Massage therapist ethics
Ethics – the doctrine of moral principles and acceptable behavior in a particular situation or society. Ethics can be individual, group or professional. In our field of activity, professional ethics requires us to behave worthily, comply with all norms, laws and regulations, maintain the moral character and prestige of the entire profession, respect for customers and the desire to provide the highest quality services.
In addition, an ethical masseur never crosses professional boundaries and always remains within the framework of his activities, and if necessary directs the client to specialists in other fields. Whatever the ethical masseur does, he always does it for the benefit of the client.
Values are beliefs concerning both material and non-material aspects of a person’s life, consisting in the recognition of the importance, usefulness of something. Values are based on beliefs and attitudes towards the facts of reality surrounding us. However, values do not determine what is good and what is bad – they contain the desires and preferences of a person.
For example, you, being a professional massage therapist, know the price of your services and are sure that you get a decent fee, but you want your services to be available to everyone, regardless of income. That is why you introduce a system of discounts, discount cards, trial sessions and so on. Therefore, the desire to help is one of your core values. Not every person appreciates what you value and, moreover, values change even during the course of a person’s life.
Principles are internal beliefs of a person that form the basis of his personality, which determines motivation and forms integral behavior. A person who is true to himself and his principles performs any action with an eye on himself – people with such strong beliefs are prone to introspection. For example, many honest businessmen who are used to doing business openly and honestly do so on the basis of their commitment to key principles of equality and justice. To some extent, the principles are based on the basic values of a person and, as a result, are very different from person to person.
To become a massage therapist of the highest level, each of us needs to have a clear understanding of ethics, true professionalism and the most important values of massage. Professionalism is transmitted through your image, based on values, ethics and principles, and manifests itself in respect for yourself and the client, competence as a massage therapist, ability to communicate with the client, build healthy therapeutic relationships, stay within the practice, and also in how you conduct your business.
Ethics is an integral part of professionalism. High standards of customer relations – its main implementation in our field of activity. Violation of the masseur’s code of ethics is always interpreted as unprofessionalism, but not all unprofessional behavior is unethical. For example, doing massage in sportswear is not very professional, but quite ethical.
In modern society, relations between people play a key role in any area of a person’s life, and the activities of massage therapists are no exception. Remember that every massage therapist is the face of our profession.
The topic of ethics may seem complicated, uncertain, and sometimes completely meaningless, but we must overcome all these difficulties: massage therapists and chiropractors regularly face ethical dilemmas, the way out of which is far from always lying on the surface.
As we said in a previous article, knowing the ethical principles of massage helps us understand how our actions affect clients and how to behave in accordance with the high status of our profession.
Not every deviation from professional ethics can be considered a serious violation of the unspoken code of massage therapists. Many ethical problems are quite difficult to notice – a massage therapist may unconsciously and inadvertently break some rules, simply because he does not know about their existence, or, again, without any intent, does not consider this to be important.
Ethics should guide every movement of the massage therapist, because such an approach is fully consistent with one of the most important principles of massage: the well-being of the client is above all. To act within the framework of ethics is not only to know the basic rules and follow them, abide by laws and be guided by good intentions. The massage therapist’s ethics is a reflection of his personal values and principles, it is a demonstration of the fact that you really want to help clients, that massage is your calling. Being an ethical masseur means doing everything right, having good intentions and treating your clients with complete dedication. But who should control the behavior of the massage therapist? I think you already understood that.
Report to yourself
First of all, massage therapists should report to themselves – it is we who must control our responsible and ethical behavior.