While talking with clients during a massage session is normal, participating in gossip can be detrimental. To maintain professional ethics, massage therapists must learn to differentiate between friendly conversation and potentially harmful banter.
The excuses are familiar – you’re too busy; massage therapy is low-tech so there is no need to know more; you only do massage a few hours a week; you’re simply not interested; it costs too much. The reasons can go on and on. There is one reason, though, that trumps all the excuses – many jurisdictions and professional organizations require continuing education to renew a massage therapy license, certification and membership – and one state board cracked down by auditing every single licensed massage therapist. Are more states to follow?