2019 FHT Training Congress


Earn up to 10 CPD points - the yearly requirement for FHT members

The FHT is proud to be hosting its 2019 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health Show in Birmingham. This two-day event will feature a range of expert speakers, educating you on various topics, from therapy specific modalities to general business advice, all of which will gain you one point to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD). With 30 CPD sessions for you to choose from, don't miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

The FHT Training Congress is being held in three private seminar rooms, just outside of the Holistic Health Show hall, in hospitality suites 28, 29 and 30. You can find the Training Congress using this map. Also, come and see the FHT stand at U20 to chat with the team and enjoy discounts in your members' shop. If you have any further queries, please see our frequently asked questions. For bookings terms and conditions please click here.

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here



Pre-booking is now closed. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the event first come, first served.

FHT members purchasing tickets at the event must bring their membership card to gain the member discount.

(£50 for FHT members/ £65 for non-members)

(£12 for FHT members/ £15 for non-members)

9.30am - 10.30am

Diagnostic techniques in ayurveda to help support your practice

Dr Deepa Apte, Room 1

Ayurveda talks about various diagnostic techniques to understand what is happening in the body and mind. Join Dr Deepa Apte to explore the most essential diagnostic techniques used in ayurveda like ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, ayurvedic tongue diagnosis, ayurvedic facial diagnosis etc. and how you can integrate them into your practice and clinic.

Informing treatment: auricular reading and response

Anna Venables, Room 2

Learn about this integrative approach which focuses on reading and interpreting anomalies on the ear to inform a treatment plan. Using non-invasive treatments like seeds, palpation, ear massage and ear scanning – this treatment may be popular for reflexologists who don’t want to use needles but would like the aid of an additional microsystem.  

Five main reasons why therapists don't get referrals from GPs and the medical profession

Dr Toh Wong, Room 3 

Discover what the work of a GP entails and what they actually think about complementary therapists and the shocking truth of what they actually do with your letters and marketing materials. Dr Wong will share the unique insider secrets to getting your foot through the GP door and to get consistent referrals from your local GP practices.

11.00am - 12.00pm

Pain in cancer survivors

Dr Carol Samuel, Room 1

This seminar addresses pain as one of the late and long-term consequences of cancer and its treatments.  It will review the causes of pain in cancer survivors and how we can support our clients in pain with reflexology. This seminar will include a demonstration of a technique used for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

 Ankle ligament rehab journey 

Rocktape's Mike Grice, Room 2

Learn about rehabilitating the lateral ankle ligaments. Using the latest research findings and Rocktape and Rockblade techniques to take you from an acute ankle injury through to return to play or work.


Boost your therapy with brainwave music

John Bram Levine, Room 3

The abilities of our brain are enormous and the subject is even more fascinating when we add brainwave music technology. The correlation between the brain and the influence of music has long been studied. Recent results suggest that the link is strong and its beneficial properties are now witnessed in the majority of cases. 

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Five key tips for working with those living with dementia

Tania Plahay, Room 1

There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025. Many complementary, beauty and sports therapists have the ability to help these people to feel well, relax and practice self-care.

Drawing on her work in researching and writing her book ‘Yoga for Dementia’, Tania will provide five key tips to working with this group.

Instrument-assisted massage for low back pain

Rocktape's Mike Grice, Room 2

Rocktape's Mike Grice will discuss how to incorporate instrument-assisted massage into the rehabilitation plan of a client with mechanical low back pain.

Get more clients now!

Chris and Karene Lambert-Gorwyn, Room 3

This session will do exactly what it says on the tin.  You will leave the seminar knowing how to get more of your ideal clients through your door. Chris and Karene will even teach you the exact same strategies they used to double Chris's clinic income in just two weeks!


2.30pm - 3.30pm


The role of complementary therapists within the NHS

Julie Crossman, Room 1

An ageing population, financial constraints and increasing numbers of complex patients with comorbidities, means there is an ever-increasing need for complementary therapists within the NHS, to help support patients through difficult times, ease symptoms, improve patient well-being, encourage self-help, reduce staff absenteeism, medication and medical interventions. So how do we go about it?

MELTing connective tissue: a missing link in resolving chronic pain? FULLY BOOKED!

Monica Halper, Room 2

Explore the link between connective tissue, the nervous system and dehydration to understand how common aches and pains may arise. Using specialised balls for hands and feet, we'll ease tension and patterns brought on by everyday stresses. Discover for yourself how hydrating this essential system can leave you feeling vibrant and pain-free.  

Why should therapists learn about scars?

Emma Holly, Room 3

Many of your clients may have a scar after a surgery or accident, but have you ever considered the impact of scar tissue on movement and mobility? Emma Holly is a leading specialist in the impact of scars and discusses the potential impact of scar tissue and approaches to treatment. 



4.00pm - 5.00pm


How the mind works with the Hudson Mind Theory - Body Mind Workers

Nic Wood, Room 1

“Why is it that some clients remain with their problem even after every avenue for help and relief has been explored?” - Matt Hudson. Gain more insights into how the mind works and what keeps people stuck in their problems. You can help your clients explore their minds assisting them in changing themselves.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction - assessment and treatment for massage therapists

Jing's Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari, Room 2

Scared of the SI joint? No need to be with this fascinating workshop designed especially for massage therapists. You will gain a greater understanding of this complex joint, simple assessment techniques to assess dysfunction, and effective treatment protocols using dynamic soft tissue techniques to help get your clients out of pain.

Eight ways to raise your local profile (online and offline)

Jill Woods, Room 3

Join Jill Woods, healthcare marketing expert, as she shares four online and four offline tactics that you can use to raise your profile as a local business and attract more of your ideal clients. Attend this seminar and learn new skills that you will be able to take away and implement the next day.


9.30am - 10.30am

Reflexology and the Functional Reflex Therapy Framework

Lorraine Senior, Room 1

Learn about reflexology using the Functional Reflex Therapy Framework to support children and adults with high levels of anxiety, autistic spectrum disorders, special educational needs and disabilities and communication issues. You will be provided with a few practical strategies to take away which will allow you to feel more comfortable providing your therapy to a wider variety of clients.

Guided meditation - experience the power to transform

Anna-Louise Haigh, Room 2

Your clients are seeking ways to nourish their mind, body, heart and soul. They need clarity, centeredness and confidence to make life changes. Guided meditation can help them as well as grow your business by enhancing the therapeutic value of your sessions. Join this workshop and experience for yourself the positive power of skilful guided meditation.

Blogging for business

Lisa Slater, Room 3

Content marketing is an excellent way of generating more customers, and blogging is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to get started. This short seminar will give you an insight into how to use a blog as an effective sales and marketing tool.

11.00am - 12.00pm

Aromatherapy for arthritis and rheumatism

TEACH Therapy's Kate Mulliss, Room 1

This seminar is for those interested in exploring these painful conditions and what practical steps and other treatment modalities our clients may find beneficial which includes the application of aromatherapy oils.  We will look at some of the key essential oils, examine their chemical makeup and how appropriate blending can assist with pain relief by modulation of the inflammatory pathways.

Posture: does it matter and can it be corrected?

Jane Johnson, Room 2

Do you have clients with round shoulders? Have you heard about ‘text neck’? Or ‘forward-head posture’? Ever treated a client with a ‘bump’ on the back of their neck and wondered what this was? What about pelvic ‘tilting’? This seminar explores some of the controversies surrounding posture and postural correction.




1.00pm - 2.00pm

Thai yoga massage: how to provide a deeper massage with less effort

Kathryn Ellis, Room 1

This energy-based massage isn’t just about the stretches – amazing as they are. Learn how the fundamental techniques of Thai yoga massage can be transferred to your existing treatments, helping you provide an even more effective massage with ease.

Trigger points for beginners FULLY BOOKED

Jane Johnson, Room 2

Have you heard of the term ‘trigger point’ and wondered what it meant? In this seminar, you will learn the difference between trigger points and ‘knots’ in a muscle, what a trigger point is, what causes them, how to identify them and how to treat them.

Making more money - the heart centred way

Chris and Karene Lambert-Gorwyn, Room 3

This seminar will recode your perception of money so you can build a business that makes a bigger difference in the world and pays you a lot of money for doing so. 

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Adapting massage for clients at risk of lymphoedema, DVT and bone metastases

Maureen Bonner, Room 1

Do you work with clients who have or had cancer? Understand when they’re at risk of lymphedema, DVT or bone metastases and how to adapt your treatment safely? These are just three of the silent effects of cancer and cancer treatments; lifelong risks or manifest years later after remission.

Integration of dry cupping within sports and massage therapy

Dawn Morse, Room 2

This introduction to dry cupping therapy will review the western perspective of dry cupping therapy and how it differs from the traditional eastern perspective. Review dry cupping application methods and how dry cupping can be used within sports and massage therapy to provide synergistic treatment effects for the client whilst reducing pressure on the therapist’s hands and body.

Producing a winning brand

Valerie Delforge, Room 3

Learn how to manage and develop marketing activities, create effective communication for your social media, develop your networking skills and generate customer loyalty by producing a winning brand.


4.00pm - 5.00pm


Social enterprise - improving community wellbeing

Shirley O'Donoghue,  Room 1

This talk will focus on how working as part of a social enterprise can enable you to deliver complementary therapies to disadvantaged groups and individuals as well as be paid. Hear from Shirley O'Donoghue, the principle of Lucis College, who formed a Community Interest Company in 2009 which has enabled her to deliver therapies to people who would not normally benefit from complementary therapies.

Myofascial release for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions FULLY BOOKED

Jing's Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari, Room 2

Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis and ongoing pain from an accident, injury or emotional trauma can be frustrating for the massage therapist to treat. Adding MFR techniques to your skill set can often be the missing link in the treatment of these complex and chronic pain conditions. 

Attract new customers with your digital communication strategy

Valerie Delforge, Room 3

Digital communication is the heart of your marketing, in this workshop learn how to create a constant and focused communication to increase customer loyalty and attract new customers.

If you have any queries please email us at education@fht.org.uk or call the team on 023 8062 4350.



Pre-booking is now closed. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the event first come, first served.

FHT members purchasing tickets at the event must bring their membership card to gain the member discount.

(£50 for FHT members/ £65 for non-members)

(£12 for FHT members/ £15 for non-members)

Register here for your free entry ticket to Holistic Health 2019