Becoming Cancer Aware: Renu Day Spa, A Haven For Clients Effected By Cancer and Cancer Treatments With the Help of an Affordable New Educational Program
Deerfield, Illinois, October 21, 2015 – Renu Day Spa announces enrollment of all practitioners, facialists, massage therapists and manicurists in Wellness for Cancer an educational program under Spa4 The Pink, a registered 501(c)(3) organization as of October, 2015. This nonprofit body is taking its role in the industry seriously by offering affordable training programs and leading the Wellness for Cancer Global Wellness Institute (GWI) Initiative.
One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. That means 33 to 50% of all spa clients will be diagnosed at some point in their lives. As Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of GWI states, “If there is anything we should all get behind it is Wellness for Cancer.”
Since January, 2015 all accredited cancer centers have instituted mandatory distress screenings. This means that if a patient meets a certain threshold of stress, the hospital staff has to develop a personal de-stress plan. With hospital staff members who are overworked and obliged to prioritize among patients, individuals who are not in imminent danger can be helped to de-stress through spa services, meditation, breath work and yoga. Hospitals are looking for a place to refer.
Also, people who had cancer are at an increased risk among the general population for a secondary cancer and a secondary disease. Hospitals may need to refer out those patients who meet a certain stress threshold to receive services that will help them de-stress. Spas need to be prepared. There is a lot of talk in the industry about wellness, but disease is where the rubber meets the road.
Components of the Wellness for Cancer Program
The program starts by asking the question, “Why spa and cancer?” and then calls upon Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic, to explain. The training showcases various doctors discussing side effects of cancer treatments and reasons why physicians refer their clients to spas. There’s even a mind body component delivered by Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, director of Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center at The University of Texas and Felix Lopez, former Buddhist monk and mindfulness teacher. After a solid foundation of knowledge is built, the therapist learns from specific frameworks, videos, protocols and business-building tools.
Cancer is no stranger to Renu Day Spa staff. “During twenty-five years in business we lost several beloved clients to cancer.” Said Anna Pamula, owner, Renu Day Spa. “We stood by a number of clients going through cancer treatments, recovering from the devastation of the treatments and celebrating a second chance at life. We also know that clients who recover from cancer are very selective of services. They are always on high alert, afraid of its return.”
Ever since Renew Day Spa opened, Anna has been meticulous when it comes to products, services and homecare recommendations, selection of loving technicians since the spa is a touch therapy, impeccable sanitation and sterilization. Renu is one of the few spas in the country using Autoclave for sterilizing metal implements. The spa disposes of all porous implements.
Renu Day Spa takes a leading role in offering wellness programs. Renu is proud to offer two organic skin care lines which are mixed and matched for beneficial spa therapies. Singing bowls, crystals and aromatherapy oils are incorporated in spa services. Among Renu Day Spa staff there are Reiki masters and Ayurvedic practitioners. Anna is certified by Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy.
Anna is very aware that in cancer therapies and assisting clients experiencing chemotherapy and recovery one size fits all prototype does not work. Every single client is an individual with individual needs.
Anna suggests more spas learn how to help cancer patients. “Renu Day Spa is excited to increase our skills and knowledge. We already took a basic course in treating people with immune disorders, cancer included. All but three new technicians are licensed in that program. The more we know the more loving care we will be able to offer people in need. We encourage all the spas in the country to jump on the wagon.”
For more information contact:
Julie Bach, Executive Director, wellnessforcancer.com
Kossof, Linda. ”Becoming Cancer Aware”. Dayspa, October, 2015, 70
Dr. Brent Bauer, Director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic.
Renu Day Spa, a serene spa, serving the North Shore since 1984, located at 617 Central Avenue, Deerfield, Illinois uses only the finest ingredients in accordance with the highest standards of health care. Contact Renu Day Spa at 847/940-9727.