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Multi-sensory Elements for Massage

We all appreciate the therapeutic power of touch. Touch is of course the most predominant, if not only, sense used or engaged in standard massage therapy. However, what if you want to enhance the overall experience, believability and benefits a client has during their massage treatment? For instance, can other senses apart from touch be engaged to an equal level?  Here, we explore how you can include a more multi-sensory approach to your massage/hands-on treatments.

But how exactly – and why should you?


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Essential oils and the concentrated aromatic liquids extracted from plants, have been used for their therapeutic benefits for nearly 6,000 years. Ancient civilisations from China, India, Egypt, Greece and Italy all understood the importance of these essential oils – especially in the practice of healing the mind and body – so it’s little wonder they used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs.

Most essential oils are either massaged into the skin and/or inhaled. Odours we smell have the ability to positively affect our mood and memory – as we tend to link memory and related smells together – leading to smells triggering associated memories.

So, why do we link smells to specific memories? Our olfactory system (our sense of smell), uses the amygdala and the limbic system to help process smells. The molecules from whatever we’re smelling trigger the olfactory receptors in our nose, along with the other estimated 150 receptors around our whole body. Think about it – yes – we can detect aroma through our whole body.

Sensory neurons then pass the signals onto our olfactory bulb – which then begins processing the signal. Mitral cells carry the signal to the olfactory cortex, limbic system and amygdala – the part of our brain known for emotional learning and memory. Therefore, a stronger memory can be produced and recalled, if our other senses (such as touch and sound) are also associated with that same memory.

If you are not confident in the use of aromatherapy oils/fragranced products during massage, then the burning of incense, scented candles and/or oil-burners can create a memorable ambience that your client will subconsciously grow to look forward to.


From an early age, music has a profound impact on our brains and bodies. Mothers through the ages have used lullabies and rhythmic rocking to calm crying babies. It’s therefore understandable that babies and adults alike respond to music – and why it can make such a powerful tool in massage therapy treatments.

Our brain loves the predictability and structure of music. The rhythmic component of sound waves, tones and chords provide stimulation for our brain – triggering our auditory and visual senses, as well as affecting our sense of touch, movement and general balance.

Music releases mood enhancing chemicals into our body, including dopamine and endorphins – and it’s these hormones that trigger our feelings of pleasure, happiness and wellbeing. Our blood pressure can be lowered, our heart rate can increase or decrease, depending on the tempo of the beat and our heart and other muscles can relax.

Didgeridoos and other low frequency instruments not only release stored negative energy and emotions, they also produce infra sound frequencies that reach below 20 Htz. These low frequencies reach us at a core level, promoting healing and providing relief to our muscular and skeletal structures.

Alternatively, the pure tones of Tibetan chimes (Ting-sha) have long been used in prayer and religious rituals. They cleanse the air, banish negative frequencies and help energise Chi in the environment – and they can have the same affect when used before massage or during massage music.

Sound waves produced by singing bowls, restore a healthy vibrational state to our bodies, whilst resonating and enabling the brain’s theta state. Theta brainwaves induce deep meditation and enhance intuition, creative thinking and promote healing – especially from mental disorders such as depression, insomnia and anxiety.

Another excellent choice is Buddhist or ‘deep voice’ chanting. This produces a waveform that operates on several levels of our body and mind. The pharynx, or false vocal chords, are used to create up to four overtones, all amplified at the same time as the initial first note. This multidimensional sound (Om, or AUM in Hindu) is said to be the creative force behind the Universe; the sound that initiated creation.


When it comes to providing a further multi-sensory experience for your clients, you can consider including differing textures (such as towels, lotions, scrubs and oils), a comfortable temperature (adapted for each client accordingly) and different styles of massage. Depending on the type of massage therapy treatment you’re offering, there will be a variation in pressure, speed and warmth.

Acupressure and/or reflexology are both great additions, as they apply pressure to certain areas or points on the body, known to correspond to various organs and muscles. This can help improve blood circulation, unblock nerve impulses and relieve stress and tension. Using light-pressure based techniques or lymphatic drainage can help speed up your body’s ability to recover, recoup and detoxify.

Indian head massage and Thai Foot Massage are other additions to consider – and also perfect for stimulating the lymphatic system, boosting immune levels and relieving built-up tension. All massage improves circulation, leading to an increase in energy, as well as promoting a clearer mind and an increase in concentration.

An equal emphasis on massage, aroma and music within a treatment can therefore transform the experience for the client and enhance the many benefits of massage alone. Perhaps it’s time to consider upgrading any music/aromas that are currently “background” or not linked to the massage and give them the attention they deserve.

Find out more about our Face The World and our multi-sensory massage courses here –


FTW Practitioners of the Year 2016…

Face The World Practitioners Awards 2016 – Meet the Winners!

This has been the closest P.O.T.Y year ever – with by far the highest number of votes cast! A huge well done to everyone who took part and voted and an even bigger THANK YOU. These finalists have been super, haven’t they? As a reminder, our winning practitioners are voted for by their clients, fans and general public from a short-list of our 12 Monthly Winners. So here they are…

We asked each of our FTW Practitioners a set of revealing questions about what makes them tick – and advice for other ambitious therapists who want to grow their business:

1st Place – Hayley – Serenity Touch, Great Moulton, Norwich, Norfolk

Tell us a little bit about you; where are you based and what do you love most about your business?

She says – Wow! in a word is how I felt when I heard that I won the Practitioner of the Year 2016 – so exciting that there aren’t enough words to describe the emotions. It is so humbling to know that so many lovely clients enjoy what they receive and take the time out to vote. I love what I do and to be able to help others when they come into the therapy room is a huge privilege and honour. I have been a Holistic Therapist for 11 years now and work from my therapy room based at home in a village in South Norfolk.

I enjoy seeing a variety of clients with many concerns. I use all the therapies that I offer, which range from physical ones such as massage to energy ones like Reiki. If my clients are feeling more comfortable and in a better place once they leave the therapy room, I have achieved what I wish to do. In nutshell I just love to help others create a better life for themselves, their family and their possible clients.

Who would be my perfect celebrity client? Good question. I would love to have Mother Theresa as a celebrity client as her visions for the world and what we need to be able to offer others was tremendous. A great leader in what will always be needed for others. What she would be able to teach me would be a honour.

To find out more about Hayley or to contact her then please take a look at her website and facebook pages:



What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

For anyone out there thinking of setting up a business in the holistic therapy field or maybe starting some training I would say go for it! Follow your heart with what you wish to do and achieve. Do some reading and research. Contact local therapists where you are and ask their advice as they will always be willing to talk to you and help. Trust in the Universe and what you need will be there. Know that to be able to help others you need to have a good course that gives the knowledge that you need to help and work on the public. In the long run do what you love and you will excel at it!

2nd Place – Karin – Energise! Therapies, Glasgow

Tell us a little bit about you; where are you based and what do you love most about your business?

I’m based in Cambuslang, just outside Glasgow. I was a lecturer in further education for a number of years, before  leaving to set up Energise Therapies and Training, a VTCT-approved centre. We offer complementary and beauty therapy training, as well as training for teachers, assessors and internal quality assessors. I also volunteer with Carers Caring for Carers, a group of unpaid carers and former carers (I’m a former carer myself). There’s nothing I don’t like about my work! I’m very fortunate to be able to teach subjects I love, and to be able to offer gorgeous treatments in a chilled out atmosphere.

Who would your perfect celebrity client? My husband just said “you like Keith Lemon!” I do, but think he’d be a chaotic client! Can’t really think of a celebrity client – is it cheesy to say all our clients are celebrities to us? Probably, but it’s true!!

To find out more about Karin:

Her Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/energisetherapiestraining/, 

and website is www.energisetherapies.net .

Treatments and events can also be booked via https://www.facebook.com/carerscaringforcarers with all profit going to help run the carers unit 

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

Don’t just consider it, do it! It really is the best job in the world! 

Joint 3rd Places – Tessa and Angela

Tessa – The Bees Knees, Royston

Tell us a little bit about you; where are you based and what do you love most about your business?

Hi, my name is Tessa and I am the owner of The Bee’s Knees in Royston, Hertfordshire. After 17 years working as an IT consultant in London I decided to to give up life in the rat race to have a family in 2005. Little did I know that the birth of my first daughter would lead me to finding an unexpected calling as a beauty therapist. I’ve known most of my customers for years and they feel like a family to me. We all have ups and downs in our lives, but we all seem to pull through together. I hope that they all realise how much they have helped me through some tough times and I like to think I have been there for them too.

When I found out that I came third in the FTW 2016 practitioner of the year, I was absolutely buzzing (no pun intended lol!) I couldn’t believe how many of my lovely customers had voted for me and what meant more to me than anything was all the wonderful testimonials I received, they truly are very special to me.

Who would your perfect celebrity client? I’m afraid I am not very good with the whole celebrity hero worship, so this has been somewhat of a challenge. If I had to choose anybody it would probably be someone like Sheila Hancock who is a strong and independent lady who has had a tough life but still seems to have  calm and serene presence about her.

To find out more about Tessa:

Her website : www.the-bees-knees.co.uk

or email tessa@the-bees-knees.co.uk 

or via facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thebeeskneesbeauty

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

For anybody interested in starting up in the holistic and beauty industry I would say do what you enjoy and be true to yourself and your values. Don’t jump on the latest fads unless it feels right for you. It’s a fantastic industry to be in and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else now.

Angela – Solace Massage, Gravesend

Tell us a little bit about you; where are you based and what do you love most about your business?

My name is Angela and six years ago, I decided that I would like to manage my own business and no longer work for someone else. I took the plunge and formed ‘Solace Massage’, which means comfort, relief and support.  I had previously performed therapy work in another guise, and thought this to be a good career opportunity for myself.  I work from home (Gravesend, Kent) in addition to two days at an Osteopathic health/holistic center. I started my business by obtaining basic qualifications, and over time, have gained several more diplomas – therefore expanding the services I am able offer.

Whilst running my own business, I love the freedom to work whenever I wish, although it has subsequently become so successful, that it now takes a good deal of juggling. I feel very passionate about the services I offer, and studying how to provide assistance for my clients’ conditions.

I felt overwhelmed and proud, of the number and content of the testimonies that I received. I have steadily increased Face the World therapies, undertaken as a treatment on its own and/or incorporated with other massage options, to a point where it is now a significant percentage of my business.

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

I would recommend anyone considering such a career, is to start small (less risk) and work hard to build a reputation for personal service, tailored to each individual. Do not overstretch yourself, and be prepared not to make an instant profit, but to continually re-invest in qualifications. I have also found that offering services to charity occasions, also gains clients and reputation. My key words are – hard-work, self-belief, flexibility, and individual personal service.

Who would your perfect celebrity client? My perfect celebrity client would be Helen Mirren.  She is a remarkable person, obviously conscious of her own health and well-being, elegant, energetic, down-to-earth, and seems to be game for anything.

You can find Tessa on FaceBook. She has two pages – one for Solace Massage and the other for  Face The World.

Find out more about Face The World and our award-winning treatments here.

Let’s kick Off Those Aching Feet…

We can spend a lot of time on our feet
 as holistic therapists…

aching feet…and often carry on after a day’s shift with looking after our families and homes. This can really play havoc not only on our aching feet but also our stress levels! Further more, did you know a whopping 70% of women are enhancing any problems by wearing ill-fitting shoes? All in all – over-tired, aching feet can lead to soreness, swollen ankles and even bad posture and back problems.

So what can we do?
Here are some tried and tested treats for your hard-working tootsies at the end of a busy day – which by their relaxing nature will help you mentally unwind too. So let’s get started…

Treat your aching feet to a good soaking

Soak Your FeetIt may seem like stating the obvious, but how many of us take the time to regularly do this? When it comes to giving your feet a treat, a good soak will indeed do wonders. Not only will the (hand hot) water soothe tired muscles, you can add a handful of Epsom or sea salt to help reduce swelling and puffiness.
For an aromatic extra boost, add a few drops of essential oils to further enhance the benefits.

Here are some good choices:

  • Sandalwood – anti-inflammatory, relaxing and calming
  • Ylang Ylang – antiseptic, relieves stress
  • Lavender – relaxing and calming
  • Peppermint – invigorating, cooling and calming
  • Eucalyptus – anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and stimulating
  • Lemon – antibacterial and anti-fungal
  • Sesame – antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
  • Rose – antiseptic and relieves stress
  • Basil – antibacterial and relieves stress

Getting rid of dead/hard skin can leave your feet feeling soft and refreshed – so after you’ve had a good soak, get the pumice stone out!

Quick fix

Not enough time to sit with your aching feet in a bowl? Then try treating your feet to a scrub/mask combo. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • Mix a tablespoon each of brown sugar, baking soda and olive oil and create a thick paste. Scrub your feet with the mix, leave it to soak in for ten minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
  • Alternatively try mixing together a tablespoonful each of brown sugar, sea (or Epsom) salt and baby oil and use as above.

(If using oil-based substances on your feet – be careful not to slip afterwards!).glass-1491578_640

Here’s a cooling and deodorising mix you can make in advance to use at a later date (within a week):

  • Lime and mint refresher – mix 2 tablespoons of sea (or Epsom) salt with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Add 3-4 drops of lime and peppermint essential oils. Blend together into a paste by adding olive oil and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

DIY exercises for relaxing feet

Use any of these exercises both during and at the end of the day to relax your aching feet at any time:

  • Sit on a chair with feet hip-width apart and take your shoes off ideally if you can. Slowly draw your feet underneath your chair, flipping them over so the top of your foot is next to the floor. Gently press the tops of your toes/feet into the floor to feel the stretch on the tops of your feet.
  • Stand up and hold the back of your chair for support, then tip-toe, lifting your heels off the floor and stretching your soles. Now relax your foot back down. Now lift your toes off the floor, keeping your heels on the ground and stretching your calf muscles. Repeat this several times, making a slow rocking motion.
  • Finally, never underestimate the power of a tennis ball! Always have one to hand, as they’re great to roll back and forth, under your foot. Make sure you cover the entire base of your foot, from toes to heel. You can even replace the tennis ball with a frozen bottle of water – perfect at the end of a hot summers’ day!

FTW Thai Foot CourseWould you like the opportunity to expand your portfolio and offer your clients this incredible treatment? Just a half-day hands-on workshop and you can – at half price! (£60 + VAT).

At Face The World, we offer affordable, straightforward training – all industry-approved and CPD registered for your peace of mind. All of courses include a starter kit containing one of our bespoke CDs, at least two of our exclusive skincare products, your training manual and your CPD Diploma Certificate or Certificate of Attendance as applicable.

Click here for more information

Benefits of Traditional Tibetan Music

Tibetan music has been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes…

… which is why it makes a perfect compliment to Tibetan massage. Our Face The World music therapy is of equal importance alongside our aromatherapy and of course massage techniques. So – we thought we’d like to tell you about the three methods of Tibetan music we use during our Tibetan hand/massage treatment.

Our bespoke music is always created to use a range of traditional sounds. With Tibetan music, these help restore the normal vibratory frequencies of out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul. Do enjoy the read!

Tibetan Chimeschimes

Tibetan chimes (Ting-sha) have been used in prayer and religious rituals for as long as the Tibetan Monasteries have existed. The pure tones cleanse the air and banish negative frequencies. This helps to energise Chi and ready the environment for prayer, mediation and healing – or in our case, massage.

Signing BowlsTibetan signing bowl

Singing Bowls produce sound waves with frequencies that resonate and enable the theta state of the brain. This also restores a healthy vibrational state of the body, mind and spirit. Theta brainwaves induce the state of deep meditation that is also said to enhance intuition, creative thinking and promote healing from disorders such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Buddhist ChantTibetan Monks Chanting

Buddhist Chant or “deep voice” chanting is incredibly hard to master. The phaynx or false vocal chords are controlled in such a way as to create a second or even third/fourth overtone to be amplified at the same time as the first note. Yes really! This is reputed to be a multidimensional waveform which operates on several levels of the body and mind. This sound is said to be in synch with the creative force of the Universe, in Hindu known as AUM (Om), which was the sound that initiated creation.



These three amazingly powerful sounds when combined with relaxing Tibetan melodies, the therapeutic benefits of massage and aromatherapy will give a unparalleled multi-sensory experience.

Read more about training in this wonderful treatment here.

Introducing Thai Foot Massage

Thai Foot Massage – multiple benefits…

FTW Thai Foot Course

Thai Foot Massage (Nuat Phaen Boran) as we know it today is a wonderful blend of Chinese reflexology/acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principals and even Japanese Shiatsu. It’s an ancient, holistic treatment passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years… but it has clearly stood the test of time. And not without reason!

Benefits for the feet

• Encourages a healthy blood circulation, especially important for diabetics.
• Eases arthritic aches and pains.
• Aids mobility and flexibility of the joints.
• Helps to break down uric acid build up that can crystallise in the feet which can alleviate symptoms of gout.
• Detoxifies the feet and increases lymphatic drainage.
• Invigorates tired feet and legs – an essential boost for those of us in sedentary/desk jobs.
• Helps prevent blood and lymph from pooling, preventing early onset of varicose veins and burst capillaries.

Meridians of Body

It doesn’t stop there though. Many of us are already aware that reflexology principals within a Thai foot massage will also give benefit to the whole body – not just the region being treated. In Thai teaching, there are no fewer than 10 Sen or energy lines in the feet that map to all areas of the body. Applying the correct techniques and pressure can have an amazing effect on the whole body –



• Prevention and relief of numerous problems including headache, migraine, cystitis, gall bladder problems, sinusitis and constipation.
• Boosts the immune system.
• Improves digestive and skin problems.
• Increases energy levels.
• Alleviates stress, anxiety and general lethargy.
• Aids physical healing and improves sleep quality.
• Lifts the mood and promotes mental clarity.

Thai Foot Training

Would you like the opportunity to expand your portfolio and offer your clients this incredible treatment? Just a half-day hands-on workshop and you can!

At Face The World, we offer affordable, straightforward training – all industry-approved and CPD registered for your peace of mind. All of courses include a starter kit containing one of our bespoke CDs, at least two of our exclusive skincare products, your training manual and your CPD Diploma Certificate or Certificate of Attendance as applicable.

Click here to read more…

How to Give Yourself a Stress-Busting Facial

D.I.Y Facial Massage – here’s how!

Relaxed and Happy - Facial Massage


Oh yes. Even the most zenned out holistic professionals among us have found themselves frowning from time to time, or struggled through a hectic schedule to end the day with a clenched jaw or a headache! We may not always realise how much tension we hold in our facial muscles… and how wonderful it is to have this tension relieved.

The face has no fewer than 42 muscles, all 12 meridian channels of the body can be accessed via the face, the facial nerve has over 10,000 neurons of which 7000 control facial expression and there are 6 lymph nodes that filter and clean the facial lymphatic fluid of toxins, germs and destroy foreign cells such as cancer.

That means that not only will a professional facial massage relieve muscular and nervous stress, the right moves can also energise and rebalance Chi, cleanse the upper dermis of toxic build-up, brighten dull skin – and if you add the benefits of aromatherapy, hydrating lotions and even music, you take it to yet another level.

So can you do any of this to yourself? Of course!

As you can imagine, there’s a multitude of methods and teachings out there (if time, do have a look at the benefits of Eastern Acupressure Facials) – so here’s the basic low-down on some simple moves that will help melt that stress away – in just 10 minutes. Make sure your hands and face are thoroughly clean first and ideally use a massage product so your fingers will glide on the skin and not pull it. Breathe deeply and let yourself relax…

The “Shampoo” Soother (2 mins)Shampoo soother - Facial Massage

A move often used in Indian Head Massage, simply use your fingers to massage all over your scalp, as if shampooing your hair – but nice and slow. Press firmly enough to feel your scalp moving and make sure you cover the areas around the ears, temples and back of the neck where a lot of tension is stored. If your hair is long enough, also pull it firmly as you go to encourage blood flow.


Brow buster - Facial MassageThe Brow-Buster (2 mins)

Using the index or middle finger of each hand, place both fingers in the centre of your forehead, one higher up the forehead than the other. Press firmly, then simply slide the lower finger and higher finger away from each other towards the ears and then swap their positions (high to low and low to high) in a zig-zag movement. Repeat these zig-zags all over the forehead, especially in the “frown zone”. Keep it nice and slow.

Eye Socket Pinch (2 mins).Eye Pinch - Facial Massage

Use the thumb and middle finger of each hand and literally pinch the skin whilst pressing down all around the eye socket. Avoid the delicate skin immediately around the eyes. Start between the brows and slowly and firmly pinch until you have a pressure you are comfortable with. Move around the eyebrows, pinching as you go – and underneath the eyes too. Repeat the circuit for 2 mins and finish off with some slow, smooth circles around the eye sockets, just using your middle finger.

Jaw dropper - Facial MassageJaw Dropper (1 min).

Using all of your fingers on both hands like paddles, make broad, circular sweeps along the jaw line from the ears to the chin and back again. Massage over the cheeks and jowl areas too to get rid of any tension and encourage blood flow.

Touch (2 mins).Temple Touch - Facial Massage

We all know this one, because it does work – and quickly. Find the deepest point in the depression of the temples. Place two fingers on this and simply press firmly for 2 minutes. You can use slow, circular moves here if you prefer. Focus on your breathing and relax.


Ear Pull - Facial MassageEar Massage and Pull (1 min).

Using the thumb and index finger of both hands, slowly and gently massage along the outer rim of the ear from lobe to top and back again – pulling the ear gently away from the head at the same time. To finish, pull the ear lobe down and away from the face and hold for 30 seconds.


Once completed, drop your hands and arms into your lap if seated or by your sides if lying down and relax for a few moments.

Want some more advanced techniques? Click here to read more!

Don’t Forget! – TWO STUDENTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE – Face The World Signature Facial.

Split the reduced price between two – so only £99 + VAT per student (RRP £249 + VAT per student).

Click the link below for more details on this offer!



Benefits of Facial Acupressure

Eastern Facial Acupressure – so many benefits!

Did you know?Eastern Acupressure - Face The World

…that the ancient Chinese treatment of acupressure has been practiced and perfected for over 5000 years? In simple terms, it was discovered that by pressing certain points of the body, pain or disease were alleviated – and often in regions of the body remote from the pain or pressure point!

Facial acupressure can be performed by a massage therapist or other certified professional, or a person can perform it on his or her own face once trained in what to do.

By pressing certain meridian/reflex points in the face, not only are there benefits to the facial area but for the whole body – a great bonus:

For the face…

  • Improvement of muscular tone and facial contours, including the area between the nose and mouth (specifically a problem for smokers)
  • Stimulation of circulation and nutrient flow to the facial skin
  • Promotes an effective lymphatic flow and removal of toxins
  • Glowing and healthier-looking complexion due to improved skin oxygen levels
  • Soothing of forehead wrinkles, creases between the brows and ‘crows feet’
  • Alleviation of sinus problems and improvement of air flow – may help tinnatus
  • Reduction of puffiness around the eyes, nose bleeds and eye strain
  • Reduction of facial spasms, tics and nervous twitches

Meditating LadyFor the body…

  • Balancing energy levels and general flow of Chi
  • Eases stress and feelings of anxiety
  • Improved sleep and feeling of well-being
  • Correction of hunger and appetite issues
  • Reduction in pain associated with toothache and migraine
  • May help to prevent hair loss

There’s more!

Just imagine… you can enhance all of the above facial acupressure benefits even further with the inclusion of beautiful, relevant music therapy and aromatherapy – making it a truly memorable and unique experience for your clients. That is where Face The World adds so much extra value and helps you stand out from the crowd!

Add-on CDsWe have workshops suitable for professionals (for CPD) and beginners (as a hobby) alike – all over the UK.Our price is inclusive of a starter kit per student which contains a ‘start-up duo’ FTW cleanser and massage crème (for your first 5 treatments, unique FTW “China” CD and your CPD Diploma or Certificate of Attendance as needed. We will train on a one-to-one basis so courses are never cancelled!


Find your nearest regional tutor and more information by clicking HERE or contacting us at info@face-the-world.co.uk or 0845 544 1555.

Successful College Staff CPD Day

FTW Signature Facial – CPD for Bishop Auckland College

We’re so pleased to bring you another first for Face The World! Following on from our hugely successful Thai Foot Massage CPD Days at Andover College, Hampshire and Blackburn College, Lancashire – Face The World have delivered our very first staff CPD day in our award-winning and patented Signature Facial Course!Staff at Bishop Auckland College

The day was arranged via college lead Adelle Garnett and Face The World’s Liz Badger to suit the college’s requirements. Specialist FTW tutor Gwyn Featonby, also Director of the Seven Wellbeing Centre at Butterwick Hospice, Stockton-on-Tees, ran the day for Face The World.

Mini Thai Foot Massage
Staff received the full 1 day course, exactly as delivered privately – meaning they finished the day as fully-qualified and insurable Face The World Facial Practitioners. As well as the multi-sensory, choreographed routine, they were also taught the three mini global massage sequences for during the Ocean Rain Mask stage of the facial: Thai Foot (as seen here), Indian Head and Tibetan Hand Massages. The client can choose which mini treatment they want whilst the mask sets to work.


FTW Training Manual
Each member of staff received a CPD Diploma Certificate (as accredited by The Guild and approved by the CThA and PEP), bespoke FTW CD, 28-page Training Manual, laminated crib sheet, enamel uniform badge and a mini product set of Face The World skin care (enough for 3 to 5 facial treatments). Those who wished it also received trade access to the FTW Store and added to the monthly e-Newsletter.

Says Adelle – “The course was brilliant and we were all so chilled out! We loved the facial – and equally your FTW skincare products. We all want trade access please.”

We now have an even better offering – including training you to run your own Face The World one and half day courses in house! Take a look here –


FTW Practitioners of The Year 2014/15…

Introducing our 3 amazing holistic/beauty therapist winners –

Our 2014/15 Practitioner of the Year Award was, again, a hugely popular event attracting literally 100’s of loyal clients, fans and followers to cast their votes for their winner. It gives us great pleasure to reveal our winner and two runners up in more detail.

Winner 2014/15 – Zoe Warner

Zoe WarnerAfter time spent travelling the world and living in Australia , Germany and Cyprus to name a view, as well as various UK locations whilst her husband was in the armed forces, Zoe has now settled in the gorgeous county of Gloucestershire .  This is (for now) the place she calls home after her husband was medically discharged due to injuries he suffered from a roadside explosion. This lead her to start up the Therapies4Forces project.  Its main aim is to provide free treatments to injured veterans and their families – and it has gone from being just Zoe to over 200 therapist volunteers throughout the UK.

When she’s not being a wife, mother of 6 children or grandmother, she also runs Vanilla Moon Holistic and Beauty treatments in Stroud – from her luxury, custom built cabin or a full mobile service.  Pamper and Relax Us is also under her control and is a mobile pop up for spa treatments and therapies. The treatments she offers not only make people feel and look good on the outside but also from the inside – and that can make all the difference.

Zoe at her various awards

She has won previous awards, including the Excellence in Practice FHT Awards and the VQ Winner of the South West, which are judged by a panel.

Zoe says: “The FTW Practitioner of the Year Award was made that extra special because it was voted by my clients and their lovely testimonials did make me shed a tear or two.  It was very touching to know that people thought such lovely things about me and makes what I do all the more rewarding.”

“The most important tip I would like to pass onto anyone who is new to the industry is always look after your clients: remember their birthdays and anniversaries; how they have their tea; enquire about their family; ask about the doctor’s appointment they mentioned the last time they were in; how they are getting on with their new hobby.  From the moment they walk through the door make them feel special and not just another client in the appointment book. If you are passionate about a treatment and a client can see that then they are more than likely to share your passion too.”

T4F LogoDetails of Zoes’ businesses and the treatments she offers are found at the following web addresses:
·        www.vanillamoon.biz
·        www.pamperandrelax.us

 2nd Place – Hayley Pearson

Hayley PearsonHayley is a Complementary Therapist based in a small village called Great Moulton in South Norfolk. She has been practising for 8 years and offers a variety of therapies that range from bodywork to energy based treatments. She trained in her various therapies after suffering ill health after the birth of her children. The therapies she tried helped her so much, she decided to retrain and so help other people who may be suffering similar issues.

Hayley says: “I love what I do and to be able to have someone come into my therapy room feeling stressed and in pain and then leave with a smile on their face feeling better than they did when they arrived, is a wonderful feeling and makes work not difficult to want to do!”

“The tip I would give anyone considering starting up in this business is to follow your heart. You need to love what you do and enjoy helping others. Any therapist you meet will always wish to help you on your journey and there is no competitiveness from anyone as everyone needs advice and help when starting out.”

Her perfect client would be someone who hasn’t experienced complementary therapies before – whether the bodywork ones like massage, the relaxing ones such as the Face the World Holistic Facial, or Reiki – and to be able to show them how they can help with the relaxing and switching off of the mind which will then help allow the body to feel less tense and tight.

To find out more about what Hayley does, please take a look at www.serenityouch.co.uk where you will find all the therapies she offers along with the Face the World courses and Reiki courses that she teaches.

Serenity TouchTo book a treatment or to find out about the courses Hayley offers, you can also email her on Hayley@serenitytouch.co.uk or give her a ring on 01379 674135 / 07940287747

 3rd Place – Vicki Rayner

Vicki RaynerVicki started her career in retail , working within the premium brand cosmetic business. She spent five years in the beauty trade before moving on to become the manager of a luxury boutique. However, holistic therapies have always been something Vicki enjoyed and interested in – so much so that she went to study at the Norwich Academy of Holistic Therapies. Vicki qualified with distinction to become a member of the Guild of Holistic Therapies.

Holistic treatments are something she’s always enjoyed – and felt for a long time that there was a particular niche which had not been filled: a treatment room set deep within the heart of the peaceful Norfolk countryside where clients can feel welcomed, relaxed and rejuvenated by their visit.

The Lavender Room is Located at Low Farm Barns, set within a country estate. What better place to discover the serenity that should be the foundation of holistic therapy, this whole package being the reason she loves her job so much!

Vicki says: “I really do feel that I not only fully satisfy my clients by giving them 110%, but every day is a pleasurable, fulfilling journey for myself. I felt honoured to take 3rd place, behind two incredible ladies that I look up to. It was fantastic. I think there was a little bit of screaming going on!”

“My journey into the world of Holistic therapies as been a life changing one, one that was decided for me by a run of life changing personal situations. Leaving a job I loved with an amazing company was one of the hardest things I have ever done, however I see now that it was all for a reason. My life is so fulfilled, satisfying and forever evolving. Having just launched from my wonderful new treatment room, I can also confirm it’s very hard work but worth every moment. If you are thinking of a career in this business, simply follow your dreams.”

Lavender Room NorfolkHave a browse of Vicki’s website at www.thelavenderroomnorfolk.co.uk  or feel free to call me on 07792 297545.

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How about a half-day massage training course for two at only £99 + VAT per couple?

“I’m still beautifully chilled out today after that lovely session!”

Specialist Global Massage Courses


Choose from the following techniques –

      • Thai Foot Massage
      • Indian Head Massage
      • Tibetan Hand/Arm Massage or
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Have fun learning a new skill together – and then reap the benefits for the years to come!


We have 9 different tutors based around the UK for you to choose from (you can select your nearest when booking) and arrange your own ideal training date directly with your tutor, no time limit. The price is inclusive of – Bespoke FTW CDs

  • A Certificate of Attendance each (or CPD Diploma if you are an insured Level 3+ therapist!).
  • Our bespoke Face The World CD, one created for each course.
  • A 150 ml jar of our exclusive “Tibet” professional massage crème (rrp £25.50p).

UK Holistic Business of the Year


Face The World is an industry-accredited UK training school and skincare brand specialising in global massage techniques combined with music therapy – and our natural, ethical products of course! We are holders of the UK Holistic Business of the Year Awards 2013/14 and have been granted “Trusted Provider” by the International HotCourses organisation. You’re in safe hands.

To book, simply click the image of your preferred course below and you’ll be taken to our secure on-line store. You can read more about the course, choose your tutor, ideal training date (your tutor will call you to arrange) and payment is via either Paypal or Debit/Credit card. Please add your partner’s name in the comments box, so we know there will be two of you! Any questions, feel free to Contact Us first –

Thai Foot Training


Thai Foot


Indian Head Massage


Indian Head


Tibetan Hand/Arm Massage


Tibetan Hand/Arm


Eastern Acu-pressure Massage


Eastern Acu-pressure of the Face