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New cancer massage training course designed to give back to those in need

05 November 2015

New cancer massage training course designed to give back to those in need

The Amethyst Trust has developed a new approach to treating cancer clients in salons and spas, through the creation of a specialist training course.  The course is one of the first to be approved by a leading insurance provider, which offers a bespoke top up policy for individual therapists and beauty salon and spa businesses. The course has been endorsed by Penny Brohn Cancer Care in Bristol and each course will make a charitable donation to support those affected by cancer.

The charitable trust brings together industry pioneer, John Holman and his unique Hydrotherm Massage Therapy along with Julie Speed and Debbie Moore, directors of the International Beauty & Holistic Academy, a high-calibre training school. The Trust will work specifically to dispel the myths surrounding massage in cancer sufferers, teaching good practice with clear guidance and providing accredited training that is safe, effective and insurable. 

Julie Speed, trustee of The Amethyst Trust and Director of International Beauty & Holistic Therapy says "There are a plethora of myths surrounding whether massage is safe whilst undergoing cancer treatment and the reality is that it is perfectly safe if adaptations are made. Recent research is showing that by 2016 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer, rising to 1 in 2 by 2050 so it is really important to the Trust that we are able to help therapists competently treat those clients safely and effectively, whilst also providing appropriate insurance cover"

Michael Connors, Director of Services at Penny Brohn Cancer Care says "We are pleased to offer our endorsement of the course that Amethyst Trust has created. Dr Catherine Zollman, Senior Clinical Lead and I have reviewed the course content and are satisfied that the course is both educational and informative. The course supports therapists to allow them to gain initial confidence and competence when working with clients who are currently being treated for cancer or who have a history of cancer."

The first training course will take place on Monday 23 November at the International Beauty & Holistic Academy in Gloucester. To book your place please visit 

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