The Sound-Massage Association is dedicated to the study of sound-massage; wherein specially-constructed singing bowls are skillfully applied on or near the body to promote deep relaxation. The Association teaches and promotes only positive uses of sound technology.

Student and Provider members agree to this code when they join or renew their membership in the Association. Corrections and suggestions are welcome, and should be directed to admin at


As a sound-massage professional and member of the association I agree to:

  • Be aware of my own limitations, and act in accordance with my training and licensure

  • Inform my client of the limits of my training and licensure
  • Inform my client of his or her level of personal responsibility in the context of our engagement
  • Encourage my client to articulate his or her own objectives for the work, and any important boundaries or limitations
  • Remember when designing a session that my client's wishes come first
  • Inform my client that sound-massage is non-medical and does not prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure disease
  • Inform my client that he or she can freely decide to stop or leave a sound-massage at any time
  • Keep the focus on my client's wellness (not illness)
  • Never give a sound massage when I feel unwell or out of sorts
  • Protect my client's privacy and disclose known limitations on my ability to do so
  • Act with integrity and honesty in business dealings
  • Inform my client of my policies and fees before an appointment begins
  • Foster a spirit of cooperation with other sound-massage providers
  • Hold clear professional boundaries in my interactions with clients
  • Build a network of trusted licensed professionals to which I can refer a client in need


adapted by Ginger R. Marcus from

The Peter Hess method of sound-massage is supportive and non-medical. Sound-massage providers are not trained or authorized to prevent, diagnose, treat, heal, cure, or otherwise address disease or illness (functions performed by licensed medical professionals). However, some sound-massage providers may also be licensed medical professionals, and as such may widen the scope of the work according to their training and informed discretion, in the context of a private practice or educational setting.2

Each sound-massage provider is responsible for knowing and meeting legal requirements in his or her own state / locality.

While details vary, legislation for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) commonly requires practitioners to provide clients with, at minimum: a clear statement of the nature of their practice and their training and experience; a declaration that their services are not licensed by the state nor are they licensed physicians; they cannot perform medical procedures, such as x-rays, surgery, prescribe medications or advise stopping medications. The client signs this "disclosure" (sometimes referred to as a "consent form" or "client bill of rights") and the practitioner keeps a copy on file.

The following websites are a starting point for CAM legal requirements:

Example statement for non-CAM providers: "Sound-massage may bring about beneficial effects of relaxation, which can in some cases translate to physical benefits; however, this has not been proven scientifically. Do not rely on sound-massage as an alternative to medical treatment. Consult your physician regarding your physical and emotional health before undertaking sound-massage, and ask if relaxation with gentle sound and vibration is safe for you."

    1. Disclaimer. This is provided for information purposes only as a service to those seeking and practicing sound-massage. It is not legal advice or counsel. The information contained here is general and may not reflect current legal developments. The Association makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the information herein and does not endorse or sponsor linked websites or content. The Association does not accept any liability to any person or organization for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice), which is provided on this website or any linked sites or incorporated into it by reference. The information is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. If you require advice on any legal matter, consult an appropriately qualified lawyer.

    2. Licensed Providers. Sound-massage providers who are also psychologists, therapists, physicians, naturopaths, or other licensed providers should be aware of the scope of practices within these fields and practice accordingly. There are additional ethical and legal considerations that the Association is unaware of, and each practitioner is responsible for knowing and meeting any legal requirements in his or her state or locality. Check with your profession's licensing board for more information.

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