Observe hygiene and safety rules: wash your hands before and after each session, use disposable paper covers or clean towels to protect the table, cushions, clothes. Work in a safe, clean, ventilated, space. Only use good quality products.
Be transparent and honest about your actual qualifications in care-giving, do not pretend to have skills or knowledge you don't have. An attentive amateur can accomplish a great deal already, so no need to brag.
Do not give a massage to someone who is not quite sure they want one. Here, like in love, it has to be a YES, from the beginning to the end. And you both can stop whenever you want!
Respect physical reserves. No one has to take their clothes off for massage if they don't want to (very good massages can be provided with clothes on). Similarly, if you, the giver, are not comfortable with nudity, you should say so.
Because massages induce relaxation of the nervous system, it can sometimes trigger erection or reactions similar to those of sexual arousal in both men and women. It's not so frequent that you should worry about it, and besides, it is really nothing to be ashamed of. The masseur/se should bear in mind that however sexual in appearance, these reactions might not be experienced as such by the receiver, and so they should never be considered as an invitation to act on them.
Discuss “privacy settings” with your partner prior to the session − what would they be comfortable with? Can you talk about this massage later, to someone else? The default privacy setting in massage is “whatever happens in the massage room, stays in the massage room”, period. Don't mention to others that you have given a massage to that someone.
a_few_words_on_ethical_conduct_in_massage.1450795323.txt.gz · Last modified: 2015/12/22 15:42 by emily