What Does It Mean to Be a “Professional” Massage Therapist

Massage therapy students at The Professional Massage Academy take a twenty-five hour course called “Business, Law & Ethics” that discusses all things related to being a professional massage therapist. A massage therapist is trained to follow certain codes of conduct, and is expected to know and abide by the professional standards for practice.

The practitioner is educated on the legal requirements of the state they will practice in. Many of our students, for example, plan to practice in Minnesota and surrounding states.  Students will also learn other essential skills of professionalism and business practices such as bookkeeping, advertising, marketing, and office management.

Massage Therapist Standards

Some examples of professional standards for the Massage Therapy Practitioner are related to providing an environment consistent with accepted standards of sanitation, hygiene, safety and universal precautions.The Practitioner is also expected to maintain current knowledge and skills of pathophysiology and the appropriate application of massage/bodywork, as well as monitoring feedback from the client throughout a session. He or she is responsible for knowing contraindications and to make appropriate referrals to other reputable healthcare providers.

Massage Therapist Ethics

Massage therapy students will also learn The Principles of Ethics. For example, not to engage in discriminating behavior or behaving in any prejudicial manner with clients and/or colleagues. Also, to act in a professional manner with professional relationships with clients. This includes confidentiality and a “do no harm” mentality.

The professional massage therapist holds a great responsibility to the client, and is in a role to help that person in many ways. This role is exciting, enlivening and professional in nature. The student will learn all the business practices as well, so they are a well-rounded person with the necessary skills to succeed in this profession.

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