The winner of the new category, 2021 FHT Inclusive Therapy Business of the Year award, is...Ana Bott!
Ana runs a massage clinic in Brighton and specialises in supporting transgender and non-binary clients, as well as therapy students and practitioners who want to create a truly inclusive practice. In addition to creating a treatment environment where her clients feel safe and relaxed, Ana has led seminars with national charities and created free resources for other bodywork therapists, to raise awareness about how massage can help a range of health and other issues that specifically affect the LGBTQ+ community.
She has also amassed a strong online following, in the UK and overseas, and provides free information and self-help videos for transgender and non-binary people to help them better understand their body pains; reconnect and feel safe in their body; and reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety, fear and intense gender dysphoria. She has also written a chapter on transgender inclusion for the most recent edition of Mosby’s Pathologies for Massage Therapy and a co-written and lectures on the world’s first LGBTQ+ inclusive healthcare course for manual therapists.
Finalists: Hinna Bashir, Farrah Idris and Beverli Taylor