A new Durham spa is to become the first in the country to offer a special programme of treatments for anyone affected by the trauma of cancer.
The Spa at Ramside, which opened to much fanfare last month as part of a multi-million pound extension to Ramside Hall Hotel, has become part of the international Wellness for Cancer organisation, with every member of staff now trained to provide services to anyone whose life has been touched by the disease.
The luxury spa will launch the new service on October 1 – to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
American-based Wellness for Cancer is the first worldwide organisation to establish accredited training for the spa industry on working with anyone affected by cancer.
Julie Bach, executive director of Wellness for Cancer, said: “We are excited that the Spa at Ramside is committed to providing clients with services and future retreats, that will help them manage medical treatments and lead healthier lifestyles.”
The Wellness for Cancer training involved all staff learning about the disease and the importance of bringing “mindfulness” elements – a technique which helps people deal with anxiety by living in the moment – into play.
Julie added: “Spas play a key role in helping individuals heal by evoking their own relaxation response to calm their bodies –chemically, neurologically and physically.”
Jill Russell, spa director, said: “We are looking forward to working with Wellness for Cancer to provide what we really believe will be an invaluable service for so many people.”