Made For Life Organics offers Cancer Touch Training to White Rose Beauty College students

Skincare brand Made for Life Organics has partnered with White Rose Beauty Colleges to give Level 3 students, or those studying complementary therapy, the opportunity to undertake its Cancer Touch Therapy training so they can safely treat those living with cancer.

The brand’s Cancer Touch Therapy training will teach the future beauty workforce a deeper understanding of what cancer is and the skills needed to perform, and tailor, face and body services for clients living with the condition.

The goal is to ensure that every person living with cancer can access wellbeing therapies in a spa setting when they need them most. The training at White Roses Colleges will start in January 2021 once students have completed the relevant sections of the course, including anatomy and physiology, so they have the appropriate knowledge to undertake the module.

It is estimated there will be an initial group of 120–130 students undertaking the training across the nine White Rose Beauty College sites in the UK.

The course has been developed with advice from trained oncology massage teachers and advisors at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and Macmillan, is SATCC-approved and accredited by the Complementary Medical Association.

Karen Lee-Cooke, principal of White Rose Beauty Colleges, said: “Currently, our industry’s awarding organisations recognise cancer as a condition usually contraindicated to massage therapies. We are committed to pioneering and changing these practices ensuring all clients, especially those living with cancer, are able to access spas and salons”.

Made For Life Organics managing director Amanda Winwood called the collaboration a “significant and pivotal shift within the industry”, adding: “for years therapists have been incorrectly trained that people living with cancer should not be welcomed, resulting in many spas turning up to 96% of people with cancer away.

“[I want to] empower well qualified therapists at NVQ level 3 to leave college with the skills and confidence needed to enter their first role and support the wellness industry to be accessible to all.”

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