Spa Gregorie’s certified clinical staff facilitates massage and bodywork in support of survivor wellness

Newport Beach, CA (September 12th, 2011)— Since its inception in 1998 Southern California’s premier day spa, Spa Gregorie’s, has maintained a dedicated commitment to serve and comfort cancer patients. The spa has amassed the largest pool of certified oncology-trained therapists to offer individual services and programs for cancer patients and education to other therapists in the field. In addition, the spa has donated thousands of service hours and raised approximately half a million dollars for various charities, with an emphasis on cancer related causes.

“Cancer isn’t a dirty word at Spa Gregorie’s–quite the contrary, it is a word that moves us into action. Our mission is to provide the highest standard of service and improve the quality of life for cancer patient both during treatment and after recovery,” says community activist and spa owner Angela Cortright.

Today, Spa Gregorie’s proudly provides the largest roster of nationally accredited massage therapists, aestheticians and manicure/pedicure therapists in the world with more than 35 oncology certified team members. As part of its menu of spa services, Spa Gregorie’s proudly offers oncology massage and therapists, manual lymphatic drainage, as well as other spa services customized to the needs of cancer patients. All accredited team members at Spa Gregorie’s have undergone postgraduate training for advanced education in oncology massage. The therapists service clients year-round by appointment and also volunteer through the spa’s “Greet the Day” Spa Retreat program.

“Greet The Day”, a nonprofit co-founded by Spa Gregorie’s in 2003, improves quality of life for people affected by cancer through education, oncology massage and restorative bodywork. The Greet The Day Spa Day Retreat serves as a complement to the patient’s traditional medical care and gives them the opportunity to move from a clinical center setting into a relaxing wellness environment. During the Spa Day Retreat, Spa Gregorie’s opens its doors exclusively to cancer patients who enjoy guided meditation, a spa service of their choice, lunch and camaraderie with other survivors. Guests of the program are selected and referred by medical teams at the affiliated cancer centers. Greet the Day volunteers also serve in infusion centers, offering comforting hand and foot massage to patients receiving chemotherapy.

“The Spa Gregorie’s oncology massage therapist team is a group of highly skilled therapists, uniquely in tune with the body’s soft-tissue changes while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Our patients enjoy the calming, relaxing and pain-reducing relief provided by the Spa Gregorie’s oncology massage team, ” says Dr. John Paul Micha, a gynecologic oncologist and founder and chairman of the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation.

The term oncology massage is used to delineate a specialized skill set applied toward massage for the person affected by cancer and cancer treatment, and includes people in active treatment, those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life. Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapists’ skill set are an informed understanding of the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and modifications to massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects as well as for the disease.

The effectiveness of massage therapy in alleviating the symptoms of a number of medical conditions has been demonstrated in ongoing research and clinical studies. Studies have associated massage therapy with substantive relief of symptoms in cancer patients, such as pain, anxiety, and relief from fatigue, constipation and nausea. Patient safety is supported by advanced training, which is essential when working with an oncology clientele.

With locations in Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita and Del Mar, Spa Gregorie’s has been giving back to those in need for well over a decade. In addition to Greet The Day, Spa Gregorie’s also boasts an annual cancer fundraising campaign and a staff payroll donation program for the cause. Spa Gregorie’s was awarded with the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation’s 2008 Humanitarian Award for its philanthropic efforts, continuous community support and devotion to Greet The Day. The spa maintains a highly dedicated effort to breast cancer awareness with regular partnerships with Susan G. Komen. Spa Gregories has sponsored Komen’s annual Race For the Cure since 1999, and over the years they have raised more than $150,000 for the cause.

About Spa Gregorie’s

Celebrating over a decade of success with locations in Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita and Del Mar, Spa Gregorie’s transcends the traditional luxury spa experience with a unique blend of professional services designed to enhance the lives of each client. Reservations are recommended for spa services and can be made by calling Spa Gregorie’s Newport Beach at (949) 644-6672, Rancho Santa Margarita at (949) 858-9455 or Del Mar at (858) 481-6672. To visit the spa online, go to www.spagregories.com.

For more information about Greet The Day, visit www.greettheday.org.

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