Amethyst Trust - Specialist Cancer Massage

Course description

This is a course specially designed for qualified massage professionals. Covering theory and practical considerations, it enables therapists to safely offer massage therapies to clients who have experienced or are receiving treatment for cancer. 

We teach therapists of all disciplines how to provide professional massage therapy with confidence and competence and ensure that they are fully insured to do so.

This course is provided by IBHA in partnership with the Amethyst Trust and recognised by Habia, Penny Brohn UK and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

You may like to upgrade this course to the VTCT Level 4 Providing Therapies for Clients in Cancer Care or other Life Limiting Conditions. Advanced Learenr Loan available. Please enquire: [email protected]


Entry requirements

Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage or equivalent - qualification certificates must be provided on arrival. If you're unsure whether you have the necessary pre-requisite, please contact [email protected] for confirmation.

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Course type
Part time - one day. Students of this course are encouraged to go on to further study. 

Please enquire for availability, this course runs every month.

Find out more

If you are a therapist or business owner and would like to welcome clients with experience of cancer into your business, the Amethyst Trust, in association with IBHA, can provide quality training. Learn massage techniques and adaptations in a confident, caring, safe and effective way. This will enable you to make a difference to the lives of your clients by providing a sense of calm, hope and positivity and helping to reduce symptoms of pain and discomfort.

  • You will learn

  • Fees

  • How to apply

  • The myths around massaging clients who have experience or are receiving treatment for cancer
  • The benefits of massage therapy for clients with cancer
  • Consultation skills to learn safe treatment planning and appropriate contraindications of the specified treatments
  • Traditional massage considerations and adaptations. Practical skills and theoretical knowledge over and above the normal massage qualification specifications
  • Practical massage applications including the Hydrotherm Massage system
  • Exceptional standards of client care and communication
  • Medical terminology
  • Professional ethics
  • Commercialism and professionalism
  • Reflective practice
  • Insurance requirements
  • The next steps should you wish to progress further

All fees include training and course materials and a £30 donation to the Amethyst Trust.

  • Individual therapist - £309.60
  • 2 - 6 therapists from the same business - £230.40 each
  • 7 - 10 therapists from the same business - £207.36 each
  • 11 or more therapists from the same business - £194.40 each

For larger groups and colleges, or if you would like us to train your staff at your own venue, please email [email protected].

Once you have decided which course is right for you, please apply using our online form.  

If you're not sure and would like to talk through your options, meet the tutors and have a look around the academy, please arrange an appointment with us. 

Important information


What our graduates say

"I have recently completed the cancer massage training through the Amethyst Trust and IBHA. The training was extremely informative and well presented. The trainers were knowledgable about the subject and delivered the practical training well. I would highly recommend the Amethyst Trust and this course. 10 out of 10, thanks. " September 2016.