For some students this is the beginning of your journey as a professional therapist. It is important to learn any therapy correctly but more importantly strive to become a great therapist.

A therapist should:

  • maintain the highest standard of professional conduct, conduct herself/himself in a professional, honest and ethical manner. Dress appropriately with hair tied back, always wash your hands before and after giving a treatment – avoid soap with a strong scent.
  • ensure clients comfort, safety, privacy and confidentiality at all times.
  • keep all records of treatments complete and up to date. Discuss and record any health problems, contra-indication or symptoms.
  • full professional treatment with aftercare advice.
  • treatment room should be welcoming and relaxing, putting your clients at ease. The room should be warm enough for the client and well ventilated.

The practice of good ethics is essential to the reputation of the field of beauty therapists and the welfare of the clients and practitioners of the therapies. The following is a statement of standards and ethics for therapists, including standards of ethical and proper behaviour.

A Therapist will:

  • take a full medical history on the client’s first visit.

❖ use this information to decide whether treatment is suitable for the client. explain the treatment to the client. on the client’s next visit, discuss and record any changes that they may have noticed in their symptoms. refer the client to their GP if necessary. A Therapist should: be comfortable touching people. be a good communicator, able to explain treatments to clients and ask appropriate questions. have good listening skills. be able to make clients feel relaxed and comfortable. have empathy with clients. be able to respect professional boundaries. know when to advise clients to seek conventional medical advice. respect confidentiality.

The above information is intended for guidance purposes only to introduce students & therapists to the principles of H&S and encourage them to think about their own working environment and working practices.