The Garden Room offers a range of massage based treatments in welcoming and comfortable surroundings, between Stroud and Slad village.
Specialist Cancer Massage, Stroud
The Garden Room decided to train with the registered charity Amethyst Trust who has developed a new approach to treating clients living with cancer, through the creation of a specialist training course. The course is one of the first to be accepted by a leading insurance provider, has been approved by the industry standard Habia and endorsed by Penny Brohn UK.
Sara says “There is a plethora of myths surrounding whether massage is safe whilst undergoing cancer treatment and the reality is that it is perfectly safe if adaptations are made. Recent research is showing that during 2016 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer, rising to 1 in 2 by 2020 so it is really important to my business that we are able to embrace the amazing benefits of massage therapy and to treat those clients safely and effectively.”
Michael Connors, Director of Services at Penny Brohn Cancer Care says “We are pleased to offer our endorsement of the course that Amethyst Trust has created. Dr Catherine Zollman, Senior Clinical Lead and I have reviewed the course content and are satisfied that the course is both educational and informative. The course supports therapists to allow them to gain initial confidence and competence when working with clients who are currently being treated for cancer or who have a history of cancer.”
Sara adds “I am really pleased to offer this service. In the past clients have only been able to receive massage therapy with a signed referral from their GP, with this endorsed training I am now able to welcome clients and provide treatment without the need for a letter and am fully equipped and insured to do so. There has never been any reason behind the exclusion of people with cancer for massage therapy and anyone who has been affected by cancer will know that all of the hospices throughout the UK provide massage therapies to the benefit of the patients. We also know that there is a strong desire when we are ill to be treated as ‘normal’ and be able to choose where, when and what treatments we would like to have. At such times in our clients’ lives it a wonderful experience to be able to make a small difference to how they are feeling, giving support and guidance.”