Tuesday, 22 October 2013

FHT Local Support Group Co-ordinators Meeting, CAMexpo and Training Workshops

Weekend before last (5th and 6th October) I was funded by The Federation of Holistic Therapists for a trip down to London for a meeting with other Local Support Group co-ordinators from around the UK. What a lovely bunch my fellow co-ordinators are, was lovely to meet them.

Plus what a great opportunity to hear from our professional organisation on their plans for the future, and to feedback to them what we would like to see happening in the FHT and in our growing network of Local Support Groups. As of last week we now have 108 groups which really makes us the largest network of its kind in the UK and probably Europe as well!

Here I am (front left) at dinner with other Local Support Group Co-ordinators.

More info about our local group - which is open to anyone interested in holistic health and wellbeing - at FHT Lancaster LSG. We got treated to travel, a healthy lunch, a lovely dinner (biggest helping of tiramisu I have ever seen!), and accommodation, and our meeting was timed to coincide with...

CAMexpo 2013

The UK’s only dedicated event for complementary, natural and integrated healthcare. 

I made the most of the opportunity to attend on the Sunday and booked myself on 4 workshops:

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction – Assessment and treatment for the massage therapist
Trigger point therapy for low back pain 
Being a massage therapist – It’s a lifestyle – not a job!
Introduction to Aromatherapy for Pregnancy

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction – Assessment and treatment for the massage therapist
with Rachel Fairweather of Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training:
"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."

Trigger point therapy for low back pain 
"Low back pain is the leading cause of disability and pain in the UK. Trigger point therapy is one of the most effective tools available to the massage therapist interested in treating chronic pain. This workshop will explore effective trigger point work and take the mystery out of treating this common condition, exploring in depth pathology, anatomy and hands on treatment options."

Between these 2 workshops, I have a greater understanding of the latest thinking in the dynamics of lower back pain, and its connection to sciatica, or what feels like sciatica. Some techniques for releasing trigger points in the erector spinae, quadratus lumborum in the back, and the glutes and piriformis muscles in the buttocks; and some myo-fascial release stretches and work with palms, forearms fingers and thumbs to release muscles, tendons and ligaments all around the sacrum and the Sacro-iliac joint (where your spine connects to your pelvis).

Being a massage therapist – It’s a lifestyle – not a job!
with Beata Aleksandrowicz of Pure Massage School

which gave general advice on a successful practice and self-care, including:
  • the power of your intention as a massage therapist - remembering a core reason you do this work which inspires you 
  • the power of the breath - for yourself and your client
  • be committed to your clients, your work, and do your best, but don't be attached to results - you will be able to help some people more than others, that doesn't make you a bad therapist. 
  • honour yourself and look after yourself
  • be clear in your speaking and powerful in your listening
  • be thankful
Introduction to Aromatherapy for Pregnancy
with Jo Kellett, of From The Seed

I learnt how to perform a basic side lying back massage routine for pregnant clients, and a brief demonstration of positioning for massage to the back of the legs. Jo gave options for good support, and how to turn the client easily and comfortably in a way I never would have thought of. There was also brush up on the use of essential oils in pregnancy, though this was an area where I feel I would need to do further research.

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