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Book Review of The Ethics of Touch

Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute
AKWA Magazine October/November 2003
by Ruth Sova

Written for all professionals who touch (including doctors, nurses, massage therapists, bodyworkers, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other somatic practitioners). This book develops a theoretical foundation for the ethics of somatic professions, defines key terms, teaches methods for resolving ethical dilemmas, provides information of critical topics, and supplies specific methods and techniques for maintaining healthy boundaries, enhancing communication, fostering sense of safety, and managing an ethical practice.

This work directly addresses the difficult, confusing and seldom-discussed-but-often troubling dilemmas confronting touch therapy practitioners. It describes issues: identifying clear principles; naming specific resources; and using stories straight from the treatment room. It includes exercises and questions allowing the reader to personalize each chapter and outlines practical steps to meet high expectations.

This book belongs in the office of every somatic practitioner.

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