Friday, March 25, 2016

Oncology Esthetics Training Update

Photo credit: Kaboompics
I'm back from a 3-day oncology esthetics training and certification program!  I've been getting a lot of questions from clients about what exactly this means, so I thought I'd do a quick post to let you know what I was up to!

What is oncology esthetics?
Oncology esthetics refers to a specialized branch of skin care for treating clients who are undergoing, or who have undergone treatment for cancer.

What was I learning?
A lot! We covered the basics of cancer itself, the lymphatic system, forms of treatment, and a range of possible side effects. We learned specific intake procedures to provide safe and effective treatments, learning contraindications, and knowing when (and where) a treatment might not be best. Like my approach to the customized facial, every client, and their treatment will be unique. We also learned integrative therapies and tools to help calm, hydrate and soothe the skin.

What's next?
I will be taking my exam in the next week, and I'll have the materials and some additional products I need over the next few weeks. I predict you'll see an addition to my services page by mid-April. I also plan to implement donating complimentary services as a part of my annual giving program, so stay tuned for that!

As I mentioned when I posted about this on Facebook and Twitter, this was an amazing experience both educationally and emotionally. Becky Kuehn, our instructor from Oncology Spa Solutions, and her teaching assistant Debbi Fink both brought a depth of knowledge, patience, and humor to the training. And finally, hello to the special group of women I spent the 3 days with - Irene, Amy, Nancy, Pearl, Olga and last but not least the 2 Lindas! :) What a great group!!

As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions for me!