Commenting on the partnership, Keith Pickard, golf, health club and spa director at the QHotels Collection said: “We are very proud to have our therapists trained by Amethyst Trust, and I’m delighted we can offer this specialist kind of treatment, giving guests ultimate reassurance throughout.
“We’re pleased that 30 of our therapists have already passed the training, with many more due to complete the course this winter.
“At such times in our guests’ lives, it is a wonderful experience to be able to make a small difference to how they are feeling, giving support and guidance.”
Endorsed cancer-safe training
The Amethyst Trust training involves online and face-to-face modules, including cancer theory and understanding, client-care procedures, case studies and learning specialist adaptations to treatments.
The course was one of the first to be approved by a leading insurance provider and has been approved by the industry Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC), along with Habia and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
The treatment options vary depending on the hotel, and include facials and massages, carried out with adaptions made to the pace and direction of movements or different pressure points.
Welcoming all guests
Debbie Moore, co-founder of Amethyst Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with The Q Hotels Collection. Massage can be a huge benefit to people living with or recovering from cancer.
“Without specialist training, therapists may have previously had to turn away guests living with cancer – this causes huge embarrassment to the therapist or receptionist and deep upset and disappointment to the client.
“Amethyst Trust and The QHotels Collection are passionate that all guests are welcomed and that therapists have the knowledge and understanding to competently and confidently adapt massage and facial treatments to be appropriate for these guests.”