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Massage & Ethics

Massage & Ethics

Becoming a massage therapist requires upholding and maintaining an ethical practice for your clients. Many issues may arise in massage practice that don’t surface in other careers. Knowing how to handle these issues in an ethical manner will determine your success as a trusted and respected massage practitioner.
Because of the intimacy inherent in massage therapy, maintaining professional boundaries can seem complex. Find out more about building a trusting environment by reading AMTA’s published Code of Ethics below. The list is taken directly from their website and outlines and emphasizes the paramount importance in building a strong therapist-client relationship defined by trust.

AMTA: Code of Ethics

Massage therapists/practitioners shall:

  • Demonstrate commitment to provide the highest quality massage therapy/bodywork to those who seek their professional service.
  • Acknowledge the inherent worth and individuality of each person by not discriminating or behaving in any prejudicial manner with clients and/or colleagues.
  • Demonstrate professional excellence through regular self-assessment of strengths, limitations, and effectiveness by continued education and training.
  • Acknowledge the confidential nature of the professional relationship with clients and respect each client’s right to privacy within the constraints of the law.
  • Project a professional image and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Accept responsibility to do no harm to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of self, clients, and associates.



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