Creating boundaries for yourself as a massage therapist is what allows someone who is in a state of transference to have a chance to see their own issues and is a major part of the healing process.
Cherie Sohnen-Moe in her book “The Ethics of Touch” says that ” practitioners must have a thorough understanding of the meaning of the therapeutic relationship; power differential, transference ; counter-transference; projection; repression; and denial.” Much of what is written for the massage profession does not do justice to the extent of the therapeutic relationship and how it can actually influence the success or failure of a massage business.
It is also one of the hardest things to learn about just from a book or from massage school.
The massage therapist will also have their own issues arise during the course of a massage which requires attention (counter-transference).
In real life regular friendships and romantic relationships also start in transference.
Rather than being barriers that separate us from our clients, boundaries safe guard both practitioner and client.” The therapeutic relationship is focused on the well being of the massage client.
The dynamics of the client-practitioner relationship are complex and often subtle.Supervision is really the best forum for discussing the client-therapist interactions that you have with YOUR clients.The therapeutic relationship begins the moment a potential client begins thinking that they want to find a massage therapist.She goes on to say: The therapeutic relationship’s primary function is to facilitate the health and well-being of our patients, ensuring that we bring our full presence and commitment to this experience.In order to be fully present in the therapeutic relationship, it is critical for the therapist to be self aware and personally responsible….That life gets in the way in the form of kids, mortgages, work, and in-laws should not dictate leaving the excitement behind.