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Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that nurture body, mind and spirit.

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We encourage spas to adopt uniform therapist education standards so that their clients in or with a cancer treatment history, and the medical teams caring for them, can feel reassured when visiting or recommending spa-based wellness services.

 

Our recommended go-to for therapist referrals are the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), and the International Society for Oncology Estheticians (ISOE). S4OM has a therapist locator where you can search for an oncology-trained therapist in your area.

 

Taking an S4OM or ISOE approved education program will not make a therapist an expert, but will provide a uniform foundation for standard of care and competency assessment that spas, their guests and therapists, and the cancer clinical care community can refer to.

 

There are other therapist training programs available, some very good ones for sure. We like the curriculum guidelines established by S4OM and adopted by ISOE the most and all Greet The Day therapists have completed one of these accredited programs.

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Taking a live class does not make someone an expert. Certainly it is not quicker nor more convenient.

 

 

We support a national education standard so that spa guests in or with a cancer treatment history can feel reassured in the hope that the spa industry embraces a consistent standard of care.  

We believe it is important that your therapist understand the effect of cancer on the body, the primary treatments and co-prescribed medications, the side effects related to medical care, and any lingering, long term or late effects of treatment.

 

An oncology-trained therapist should be able to recognize and safely work within the framework that presents within these clinical considerations. Considerations can be unique for each client, and can regularly change depending on where in treatment or recovery they are. For more information please visit S4OM.org.

In professional license occupations there is generally curriculum alignment. An oncology-trained LMT (licensed massage therapist) or LE (licensed esthetician) works with hands on the body and uniform curriculum guidelines help support core competencies and standards of practice between service providers, and a level of reassurance with consumers.

 

The supervised practical application of knowledge is a core component with all S4OM and ISOE accredited continuing education programs and we believe that is a necessity in supporting therapists in developing workplace-based assessment and communication skills, and in the delivery of their hands-on services.

 

Hands on skills practiced in a supportive and supervised capacity, along with the shared experience of interaction with classmates aids skill development and provides support and connection. With the high emotive component that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis, and so many people directly and indirectly affected, there is a degree of support needed by therapists that can best be nurtured in a class setting.

We encourage spas to adopt uniform therapist education standards so that their clients in or with a cancer treatment history, and the medical teams caring for them, can feel reassured when visiting or recommending spa-based wellness services.

Spa services such as massage, skin and nail care are increasingly accepted

as part of wellness-care and spa clients in or with a history of cancer treatment place their trust in the hands of spas and their therapists.

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