OCT 2018

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A H e a l i n g T o u c h [44] • # dayspamagazine • october 2018 © GETTY IMAGES A Healing Touch Five spas discuss their oncology services, and the power of catering to clients with cancer. by Molly Brown sk anyone who has experienced it or helped a loved one through it—cancer impacts every aspect of a person's health and well-being. Although there was a time when spas may have shied away from off ering services to guests who were battling the disease in its many forms, that's no longer the case. According to Oncology Training International (OTI), an organization that educates spa workers around the world, there's a tremendous demand for such off erings— especially given the staggering statistic that as many as four in ten people will get cancer in their lifetimes. To date, OTI has trained approximately 4,000 spa pros in the U.S. alone, helping them provide the safest and most nurturing services possible. "It's not just about completing a course and becoming a certifi ed oncology esthetician or massage therapist, but also about the deep compassion these service providers possess, and the profound connections they form with their clients," notes Ursula Froehlich, president of Margot Eu ropean Day Spa in Birmingham, Michigan. Indeed, off ering oncology spa treatments can be as enriching and rewarding for your staff and your business as receiving them is for the individuals dealing with the devastating eff ects of their diseases.

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