Or why your therapist might not greet you first at the market.

As licensed massage therapists in Maryland, we are healthcare providers and must adhere to the privacy standards set out in HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.)

Therefore, unless we have had an established, non-therapeutic relationship outside of the office, I won't make the first move to say hello if I see you at Whole Foods or the farmer's market. Why? you ask. Because if I did that, I could be identifying you as a client, which is something that is private and only yours to disclose.

It is also why, I won't talk about what you share with me during a session outside of a session or with anyone else. Your privacy, with certain mandatory reporting exceptions, is safe here, and we always want you to feel absolutely safe and secure in your therapeutic relationship with us. So, HIPAA or not, these are ways that we can maintain your comfort and privacy, and that is the most important part of the equation for us.

So please, if you see me out and about - feel free to say hi! And if you don't feel like it, or don't notice me, don't worry, I won't take it personally either.

About the Author

Amelia Mitchell, LMT is a nationally certified and state licensed massage therapist with additional certifications in Lymphedema treatment and Pre-Natal massage. Using Therapeutic Massage and Lymph Drainage Therapy as developed by Bruno Chikly MD, DO of the Upledger Institute, Amelia supports her clients as they shift to enhanced wellness. She specializes in recovery from injuries, trauma and illness. Amelia brings her warm heart and a firm trust that we are all healthy and can feel better to each session. Amelia is a practitioner and owner at Alchemy Healing Arts Center in Annapolis, Maryland.