Nottingham local group

Jacky and Jayne set up the Nottingham local group in 2007 and are proud to have won the first FHT Coordinator of the Year, in 2015. Jayne has now retired from coordinating and Jacky would be glad to hear from anyone who would like to help her in that role.
Our meetings are open to everyone; FHT members, members of other therapy associations and the general public. Some of the talks lead onto workshops for those wishing to take topics further. We arrange outings and share lifts to therapy conferences such as Holistic Health and Therapy Expo. We also have a Therapy Exchange Register for members who wish to swap treatments.

All talks are in Arnold Library Meeting Room, NG5 7EE on the fourth Tuesday evening of the month – every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November), 7.30-9.30pm. Please arrive at 7.15pm for a prompt 7:30 start.

Meetings and events

Date: 22 January 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Arnold Library Meeting Room, NG5 7EE (enter through Leisure Centre)
Topic: Sarah Spencer – Unlock nature’s secrets to happiness, health and wellbeing – think like a tree

Have you ever stood in a forest and marvelled at how healthy, resilient, and long-lasting the trees are? That’s no accident – millions of years of evolution have laid the foundations, and all living things share common principles that make them successful. In this talk Sarah will explore with the group some of the natural principles. She will share her story and how her courses incorporate the natural wisdom into a design framework that can help us take control of our lives, our health and our wellbeing. Like us, every tree in a woodland is unique, so this process allows us to find our own way, guided by the natural world.

Date: 26 March 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Arnold Library Meeting Room, NG5 7EE (enter through Leisure Centre)
Topic: Herbal Medicine and Hormones with Katherine Bellchambers

With over 10 years experience working with people in all areas of health and wellbeing Katherine has found her niche as a Medical Herbalist working with women experiencing hormonal disruption and problems conceiving. She trained at the College of Phytotherapy and later at the University of East London and serve as a director of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. Her passion lies in helping women to experience womanhood without the trials of PMS, PCOS and infertility. She enjoys sharing the knowledge of herbs and medicine making. This introduction to Medical Herbalism or Modern Western Herbal Medicine will explain how it differs from Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy and old-fashioned herbalism. Katherine will give an overview of some of the common herbs used and introduce us to the preparations a Medical Herbalist uses when treating people and an overview of controlled herbs. She will bring fresh and dried medicinal herbs for us to taste and smell and some tinctures and salves for us to try. She will also give a brief introduction to functional infertility and the work she does helping women and couples to conceive.

Date: 28 May 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Arnold Library Meeting Room, NG5 7EE (enter through Leisure Centre)
Topic: Myofascial Release with Ruth Duncan

A Facetime presentation. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques from an internationally recognised professional and benefit from her experience and skill. Ruth says ‘MFR is not just about learning a technique. It’s about refining your kinesthetic touch, understanding imbalance and dysfunction and then using those skills to create, pain-free, structural integrity’. Ruth graduated as a clinical massage therapist in 2000 from the Humanities Centre School of Massage in Florida, USA. She has explored direct and non-direct fascial approaches from various different modalities including Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains and Meridians, Kinesis Myofascial Integration (level1), Erik Dalton Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, Jean-Paul Barral Visceral Manipulation, and Liz Kotch, who specialises in core awareness and the psoas muscle. Ruth has participated in human dissection workshops to learn more about human anatomy, function and dysfunction. Ruth has a personal interest in treating those with chronic pain, debilitation and exhaustion, particularly fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic myofascial pain syndrome. She understands the emotion coming from the physical and the physical creating the emotion from first hand experience. 

Date: 23 July 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Arnold Library Meeting Room, NG5 7EE (enter through Leisure Centre)
Topic: Working with clients who have M.E/CFS and Fibromyalgia with Suzanne Smith 

I am an Accredited Chrysalis Effect Practitioner specialising in recovery from the complex and multi-faceted chronic fatigue conditions of M.E, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My focus is on supporting people to raise their energy levels and get their life back. I have been practising full time as a health kinesiologist since 2016, working in clinics in Clay Cross and Sheffield. I decided to specialise in fatigue because of the volume of clients I was seeing where fatigue was an underlying issue. Many practitioners encounter clients who have chronic fatigue conditions – I would like to expand your understanding of the condition by explaining the pre-dispositions, sensitivities, warning signs and coping mechanisms that clients commonly present with. Understanding these aspects will help to explain why we often have clients who have “tried everything” with limited success. I will explain how I work with my therapy of health kinesiology to support people as well as demonstrating how muscle response testing works. You will have the opportunity to try out your muscle response testing skills on each other as well as gaining a self-testing skill"

Date: 24 September 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Arnold Library Meeting Room, NG5 7EE (enter through Leisure Centre)
Topic: Reproflexology with Barbara Scott 

Barbara is Chair of The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists, founder of Seren Natural Fertility and author of Reflexology for Fertility. In 2017, she was awarded ‘Complementary Therapist of the Year’ by the FHT and has been nominated for several awards within the field of complementary therapy. Barbara lectures globally on her integrative approach to supporting couples having difficulties conceiving. Alongside her own busy clinics, she trains practitioners in providing this integrative approach to fertility healthcare and well-being. Her expertise and passion is in advocating a patient-centred and integrative approach to supporting both men and women on their journey to parenthood. ReproflexologyTM is a form of integrative medicine designed to support both men and women with reproductive conditions and/or fertility issues. Globally, there are now an estimated 1 in 6 couples who experience difficulties of some kind when trying to get pregnant, and sadly, this is getting worse rather than better. Male fertility, in particular has declined by a massive 50% over a 25 year period, and this decline in male fertility health is continuing.

Date: 26 November 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Arnold Library Meeting Room, NG5 7EE (enter through Leisure Centre)
Topic: Kathryn Ellis - How to give a more effective massage with less effort

Kathryn was won over by Thai Yoga Massage when she saw it demonstrated at the end of a yoga class. She subsequently trained as a massage therapist and yoga teacher. working with the connection between the physical and the mind. She has been working full-time offering Thai Yoga Massage and Sports & Remedial Massage for 12 years. She runs Central School of Massage offering practitioner courses and CPD courses, specialising in Thai Yoga Massage. Massage therapists often suffer with a lot of pain (thumbs, hands, back) or have had to give up their work after only a few years. By adapting their routine and their approach, Kathryn shows how you can offer a brilliant massage with a lot less effort on your part. She wants to introduce you to Thai Yoga Massage which is such a clever form of treatment in the way we use our body. Just by changing your position slightly, or by changing the position of your client, you can make the massage a lot easier to give as well as more effective for the client.

Additional information

The entrance fee is £5 for members, £8 for non-members and £3 for students. Refreshments available.

Should you have friends who might be interested please bring them along. Pre-booking is not required.

Free parking, entrance through Arnold Leisure Centre.

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Name: Jacky Huson
Tel: 01636 815739