It's about feeling
human again

With the right knowledge and training, spas can offer a wealth of experience, empathy and support to anyone diagnosed with cancer. The Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC) is a registered charity, dedicated to setting the standard in oncology care to bring expert training, spa therapists and those who need them, together.

With the right knowledge and training, spas can offer a wealth of experience, empathy and support to anyone diagnosed with cancer. The Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC) is a registered charity, dedicated to setting the standard in oncology care to bring expert training, spa therapists and those who need them, together.

The power of touch...

Changing the face of the spa industry

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Our vision is to ensure that every spa, salon and independent therapist has the skills to provide touch therapies for anyone with, being treated for or recovering from cancer, with confidence.

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Meet our team

the board and trustees

Spa leader and founder of ESPA, Sue Harmsworth, has brought together professionals from across the health, wellbeing, education, training and skincare sectors to ensure the standard for treating cancer patients in a spa environment is second to none.

With the formation of the Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC), we harness the combined force of more than 327 years’ experience and expertise. Those involved have trained more than 10,000 therapists and counting, and are coming together to make sure spas, therapists and spa goers experience the best standards at every stage of their wellbeing journey.

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"I firmly believe that a national standards authority for touch in cancer care is a revolutionary step for spas, therapists and most importantly consumers.”

Sue Harmsworth
SATCC Chairman and Founder of ESPA

supporting spa businesses

Whether you manage a large spa, small salon or you are an individual practitioner, we can help you find the right qualifications to deliver touch therapies to clients at all stages of their cancer journey.

Educating and empowering your team

With one in two people now predicted to experience cancer at some point in their lifetime, making sure you and your team have the skills to provide safe and nurturing touch therapies with confidence is essential.

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Gaining SATCC approval for your training

By gaining SATCC approval you join a community of industry experts who are setting the standard for oncology touch treatments, and receive a hallmark of approval that both your clients and theirs can trust.

making a difference for spa guests

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"Being turned away from a spa for fear that a therapist might, in some way, adversely affect my cancer and my recovery was pretty humiliating and traumatising."

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As a cancer patient you are desperate for any calming and soothing complementary therapy you can get, since the rest of your life is spent being prodded and poked.

Kris Hallenga, founder of CoppaFeel and diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23

Meet our wellbeing experts

Our partners

SATCC approved Training Partners