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PROFESSIONALISM

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PROFESSIONALISM & ETHICS

FOR BALANCINGTOUCH PRACTITIONERS

Before commencing any course of study in the wonderful world of Holistic, Natural & Touch Therapies, it's important to consider the codes of professionalism and ethics.
Professionalism is something that is acquired during a period of professional training, and is a quality which becomes more developed when graduates have the responsibility of their own clients.

There is no short cut to learning professionalism but here are some guidelines to help:

ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR

  1. Balancingtouch Practitioners shall, at all times, conduct their professional lives with the propriety and dignity becoming to a servant of the public, and pledge that they will, at all times, place service before self gain.
  2. Our Practitioners will, under no circumstances, infringe the code of morality, becoming to their profession and to commit no breach of conduct which will bring grief or embarrassment upon themselves, upon society or upon their fellow practitioners.
  3. Practitioners shall confine their services to within recognised spheres of their profession, and shall not offer nor promise cures, for specific conditions. but will facilitate optimal healing within their clients.
  4. No practitioner, who having been employed by a company, shall on leaving his/her employ attempt to persuade his former employers clients to become his client unless requested by the client by free will.
  5. All practitioners incur an obligation to uphold the dignity of the profession and they shall, at all times, act honourably towards their clients, and fellow practitioners.
  6. They shall at all times maintain professional confidentiality, and shall refrain from criticising the work of fellow practitioners. However, they should inform the client with respect and plausible explanation if the  fellow practitioner is working against ethical and professional standards and is not legally qualified or certified.
  7. When a client is referred by a medical doctor, or other professional person the instructions given at the time of referral must be scrupulously carried out. Adjustments to the treatment must first be discussed with the referrer for the clients best interests.
  8. A client should not be accepted for treatment if they are currently being treated by anyone else, giving the same treatment for the same or an associated condition without mutual agreement and respect.
  9. When you accept a client you are obliged to give the best treatment of which you are capable, irrespective of race, religion or any other consideration.




CLIENT CARE

  1. Firstly, listen to your client. Hear what they have to say and value it. Ask how they have been since their last treatment, and confirm the reason they came to you in the first place.
  2. Be patient with your client, and never hurry a treatment. Ensure that you have allocated the correct time slot for the client and have informed them of the time you have booked for them.
  3. Do not use a lot of medical or technical terms at first. Explain everything in simple language according to your client’s level of understanding and refer to their terminology and phrasing. You may introduce technical terms when you wish to educate and inform them after the treatment.
  4. Finally, once a treatment has finished give advice on home care, stretches, nutrition or refer the client to a professional you trust and works ethically.
  5. Do not underestimate your clients means, if you professionally feel the need to book them for another treatment to help them achieve their goals, do so professionally with confidence and conviction and give them the opportunity to say yes. You will earn a great more respect, and the client will thank you for it.




RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PRACTITIONER

The most important asset of a proficient practitioner is a genuine compassion for the suffering of humanity, and a desire to assist in relieving this suffering. A thorough knowledge of your chosen therapy / therapies, as well as the relevant anatomy and physiology, and an understanding of emotional attachments to illness, will increase your competence. The practitioner must ensure that the skills they have been acquired are from a trustworthy institute. A clean, hygienic work space, that feels inviting and tranquil is necessary to create the correct impression.  Everything about a therapist should give the impression of professionalism.




EXPLAINING TECHNIQUES

Your clients should fully understand the treatments they are to receive, so they are more comfortable with the procedures. A little knowledge of the therapy will give the client confidence in your ability to help them. The receiver must be made to feel comfortable, and 'safe'. Healing is also an art that requires intuitive skills. The art of recognising the roots of a client's problem, and working with him or her to overcome this can be learned only through experience, practice, self knowledge, and constant attentiveness.

  1. When with a client, always give them your undivided attention.
  2. Cultivate the art of putting out of your mind your own personal interests, or problems, during the treatment session and focus fully on your clients needs.
  3. Forget about the previous client, and concentrate on the present one, and stay in the present moment and connect with the client.  When we change an "I" to "We", even Illness become Wellness.
  4. Always wear appropriate clothing and professional looking uniform or clothing that looks the part . The uniform does more than protect your own clothes, it projects a professional image. One should also don a name badge with your name and title.
  5. Whether doing mobile therapy, or working from your own practice, always make a point of washing your hands before commencing treatment. Ensure that your client is aware that you have done so.
  6. Never let a client direct the treatment, or the form it should take, because you are the person who has the training by a professional institute, and have the knowledge to decide what is best for your client. However, wherever possible try to take into account the client’s preferences and all of their concerns and educate your client into why you you will be performing the techniques they need.
  7. Talk calmly and respectfully to the client but do not gossip.
  8. You must guard against any emotional involvement. Never slack on procedures or become too familiar, this may complicate the client / therapist relationship. Give good, sound advice, help with the problem in any way you can, but do not become emotionally involved in it.
  9. Keep a complete record card for each client. Complete the record card before you begin the first therapy session, and update the record card each time you treat the client.

As leaders and specialists in the field of massage training. We pledge to give our students the correct guidance and insightful support continuously whenever they require it.

We are committed to honour and respect each individual person who comes to us to engage in true, ethical and legitimate learning for self improvement, empowerment and to touch the lives of others in a positive way. We will guide, mentor & coach each student to reach his/her full potential while offering our assistance to help them reach success & achieve their goals. This commitment applies to all who have qualified through us, current, past or future students. We are committed to uplifting the standards in our industry, for the growth of the natural and holistic health industry,and for the success of all individuals who form part of this beautiful rewarding industry.    


Balancingtouch, our qualified students, the healing therapies/treatments we teach  all have the same approach which is called "therapy" by default and based on what the general public have been exposed to, but the very word "therapy" contradicts what we actually do, our approach our purpose to good health.  The word "therapy" implies that to receive "therapy", one must be broken, injured, unwell, ill, damaged, diseased, dysfunctional, or not the norm, this is when therapy is needed. However, these symptoms or outcomes were not caused by lack of "therapy" or a lack of medication, BUT rather caused by imbalances, or things working against a natural order/ cycle.


We in fact identify and resonate more with "Practice" , "Practices" as in "Practitioners" because the word practice is defined as  - " the exercise, application of, to carry out; undertake, to utilise or apply, to perform, to respond to with  - a process, a method, a discipline, a standard or a formula- a skilful action, with an educated, discerning, methodical, quantified, calculated, evaluated, pre-cautious and logistical mindset and who's approach in application, and the manner in which to do so does improve health, enhance well being, and does prevent disease & brings relief,  However it DOES NOT insinuate that the disease is our focus."

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