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Book Review of The Ethics of Touch

AMTA - Ohio Chapter Newsletter
Summer 2003
by Ann Wookey
Newsletter Committee Special Assignment Writer

Whether you have been a bodywork practitioner for 25 years or are a student just getting your feet wet in a touch therapy field, this book can help practitioners bring more integrity into their practice. This work was written for all types of somatic practitioners including massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, reflexologists, physical therapists, as well as others in the touch therapy profession. In The Ethics of Touch, the authors, Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D., and Cherie Sohnen-Moe, thoroughly and honestly explore the intricate issues related to the ethics of bodywork professions.

The authors examine the large, and often obvious, issues such as intimacy and sexual misconduct, as well as those issues practitioners may or may not think about such as power differential relationships, reflective listening, and accepting tips. Some of the chapter titles include Boundaries; Dynamics of Effective Communication; Sex, Touch and Intimacy; Business Ethics; Special Considerations in Cases of Trauma; and Supervision. Each chapter concludes with a summary of the main highlights as well as discussion questions and activities to help the reader incorporate a higher standard of ethical practices into their business.

While Benjamin and Sohnen-Moe are the primary authors of the book, there are numerous other contributing authors from diverse professions including psychologists, psychotherapists, consultants, reiki masters, teachers, doctors, nurses and legal professionals. Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D., is the founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts and author of Listen to your Pain, Are You Tense, and Exercise Without Injury. Cherie Sohnen-Moe is the president of Sohnen-Moe Associates, a business coach and workshop leader and is the author of Business Mastery as well as numerous articles which have been published in journals and magazines such as Massage Therapy Journal, Massage Magazine and Massage Today.

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