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Appearance is important for people’s QOL(Quality Of Life). Both the diseases itself and the treatments negatively impact
the patient's appearance. And the changed appearance influences the willingness for the treatment, and the patient’s social
activities in general. This often has a negative impact on the treatment.
The socio-esthetique, which has started in Tours, France in the 1970’s, uses the beauty therapy treatments as a part of the
medical care. In order to prepare the beauty therapists for this task, the training courses are developed to give the knowledge
about the patient's body and mind, the communication skills, how to work effectively as a member of the care team, and other
The socio-esthetician training started in Japan in 2007. For the last 10 years, there have been nearly 100 beauty therapists
who got trained to work as a socio-esthetician. The socio-estheticians are effective in the variety of medical fields and we
have found that it is most effective in the palliative care. If an experienced beauty therapist with proper training and careful
planning is in the palliative care team, it improves not only the patient's physical appearance but also their willingness for
the other treatment. It helps the patient to be active in their daily life. It also enables the palliative care team to get more
information from the patients, and the patients feel more comfortable with the beauty therapist. Adding a trained beauty
therapist to the palliative care team has a great potential to improve the quality of the palliative care.
Kenichi Kume has graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, and holds an MBA. He has held numerous professional positions in the USA, Japan, and Switzerland. He is currently the Dean of the Total Beauty School at Chunichi Beauty College in Nagoya, Japan, and also the President of the Association of Japanese Estheticians and Beauty Therapists (AJESTHE). AJESTHE is the oldest and most prestigious beauty therapy association in Japan with over 10,000 individual members and 150 member schools all over Japan.