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Supporting Clients with Cancer Accredited Training


Friday 27 – Sunday 29 March 2020, 10.00 – 5.00 pm each day, £450 (£300 concessions)

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Global Heart Healing and Bodywork: Supporting Clients with Cancer
Accredited Training for Holistic & Beauty Therapists, Clinic or Spa Staff

Presented by Bliss Russell

Have you turned clients away from your practice, clinic or salon because you are unsure about how to safely approach and support a person with cancer? Would you like to discover more about this condition, how to support someone using holistic or beauty therapies? Do you work in reception at a clinic or spa and want to sensitively and professionally book clients in for your service? This course offers a comprehensive overview of the disease and its treatment, safety and adaptations to treatment.

Bliss has specialised in holistic support oncology care for the past two decades, working in several leading hospices and cancer hospitals, and devoting her academic study to the subject. She has taught around the UK in FE colleges and private settings, as well as providing in house training in spa and salon settings for practitioners to safely work with cancer sufferers. Bliss is currently undertaking a Research Masters at the University of Bristol where her focus is on Women’s Bodies, Cancer and Touch. She recently took part in an international Wellness for Cancer Symposium with leading experts in oncology in the research, spa and education sectors.

She devised this training course to fill in the gaps in some of the current courses offered on the subject, and aims to engage her students in a fun, interactive practice focused course which will give you answers, offer lots of adaptations and safe alternatives to the most popular therapies, and give you confidence to book and treat people with cancer as a normal part of your everyday practice.

Day One – What is Cancer?

An Overview of Physiology & Pathology
Gain an understanding of common cancer diagnoses and medical treatments, chemo and radiotherapy, surgery, steroids and bone marrow transplants. Statistics in the UK and Worldwide. Side effects and incidental problems relating to treatment or living with cancer. Issues affecting cancer survivors post treatment long term.
• Group Activity – map of the human body, different medical terms for cancers and treatment regimens, match the diagnosis with the type of treatment.

The Social Context of Cancer
Taboos and breakdowns in support networks, knowing what to say to sensitively and discretely relate to people living with cancer or survivors, changing perceptions and inclusivity. Creating safe spaces for people who have shifting self-esteem and body image. Tackling sensitive or embarrassing topics. Carers and supporters, pressures on them.
• Partners Activity – Role play for different client scenarios and chat topics which may arise in the therapy room or at the booking stage.

Contra-indications, Complications and Adaptations
Questions to ask in the treatment room, using supportive language and putting the client at ease, managing expectations about adapted treatments. What treatments are safe and hassle-free, which ones are total contra-indications, how we might adapt treatments in the clinic, spa or salon for safe care of people with cancer.
• Written Activity – series of Q & A relating to common issues, contra-indications for treatments and safer adaptations for people at different stages of the cancer journey.

Self Care and Reflective Support
Checking in and avoiding burnout. The cycle of reflective practice. Buddy networks and professional supervision as support for challenging emotional work. Grounding and a strong centre, professional boundaries and emotional / energetic cleansing visualisation techniques to clear your mind.
• Personal reflective diary for working with people with cancer.

Day Two – Deeper into Specialisation for Therapists

Researching the Evidence Base
Evidence based practice and its importance in complementary and beauty therapy. Discussing the benefits of touch therapies and wellbeing techniques in cancer care as evidenced by systematic review of recent research into massage therapy during cancer treatment and other publications of interest. Reading the literature, how to critique a research paper for quality and consistency.
• Group work – An opportunity to use an academic database to research current literature. Short presentation to relate findings to the room.

Creating and Managing the Environment
Ensuring treatment rooms are safe for frail or immune suppressed people.
Mindful touch, holding and witnessing. Different levels of appropriate pressure.
Draping and bolsters for modesty and support. Helping the client feel at ease.
• Pairs or threes will prepare the treatment space and practice levels of pressure, bolstering and draping techniques.

Practical Skills
General techniques for safe adapted massage, safety info for node removal.
Safe adapted massage techniques during chemo or radiotherapy. Skincare.
Managing ports or stoma bags, surgical scarring, peripheral neuropathy.
Lymphoedema safety, simple lymph drainage techniques for therapists.
• These techniques will be demonstrated, practised and overseen/observed for competency by each participant practising on their partner or working in threes.
Recap and Reflection on the Day
Time for questions and answers, check-in and sharing on what we have covered so far.
Supporting Clients with Cancer
Accredited Training for Holistic & Beauty Therapists, Clinic or Spa Staff

Day Three – Deeper Still into Specialisation for Therapists

Incorporating Cancer Care into Professional Practice
Issues around disclosure in consultation – asking the right questions. Promoting yourself as a competent and knowledgeable oncology supporter. The law, ethical considerations and current professional guidelines. Issues of consent and insurance.
• Group work, discuss how you would adhere to current legal and professional guidance in your specialist area, how you might advertise this service to clients, how would you broach issues of consent.

Practical Skills Workshop
Safely adapting nails and pedicures to avoid risk of cross infection or injury. (Optional)
Adapting reflexology treatments for people with cancer. Safety, best practice
Adapting facials for people with cancer. Product advice. Safety, best practice.
Therapeutic touch, reiki and spiritual healing techniques. (Optional)
Using Sound to enhance relaxation with music or voice. Simple songs to share.

The mind body connection, the power of the ‘fighting spirit’ in survival rates. Offering positive thinking or mindfulness methods without victim blaming or patronising the client.
Using affirmations, visualisations and meditation to improve wellbeing. Group Meditation.

Recap and Sharing, Feedback Forms
A chance to ask questions or clarify what has been covered. Opportunities to share and reflect in the group on our journey through the training. Feedback forms and closing.
Each participant on the training will be presented with a booklet containing the detailed course information as presented on power-point during the course, in addition to an attendance certificate as evidence of continuing professional development.
Global Heart Healing and Bodywork: Supporting Clients with Cancer
Accredited Training for Holistic & Beauty Therapists, Clinic or Spa Staff

This course is open for the full three days training to practitioners with existing qualifications in holistic therapies, massage, reflexology, reiki or beauty and spa therapies, and open to reception staff, clinic managers or front of house for the first day of the course.

The full training over 3 days is being offered at the Amethyst Centre, Coventry between the dates of 1st to 3rd June 2018, at a cost of £450 which covers all course materials and accredited IPHM course certification. A special discounted rate of £300 is available to students or those in receipt of state benefits. For front of house staff or those unable to attend the full training the first day is offered at £150. Each day of the course offers 7 hours of CPD credits.

Please email Chris at to register your place on the training and any enquiries about the venue.

All participants must pay in advance to gain a place on this event, payment can be made via Paypal to:

Your place on the course will be booked once this has been done, and Bliss will contact participants before the course with a booking form and further information about what to bring et cetera.
Course places cannot be held without payment and registration. There are a maximum of 12 spaces available on this course and it will fill up quickly so it is best to book early to avoid missing out.
If you have further questions or wish to contact Bliss directly about any aspect of the training email with your enquiry. She is always happy to discuss any aspect of cancer care.

Course designed and delivered by Global Heart Healing & Bodywork
Presented in association with The Amethyst Centre, Coventry