believe that there is also an advocacy role for therapists working with those at risk of dementia in their middle years. Therapists can provide people with simple tools and self-care practices, such as massage, exercise and dietary advice, to help reduce stress and make better choices.

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Q. What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?

Attendees of my seminar will come away with five top tips to working with those living with dementia. If you have never worked with anyone living with dementia before, I will provide some information about what you might expect. I will also look at common fears of working with this group, and how we can overcome these. We will explore a little about working within the framework of families, communities, and institutions and how we communicate. After the seminar you will have a better idea about the challenges and opportunities of working with this group.

My intention for those that come to the seminar is that at the end of the seminar they will feel much more confident about expanding their client base to include those living with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment.

 

Q. Are there any other seminars in the programme which look particularly interesting to you?

Yes, I am very interested in the role complementary therapists can play in holistic wellbeing and how they can work alongside conventional medicine. Therefore, I am interested in Dr Toh Wong’s seminar on ‘Five main reasons why therapists don’t get referrals from GPs and the medical profession’ and Julie Crossman’s on ‘The role of the complementary therapist within the NHS’.

I also use guided meditation, visualisation and yoga nidra a lot in my work, so I’m interested in Anna-Louise Haigh’s seminar on ‘Guided meditation – experience the power to transform’.

 

Q. What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?

My best piece of advice relates to following your heart and focusing on doing what you love. This might mean thinking outside the box, such as considering if there are underserved population groups in your area. I would recommend reflecting on your expertise, and if you have any particular interests you would like to pursue more.

When we are enthusiastic about something and following our hearts, this enthusiasm can become infectious and others can pick up on this. I would also advise not shying away from social media. I use my Yoga for Dementia Facebook page to share articles and posts I find interesting. It is great as it is an easy reference resource and also helps to develop a community around a topic of interest.

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Member offer

You can purchase a copy of Tania’s book via its publishers, Jessica Kingsley. Use the code PLAHAY for a 20% discount from now until 9 March.

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Learn more

Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.

For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress

 

Look out for an article by Tania Plahay in the next issue of International Therapist.