Eighteenth Annual General Meeting and CPD Event

Saturday 21st September 2019 – Holiday Inn Milton Keynes Central


We warmly invite you to join us in Milton Keynes this autumn for a time of learning and friendship.

Our event theme is ‘Connections, Communications and Conversations’. We aim to provide an event that builds on these three topics to continue IFPA’s growth and development as a centre/hub/organisation of excellence for professional aromatherapy practice.

We are so looking forward to spending this time with you and have included an optional networking “night before” event. On Friday evening there will be a fun and informal marketing workshop followed by drinks and supper in the hotel’s Marco Pierre White restaurant. Great company, lively conversation and good food – we hope some of you will be able to join us! You will be able to order your own preference from the restaurant menu, and IFPA will provide the wine!

Our CPD day will focus on workshops delivered by dynamic and knowledgeable aromatherapy experts. Full details of the speakers, the content of their workshops and the full timetable of the day coming soon. An outline of this event is attached for your information.

The AGM part of the day (approx. 90 mins) will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the IFPA organisation that has been developed in response to your passion and professionalism and is there to support you and your practice. There will be time to chat over refreshments and a delicious lunch is provided free of charge which will give you the opportunity to meet old friends and make some new ones and mingle with the team behind the IFPA volunteer board of directors.

Our Holiday Inn Milton Keynes Central venue is convenient for motorway and railway links and easily accessible from Heathrow and Birmingham. If you arrive on the train, board member Craig Vassie will organise a shuttle service to collect you and bring you to the venue.

We cannot promise a red carpet, but we aim to make it easy to get as many of us together as possible. If you would like to stay overnight we have arranged a special deal with the hotel. The rooms are reasonably priced on a Bed and Breakfast rate of £73.00 per twin or double room. If you would like to share a twin room, then please let the IFPA office know and we will circulate a list of those who wish to share rooms. All rooms need to be booked directly with the hotel. Before you make your room reservation, we recommend that you join IHG Rewards Club. This loyalty scheme is free to join, and members get free wifi at the hotel if they are staying overnight! To book your room please either email meetings@himiltonkeynes.co.uk or call their events team on 01908 698555 and state the booking name ‘IFPA’ to get the special £73 B&B rate.The newly renovated hotel will offer us comfort and great hospitality during our time there and if retail therapy is on your agenda, Centre MK Intu shopping centre is a 5-minute walk and offers late night shopping…yes, we have researched the important things, food, beds, shopping.


09:30 – 10:00 – Registration
10:00 – 10:45 – Making Connections with Arvigo® Therapy
11:00 – 11:45 – A Conversation On Menopause
12:15 – 13:00 – Working Holistically As A Holistic Therapist
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
14:00 – 15:15 – AGM
15:30 – 16:15 – Fascinating Fascia
16:15 – 16:30 – Closing Remarks


10:00 – 10:45 Louise Crockart – Making Connections with Arvigo® Therapy

Join Louise for what promises to be a fascinating introduction to Arvigo® Therapy. Learn how women have been rediscovering this form of ancient body work and why the message needs to reach the men and children of this world too.

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For the past 2 decades Louise has been supporting her clients in all aspects of their health and well-being through various forms of massage and healing. 15 years ago, Arvigo® Therapy made a huge impact on her own health, spurring Louise on to train in and eventually become a trainer of this transformative healing modality. Louise works from her home in leafy Twickenham, South West London and travels extensively teaching Arvigo® Therapy to clients and therapists.


Arvigo® Therapy combines Western knowledge of the body’s functions, with ancient wisdom from the Maya culture in Central America. It has gained a reputation for supporting the pelvic organs, specifically the uterus and prostate within the fertility community as well as being effective for digestive disorders too.

By working deeply into the abdomen, many systems of the body are effected, often resulting in improvements in the positioning of the uterus, helping menstrual and fertility problems, prolapse of pelvic organs and digestive issues.

One of the corner stones which makes Arvigo® Therapy so powerful is that it empowers the client through education in Self Care. A simple massage routine is taught to clients to perform at home every day, giving them the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their own body, see faster results from the work and in many cases lessen the need for endless treatments with a therapist.

Louise Crockart will present how and why Arvigo® Therapy heals not only on a physical but emotional level. How women have been rediscovering this form of ancient body work and why the message needs to reach the men and children of this world too. Her mission is empowerment for all through Arvigo® Therapy.

11:00 – 11:45 Jo Kellett – A Conversation On Menopause

Throughout her career Jo has focused on Women’s Health. After graduating from the Tisserand Institute she set up a practice offering aromatherapy for women in pregnancy, trained to be a baby massage instructor and developed her practice around these areas of a women’s journey. This has progressed as she has got older and her own family has grown; moving through puberty, into fertility and on towards Menopause, an area of her practice that she feels passionately about; in supporting herself and her clients through this transition.

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Tisserand Institute Diploma of Holistic Aromatherapy
Member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists
Certified Infant Massage Practitioner

Jo graduated from The Tisserand Institute in 1996 and went on to run a practice at the Portland Hospital in London offering aromatherapy and yoga for women in pregnancy. She returned to The Tisserand Institute in 1999 to teach Essential Oil Therapeutics and remained there until its close in 2004. Whilst at the Institute she trained to teach baby massage with the International Association of Infant Massage. Jo also teaches on the Neal’s Yard Remedies Aromatherapy Diploma and teaches massage at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy. In 2010 she obtained accreditation from IFPA to teach CPD, and offers courses throughout the year. She is currently employed as Tisserand’s Essential Oil Expert and advises on blends and development for new products and projects.

Jo has lectured on the benefits of Aromatherapy and has had articles published in America, Taiwan and the UK on the benefits of aromatherapy. She is a contributing author to ‘Aromatherapy for Health Professionals 4th Edition’ and is currently writing a book on baby massage for Dorling Kindersley. She appears regularly on TV and radio including the Chrissy B Show, talking about using essential oils to support well-being and emotional health.

Jo runs her own private practice, from the seed aromatherapy, in Brighton, East Sussex.


We need to talk about… Menopause!

How can essential oils help you through the menopause? What benefits are there to using aromatherapy to help you through this time of change? As professionals it’s important that we share our knowledge to empower not only ourselves but our clients.

We are living in a time where women are gathering strength, what we need, what we tolerate and how we want to live our lives.

This workshop will help you find out what’s right for you and your clients.

12:15 – 13:00 Christine Courtney – Working Holistically As A Holistic Therapist

Join Christine to learn about working holistically as a holistic therapist. Learn how to develop your business to meet your personal goals, how networking feeds your spirit as well as your business, and how when you are self-employed, looking after yourself is looking after business.

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Christine’s first career was in the business sector where she thrived in marketing, sales and personnel management. In this dynamic corporate world, she learned one of her great skills was trouble shooting. Identifying areas such as systems that were not working efficiently or people who were not working at tasks that gave them the opportunity to excel, allowed Christine to hone her skills at developing strategies that ensured the individuals, the company and the sector were leaders in their field.

In 1999 it was time for Christine to take a different path. She walked away from this successful career into the world of Complementary Therapy. The wealth of knowledge and experience she took with her and a passion to make a difference has seen a one-roomed private practice develop into the internationally successful OBUS School and Wellness Training Centre.

Christine’s vision to provide therapies and training that has compassion and excellence at its core is clearly evident in the strong team of therapists, tutors and admin staff that work in the Obus Clinic and School.

Over the years of working as an IFPA & ITEC School principal Christine has developed a strong passion for working therapists in building a holistic practice holistically. It is this passion and enthusiasm she brings to her talk during this IFPA study day.


A lot of complementary therapists are self-employed or are the sole complementary therapist working as part of a team in a medical setting. Staying connected to why you became an aromatherapist can be hard as the demands of work and personal life pull you in all directions.

During this talk I will present ways to help you prioritize you in your day and your work, to help you stay connected to why you became an aromatherapist.

Stephen Covey, author of “The 7 habits of highly effective people” offers us two key words to focus on when organising our day. They are IMPORTANT and URGENT.

I hope to inspire you to put what is important to you back into the centre of your day.

Some of the things I will look at are:

  • How to meet the demands of our clients and colleagues while also meeting and nurturing our own needs.
  • How to network – get the most of out of the hour, day or weekend spent with our peers.
  • Make sure CPD training ticks all the boxes, educational, inspiring, fun, energising and of course CPD points
  • How to make IFPA work for you as a professional and personal resource.
  • Have friends you can lean into when you are having moments of self-doubt!

15:30 – 16:15 Emma Charlton – Fascinating Fascia

Join Emma to explore theories about this tissue that has set the bodywork world buzzing.

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Emma trained as an Aromatherapist at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA) under Gabriel Mojay, qualifying in 2000. Over the years she has worked in a variety of settings including a busy multi-disciplinary clinic, in corporate sector companies providing a on-site massage and as a volunteer for a charity supporting adults living with HIV. For many years she has run a private aromatherapy and bodywork practise in Twickenham, South West London. Emma has been a member of the teaching team at ITHMA for many years, teaching massage and aromatherapy theory. She regularly leads anatomy learning sessions with yoga teachers at a London yoga school. She is especially fascinated by fascia and the ever-evolving theories about its role in our human body.


‘Fascia’ is the new bodywork buzzword, but what is it all about? In this workshop we’ll dip our toes into this relatively new area of anatomical study. We’ll define what fascia actually means and look at some of the current theories about its structure and key function in the human body, focusing on its role in movement and support. We’ll explore what some of the leading anatomists are saying about fascia and possibly bust a few anatomical myths. Fascia is relevant to everyone who works with the human form, particularly massage therapists and other body-workers. You will find out what’s right for you and your clients.