Book Review of The Ethics of Touch

Finally a professional reference book and guide written for the "Touch" profession, although after reading the book I believe that the invaluable information shared within this book can be applied to many other professions as well. This book is predominately helpful for Massage & Bodywork professionals and should be a required text for students of massage.

This is such a wonderfully written book complete with real experiences and examples for how to handle difficult and challenging situations that many practitioners experience throughout their career.

Every massage therapist, massage student, massage school and state regulating boards should have a copy of this book for their professional library. There are quite a number of informative suggestions for acupuncturists, chiropractors and physical therapists.

Nothing can replace "real-life" experience, but knowing that there is now a book available for guidance and support on how to improve your communication skills, setting professional and personal boundaries as well as implementing ethics within your profession a "touch" practitioner now has another tool to work with. Students learning massage therapy will find this book very helpful in preparing themselves for a successful career as a massage therapist.

Being a Licensed Massage Therapist for eighteen years, I have been very fortunate to have received instruction in professional ethics, laws, regulations and boundary setting. Unfortunately many schools do not offer that much training or class work on this topic, leaving many graduates unaware and unprepared for the "real world." The massage profession has had to constantly work at presenting itself as a professional therapy to gain the confidence of the public and fellow health care providers. Here the authors of The Ethics of Touch offer a wealth of knowledge that can be a stepping stone for a successful future for the "Touch"professions. No professional should be without this book.

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