As a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), I  pledge my commitment to the highest principles of the massage and  bodywork profession as outlined here:

1. Commitment to High-Quality Care

I will serve the best interests of my clients at all times and  provide the highest quality of bodywork and service possible. I  recognize that the obligation for building and maintaining an effective,  healthy, and safe therapeutic relationship with my clients is my  responsibility.

2. Commitment to Do No Harm

I will conduct a thorough health history intake process for each  client and evaluate the health history to rule out contraindications or  determine appropriate session adaptations. If I see signs of, or  suspect, an undiagnosed condition that massage may be inappropriate for,  I will refer that client to a physician or other qualified health-care  professional and delay the massage session until approval from the  physician has been granted. I understand the importance of ethical touch  and therapeutic intent and will conduct sessions with the sole  objective of benefitting the client.

3. Commitment to Honest Representation of Qualifications

I will not work outside the commonly accepted scope of practice for  massage therapists and bodywork professionals. I will adhere to my  state's scope of practice guidelines (when applicable). I will only  provide treatments and techniques for which I am fully trained and hold  credible credentials. I will carefully evaluate the needs of each client  and refer the client to another provider if the client requires work  beyond my capabilities, or beyond the capacity of massage and bodywork. I  will not use the trademarks and symbols associated with a particular  system or group without authentic affiliation. I will acknowledge the  limitations of massage and bodywork by refraining from exaggerating the  benefits of massage therapy and related services throughout my  marketing.

4. Commitment to Uphold the Inherent Worth of All Individuals

I will demonstrate compassion, respect, and tolerance for others. I  will seek to decrease discrimination, misunderstandings, and prejudice. I  understand there are situations when it is appropriate to decline  service to a client because it is in the best interests of a client's  health, or for my personal safety, but I will not refuse service to any  client based on disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, physical  build, or sexual orientation; religious, national, or political  affiliation; social or economic status.

5. Commitment to Respect Client Dignity and Basic Rights

I will demonstrate my respect for the dignity and rights of all  individuals by providing a clean, comfortable, and safe environment for  sessions, using appropriate and skilled draping procedures, giving  clients recourse in the event of dissatisfaction with treatment, and  upholding the integrity of the therapeutic relationship.

6. Commitment to Informed Consent

I will recognize a client's right to determine what happens to his or  her body. I understand that a client may suffer emotional and physical  harm if a therapist fails to listen to the client and imposes his or her  own beliefs on a situation. I will fully inform my clients of choices  relating to their care, and disclose policies and limitations that may  affect their care. I will not provide massage without obtaining a  client's informed consent (or that of the guardian or advocate for the  client) to the session plan.

7. Commitment to Confidentiality

I will keep client communication and information confidential and  will not share client information without the client's written consent,  within the limits of the law. I will ensure every effort is made to  respect a client's right to privacy and provide an environment where  personal health-related details cannot be overheard or seen by others.

8. Commitment to Personal and Professional Boundaries

I will refrain from and prevent behaviors that may be considered  sexual in my massage practice and uphold the highest professional  standards in order to desexualize massage. I will not date a client,  engage in sexual intercourse with a client, or allow any level of sexual  impropriety (behavior or language) from clients or myself. I understand  that sexual impropriety may lead to sexual harassment charges, the loss  of my massage credentials, lawsuits for personal damages, criminal  charges, fines, attorney's fees, court costs, and jail time.

9. Commitment to Honesty in Business

I will know and follow good business practices with regard to record  keeping, regulation compliance, and tax law. I will set fair fees and  practice honesty throughout my marketing materials. I will not accept  gifts, compensation, or other benefits intended to influence a decision  related to a client. If I use the Associated Bodywork & Massage  Professionals logo, I promise to do so appropriately to establish my  credibility and market my practice.

10. Commitment to Professionalism

I will maintain clear and honest communication with clients and  colleagues. I will not use recreational drugs or alcohol before or  during massage sessions. I will project a professional image with  respect to my behavior and personal appearance in keeping with the  highest standards of the massage profession. I will not actively seek to  take someone else's clients, disrespect a client or colleague, or  willingly malign another therapist or other allied professional. I will  actively strive to positively promote the massage and bodywork  profession by committing to self-development and continually building my  professional skills.