Vitality Therapeutic Massage Code of Ethics
As an NCBTMB certificant I am committed to acting in a manner that justifies public trust and confidence, enhances the reputation of the profession, and safeguards the interest of individual clients as outlined below:
- Have a sincere commitment to provide the highest quality of care to those who seek my professional services.
- Represent my qualifications honestly, including education and professional affiliations, and provide only those services that I are qualified to perform.
- Accurately inform clients, other health care practitioners, and the public of the scope and limitations of my discipline.
- Acknowledge the limitations of and contraindications for massage and bodywork and refer clients to appropriate health professionals.
- Provide treatment only where there is reasonable expectation that it will be advantageous to the client.
- Consistently maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence, striving for professional excellence through regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and through continued education training.
- Conduct my business and professional activities with honesty and integrity, and respect the inherent worth of all persons.
- I acknowledge the worth and individuality of each person and refuse to unjustly discriminate against clients and/or health professionals or behave in any prejudicial manner regarding race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- Safeguard the confidentiality of all client information, unless disclosure is requested by the client in writing, is medically necessary, is required by law, or necessary for the protection of the public.
- Respect the client's right to treatment with informed and voluntary consent. I will obtain and record the informed consent of the client, or client's advocate, before providing treatment. This consent may be written or verbal.
- Respect the client's right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent given.
- Provide draping and treatment in a way that ensures the safety, comfort and privacy of the client.
- Exercise the right to refuse to treat any person or part of the body for just and reasonable cause.
- Refrain, under all circumstances, from initiating or engaging in any sexual conduct, sexual activities, or sexualizing behavior involving a client, even if the client attempts to sexualize the relationship.
* The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession.