Personal space is our conscious and subconscious territory. It includes the physical, sexual, sensory, psychological, and emotional area we inhabit and our need for privacy, desire for autonomy, and sense of ownership. Any encroachment on personal space can make us feel physical, mental, and emotional discomfort ranging in intensity from mild irritation to extreme anxiety and anger.
We use boundaries to protect our personal space. Boundaries are the limits we set on other people to indicate what we find acceptable and unacceptable in their behaviors towards us. People with healthy boundaries know the types of behavior they are willing to allow and the types they are unwilling to allow in relationships, both personal and professional.
The first step to setting healthy professional boundaries with clients is to develop our awareness of personal space. When we give these issues more attention, we can establish, maintain, and defend our personal space and better understand client boundaries in a massage practice.
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Boundaries: The Foundation of Ethical Massage Practice
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