Writing about Spafinder Wellness 365's Cancer Aware training partnership, I was blown away by the passion and compassion industry leaders have for the most deserving of spa-goers. It was wonderful to learn that the number of certified spas for cancer patients is growing as word about training and healing techniques spreads. One recent addition to the list is SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa and Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa (FL). The entire staff completed training with The Florida Cancer Aware Program by Wellness for Cancer in spa treatments for guests with cancer, and the spa launched the Comfort Care Classics menu with a selection of services specifically designed for guests being treated for or recovering from cancer. Training required an eight-hour course of lectures, videos, and testing and a five-hour hands-on practicum on processes and protocols for oncology guests. SiSpa is the only spa in Palm Beach County and one of two in Broward County trained in these specialized services. “SiSpa’s mission to promote wellness and provide a welcoming sanctuary for all of its guests is top of mind for our entire staff,” says Pat Dutcher, spa director. “We further this mission by educating ourselves to accommodate our guests who have or have had cancer. We are committed to motivating our guests, as well as our staff, with an invitation to wellness—to embrace all of life’s trials and to emerge with positivity and healing in mind.” When guests book a Comfort Care Classics treatment, which includes facials, massages, body services, and nailcare, the staff will be alerted automatically without the guest having to discuss any personal information. One unique offering is the Dilo Wrap ($115, 50 minutes), which features Dilo Rescue Gel combined with coconut oil and aloe. High in vitamins A, C, and E, it is a super-charged healing cocktail for the skin. Any caregivers who accompany a cancer patient receive a special 20 percent discount on a regular priced service of their choice on the same day.
Has your spa considered training for treating cancer patients?