Ethics in Massage Therapy

About the Course:
Ethical code and professional standards of conduct have important values and concepts in professional massage, also within the boundaries that define therapeutic relationships.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Outline key principles of professional ethics in massage therapy.
  • Define the concept of power dynamics.
  • Distinguish between transference and countertransference.
  • Describe the nature of the fiduciary role.
  • List four ways practitioners might work outside their scope of practice.
  • Explain the risks of dual or multiple-role relationships between practitioners and clients.
  • Explain the relationship between patient autonomy and agreements, including the client's bill of rights, informed consent, and right to refuse treatment.
  • List four strategies that reinforce appropriate boundaries.
About the Authors:
Valerie Wohl is an author and research professional specializing in continuing education course development. She works with institutions of higher learning to create materials that are timely and useful, as well as accurate and clearly written, ensuring high academic standards for content in a wide range of disciplines. Valerie Wohl is the President of Wohl Research, Inc., established in 1998. She graduated (MA; ABD PhD) from the Human Development and Social Policy Program at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy (Evanston, IL), and received her BA from the School of Literature, Science, and the Arts, at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

John Vinacci has over 13 years of experience in the health and wellness field as a massage therapist. He has also been a personal trainer for clients with specific needs, as well as an emergency responder for a large senior citizen community. During his tenure as a massage therapist, John has specialized in injury prevention and rehabilitation for sports professionals. This included work as a massage therapist intern in the training room at the University of Arizona in 1999. John's experiences in the health and wellness field, as well as advanced techniques learned from acclaimed bodyworker, Art Riggs, have given him a vast body of knowledge for people of varying ages and activity levels. Currently, he is using his knowledge to help educate the next generation of massage therapists.