Code of Ethics
For Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapists in the State of North Carolina
This Code of Ethics establishes standards for the practice of massage and bodywork therapy which are intended to protect the public health, safety and welfare, to preserve the integrity of the profession, and allow for the proper discharge of responsibilities to those served. Licensees shall have a commitment to provide the highest quality of care to those who seek their professional services, and shall:
1. Represent their qualifications, credentials and professional affiliations accurately, and provide only those services which they are qualified to perform.
2. Inquire as to the health status of each client before treatment to determine whether there are contraindications for the application of massage and bodywork therapy.
3. Inform clients, other health care practitioners and the public of the scope and limitations of the practice of massage and bodywork therapy, and refer clients to appropriate health care practitioners whenever indicated.
4. Maintain the confidentiality of all client information, unless disclosure is consented to by client, required by law of by court order.
5. Obtain and document the informed consent of the client before providing treatment. Informed consent may be given in written or verbal form.
6. Provide draping and treatment in a way that ensures the safety, comfort and privacy of the client.
7. Respect the client’s right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent given.
8. Refrain from initiating or engaging in any sexual activity involving a client as defined by rule.
9. Refuse any gifts or benefits which are intended to influence a referral, a decision or treatment that are primarily for personal gain and not for the good of the client.
10. Inform the Board of any violation of the Practice Act or Rules and Regulations.
This code of Ethics has been adopted by the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy as Section .0501 of its Rules and Regulations.