Are you a student therapist who has overcome seemingly impossible odds to excel in education?
Perhaps you lacked confidence but transformed into a high achiever when you discovered your passion for therapies?
Maybe you teach, or you’re studying alongside, a natural ‘student leader’, who has not only succeeded on a personal level, but has helped their fellow classmates to raise the standard of their work?
If any of the above sounds familiar, we’d love to hear from you. You can nominate yourself for the award, or put forward an inspirational student or classmate.
Last year's winner for FHT Student of the Year was Elle Bussey:
Following in the footsteps of her mother and grandfather, Elle decided to pursue a career in holistic therapy. Initially interested in learning about herbs and essential oils, she found that she was increasingly drawn to reflexology. Elle researched the subject extensively and with some gentle nudging from her family and friends, she decided to embark on a reflexology diploma at her local college.
While studying, she found anatomy and physiology (A&P) to be her greatest challenge, and her struggle to find a map with the anatomy illustrated accurately on both feet, along with corresponding chakra colours, prompted her to create her own foot chart, using oils on canvas. Elle found it not only helped to enhance her own learning of A&P, it improved the flow of her treatments, as she was able to visualise each body area on the feet more clearly as she worked. She has also found the detailed chart a useful tool to use during her treatments, when clients ask questions about a specific area she has worked. She now sells prints of the chart online and hopes that other reflexologists will find it a useful resource, as well as a colourful piece of artwork that can be displayed in therapy rooms.
Finalists: Samantha Killian, Philip Norton