Voya becomes first Wellness for Cancer certified spa brand worldwide

Irish organic seaweed brand Voya has become the first spa product house in the world to be given a Wellness for Cancer accreditation. The American organisation founded by Julie Bach aims to train spas and wellness facilities to deliver safe, nurturing services to spa guests who are survivors of cancer or undergoing treatment.

Each Voya trainer has now completed their “train the trainer” curriculum, developed to teach therapists knowledge and the practical confidence to perform safe treatments. The team can now provide Voya accounts with training on cancer aware Voya treatments, including the signature Voyager Total Massage Journey. The accounts will then be encouraged to pass on the training to their individual therapists.

The training for Wellness for Cancer accreditation teaches therapists to “bring compassion, sensitivity and mindfulness into the treatment room”, and includes client comfort, the benefits of touch and how to make clients feel complete tranquility during treatment.

 Emma Roberts, head of sales at Voya, commented: “We are delighted that Voya is the first product brand worldwide to receive [Wellness for Cancer] accreditation. Many of us in the team have had to turn guests away from treatments in the past. This is an upsetting and uncomfortable situation for all involved. When we met Julie at the Global Wellness Summit in 2015 we felt this was the next step for Voya as part of the brand’s global expansion. Our dream is to have all Voya spas around the world offering treatments to those who are receiving treatment for cancer and those who are cancer survivors.”