What I’ve Been Up To!

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If  you  have noticed  it’s been quite some time since my last post, my apologies. I have not given up blogging, I’ve just been really busy with an exciting  new direction  I’m taking in my career path.  So I thought I would take a moment to fill you in on what I’ve been doing.

In the spa industry  it can be a constant struggle to find and keep new clients, especially in the current economic climate.  I am always looking for new  ways to generate more business while maintaining  my professional integrity.  The field of esthetics has plenty of opportunities to add new services and treatments, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to offering skin care that does not compromise or harm the skin.  No microdermabrasion, deep peels or dermaplaning for me!

So, when I  read an article about the skin challenges of women undergoing cancer treatment, I knew this was it!  I would  educate myself about caring for the skin of cancer patients and add an Oncology Facial to my list of service offerings.  Like most people, my life has been touched by relatives and  friends who have had to battle this dreadful disease and if I could help improve the quality of life even a little for someone going through cancer treatment, what an amazing thing that would be. The skin during cancer treatment does have special needs, so I could help clients manage their skin issues, while also giving them a relaxing, rejuvenating escape from the stress of dealing with cancer and cancer treatment.  If you’ve ever had a facial, you know how relaxing they can be. There is always a massage component and studies have  shown that  massage and the healing power of touch can help alleviate some of the side effects of cancer treatments. Stress, anxiety, depression, pain, nausea and fatigue can all be decreased by massage. In fact, many cancer treatment centers are offering massage therapy as a complimentary treatment.

My initial plan was to attend a 3 day Oncology Esthetics class in the DC area in March.  Unfortunately the class was cancelled because of snow, and has not yet been rescheduled.  The next best option was an online course which would only provide me with theory, but having been an Esthetician for 14 years I was  confident I could translate that theory into hands on treatments.  Plus the class I had planned to take only offered  2 hours of hands on work with cancer patients,  so I figured I wasn’t missing  much.  I decided to take the online course, have completed it and this week I took  an Oncology Massage class to learn additional massage techniques for cancer patients.

 But there was one  problem with this plan. I felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of making a profit from another persons illness.  I know Oncology doctors and nurses get paid for what they do, but they’re actually helping cure their patients and save lives.  But after some soul searching I came up with two ideas that would make me feel a little less guilty.

  1. Volunteer for the ” Look Good Feel Better”  program.
  2. Offer complimentary Oncology Facials on my days off.

LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER

  • I am very fortunate to have an amazing boss who has agreed to allow me to use my facial room on my days off to give  Oncology Facials to cancer patients at no charge.  These facials will be offered on a limited basis, but I will do my best to accommodate as many clients as possible.

And of course in addition to these free programs, I will be adding an Oncology Facial to my list of services. This would be a great gift idea for a friend or loved one who is going through cancer treatment.  Helping with cooking, cleaning and errands is a great way to show how much you care, but the gift of pleasure and relaxation would be so special for someone struggling through treatment.

Needless to say, all of this education and training have kept me very busy, but I should soon be back to blogging and bringing you lots of new information about skin care and skin health.

If you would like more information, or have any questions, please email me at  facetimewithjudy@aol.com,   message me on Facebook or leave a comment here on the blog.

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