Published Articles by Laura Allen

ETHICS, ROLES, & BOUNDARIES

Lessons Learned in the Treatment Room

Making Tough Choices

Avoiding Boundary Burnout

Professional Ethics and the Law

Avoid Making False Claims

Intake, Informed Consent, Treatment Notes

Weekend Workshop Syndrome

COVID-19 and Massage Therapy: First, Do No Harm

Emotional Release on the Massage Table

Client Diversity: A Safe Space for All

The Difficult Client

Let’s Talk About Sex

Choosing Our Words Wisely

The Talkative Client

Socializing with Clients

Compassion: A Vital Part of Massage Therapy

Transference and Countertransference

Sensitive Subjects: Keep Politics and Religion Out of the Treatment Room

Dual Relationships: Avoid Combining Professional and Personal

The Client-Therapist Power Differential: Don’t Abuse the Financial and Transference Relationships

Confidentiality

The Right to Refuse a Client

Why Energy Work is at Odds with Ethics in Massage Therapy

Scope of Practice

What Happens if You’re Accused of an Ethics Violation? 

A Red Flag: Bending Our Own Boundaries

The Nuts and Bolts of Boundaries

FINANCES

How to Raise Your Rates

The Price of Massage

Increase Your Bottom Line

Win the Tax Game

Policies, Procedures, Prosperity

MARKETING YOUR PRACTICE

Build Your Practice with Referrals

Effective Advertising: The Value of Planning

Successful Promotions Without Breaking the Bank

MASSAGE THERAPY JOBS

6 Tips to Land a Massage Therapy Job

6 Ways to Write a Successful Massage Therapist Cover Letter

5 Questions Massage Therapists Should Ask During a Job Interview

6 Tips That Make Your Massage Therapist Resume Stand Out  (co-authored with Nick Ng)

How to Get Your Dream Job

MEDICAL CONDITIONS & INJURIES

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome? 

Medial Meniscus Tear: Do You Need Surgery? 

What is LCL Injury? Causes, Treatments, Evidence

Case Study: The Use of Massage Therapy to Relieve Low Back Pain

MODALITIES

No Spa? No Problem! Spa Add-Ons for Any Practice

Swedish Massage: Highly Underrated

4 Keys to Successful Communication in Medical Massage

OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Opening a Business: Reality Check–Planning is the Key to Success

The All-Important Business Plan

If You’re Not Retailing, What’s Your Excuse?

Defining (and Dealing with) Your Competition

Employee or Independent Contractor

Feather Your Nest

Where to Turn for Expert Advice

Gift Certificates and Gift Cards

Set up Your Business for Success

SOCIAL MEDIA

Civil Discourse: Intelligent Arguing on Social Media

Body Shaming on Social Media

Tap into Social Networking

TAXES

Tax Time: Stress Less, Pay Less

Keep More of Your Money at Tax Time

TIPPING

Massage Therapy and Tipping

The Tipping Point: Where do You Stand on Receiving Gratuities?