FHT celebrates aromatherapy week with talk on essential oils

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FHT head office staff were yesterday treated to a talk on the benefits of essential oils to mark Aromatherapy Awareness Week.

We were pleased to welcome our speaker Colette Somers, who delivers training for FHT Accredited course provider Penny Price Aromatherapy and the Winchester School of Aromatherapy. Colette told us that although she has been practising aromatherapy for 25 years, she is now more passionate about essential oils than ever before.

After a short introduction, Colette focused on research, highlighting a number of scientific studies that supported the therapeutic use of essential oils for a range of health issues, such as anxiety before surgery and fibromyalgia.

She followed this by warning of the potential dangers of ingesting essential oils and talked about why this is a problematic practice. For example, when swallowed oils can react with medication, stopping them working and even accelerate the effects of blood-thinning medicine – thinning blood to dangerous levels.

Colette then ended the session by passing around some of her favourite essential oils, including bergamot, lavender and geranium. We all had the opportunity to take in their pleasant and therapeutic aromas – the perfect way to start Aromatherapy Awareness week.

 

FHT supports workplace wellbeing

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At FHT we believe every workplace should be committed to supporting staff health and wellbeing, which is why we have launched our own wellbeing month to remind us all of the importance of good physical and mental health.

Throughout June we are promoting health and wellbeing initiatives at our head office to coincide with Massage at Work Week (3-9 June), Aromatherapy Awareness Week (10-16 June) and Healthy Eating Week (10-16 June).

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Laura Thomson, FHT’s facilities and wellbeing executive, says, ‘It’s all about feeling better in yourself at work, home and all aspects of life. If we take our own health and wellbeing seriously, we are better placed to support others and more effective in everything we do. We should be looking after our health and wellbeing all year round but sometimes we need a gentle reminder.’

As the UK’s leading professional association for complementary, sports and beauty therapists, we are well aware of how beneficial therapies can be for improving health and wellbeing, which is why we have started our wellbeing month by offering some much-needed treatments to our hard-working staff.

We had the privilege of welcoming FHT member Donna Allain to our head office, who offered reflexology, reiki and massage treatments to very grateful members of the team.

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After experiencing a treatment with Donna, Karen Young, FHT Editor and Communications Manager says, ‘As someone who tends to opt for a back or aromatherapy massage, I’d forgotten how much I enjoy reflexology. A really relaxing treatment from a lovely, professional therapist – thank you, Donna!’

We look forward to other wellbeing initiatives in the coming weeks, including an aromatherapy refresher talk, wellbeing bingo, healthy eating options and a walking club.

Look out for more wellbeing month updates across our social media channels.

 

Find a professional therapist that you can trust

Whether you are looking for a complementary, holistic beauty or sports therapist, you can rest assured that all of the FHT members listed on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register and FHT Directory are qualified and insured to practise.

 

Make May meaningful

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Action for Happiness (AFH) has launched its latest calendar, ‘Meaningful May’, encouraging people to find more meaning and purpose in life.

AFH publishes monthly calendars, available in 12 different languages, offering daily suggestions on the theme of the respective month. Meaningful May has 31 suggested  actions that can help you focus on what’s important and matters to you.

Suggestions for Meaningful May include the following:

  • Take interest in people who are older, younger or different to you
  • Pay attention today to the people you cherish most
  • Gaze up at the stars and see that we are part of something bigger
  • Support a cause that stands for something you believe in
  • Today do something to care for the planet

Download the calendar

Volvo is rolling out relaxation

Volvo is looking for yoga and meditation practitioners, across the UK, for a wonderful paid opportunity to engage with the community. Their Escape the City In Your City initiative will see therapists giving treatments to the public to promote wellbeing and stress relief.

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The pop up will be travelling around the country offering complimentary activities (massage, meditation, yoga) throughout the day, as well as coffee. These sessions will be pre-booked apart from the massage. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • Milton Keynes 4–6 August
  • Birmingham 4–6 August
  • Bristol 11–13 August
  • Norwich 18–20 August
  • London 25–27 August

Payment is available for your time, either per day or per session. Each yoga session will be provided with mats, water and towels and each meditation session will have meditation chairs.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, please contact:

Marina Lunn
marina.lunn@tro.com 

0208 2327240
+44 7766056514

Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is taking place from 8 – 14 May and aims to highlight why good mental health is only being experienced by a minority of the UK’s population.

In a March 2017 study on Mental Health entitled Surviving or Thriving, the Mental Health Foundation found only 13% of respondents reported living with high levels of good mental health. Their study aimed to shed light on the lack of good mental health in society and reduce the stigma of the widespread problem that affects nearly two-thirds of people in the UK over their lifetime.

Other key statistics included:

  • More than 4/10 say they have experienced depression
  • 10% of children and young people have a mental health problem
  • People aged 55 and over experience better mental health than average
  • More than 1 in 4 reported having experienced panic attacks

You can read the Mental Health Foundations report here