The SATCC is a registered charity for consumers, spas and therapists to unite in providing a safe haven and professional hands for those touched by cancer.

"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 MBE

Driven by this belief, Sue has joined forces with leading names in the spa and wellness industry to create the
Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC).

A credible and recognised source for consumers, spas and therapists to unite in a common goal - to provide a safe haven and professional hands to those touched by cancer.

Why the SATCC is needed

There is a misguided belief that massage can spread cancer... this has resulted in many spas refusing to treat those touched by cancer.

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, provided 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.

"A kind massage can be a psychological boon for those affected by cancer"

Get Accredited

If you are a therapist already qualified to treat those touched by cancer and wish to register or if you are a therapist looking for additional training and access to SATCC accredited courses for those touched by cancer, please email and she'll get back to you with more information.

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.

The Team at 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.



Browse our collection of press articles, research articles, testimonials and FAQs.

"It’s ridiculous to think that massage can spread cancer – so why do spas still believe it?"