Client Consultation . Massage A Tutor: Eleshia Howell. Therapeutic Relationship. Massage is a balance between technical and personal skills, at the heart of which lies the therapeutic relationship.
Tutor: Eleshia Howell
Massage is a balance between technical and personal skills, at the heart of which lies the therapeutic relationship.
This relationship has a special purpose and goal: to serve the needs and best interests of our clients.
A specific framework and good boundaries define the therapeutic relationship.
Throughout the client therapist relationship, clients will reveal their thoughts and feelings. This honest and open sharing of emotions, ideas and insights is called self-disclosure and is expressed in an environment of trust and respect.
The therapist must protect this personal information through confidentiality and not divulge to a 3rd party.
*There are protocols to follow when communicating with other health professionals to protect a client’s private details.
There may be times when self-disclosure occurs on the part of the Therapist – this should be minimal and deemed appropriate to the situation (empathy, trust, reassurance).
The Therapist must tread very carefully during personal disclosure, to not overstep the boundaries of the client – therapist relationship.
Boundaries define the border or limit of a relationship and provide safety and protection in the therapeutic relationship.
Boundaries clarify each person’s role, responsibilities, expectations and limitations. They are negotiated and maintained through communication with the client, as well as the integrity, awareness and professionalism of the Massage Therapist.
Ways to maintain boundaries: of the Therapist – this should be minimal and deemed appropriate to the situation (empathy, trust, reassurance).
- misconduct – sexual
- transference /
- family / friends as clients
* Read through Roles & Responsibilities handout.
- client intake form
- discuss disclosure and confidentiality
- assessments (consent to touch)