Lee Kalpin, an RMT from Holland Landing, Ontario, has created a great instructional video on maintaining healthy emotional boundaries when dealing with members of the public.
As a rule, RMTs spend a great deal more one on one time with their clients than most other health care providers. As a result, clients have a tendency to share a great deal of information about not just their health, but also a wide variety of issues occurring in their lives. On many occasions, this can lead to a blurring of professional boundaries for the massage therapist, including scope of practice issues, transference and counter-transference, and dual relationships when clients see us more as ‘friends’ than health care workers. As a result, maintaining healthy boundaries with our clients can be challenge, especially for repeat clients we have seen over long periods of time.