Code of Ethics

This Code of Ethics is a summary statement of the standards of conduct that
define ethical behavior for the massage therapist. Adherence to the Code is a
prerequisite for admission to and continued membership in the American
Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Principles of Ethics.  The Principles of Ethics form the first part of the Code of
Ethics. They are aspirational and inspirational model standards of exemplary
professional conduct for all members of the association. These Principles
should not be regarded as limitations or restrictions, but as goals for which
members should constantly strive.

Massage therapists/practitioners shall:

  1. Demonstrate commitment to provide the highest quality massage
    therapy/bodywork to those who seek their professional service.
  2. Acknowledge the inherent worth and individuality of each person by not
    discriminating or behaving in any prejudicial manner with clients and/or
  3. Demonstrate professional excellence through regular self-assessment
    of strengths, limitations, and effectiveness by continued education and
  4. Acknowledge the confidential nature of the professional relationship
    with clients and respect each client’s right to privacy within the
    constraints of the law.
  5. Project a professional image and uphold the highest standards of
  6. Accept responsibility to do no harm to the physical, mental and
    emotional well-being of self, clients, and associates.

Rules of Ethics. The Rules of Ethics are mandatory and direct specific
standards of minimally-acceptable professional conduct for all members of the
association. The Rules of Ethics are enforceable for all association members,
and any members who violate this Code shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Massage therapists/practitioners shall:

  1. Conduct all business and professional activities within their scope of
    practice and all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
  2. Refrain from engaging in any sexual conduct or sexual activities
    involving their clients in the course of a massage therapy session.
  3. Be truthful in advertising and marketing, and refrain from
    misrepresenting his or her services, charges for services, credentials,
    training, experience, ability or results.
  4. Refrain from using AMTA membership, including the AMTA name, logo
    or other intellectual property, or the member’s position, in any way that
    is unauthorized, improper or misleading.
  5. Refrain from engaging in any activity which would violate confidentiality
    commitments and/or proprietary rights of AMTA or any other person or