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Hashkafa - follow up
Submitted by Yosef  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

HaRav Moshe Feinstein zatzal writes a number of places that even a handshake is not permitted. While ostensibly it is not "derech chiba", who can be certain of themselves that they will not have hirhurim.

Certainly massage is much more problematic than a handshake.

posted:2010-04-04 08:46:54

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Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2010-05-19 14:23:04
Generally speaking Halacha DOES permit a woman to go to a male doctor for treatment, though it is often advisable to seek out a physician of the same gender. This is due to a combination of relevant factors such as the interaction being professional rather than personal, the fact that the male doctor is concentrating on his professional responsibilities, the medical urgency of the situation and the degree of physical contact, among other factors.
When the man is the patient rather than the treating therapist, the factor of being focused on his responsibilities is not relevant. Massage involves extensive and potentially suggestive physical contact, and also is not usually prescribed for a dangerous medical condition.
Therefore, to answer your question would require a judgement call based on knowing the underlying condition being treated and the exact procedures required, but may be substantially different then the question of a woman giving a massage to a man.
Anonymous, 2010-05-06 11:22:12
Is a woman allowed to go to a male chiropractor or physical therapist if she has an injury and was given a prescription by her doctor?
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