Julie Speed and Debbie Moore are thrilled to have been involved with the development of specialist training for massage therapists in the UK. Previously Cedars established the Cedars Amethyst Trust to raise money to be able to offer free beauty treatments at Cedars to cancer patients referred by the Cheltenham Oncology Department. Realising that more could be done Julie and Debbie embarked on a new project using their International Beauty & Holistic Academy and re-inventing the trust to the now brand new Amethyst Trust...
The Amethyst Trust has developed a new approach to treating clients with experience of cancer 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."
Training courses will take place at the International Beauty & Holistic Academy in Gloucester. If you are a therapist and would like to welcome clients with experience of cancer into your business simply visit www.amethysttrust.co.uk to find out more.
If you are interested in knowing more about massage therapies for yourself or someone you know with experience of cancer please call the salon reception and our friendly receptionist will be able to assist you.