CPD Qualification Courses

At The Holistic Academy we offer a range of CPD courses including Pregnancy Massage, Thermal Auricular Therapy, Stone Therapy Massage and Warm Bamboo Massage to name but a few.


Our enthusiastic and motivational teaching style has given our students the confidence to deliver professional treatments to their clients and many have gone onto learn further advanced skills and treatments. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching, and ensure all our students learn the theory as well as effective practical techniques. This helps each individual to develop an understanding of holistic practice and the skills it will take to become a successful therapist and build a thriving business.


Students can enhance their offered treatments with one of our many Postgraduate courses available through The Holistic Academy.


What are CPD Courses


Educations is more important that ever with a growing emphasis on Continuing Professional Development for practitioners working in health and care.


What is CPD?


The FHT defines CPD as a range of activities through which professional therapists maintain and develop their skills to ensure that they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally, within their scope of practice.


In the simplest terms, CPD is any activity that refreshes or develops your therapy skills and knowledge.


Why is CPD effective?


CPD keeps you in touch with current practice - knowledge grows over time and there may be better ways of doing things since you qualified, or more information about why certain practices are more effective.  Your first qualification is only the start of the journey; you will be learning more from each client. CPD can provide a way for you to reflect on that practice in a structured way.


The FHT measures CPD on a points scale – FHT Members and Fellows* are expected to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points per membership year. For example, if a member joined or renewed their FHT membership on 6th March 2014, 10 CPD points will need to have been acquired by 5th March 2015. Please note that points can no longer be carried over from one membership year to the next.


CPD points can be gained from a wide variety of sources, as explained further on our CPD advisory leaflet (link below). CPD is not only earned by attending courses.


Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapy is known by many different terms, including alternative therapy, alternative medicine, holistic therapy and traditional medicine.


A wide range of treatments exists under the umbrella term of ‘complementary therapy’. Each treatment has its own unique theory and practice, which makes it difficult to offer a blanket definition. Perhaps a simple definition can be reached by comparing the philosophy of complementary therapies with that of modern (conventional) medicine.


Today, the gap between conventional medicine and complementary therapies is blurring. Many complementary therapies are as based on anatomy and physiology as modern medicine, while modern medicine has widened its scope to include a more holistic approach to healthcare and has adopted therapies that originated in complementary medicine.


Complementary therapies are often based on traditional knowledge, which is why there is sometimes less scientific evidence available about their safety and effectiveness.


However, the increasing use of complementary therapies has begun to trigger scientific research and some complementary therapies now have some scientific evidence about their safety and effectiveness, as well as a history of traditional use. Sometimes, they are less invasive and more cost-effective than conventional medical treatments.


Complementary therapies tend to share a few core beliefs, including:


  • Illness occurs if the body is out of balance.
  • The body can heal itself and maintain a healthy state if given the right conditions.
  • The whole person should be treated, not just the disease or the symptoms.
  • The gentlest therapies must be tried first before harsher ones.
  • There is no quick fix, since healing and balance take time.
  • Natural products are preferable to synthetic ones.

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