Cancer often means fear. Those affected by cancer are given lots of advice, be it from well meaning friends or health professionals, the advice received by cancer patients is often ‘what not to do’. We strive to make our news a more positive experience, focussing on the can do rather than the don’t do.

Therapists are equally scared of cancer, having been taught not to touch anyone who has been diagnosed. The refusal to touch cancer patients can be a hard habit to break. Our accredited qualifications allow therapists and spas to welcome those affected by cancer, here we share the latest research findings as well as some wonderful tales of the difference that specialist products and services can make



Jan 16, 2020

She cares but not too much – cancer massage – how to respond to news you find challenging

‘I like your mum. She cares, but not too much’ I did care and probably too much. Instinctively, I must have realised that my strong urge to adopt, at least in the short term, one of my daughters friends and make her stay in bed, watching Netflix whilst I fed her soup and Quality Street, […]

Jan 9, 2020

Happy New Year – may there be challenges ahead – massage for cancer patients; educating healthcare professionals

Welcome to the new decade and the New Year – where did that decade go? Have you got any New Year resolutions? One of our projects for 2020 is the creation of a training video for healthcare professionals. Many an interview with cancer patients has been filmed. There is a common theme – can you […]

Dec 19, 2019

Life lessons from Lions; champagne, cake and oncology massage

South Africa. I like it there. I had no idea that it was so diverse and beautiful. When can I go back? Do you know they have penguins? Just hanging out on the beach; being penguins. Ostriches are everywhere.  I saw a giraffe as my lovely husband drove us into Cape Town, no special driving […]

Dec 16, 2019

An Introductory Blog – By Gail Donnan

My name is Gail Donnan and I have over 25 years’ experience in the well-being industry. I began my journey as a beauty therapist and after my training I went on to work in salons, my interest in holistic therapies moved me in the direction of Reiki, Indian Head Massage and Hot Stone Massage. I […]

Dec 12, 2019

Jennifer Young massage boosts wellbeing of chemo patients

Can you believe my luck? My feet are still up and there is a glass of South African White in my hand. I am still the winner of the first ever global Avon Beauty Accelerator Competition and the sun shines. In the spirit of recognising the work done by so many to improve the lives […]

Dec 5, 2019

Jennifer Young oncology therapists hailed as “true professionals” by patients

I am away – Greetings from sunny South Africa. It has been a manic autumn and some R&R is called for. Did you hear that I won a competition? Would you get me? I am honoured and delighted and a little energy depleted. I will update you on all of the Avon Global Beauty Competition […]

Dec 2, 2019

An Introductory Blog – By Diane Leopard

Home is in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire with my husband Peter. I have two children, three step-children, 4 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and my lovely mum. We are quite widespread with some family here in Stoke and others in South Wales and Somerset. I absolutely love spending time with them all, helping with school runs and looking […]

Nov 28, 2019

The Diagnosis by Debra Parry

This poem, The Diagnosis, is one I wrote last year a couple of weeks after Mum was diagnosed with late stage cancer. The rollercoaster’s turning Our stomachs are churning The fires of hell are burning We’ve been on this ride before. There’s no let up with cancer The spider web dancer The covert chancer Slid […]

Nov 21, 2019

Discrimination against those not diagnosed with cancer and other sad news

We are all familiar with the concept of the spa industry discriminating against cancer patients. We therapists are all taught not to touch those affected by cancer, insurers refused to insure spas and therapists carrying out touch therapies on those affected by cancer, all driven by good intention and a large degree of ignorance. We […]

Nov 19, 2019

When I was little I wanted to go to the moon – Abigail Goswell

Hello, and welcome to this my first article for the Jennifer Young website. I am really pleased to be here to share my story and some snapshots of my life living with stage four breast cancer. Before I get in to the detail of life with incurable cancer I would like to introduce myself. It’s […]

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