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CODE OF ETHICS OF THE MASSAGE THERAPIST AND BODYWORKER

I shall maintain the highest standards of professional conduct.
I shall provide therapeutic massage services within the scope of my training. I will not employ those massage or bodywork techniques for which I have not had adequate training and shall represent my education, training, qualifications and abilities honestly.
I shall not perform manipulations or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, diagnose, prescribe or provide any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy, podiatry, orthopedics, psychotherapy, acupuncture or any other profession or branch of medicine unless specifically licensed to do so.
I shall acknowledge the limitations of my skills and when appropriate, refer clients to the appropriate, qualified professional.
I shall respect the rights of all ethical practitioners and will cooperate with all health care professionals in a friendly and professional manner.
I shall not make false claims regarding the potential benefits of the techniques rendered and shall actively participate in educating the public regarding the actual benefits of massage, bodywork and somatic therapies.
I shall maintain clear and honest communications with my clients and shall keep all client communications confidential.
I shall be conscious of the intent of the services I am providing, and shall be aware of and practice good judgment regarding the potential effects of all techniques applied.
I shall not apply massage, bodywork, spa or somatic techniques in those cases where they may be contraindicated without a written referral from the client's primary care provider.
I shall refrain from the use of any mind altering drugs, alcohol or intoxicants prior to or during professional massage therapy sessions.
I shall always dress in a professional manner, proper dress being defined as attire suitable and consistent with accepted professional practice.
I shall in no way instigate or tolerate any kind of sexual advance while acting in the capacity of a massage therapy practitioner.
I shall not be affiliated with or employed by any business that utilizes any form of sexual suggestiveness or explicit sexuality in its advertising or promotion of services, or in the actual practice of its services.





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