Massage is the most popular complementary therapy. Any client who feels that they are being touched inappropriately should feel confident in their right to speak up. If it is incidental contact or just an accident the therapist will apologize and continue with the client’s discomfort noted accordingly.
A study conducted by Beth Israel-Deaconess Center for Alternative Medicine Research and Education and the Center for Health Studies in Seattle concluded that therapeutic massage was an effective treatment for providing long-lasting benefits for patients suffering from chronic low back pain.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and all forms of touch are perceived through it. Thousands of specialized receptors in the dermis react to external stimuli, such as heat, cold, and pressure, by sending messages through the nervous system to the brain.
The Board states that therapists may “only provide therapeutic breast massage as indicated in the plan of care, and only after receiving informed voluntary consent from the client.” That being said, breast massage is legally restricted in some states.
Trained massage therapists now work in hospitals, hospices, psychiatric units, neurodisability centers, schools for children and adults with learning difficulties, special-care baby units, intensive-care units, old people’s homes, and complementary medicine centers.