San Jose Day Spa Comforts Cancer Patients

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Violet J Spa and Wellness thinks cancer patients deserve some special TLC. On March 6, 2011 the ten year old Willow Glen day spa kicked off a series of special Cancer Comfort Days devoted to de-stressing and pampering cancer patients.

"One of the most important elements of healing for cancer patients is support and nurturing."

Violet Johnson, PhD, RN, the owner and founder of Violet J Spa and Wellness, is on a mission to help cancer patients benefit from spa therapies. The spa's new Cancer Comfort Days kicked off last month and will continue in June.

Johnson recently repositioned her facility with a stronger wellness orientation that leverages her background in health care. Johnson already receives referrals from oncologists, who have seen the benefits of her work on their patients. A non-practicing nurse-midwife, Johnson has a wealth of knowledge about complementary therapies that support patients undergoing the rigors of cancer treatment.

The nine attendees of the inaugural free event were referred through El Camino Hospital as well as the spa's own customer network. The day began with aromatherapy foot soaks and herbal tea when guests arrived at the spa. Top Nosh Café provided healthy, complimentary lunches.

Chemotherapy patients enjoyed a private, specialized facial, designed for the specific needs and issues created by this often-harsh cancer treatment. In addition to Johnson, Vena Dorne of Vena's Skin Care provided treatments. Others experienced the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage massage, a technique that can be especially beneficial to cancer patients, but requires expertise to administer to anyone who has had lymph nodes removed. Johnson, who is also a clinical hypnotherapist, provided hypnotherapy sessions for guests as well.

"Hypnotherapy is a very effective tool for relieving anxiety and also for helping patients visualize their healing," she notes.

Each guest got to take home a gift package that included special moisturizers, sun protection, toners and face wash, all selected expressly for chemotherapy patients, whose sensitive skin can be irritated by the ingredients in many cosmetics.

To ensure their safety, each patient received written permission from their doctor to participate.
"One of the most important elements of healing for cancer patients is support and nurturing," explains Johnson. "This event was designed to show them that they aren't alone in their struggle and to boost to their morale."

Guests also received complimentary hair styling with Richie Rocket, a hair stylist at top-rated Scandalous salon, who has lost several family members to cancer. The day concluded with head shots by photographer Charlene Chavez, who chronicled the amazing transformation.

"They were absolutely glowing," exclaimed Johnson. She was delighted by the participation of other community businesses, who shared her vision.

Guest response was enthusiastic. Notes Johnson, a number of the guests have already returned to the spa for additional treatments.

The next Cancer Comfort Day will be held Sunday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. For information, please call Violet J Spa and Wellness at 408.297-4899.

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