Have you supported a client to overcome low self-esteem?
Maybe you have helped a client with body image issues and witnessed profound changes in their confidence and sense of self-worth?
Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in beauty therapy excellence?
Do you work with clients with specific conditions affecting their body image, such as pigment disorders, scarring, hair loss or hirsutism?
Perhaps you offer an innovative new way of supporting clients impacted by the side effects of chemotherapy, for example?
Have you, or a colleague, gone above and beyond to support clients remotely during the pandemic?
You or the person you nominate will need to demonstrate excellence in practice, in one of the following areas:
Client service: This ‘hallmark of excellence' is about delivering quality care and outcomes for clients. It's when what you do really benefits the health and wellbeing of your clients.
Research: For members who are involved in developing or carrying out therapy research, this award celebrates the small study as well as the large clinical trial.
Innovation: Focuses on the imaginative and creative use of original or adapted ideas or techniques - for example, the development of a new massage product, teaching aid or therapy service.
Leadership: Aimed at members who make things happen and encourage and inspire others, from organising a team of therapists for a charitable event, to leading a team providing a therapy service.
Representation: For members who have gone the extra mile to promote awareness about therapies and the importance of high standards, or who represent the FHT on therapy lead bodies, councils and committees.
Entries open on 23 April and close on 30 June.
Last year’s winner for FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year was Stephanie Chaytor:
Stephanie is the owner of Karma Beauty, a holistic beauty salon based on Mersea Island, just off the coast of Essex, where she employs six other therapists. After initially qualifying in 2012, Stephanie started her career as a mobile beautician but with an ever-growing client base, decided to take the plunge in the summer of 2015 and open her own salon, at just 19 years of age. Since then, Karma Beauty has moved to bigger premises on two occasions, and currently boasts four treatment rooms, four pedicure stations and four nail desks, receiving the 2018 Best Holistic Beauty Salon in Essex award as part of the Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Awards. Throughout COVID-19, she has supported her clients via social media, while the team wait to treat them again in person. She has also enhanced her business through a second initiative, Karma Boutique, which sells clothing and household accessories online.
Finalists: Geraldine Flynn