This content area of the MBLEx focuses on safety for the client and the therapist. It also covers the business side of a massage therapy practice. The MBLEx content outline lists the topics covered in this area:
Being a professional in any field means continuously striving to be excellent in your chosen profession. This often includes continuous learning, which can come from many sources:
Professionalism is defined as behaving and demonstrating conduct that is consistent with a professional standard. A professional massage therapist is distinguished from an amateur by their competence, conscientiousness, confidence, methods, communication, attitude and other professional characteristics. Professionalism is not the job you do, but how you do your job. It is also not how long you’ve done your job. A professional massage therapist who has been learning, growing and improving for 10 years is very different from a therapist who stopped growing and developing skills after 1 year. The former has 10 years of experience while the latter has 1 year of experience, repeated 10 times. Ways to develop and practice professionalism include:
Continuing education is instruction that helps a professional keep their skills, knowledge and competence up to date, or advance their competency by acquiring new skills and knowledge.