I am soon to embark on a new adventure. 2020 marks the year, I will be independently teaching "Oncology Care in the Pedicure room"

I've taken 2 classes, one of which I hosted. I'm about ready to host a 2nd and teach with the assistance of Becky Kuene, the amazing soul that brought this subject to light, along with Reggie Stephens who will embark with me on bringing Oncology Care into the pedicure arena. Reggie has been a client of mine, a friend and speaks of the topic....from personal experience.

As I look back to how this class was "brought" to me, I can't help but praise our good Lord, the people who have helped me full fill this dream and the faith I have in knowing there are Technicians in our Beauty world who really do want to make a difference and understand the value of not just needing this service in our Salons, but the value of making sure they don't just "wing it" or "guess" at caring for the Oncology clients.
I've talked so much about stepping out of the box.  Being different.  Making positive changes.  My journey with Oncology Care came as what I believe is a necessity.  In competing with the Mfg's of the brands I carry, I knew I had to do something of value for you, our clients to want to come to me.....Centre For Beauty....for your products, not direct to the Mfg.  I should be honored that many of them have produced educational programs much like the ones I have developed, and I am.  However, by this happening, it eliminates my distinguished difference. Therefore, in the year 2018 I began a quest to look for products and Education which I could begin introducing into the Podiatry market. Since I knew, many Technicians were moving into Podiatry office themselves, I felt like this would be a great way to go.  First of all, finding products which would help me move into that arena was difficult.  And,  I soon realized it really wasn't much different then what is being taught now. The consultation, the what and what not's we should do with our compromised clients and the rights and wrongs of services we provide, techniques we use and the basics of Recognizing, Recommending and Referring really isn't a whole lot different than what we should be doing anyway.
Many classes we take, teaching us the motions. They teach us Techniques, they teach us about products. What I find respectful about this Oncology class is;
  • It teaches us the history of Oncology. It's so important to understand where it came from, to understand where we need to go
  • It teaches us of the kinds of Cancer. Knowing this and how they become what they are, is important in understanding not all Oncology clients are alike. In fact, no 2 are the same.
  • It's not a class about products, it's a class about what is in the products we use in our Pedicure rooms. Understanding these ingredients will forever change the way you look at deodorant, foods, perfumes, health care products and more.
  • It teaches the emotional aspects of the Cancer clients journey. What we say, how we act and how we treat "people in general"
  • It teaches us techniques. Techniques which can used in everyday life. Techniques we can use both in our Pedicure rooms AND our homes.
All part of our journey-3

It was Reggie who brought my attention to this class. A class designed for Oncology Care in the Estethics room. It sparked an interest. However, I had no idea it work take me on this journey of bringing it into the Pedicure room. And, I had no idea I would find myself right smack on the forefront of taking this Nationally.

As I prepare myself for the upcoming class (October 11-12-13th), reading through materials, retaking the on line course and assisting in the Pedicuring protocol, I'm reminded how truly important it is for our Technicians to take this class. I'm reminded of my very first impression(s)

  • Best $997.00 spent EVER
  • Best class EVER taken
All part of our journey

How many of you either know someone with Cancer or has had Cancer themselves? The rate is alarming. We focus so much on Diabetic care which, is hugely important. However, we are missing the boat when it comes to our clients with Cancer and truly any client with an immune compromised health.

As I go through my studies, I'm saddened by the fact it takes someone with Cancer to make us act a certain way or provide a certain service. When in reality we should be caring for all our clients in the same manner we care for our clients who do suffer with Cancer....minus a couple strategic techniques.

I'm reminded, as we all should be at how our precious life can change in an instant. I'm reminded of how we treat people around us, can make or break our journey through life.

I'm reminded of how life IS a journey and the stops along the road to leading a happy life depends on our actions, our souls and our honesty.

I'm reminded, everyones journey is different. This doesn't make yours better or worse...it's just different.

What is it that makes this class so worth my time and money?

  • To begin with its personal. Many of you know my Dad had cancer. He went through Chemo and Radiation and ultimately ended up with surgery and a colostemy bag. Hearing of his side affects from all of the above, made be cringe. How a man at 90 years old endured all that he did, Is beyond me.
  • There was also the realization of how many people in our world, suffer with this disease, and how we really do not know how to manage it. Both from a technical level and an emotional level.
  • As I sat through this class...both times, I couldn't help but think how we should be acting this way, performing services this way...daily.....on everyone.
  • Sitting through this class twice and now going through the study material, I'm convinced I have been lead in the right direction. I need to share, I need to teach, I need to shout all over our Nation, the value of this knowledge. Not from only a Professional level, from a Personal level as well.

As I write this, I keep trying to get to my point. I guess I don't really have one. I believe I'm feeling passionate about this topic because I recognize the importance  and the seriousness of where we have gone in our Pedicure rooms. Our Technicians are taking more chances and/or they are going through the motions not realizing the implications.

Our Technicians are taking "product" classes, "design" classes developed by the Mfg's to sell their products. Learning about Oncology care in the Pedicure room is none of that. It's about knowledge, it's about care, it's about emotions and truly keeping our clients safe.

 

I hope to see you in 2020 taking this journey with me. The opportunity to expand into a much higher level of Pedicuring and truly setting yourself apart from being a Nail Technician who does Pedicures, is a journey I know I would take if I were still behind the chair.

CJ Murray, President