Why the SATCC is needed
There is a misguided belief that massage can spread cancer... this has resulted in many spas refusing to treat sufferers.
Experts predict that one in two people are going to experience some form of cancer in their lifetime. Sobering news and the main reason why now, more than ever, it is important that we provide safe and inclusive salon and spa treatments to those touched by cancer.
The good news is, recent changes in medical thinking and pioneering initiatives mean massages and facials aimed at cancer patients can now be performed with certainty, providing the correct protocols and training are in place. The SATCC is needed to ensure that this training is offered to an industry recognised standard throughout the UK and Ireland.
Our aim here is to provide three things. A direct means for consumers to find SATCC accredited, safe and welcoming salons, spas and therapists who offer treatments for those touched by cancer. A register of SATCC approved training providers for salons, spas and therapists to further their cancer education. And a source of inspiration, research and guidance for those scouring the internet for authenticity.
Find a Spa
Spabreaks is the leading booking platform in Europe with more than 700 spa destinations in the UK and Ireland and arranging spa days and breaks for up to 6,000 people each week. Browse their Safe Hands Collection to discover SATCC accredited spas providing specially trained therapists and treatments suitable for those touched by cancer.
Browse our SATCC database of Spas and Salons for an accredited site near you.
Find a Therapist
If you are a therapist already qualified to treat those touched by cancer and wish to register.
If you are a therapist looking for additional training and access to SATCC accredited courses for those touched by cancer.
If you are a training provider and wish to belong, or have your existing training courses for those touched by cancer accredited by the SATCC.
Sue Harmsworth, spa influencer and founder of ESPA, has joined forces with 14 leading professionals from the industries of health, wellbeing, spa, education, training and specialist products. With a combined 327 years of expertise and having trained over 10,000 therapists, they have created the Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC). An independent and governing body that is set to be the national standard in the UK and Ireland for spas, salons, therapists and those touched by cancer.