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Will you look down on a lady / gentleman who used to be a masseur? Why? How about the lady / gentleman is your wife / husband to-be? If you have a choice, will you still get her / him as your life partner since what ever she / he has done is legal at the respective country but not in your home country?
What is masseur? Does everyone know what exactly the job of masseur? Some people out there misunderstood of the job of masseur. According to my research on the case studies about masseur in the internet, a job of masseur is actually a person who gives massages professionally. A masseur is a person who has knowledge at about human anatomy which means that they can understand and identify the sore and pain inside the body by just get contact with them. A masseur must have knowledge and almost every person who becoming a masseur had a degree on that particular of courses such as biology, physiology and health science. Massage is a process that has a lots of strict rules and procedure that need to be followed, even a single wrong step or over pressure on the body will cause damage.
In my point of view regarding to this case, I will not look down on a lady / gentleman who used to be a masseur because to become a masseur they must have certificate on that course, in other words they must have knowledge about human body, bones structure and muscles. As a professional, they are well known to the rules what a masseur must do or don't. Like any others carrier, masseur is one important career in this life. We can conclude that masseur is like a doctor, it just that a masseur treat people by healing touch not a medicine. So, I believe that they have no bad intention such as taking advantages to the clients and I bet that they will carefully massage the clients and trying not to cross the line. Be a masseur is not just massage people, they do more than we know for example massage is proven reducing a stress, and not only that massage also giving a chance for a body to rest from hardness of daily work. We need to remember that every masseur is a person that has been given approval to massage people, which mean that they all are qualified people who are trains to help others relaxing. So, it's quite impossible that massage career is something that can be doubt.
In my opinion, if a masseur is a lady / gentleman that will be my wife / husband, I will not taking the matter seriously because there is no right and wrong by doing that job. The job was supposed to helping one person who is sick and need to be treated. I think it will not affect my marriage later as I know my wife / husband to be is a very professional in doing their job. Like I said previous, a masseur can be seen as a doctor, it just that the masseur use different methods. I guess it's unfair if we judge massage career while in medic career we give the green light to touch the client or in this case a patient. If I were given a choice, I will definitely get her / him as my life partner since what she / he has doing at the moment is something legal. In a respective country, massage career is fine career until there are professions that call Chiropractic. Chiropractic is a person who expert in bones structures which means they are specialized in treating the bone problem and so with the masseur where they are specialized in joining, muscles problem. In my opinion about legal or not legal in any respective country or my home country itself, I don't think its really important matter because as everyone knowing the job of masseur is a very noble work. It helping people to release tension, promote good shape of body, stimulate the nervous system and remove waste products from the muscles and mostly, a masseur help people from having a body ache in a very tough day.
1. How the critical thinkers think about the Case? Can you justify the situation using the ethical philosophies? What are the perspectives from the non-critical thinkers about the Cases?
By using the ethical philosophies we can justify that by using the relativism philosophies as there is no accepted, universal definition of right and wrong. For me, this case is a very subjective topic to discuss. As we read the definition, we know that masseur career is a new career and it is understandable if some people think masseur career is something that can't be accepted due to religion, ethnic, racial and many more. However, I still stick with my opinion that masseur carrier is a fine carrier and in order to ensure the critical thinkers won't look down to the lady or gentleman who used to be or working as a masseur, an iron rule must be followed in order to change community mind set will not that massage carrier wrongly. As I said, a masseur can be assumed as a therapist or a doctor that helping people to achieve a better life by using different methods and in this case, a masseur upgrading human life by using massage and relaxing methods. As we know, human have a thousand receptors in a body which link strongly to one healthiness, so masseur is a job that allowing people to have a good life by reducing the stress of a muscle, bones and joint and it also helping one to be in a good shapes by manipulating or should I say fixing their receptors. Some disease or pain cant be fix using pills and medicine in a perfect word to say this problem is psychology, therefore masseur can be conclude as other choice by using touching and nerve as a medium to achieve good health. The critical thinkers also think that there is no problem will occur later if there is someone who wants to marry a person who used to be a masseur because they think masseur job is not a job that related to sex scandal or sexual harassment. Mixing sexual problem with massage is something absurd. Therefore, marriage between masseurs is something that no need to worry about because massage is a carrier where can be conclude as a professional carrier so there are rules that protecting women masseur from any sex harassment or contact.
In non-critical thinker's point of view, they will think that the job as a masseur is really a bad occupation, however some countries still allowing massage as a carrier yet it still consider as an inappropriate job. As they would look down to them because they think that the job of masseur more related to sexual contact, they would probably think when the masseur doing their job by touching clients body are only for fun and want to look on to their clients body. In other words, masseur is a job that always is assumed badly. Due to the ethical and religious aspect massage career always related to immorality and disrespect to others as we as their clients would feel uncomfortable and be suspicious on their real intention.
2. What do you think about the case? Will you agree on what they have done? If you agree on what they have done, please justify. If you disagree on what they have done, please give the reasons. Do you know why they want to do it? Are those activities good from the religion perspective? Kindly justify your point of view from various religions perspective.
Related to the case, I don't think massage career it s not an issue that we can brag about since masseur career is a profession where every judgment depends in the eyes of the beholder. Yet, the main reason why they involved in this career is understandable. One of the reasons why people involving in massage career is massage is one new career where giving people a chance to take control of their life by making money. Not only that, massage is a new way in improving healthiness. Even though there are thousands of ways to shape up our health, massage is still one of the ideal way to keep up our health. As we know, nowadays there a lot of challenging activities during the day that we need to get through so it's almost impossible to find a time to exercise. Here, we should ask our self what other methods that can be use in order to take care of our healthiness, and here we will conclude as massage as a new way or method that can be use to take care of our healthiness. It is approved by thousand of researches that massage can influence our body. There are thousands and millions nerves in a human body, by pressing the right pressure point some sickness or tiredness can fading away. Massage has been existing since a thousand years ago and famously used in the Asia, China more accurately. Back then, massage known as acupuncture. Here, we will discuss about massage career in a religions perspective. After researched via Internet and books, I can conclude that that masseur is a profession that can be accepted worldwide no matter what is the main religion in a country. Let's take Malaysia as an example, Malaysia is a Muslim country and Islamic is the main religions in here however massage profession still allowed. Due to a few terms and rules, massage is allowed to operate in a Muslim country. After a few checked with others religion, there are no specific sentences or law that forbid massage career. In Islam religion, there are straight forbidden rules that state female and male with no blood related are forbid to touch each other and no matter what the reasons are. However this problem can be solved by using the same sex gender to massage the clients. For example, Islam allowed massage profession as long there no physical contact occurred between opposite sex. For Christian religion, massage is something that can be allowed since that Christian religion allowing things that bringing greater deeds in any aspects. I have made research between Islamic and Christian religion is because in Malaysia, these two religions is the largest religion. From here I can conclude that massage career or profession is something that can be accepted. The only thing that saying massage profession is something that can't be accepted is the community mindset itself. This is a weak reason and it does can be called prejudice to banned or forbid the massage profession.
3. Relate the Case to the health issues. The activities help to release stress and cure some sicknesses. Please justify.
Just like I have mention in the previous questions, massage is a profession that used nerve to cure disease and pain that hidden inside our body. There a thousands of researches that approving a few diseases can be cure by pressing the right pressure point that related to the nerve. There are few of famous techniques that born from this research such as acupuncture, healing leg, fish spa and many more. All these are a techniques that relaxing the body. Nowadays it's almost impossible to find a time to relaxing and taking care health in the same time. So, massage is a method that can be used in this era. So much of the research on massage therapy suggests that when there is a reduction in stress levels following a massage, we in turn will feel less pain, be less depressed and anxious, less fatigued, and have less difficulty falling asleep. This is has been approve by the expert. By looking back to the history, massage therapy is an ancient form of healing used by thousands of people today for its therapeutic benefits and ability to promote relaxation. There are no mistakes that massage profession has been done in order to relax and put the body in ease state. Not only that, massage can reducing stress by the ingredient or props that been use in the process. Herbs and oil are often used as the main ingredients in the process and this help body a lot in order to put peace and harmony inside.
4. Relate the Code of Conduct to the cases. Kindly state the Code of Conduct with supporting reference.
Since that massage is a professional profession, there are codes of conduct that need to be followed in other to protect the rights of the clients and to the masseur himself/herself. For a modern country such as United State of America, massage therapist are required to uphold professional standards through the code of ethics provided by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or also known as NCBTMB. This code of ethics protects the integrity of the massage profession and safeguards the interest of individual clients. There is few code of conduct that needs to be followed and here I have list all of the codes:
* Have a sincere commitment to provide the highest quality of care to those who seek their professional services
* Represent their qualifications honestly, including education and professional affiliations, and provide only those services that they are qualified to perform.
* Accurately inform clients, other health care practitioners, and the public of the scope and limitations of their discipline.
* Acknowledge the limitations of and contraindications for massage and bodywork and refer clients to appropriate health professionals.
* Provide treatment only where there is reasonable expectation that it will be advantageous to the client.
* Exercise the right to refuse to treat any person or part of the body for just and reasonable cause.
* Refrain, under all circumstances, from initiating or engaging in any sexual conduct, sexual activities, or sexualizing behavior involving a client, even if the client attempts to sexualize the relationship.
* Avoid any interest, activity or influence which might be in conflict with the practitioner's obligation to act in the best interests of the client or the profession.
* Respect the client's boundaries with regard to privacy, disclosure, exposure, emotional expression, beliefs, and the client's reasonable expectations of professional behavior. Practitioners will respect the client's autonomy.
* Refuse any gifts or benefits that are intended to influence a referral, decision or treatment, or that are purely for personal gain and not for the good of the client.
* Follow all policies, procedure, guideline, regulations, codes, and requirements promulgated by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
* Provide treatment only where there is reasonable expectation that it will be advantageous to the client.
* Consistently maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence, striving for professional excellence through regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and through continued education training.
* Conduct their business and professional activities with honesty and integrity, and respect the inherent worth of all persons.
* Refuse to unjustly discriminate against clients or health professionals.
* Safeguard the confidentiality of all client information, unless disclosure is required by law or necessary for the protection of the public.
* Respect the client's right to treatment with informed and voluntary consent. The certified practitioner will obtain and record the informed consent of the client, or client's advocate, before providing treatment. This consent may be written or verbal.
* Respect the client's right to refuse, modify, or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent given.
These codes of conduct can be check on several books and worldwide web. Here I state the link where I find the codes of conduct of a massage therapy.
This has shown how important this profession is, due to health and several others reasons massage profession is something that need to be taken seriously.
5. Do you find those who are involving in Case are professional?
Those people who are involved in this case are professional because I can say that the job as masseur is really a challenging work. As the masseur, they must be very confident and a very good communicator because it is very important to make their clients relax and trust them to proceed with their job as masseur. The masseur is implemented the Deontological philosophies as they do their job because they have to do so, not because they do it for having fun and get a benefits from it. For the critical thinkers, they are professional because they implement the ethical philosophies in their life. They make a judgment on something based on their experiences or their knowledge. They decide what is right for them and don't even care for others decision or point of view. The relativism that the critical thinkers think was really professional as they protect their rights to believe on something. In the previous questions, we have learned that massage profession is a profession that can't be look in vain since that it's related to the healthiness. Due to a few aspects, massage profession or career have its own codes of conducts in other to protect the right between the clients and the masseur.
6. Discuss the people involved from the gender perspective. What should they feel and how should other feel about them? Your answer should be bound between any theories in Ethics and Professional Conduct. Value the activities from economy's perspective on demand and supply.
After been discuss about this issue with the person that involved in the profession personally, I can say that there are several perspectives that differ according to the gender. For a male masseur, this profession is a something important where they can understand more about human anatomy, bone structure and muscle joint. For them, by understanding the human anatomy they can cure and reducing stress by using a simple touch to heal. However, they always been look down by the community because of the profession that they choose. This situation occurred due to the ethics and mindset of the community itself. For some country, physical contact between two grown men is considered as a gay and something that can't be accepted, because of this mindset most of the clients prefer to use a female masseur than a male masseur and this mindset can bring a greater problem to them in the future. According to the researches in order to heal pain that cause by a nerves, an appropriate pressure must be used. Male masseur have more and greater force than a female masseur, so this is one of the reasons why a male masseur is needed.
For women, they have different points of view about this issue, from the survey that I made personally, a female masseur is usually exposed to the sex harassment because the wrong idea about this profession. They are often been ask for sex service, this problem occurred because of the less knowledge about this profession. By understanding and knowing the profession we can understand that massage profession is just like a therapy and got nothing to do with sexual physical or content. As we learnt in the previous, code of conducts have stated that a masseur must provide treatment only where there is reasonable expectation that it will be advantageous to the client. A female masseur will come in handy when it comes to the female clients. This code also made for the comfortably either for a masseur or a client. However, from a personal survey they are few female masseurs never think that this profession as a cursed or a burden cause involving in this profession teach them the basic rules in taking care of themselves. For example knowledge about human body and bone structure allowing them to perform a simple aid when a trouble occurred.
Speaking of economy perspective, massage career or profession can raise the economic. As we speak, they are almost 30% of tourist coming to Malaysia for example for tourism. This event can lead them to the spa or massage centre to relaxing. Due to survey and tourism research, most of the tourists coming to Malaysia for a sightseeing and enjoying the nature that this country can offer and almost of them will end up looking for a spa to relax. These have been proving in Langkawi and any tourism places. Here, I can conclude massage profession is a new entertainment and service that allowing tourist to come here and increase the economy.
7. Is Ethics and Professional Conduct includes forgiveness and being forgetful about some mistakes from the social stereotype perspective?
From the issue that has been discuss, I can conclude that Ethics and Professional Conduct includes forgiveness and being forgetful about some mistakes. As we know massage is a profession that using human force and clients can understand if the service is not as great as they hope. Being forgiveness and forgetful is a common and noble things that we human have since we are born. I believe that this profession offers the best of them. Since that massage profession can be equally assume as a medic or therapy profession, human mistakes will occur. However this problem can be solve since that this career will never bring to a fatal injury. Besides, in order to become a masseur one must have equipped himself with a knowledge of medic and ethics, so the chances of something bad or inappropriate to happen is less than 3%.