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Cancer Touch Therapy







Marc Innes and Laura Kelly of Made For Life Organics with the spa team at Seaham Hall, County Durham



An important part of our work (in support of) the Made For Life Foundation is our fully accredited 3 day Cancer Touch Therapy training course. This advanced course enables qualified beauty and massage therapists to gain a deeper understanding of what cancer is, the staging and grading of cancer and how the treatments for cancer can affect the need to adapt spa treatments. Full protocols are offered for both face and body along with supervised practice. 
The course is accredited by the Complimentary Medical Association which means insurance can be gained so individual therapists and spas can offer these holistic therapies confidently to those who have been diagnosed with the condition.  

Spas all over the UK now offer Cancer Touch Therapy, including Aqua Sana spas at Center Parcs.


Amanda Barlow and Marc Innes with the Aqua Sana spa team at Center Parcs, Whinfell


Amanda Winwood (formerly Barlow), MD of Made For Life Organics and Founder of the Made for Life Foundation says: “It is shocking that many spas have turned people away whilst they are going through cancer. We believe that all spas should be accessible and through our work with the Made for Life Foundation (registered charity 1138846) we have for 15 years, consistently provided this using appropriate protocols combined with our 100% organic skincare and wellbeing range of products. This CMA accredited Cancer Touch Therapy training course enables spas, managers and therapists to confidently open their doors to anyone going through cancer and provide much needed support.

The course was developed, taking advice from trained oncology massage teachers, advisors within the oncology team at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and also Macmillan. Marc Innes, MISRM, MCMA and Founder of the School of Natural Therapies is the course lead trainer and gained accreditation for this course from the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).

“Having worked within the NHS for 22 years, I have combined this experience with my knowledge of anatomy, physiology and complementary therapies to draw on the psychological benefits of touch therapy — it has been an absolute pleasure to develop and write this training course.”


Did you know?

Cancer Touch Therapy is the only UK spa Cancer Course to have CIBTAC endorsement and CM accreditation.

We have to date, trained over 500 therapists across the UK in Cancer Touch Therapy to confidently open their spa doors to people with cancer. Just within CenterParcs Aqua Sana alone this means that 5600 people who may have been refused access to a spa were welcomed.

Statistics state that there are currently 2.8 million people in the UK with cancer and this is set to rise to 4 million in the next decade.

So why is Touch so important for someone going through cancer?

Touch is important in a physiological and psychological basis. A gentle touch will lower cortisol and increase oxytocin and in essence, boosts the body’s immune system and releasing muscle tension. It also reduces stress and tension enabling better sleep and improving recovery.

Our signature treatment – Hand on Heart

Our research has shown that a state of calm and relaxation is accessed and that people going through cancer have found Hand on Heart beneficial to their wellbeing.

Hand on Heart is a holistic treatment focusing on the back, head and face using a series of slow gentle touch. It was created to enable anyone suffering from anxiety and stress to access a quiet meditative state. The nurturing movements and slow rhythmic touch quieten the body and mind.

The treatment can be bespoke to suit anyone going through cancer.

Why our Organic Skincare products are safer than others for people going through Cancer

The gentle and natural 100% organic ingredients in Made for Life products have been found by people with sensitive and sensitised skin to be hugely beneficial. We are working with Plymouth University to extend this research and improve our formulations even further. But what we do know is that many herbs and flowers hold the natural remedies to improve health.

Read the latest blog on Spabreaks.com where the Managing Director of Made for Life Organics and founder of the Made for Life Foundation Amanda Winwood talks about the changing relationship between Cancer and Spas here https://www.spabreaks.com/hottub/2019/01/how-the-relationship-between-spas-and-cancer-is-changing/


For more information about how your spa can access our Cancer Touch Therapy training, contact Eileen Sullivan by emailing [email protected]