FHT Nottingham Local Support Group

A site for local Complementary therapists

Future Meetings

March 26th 2019

Herbal Medicine and Hormones

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.

A mother of two grown children she keeps bees and chickens in West Bridgford where she lives with her husband.

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


May 28th 2019

Ruth Duncan – Myofascial Release

Ruth lives in Scotland and obviously cannot visit our group in person so for the first time we are arranging a Skype 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.

We will have a couch, client and local therapist at our meeting who will ‘mirror’ Ruth’s demonstration of MFR techniques so we can observe at close quarters.

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’. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.

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, as she herself struggled with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME) for almost 8 years. She understands the emotion coming from the physical and the physical creating the emotion from firsthand experience.

She has authored ‘A Hands On Guide to Myofascial Release’ – a guide to using the foundational MFR techniques in a therapy practice.







July 23rd 2019



September 24th 2019 – Barbara Scott – Reproflexology



November 26th 2019