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$45 members / $75 non-members     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 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.

About the author(s)

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. 

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 expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

Course Approval Codes

MSP #162; LCEU0003439


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.


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.