Dr. Benjamin has served as an expert witness since 2004 on cases involving allegations of sexual assault by massage therapists. He has worked with both plaintiff and defense attorneys, testifying both at trials and depositions, consulting on standards of care, conducting research, and writing reports.
He owned a massage therapy school, called the Muscular Therapy Institute (MTI), for 31 years and has served on the Massage Therapy Board of Registration as well as the Board of Podiatry in the state of Massachusetts. Dr. Benjamin has also maintained a private practice working directly with clients since 1963. One of his specialties is working with individuals who have suffered a trauma-whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual.
In the early 1990s, as allegations of sexual assault in the field began to surface, Dr. Benjamin chaired the first Professional and Sexual Ethics Task Force of American Massage Therapy Associations Council of Schools.
For more than 55 years, Dr. Benjamin has designed and led courses in the massage and bodywork field. In addition to teaching his own therapeutic techniques, he has taught extensively throughout the country and also appeared as a panelist on issues related to communication, ethics, boundaries, and working with survivors of trauma. As Founder and President of the Muscular Therapy Institute, Dr. Benjamin made MTI one of the only schools in the United States to incorporate more than 100 mandatory hours of coursework on these topics.
In addition, Dr. Benjamin conceived of and co-authored The Ethics of Touch, a book on ethics, sexual trauma, and professional boundaries, that is used as a primary text in massage and bodywork schools throughout the United States and Canada. He has also published multiple articles on sexual abuse in healthcare.
Dr. Benjamin has a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine and has taught courses on the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injuries for more than 30 years. He studied under Dr. James Cyriax, commonly regarded as the father of orthopedic medicine.
He has authored dozens of articles on this topic for major massage therapy publications, as well as the book Listen to Your Pain, which has been in continuous publication since 1982.
Awards & Recognition
Massage Therapy Hall of Fame
National AMTA President's Award for Service to the Profession
Massachusetts AMTA Distinguished Service Award
ABMP "Eight Who Matter" Award
Books & Monographs
Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the Six Most Destructive Communication Patterns (2012)
The Ethics of Touch: A Hands-on Practitioner's Guide to Creating a Professional, Safe, and Enduring Practice (2003)
Massage and Bodywork with Survivors of Abuse (1995)
Listen to Your Pain: The Active Person's Guide to Understanding, Identifying, and Treating Pain and Injury (1984)
Exercise Without Injury (1979)
Are You Tense? The Benjamin System of Muscular Therapy (1978)
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
- Violent Crimes
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Bachelor of Professional Sciences, PhD in Education and Sports Injuries, Massage Therapy License, Certified Senior SAVI Trainer, approved provider of education by the National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals(ABMP),
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Keynotes, presentations, seminars and workshops on ethics, boundaries, sexual abuse in the massage and bodywork field. Also dozens of courses on communication skills for health care professionals in hospitals, mental health centers in massage therapy schools.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: 45
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Sexual assault in a spa setting, standard of care, ethics, boundaries
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 65%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 35%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 25
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: 2022
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: Since 2004
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Consulting, research, reports, standards of care.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $750
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $750
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $750
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $750
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: All travel expenses
- Excerpts from The Ethics of Touch
- Power Differential
- Dual Roles and Other Ethical Considerations
- Bringing Boundaries to Bodywork
- Giving and Getting Effective Feedback
- Ethics, Values and Principles
- Core Physical Concepts
- Ethics and Self-Accountability
- Sexual Abuse Within the Health Care Field
- Discovering Your Boundary Issues
- An Excerpt From The Ethics of Touch: Special Consideration in Cases of Trauma
- Repression and Denial
- What I’ve Learned as an Expert Witness: Sexual Abuse in the Treatment Room
- Pain Points: What Practitioners Must Know before Treating Clients with Injuries
- Essential Principles Shoulder Series 3: Subscapularis Tendinitis
- Clients Crossing Boundaries in the Treatment Room
- Keeping Clients Safe Pt 1: How to Avoid Client Injuries
- Keeping Client Safe Pt 2: How to Avoid Violating Client Boundaries
- Keeping Client Safe Pt 3: Sexual Assault Prevention Guidelines
- The Attention Button: A deterrent for sexual misconduct in the treatment room
- Setting Boundaries with Inappropriate Clients
- Spa Legal Liability: How to hire well and protect your business
- Sexuality and Boundary Issues
- Understanding Boundary Violations in the Therapist-Client Relationship
- Massage Therapy and Sexual Misconduct: Protecting Our Clients, Ourselves, and Our Profession
- Sexual Misconduct: An Informational Brochure for Consumers of Health Care Services
References upon request.