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Category Archives: Ethics

The profession needs your help

Hey you! Yes you, reading my little blog in between massage clients. Can we talk? You and I have so much in common, see, so I feel like I know all about you. For instance, it’s likely you are mid 40’s or older probably a sole practitioner giving about 15 hours of massage a week… Continue Reading …

First, Do No Harm

Today on my Facebook feed is a news story about young girls soaking tampons in Vodka and using them to get drunk AND this little beauty: You read that right, this brand of essential oils is being touted as fighting Ebola and that is being propagated by licensed massage therapists. I have only one thing… Continue Reading …

Why I won’t sell skinny massage

There’s nothing like a good, meaty ethical topic to sink your teeth into, is there? I love ethics and I’m fortunate that a lot of you send me emails or Facebook messages about interesting ethical topics. Every now and then, I am very lucky that one of you gets so passionate about an ethical issue… Continue Reading …

Client Shaming – not a good marketing technique

I started this post last week. August 29th, to be exact. Sparked by the same Facebook post that inspired Allissa Haines to write about not making fun of your clients in a public forum. Then, a couple of days ago, Dale Favier wrote one of the most beautiful explanations of how most massage therapists view… Continue Reading …

You Are Not a Doormat, Quit Acting Like One

Today on Facebook, a massage therapist posted this: Why are some people so rude? A person walks into the chiropractor I work for in the middle of the hour without an appointment. They know I live in the area so they demand that they get a massage from me right this moment. … First my… Continue Reading …

It’s OK if your clients don’t get better

Have you ever had a client that, no matter what you tried, they just never improved? How did that make you feel? If you’re like a lot of massage therapists I’ve met, you might feel disappointed, which is ok, or you might feel like you’ve failed, which is not ok. Getting overly attached to client… Continue Reading …

Are you a mandatory reporter?

There was a discussion the other day on Facebook regarding working on victims of domestic violence and what to do when you find yourself in that situation. The Project for Open Education in Massage (POEM) has a very informative post that might help you get a start on dealing with victims of domestic abuse. In… Continue Reading …

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