Project Description


Oncology Masterclass

A fantastic opportunity this Autumn/Winter, to connect and learn with two industry experts, in the field of oncology massage and skincare – School of Natural Therapies Principal Marc Innes and Christine Clinton of Christine Clinton Wellness for Life! who is based in the USA.

Together, they will be offering a 3-day Masterclass accredited programme for massage, beauty, and spa therapists.

The qualification will allow successful learners to offer a full body treatment to clients living with and beyond cancer, which can be adapted to suit each and every client regardless of the type of cancer, the location of the cancer or the stage of cancer.

For beauty and spa therapists attending this programme, we will cover topics such as skincare and hand & foot rituals specifically adapted for clients with compromised health. 

Entry requirement – U.K. recognised and regulated Diploma at Level 3 or above, which must include a form of massage, alongside Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (A, P & P). Examples would include ITEC/VTCT, CIBTAC, CIDESCO.

Please check with us if you are unsure as to whether your qualification meets our requirements.

Why work with clients who have or are recovering from cancer?

Sobering statistics from world health experts predict that one in two people will experience some form of cancer in their lifetime. For this reason, it is more important than ever to support clients who are living with cancer or have a history of cancer.

We understand that cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy cause side effects. Some side effects are short term and unfortunately some are long term. We often hear that after care is an afterthought. 

 To that end, we have developed evidence- based techniques to reduce pain, increase range of motion and improve overall quality of life.

There are numerous global studies to support the use of light touch, gentle massage to ease the burden of cancer related side effects. Massage has been shown to be safe, effective and is the most sought-after complimentary therapy in cancer care.

We look forward to welcoming you to this advanced 3-day programme where you will work directly with clients who will share their personal stories and explain their cancer journey.

We will create bespoke touch therapy treatments to address their specific needs and practice the art of therapeutic touch. You will gain confidence in conducting a thorough intake and completing all necessary documents to support this certification including information on insurance and record keeping.

The Masterclass Oncology Programme recognises the vital role that massage, and other holistic treatments play in recovery from cancer treatments, but strongly recognises and respects any associated medical and clinical treatment. 

Marc and Christine are founder members of SATCC, a board of leading spa and wellness professionals, who have three aims: – 

  • A direct means for consumers to find SATCC accredited safe and welcoming salons, spas and therapists, who offer treatments for those touched by cancer.
  • A register of SATCC approved training providers for salons, spas and therapists to further their cancer education.
  • A source of inspiration, research and guidance for those scouring the internet for authenticity.

Naturally, The School of Natural Therapies and Christine Clinton Cancer Care are SATCC approved course providers.

Please see link below for further information on SATCC: – 

SATCC | Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care

Course Structure

This three-day Masterclass Oncology Programme consists of 8 learning outcomes, detailed below, which will build upon the learner’s current knowledge and experience: –  

  • An understanding of what cancer is, how it grows and develops and how cancer is categorised, according to the tissue type affected. We will also study the risk factors associated with cancer development
  • Familiarisation of oncology terminology – this is highly relevant when discussing case history and intake forms for the consultation process
  • How cancer is treated, considering the ongoing development of new treatments as well
  • The side effects of cancer treatment (long and short term) and the considerations a therapist needs to understand
  • Lymphoedema – a knowledge of and an understanding of the development of this common side effect, associated with cancer treatment
  • During the programme we will explore a 6-Step Lymphatic Support Protocol to ensure that we support this system, during massage
  • Ingredients to avoid during cancer treatment and use of recommended and appropriate massage mediums and skincare
  • Safe and effective massage and spa services
  • Prevention of cancer and wellness education.

Supervised Practice

During the course programme, learners will develop their skills and confidence, with exposure to real life models, each of whom are on a cancer journey, and have volunteered to participate in the practical sessions.

Opportunities for further development

Students who wish to work with clients in post-surgery, reconstructive surgery and recovery, may enrol on our forthcoming diploma course, which advances their knowledge and skills, in order to assess, treat and provide homecare and rehabilitation service and advice.

Course Fees

The cost of the 3-day programme is £495.00

The fees include:

  • A guided and dynamic learning environment, with tutor support.
  • Marking and feedback of case study work.
  • Comprehensive course manual.
  • Diploma Certificate.
  • A friendly and relaxed learning environment.

To reserve your place, you will need to pay your course deposit of £250.00 via the website – please see the green BOOK ONLINE box to make your payment.

The balance of the course fee of £245.00 will need to be paid one month before the course start date. 

If booking less than one month before the course start date, the balance of payment will need to be paid in full, within 2 days of making the deposit payment.  

Alternatively, to pay the full course fee of £495.00, please call us on: – 0203 544 6544.

Exam Details

  • Learners will be continuously assessed throughout the course programme. We will be monitoring practical performance and the consultation process, using a detailed intake form for our volunteer clients.
  • Learners will also be required to undertake a 25-question multiple choice exam paper for the theory element of this course.
  • Evidence of 2 detailed case studies will also be required – these must be completed away from the classroom as home study. Full details will be provided during the course. Please see our FAQS if you may need help with written work.


Will I find the course upsetting?
Naturally, the subject matter involved is emotive and for some clients, their illness may mean that their life is likely to become shortened – some may even have a terminal diagnosis.

Additionally, some learners may have experienced the illness themselves, or have close friends or family members who have had or are currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

For some, this will bring up some memories or emotions and if meeting clients with cancer, is likely to upset you, we would suggest holding off until some time in the future perhaps.

What we can state is that many people with cancer, even with a terminal diagnosis, live very full lives and have developed a mental strategy for acceptance of their diagnosis and prognosis.

On this note, please know that for many, massage and holistic treatments can bring a wealth of benefits for those with cancer – and if you wish to be a part of the process that brings a rewarding experience for yourself, as  well as your future clients, then this course is for you.

I want to work with people who have cancer, but I don’t have any previous massage experience, or a UK recognised qualification – can I sign up for this course?
Unfortunately you will need to have your foundational knowledge in massage and must be qualified in the U.K.  You can get qualified by clicking on the link below, which takes you to our Diploma in Massage, or Diploma in Sports Massage Level 3 courses, which are awarded by ITEC and VTCT.

Diploma in Massage 

ITEC Holistic Massage Courses | The School of Natural Therapies | London

Diploma in Sports Massage

ITEC Level 3 Sports Massage Course | The School of Natural Therapies

We will train and guide you throughout the course on practical massage techniques and all sports massage related theory, including anatomy and physiology, through to scheduled exam days at the school.

Will I have to study Anatomy & Physiology again?
We will be covering some anatomy and physiology as part of this course, which is vital in understanding subject matter such as how cancer develops and grows, what lymphoedema is a few examples.

Do I need to do any pre-reading or preparation before the course starts?
No, we will cover all the information you will need to know on the course, but do feel free to start your own research if you wish to.

What will I need to bring to the course?
Yes you will, as follows: – 

  • 2 bath towels for personal use. 
  • You will provided with a course manual, which contains comprehensive course notes. 
  • General writing materials will be needed, so please make sure you bring these along and perhaps a note pad.

Will there be lots of essay or assignments?
No, we only ask you to make course notes throughout the course programme and we will ask you to complete a 25-question multiple choice exam paper (MCQP) at the end of the course, as part of your certification.

What if English is not my first language, or if I haven’t studied for a long time?
We would expect anyone applying to possess a reasonable command of English language, both written and oral.

I have dyslexia
We can assist those who struggle with English, don’t have English as their first language, or have dyslexia.

Is there an age limit?
We prefer students to be at least 21 years of age in order to undertake this course. Younger students may apply by contacting us and acceptance on this programme is subject to telephone interview first.

Do I have to provide my own ‘clients’ to practise on for coursework?
No, we organise and provide clients, who volunteer their time to come along and receive a treatment. It is also an opportunity to talk to people who have had or are being treated for cancer and to question and therefore understand their experiences, which is always very helpful for you as a learner.

I have a relative, friend or family member who has cancer – can I invite them along as a volunteer?
Please talk to us about this before the course starts and if possible, we will do our best to accommodate them as a volunteer model, for the practical element of this course.

Can I leave my belongings at the venue between sessions?
Students cannot leave belongings at the venue as there is very limited storage available.

Are the massage classes single sex?
The massage classes will include all genders. You will need to advise us in advance if you have an objection to that and we will advise you if this course is suitable. Our models are also of mixed sexual or gender origin as well, so we cannot guarantee who you will treat throughout the course.

Course Tutors

Marc Innes

Marc Innes - Principal

SNT Principal, Marc Innes, has a background of 23 years NHS experience; during his time as a paramedic, he cared for and transported many patients suffering from cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment.

Latterly, Marc was a Superintendent of the 999-call centre for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, looking after the service provision of primary healthcare, such as ambulances, ambulance helicopters and first responders across London.

In 2007 Marc left the NHS to pursue a career in massage and holistic medicine, resulting in him purchasing and taking over the School of Natural Therapies (SNT) as Principal in 2010. SNT is now a leading school for massage and holistic therapies in London.

Marc holds certification in the following modalities:

  • Reiki (Usui, Tibetan & Karuna Master)
  • Massage – various disciplines such as Holistic, Sports & Hot Stone and Pregnancy and Oncology.
  • First Aid Trainer
  • Lymphatic Drainage 
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping)

Working as a consultant with well-known and leading and award-winning U.K. organic skincare brand, Made for Life Organics, (spearheaded by MD, Amanda Winwood), Marc researched and developed an industry recognised 3-day educational programme, which was rolled out across many spas in the U.K. – this included well known and respected spa providers such as Center Parcs. 

The aim of the programme was simple – to educate and inspire spas, salons and massage therapists to lose their fear and open their doors to clients at all stages of their cancer journey, for massage, facials and beauty treatments.


In 2016 Marc and The School of Natural Therapies, was the recipient of a Platinum Industry Award by BBC Radio 2 DJ and author, Janey Lee Grace.

In 2019, Marc was recognised in the spa industry as Inspirational Trainer of the Year, by the organisation TPOT (The Power of Touch) for his contribution in inspiring and training spa therapists to open their doors to clients with cancer – such people would have previously been turned from spas and salons, due to their condition.

Marc has spoken at various forums in the U.K. including London’s Olympia, as a panellist and industry expert on Oncology and massage. He has also presented internationally in Eastern Europe on this subject matter.

Christine Clinton

Christine Clinton

Christine Clinton is the founder of Christine Clinton Cancer Care, an award-winning education company specialising in teaching therapists how to safely and effectively work with guests living with cancer or with a history of cancer in a Spa Setting.

She has been in the spa and wellness sector for 32 years and is certified in many modalities including: – 

  • Medical Massage for Cancer patients 
  • Skincare 
  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy 
  • Hot Stone Therapy (Subject matter expert for ITEC)
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Maternity and infant massage
  • Energy Medicine
  • Mind Body Medicine. 

Christine has been a School owner, Chief Examiner for ITEC (opening 42 schools) in the USA, a Spa Director and Spa Owner. She continues to offer wellness in her private practice in the suburbs of Philadelphia, USA, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

Christine is the Chair of the Global Wellness for Children initiative, creating wellness programs for pre-schoolers and beyond – and 2021 Christine was the recipient of the Debra Simon award for leader in furthering mental health.

She is dedicated to creating wellness awareness around the globe and has spoken at The World Spa & Wellness convention in Dubai and Phuket 2019 and Olympia Beauty London, sharing the message of wellness for all through education and connection.

Course Dates and Info

The dates for the course are 17th-18th October 2022, 3 days in total and will be at our normal venue in Clapham.

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