Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 09.53.49A COUNTY DURHAM spa will officially become the first in the country to offer a special programme of treatments for anyone dealing with or who has suffered from cancer.

From October 1 The Spa at Ramside, at Ramside Hall Hotel will be able to provide a range of services for anyone battling – or who has battled – with the disease.

This follows an intensive programme of training involving every member of staff, from receptionists through to therapists. 

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, which covers everything from suitable treatments to how reception staff should respond.

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.

The therapists at Ramside have also undergone Wellness For Cancer’s training in massage and manicures and pedicures which have been created to ensure those suffering from the disease will feel relaxed and comfortable.

Reception and reservation staff have also undergone specialised training, to ensure that when they speak to clients both on the phone and in person they are knowledgeable and assist them appropriately.

The £8m Spa at Ramside opened in August and offers five pools including one of the UK’s biggest hydrotherapy pools, 14 treatment rooms, a thermal suite, a Sleep Sanctuary and a Rasul mud chamber.

A number of special packages have been put together for guests who suffer from cancer.

During October the Spa at Ramside will be donating £1 from every spa day booked to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Further information or bookings can be made on 0191 375 3088 by emailenquiries@ramsidespa.co.uk or by visiting the website at www.ramsidespa.co.uk