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Am I Allowed to Touch my Clients?

by Lisa
(Katy, TX)

Am I allowed to put my hands on a client with their consent, for the purpose of stretching or manual therapy of soft tissue. This would not be marketed as massage, and would be a small part of the personal training practice. I will soon be certified in Functional Manual Reaction.

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Hands on
by: Spartan Training

I have well over 20,000 hours of hands on personal training experience...There is a right way to touch a client and there is a wrong way to touch a client. Typically you want to keep your hands open so that you are touching the client with the flat of your hand. Finger tip touching can be a little questionable...Touching a client should be a part of teaching the client how to use their muscles...If you will notice when you touch a client during an exercise...specifically the muscle they are using to perform the exercise...this helps them to focus on the muscle they are using...because when you touch that muscle, the clients mind goes to the place where they are being touched...and so this helps them to increase mind muscle connection...Contact should always be firm and deliberate...Do not touch gently, softly, or tenderly...Do not touch a client in areas that are below or underneath clothing lines...When you are going to touch a client for example during a body-fat test using the calipers...Always inform the client that you are going to be testing your abdominal fat so I need to get hold of you right about an 1 1/2 from you naval...and now I need to get the triceps, and now the thigh and so on...Massage and stretching touches should be confident and without hesitation...A visual demonstration would help...but if you don't have that...Just put yourself in the clients position and touch them the way you would want a personal trainer to touch you....

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Human touch legal?
by: Lisa

Thank you for your detailed reply! All good stuff! I am really asking more about the legality rather than for techniques about hands-on stretching.

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