A CARING complementary therapist from Greenock is on a mission to help people affected by cancer.

Gayle Boyle has recently achieved a diploma in oncology massage which means she can now offer specially adapted massages, facials and nail treatments for people being treated for cancer or those who are in remission.

The 31-year-old from Hillside Drive, who owns Serenity Bay Therapies within the Waterfront Leisure Centre, is keen to dispel myths around massage on clients with cancer and wants to help her clients escape from the daily stress and discomforts associated with cancer treatment.

She said: "I want to abolish the myths that 'massage isn’t safe'.

"This has never been proven - there is no evidence to suggest this, as reported on the Cancer Research UK and Macmillan websites.

"Specialist training is required in order to provide a safe treatment.

"With the specialist training I’ve undertaken, oncology massage and the adapted techniques acquired allow for a safe and nurturing treatment, providing an escape from the everyday strains and stresses of cancer treatment and its side effects."

Gayle, who has been a complimentary therapist for the past 14 years, underwent training with Jennifer Young from Beauty Despite Cancer and the Glasgow School of Massage.

During the course, Gayle, who is accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists, learned how to perform safe and nurturing massage, facials and nail treatment for those going through cancer treatment or recovering.

She says the clients she has treated already have seen many benefits.

Gayle said: "It's incredible as you see the way they come in and you see the way they leave.

"The difference in them both emotionally and physically is amazing.

"Insomnia can affect them and massage can help to release the emotions and the physical aspects and help them to get a good night's sleep so it really improves their mental health too."

Gayle now has plans to roll out her full treatment menu by October.

She said: "My aim is to have a full treatment menu by Serenity Bay's fifth birthday in October.

"It will be designed specifically for those undergoing treatment for, or in remission from cancer."