Book Review of The Ethics of Touch

AMTA - Oregon Chapter Newsletter
by Glenath Moyle, President and Newsletter Editor

I have just finished reading this comprehensive book pertaining to ethical issues faced by any health care professionals who use touch in their practices. All massage therapists and bodyworkers can benefit from the information in this landmark work. I wish this book had been around in 1997 when I was involved in writing the ethics rules for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.

All of us are faced with ethical dilemmas every day we practice. This book illustrates common issues with specific examples and resolutions that make sense. The book includes interactive exercises, discussion topics, and checklists for action to help the reader deal personally with these issues. It is a common sense approach to difficult problems.

The authors also provide excellent background and information about matters that we may not even think of as ethical issues. They are both highly recognized in the massage profession and bring their knowledge and expertise to this pioneering work. This book is a must for any conscientious massage therapist or bodyworker and should be a part of every massage school library.

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