Creating Healthy Boundaries

$45.00 members / $75.00 nonmembers     3.0 CE credits

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Understanding boundaries is crucial for massage therapists to create an ethical practice and build professional relationships. By increasing your awareness of both a massage client’s and your own boundaries, you improve the therapeutic relationship and avoid many inadvertent slips into unethical behavior.

This course fulfills NCBTMB's 3 credit course requirement.

Note: The information in this course is excerpted and adapted from The Ethics of Touch by Ben E. Benjamin, PhD and Cherie Sohnen-Moe.


To help you manage boundaries, find out how to clarify and maintain your own boundaries as a massage therapist. Learn how to be open to the vulnerabilities and boundaries of your massage clients. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Give a general description of interpersonal boundaries and how they affect your life.
  • List five types of interpersonal boundaries.
  • Describe Minuchin’s continuum of boundary permeability (or vulnerability).
  • Define three interactive boundary situations as defined by Gestalt theory.
  • List eight areas to consider in establishing, maintaining and changing your boundaries.
  • Define boundary violations (transgressions) and six ways to minimize or repair them.


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

Dr. Ben E. Benjamin has dedicated his life to helping people cope with and overcome the pain and stress caused by injury to the body. In sports medicine/muscular therapy private practice since 1963, Dr. Benjamin is the founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As an educator and author, he has conducted workshops across the country, served as an instructor and trainer in a variety of settings and written several books and articles.He earned a Ph.D. in sports medicine and education at Union Graduate School, a Bachelor of professional sciences at Empire State College, and studied assessment techniques in orthopedic medicine with the British physician James Cyriax, M.D.

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach and international workshop leader. She has been a successful business owner since 1978. She has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts (DIHA) and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ASAOM) and is an adjunct professor at Clayton College. Cherie has written more than 100 articles that have been published in over 15 national and international magazines. Cherie is the author of Present Yourself Powerfully and The Art of Teaching and co-author of The Ethics of Touch.Cherie holds a degree in psychology from UCLA and has extensive experience in the areas of business management, training, and creative problem solving.

Course approval codes

MSP #162; LCEU0002174

Course expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

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