Please read the Definitions, Key Learning Points, “ABMP Code of Ethics” and “Drawing A Line—Defining Boundaries” on the following pages. When you have completed all reading, please answer the questions below. Turn in completed assignment to administrative staff within two weeks for recording.
Why is it important to establish professional boundaries with your clients?
Why are Massage Therapists not permitted to prescribe or diagnose?
Which component of the ABMP Professional Code of Ethics do you think is the most important? Why?
Explain the importance of verbal communication (what we say and how we say it) in the context of massage?
Explain the importance of non-verbal communication in the context of massage?
How would you deal with a “Controller” as discussed in the “Drawing A Line—Defining Boundaries” article, below.
Which of the Laws of Boundaries as discussed in the “Drawing A Line—Defining Boundaries” article, below do you think is the most important? Why?
Give an example of over-familiarity.
Read the following scenarios. Write an explanation of how you would react to each situation, and why you would respond this way.
A client asks you if you would like to meet for drinks after work.
You are doing a session on a client of the opposite sex. While doing a deep tissue stroke one of your hands is resting on the massage table, near your client’s hand. Your client puts his/ her hand on top of your hand and gently squeezes it.
A client is having a bad day and asks for a hug.
DEFINITIONS – It’s important to know these for the MBLEx exam: