Creating Healthy Boundaries

Creating Healthy Boundaries

Author(s): Ben E. Benjamin Ph. D. and Cherie Sohnen-Moe

3CE credits 10 Lessons Text

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 counts towards NCBTMB’s Ethics credit 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.

When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe interpersonal boundaries and how they affect your life.
  • Explain Minuchin’s continuum of boundary permeability (or vulnerability).
  • List areas to consider in establishing, maintaining and changing your boundaries.
  • Define boundary violations (transgressions) and ways to minimize or repair them.

  1. What Are Boundaries?
  2. Physical Boundaries
  3. Other Boundaries
  4. How Boundaries Function
  5. Gestalt View of Interactions
  6. Boundary Indicator
  7. Addressing Boundaries
  8. Boundary Violations
  9. Avoiding Boundary Crossings and Violations
  10. Discovering Your Boundary Issues

Ben E. Benjamin, PhD has been in sports medicine/muscular therapy private practice since 1963, and is the founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Cherie Sohnen-Moe 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 is co-author of the book, The Ethics of Touch.