The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is aware of the allegations of misconduct against Deshaun Watson and the related news coverage. While we are not in a position to comment on ongoing litigation making its way through the judicial process, we do feel strongly about reiterating that the safety of both the massage therapist and client is of utmost importance.
The practice of massage therapy is and always should be about health and wellness. Massage therapy can help alleviate the effects of a broad range of health conditions, including pain, stress and muscle injury. Mutual respect, courtesy and professionalism should be expected between clients and massage therapists at all times. And massage therapists should never have to tolerate conduct outside the bounds of therapeutic massage. AMTA strongly believes that any client who steps over the line to inappropriate touch should face the legal consequences. We also empathize with any person who has had to endure such behavior, and we encourage anyone who feels there may be inappropriate behavior to call the local police.
Additionally, irresponsible remarks made by lawyers or in the media coverage put professional, licensed massage therapists at risk by condoning inappropriate conduct in a massage environment. We fully support all massage therapists and believe that massage is and always should be about health and wellbeing in a safe environment.