Our First Meeting – December 2011
It was wonderful to welcome 18 people to the first meeting of the local support group for holistic therapists in Chichester and Surrounding Area run in conjunction with the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
Our members represent a wide range of complementary and beauty therapies and we spent some time discussing the benefits of the holistic approach.Â Indeed, instead of the usual introductions that everyone dreads, we began with a mini research exercise to celebrate and share our skills within the group. Whilst the most popular therapies were reflexology and Indian head massage, other members also offer Sugaring, Pedicures, Flower Essences, Homeopathy, Journey Therapy and Laughter Therapy.Â We all felt excited that there was so much to learn from each other.
Our speaker for the evening was local aromatherapist Carole Holmes, owner of Mellow skincare products, who shared inspiring tips and ideas for using essential oils during the festive season.Â Carole also introduced us to her massage candles and we enjoyed using the aromatic oil for hand massages.
It was a bitter cold evening outside but we were snug and warm in St Michael’s Hall! Around 14 of us gathered together to inspired by Jon Critoph, Education Development Manager at FHT. The subject was New Year – New Year! And Jon (pictured below with Mary Atkinson and Toni McGloin, Joint Co-ordinators of the group) shared tips and stories to help us lookÂ Â at our business ventures and ourselves in a different way. It was the perfect tonic – and much appreciated by all. A few days later, several members told me that they had already used the techniques to good effect.
Feedback from the previous meeting was the chairs were a little hard so we are encouraging you to bring a cushion. Some people also found the hall a little hard to locate in the darkness of December and February – but Ronni solved the problem with a lit-up sign!
Our April Meeting
We were delighted to welcome so many new faces to our April meeting with Lisa SturgeÂ from Laughterlines Coaching, giving us all a good giggle. TheÂ topic was Laughing is Good For You! Â Lisa shared fascinating insights into why laughing brings so many benefits for health and well-being – and we took part in lots of laughter exercises. All in all, a very successful evening. Indeed, I enjoyed myself so much that I forgot to take any photographs!
Our June Meeting – Introduction to Chair Massage (please click to read blog entry)
Our Next Meeting â€“ June 6th 2012 â€“ Introduction to Chair Massage
Date:Â Wednesday 6th June 2012 â€“ 7pm to 9pm
Venue:Â St Michaelâ€™s Hall, Summersdale Road, Chichester, PO19 6PN
Topic:Â Introduction to Chair Massage
Speakers:Â Rachel and Meghan fromÂ Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training
On-site massage has become increasingly popular in recent years as office workers experience problems such as migraine and wrist RSIâ€™s. During this interactive workshop we will be looking at some tried and tested techniques and self help exercises that can be adapted for use on an ordinary chair. This workshop is suitable for all â€“ no bodywork experience required.
Rachel Fairweather and Meghan MariÂ have more than 30 years experience in the industry working as advanced therapists and trainers, first in New York and now throughout the UK. A truly dynamic duo celebrated as two of the best trainers in Europe by their students and colleagues.Â Rachel and Meghan have set up first level 6 (degree level) course in advanced massage in the UK. Last year they were awarded with the Camexpo Outstanding Achievement Award 2011 for their work in our industry.