Thai Massage Practitioner Code of Ethics of Thailand

Published | Updated November 1, 2018
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The following Code of Ethics is published on the Thai Healing Alliance International website. Be aware that slightly different texts are used by other schools and organizations.

It is believed these rules originate from the ancient Thai Massage tradition itself and they are, in one way or the other, taught at most of Thailand’s massage schools today.

Besides of the Thai Massage practitioner rules, the more general Five Precepts of Buddhism apply naturally to the practice of Thai Massage as emerged from a Buddhist culture.

Five Precepts of Buddhism

1. Refrain From Killing;
2. Refrain from Stealing;
3. Refrain from Dishonesty;
4. Refrain from Sexual Misconduct;
5. Refrain from Taking Intoxicants.

The Practitioner Code of Ethics

1. Study diligently the techniques and the practice

I agree to keep my practice up to date by seeing clients regularly, practicing, and pursuing my studies through continuing education and ongoing study with teachers and colleagues. I agree to not perform Thai sessions if I have fallen out of practice for an extended period of time.

2. Privacy & confidentiality

I agree to respect the privacy and the confidentiality of any and all clients from now into the future. I further agree to not disclose to a third party any personal information a client may confidentially share with me.

3. Reasonable compensation

I agree to charge a fair price for an excellent service, and to set fees for my services that reflect my experience and expertise.

4. Respect for other practitioners

I agree to not coerce or manipulate clients of another practitioner to receive my services. I will not boast about my knowledge and expertise, and I will support other Thai massage therapists and cooperate with other health professionals for the benefit of my clients.

5. Maintain humility

I agree to market myself honestly within the parameters of my experience, and to represent myself only at the level of practice and experience I have attained.

6. Seek guidance

I agree to continue to refine my skills as a practitioner by taking courses and workshops, doing research and engaging in work and study with other practitioners. I understand and acknowledge that my practice is a life-long pursuit of knowledge.

7. Maintain dignity

I agree to uphold a high standard of professional ethics, and to avoid any behavior that would tarnish the reputation of traditional Thai healing arts. This includes refraining from any and all sexual massage, sexual practices or sexual activities in combination with traditional Thai massage. I will also refrain from engaging in Thai massage when either party is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicating substance.

8. Professional integrity

I agree to not formally teach Thai Massage to any person unless I am an experienced teacher and practitioner. I also agree to make clear to my clients and students that the practice of Thai massage is subject to all local laws and ordinances. I agree to provide a safe environment for clients and students of Thai massage, and to respect the physical, emotional and sexual boundaries of those with whom I am in contact. I agree to practice Thai massage only in appropriate places.

9. Be grateful

I agree to maintain a spiritual approach to my professional healing practice, and to continually work through my practice for the betterment of myself, my clients and mankind.


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