Terms and Conditions
Liability Waiver and Participation Agreement
I agree to the following:
I. The information I have provided above is complete and accurate.
II. By reading all of the statements contained in this document and ticking the appropriate box, I accept all of its terms, conditions, and statements.
1. Applicant’s Responsibilities, Declaration of Consent to all Risks, and Clarification of Content
I hereby give my consent to participate in holistic health sessions and/or retreats by Aude Barras, including counseling, meditation, tantra massage, yoga, and/or other embodiment practices such as sexual organ massage and intimate touch (hereinafter referred to as: ‘Sessions’), and to let Aude Barras use massage oils and/or any other gels or creams during the Sessions, and I acknowledge and agree that I am doing so at my own risk.
I represent and warrant that I am physically fit and have no medical conditions that would prevent me from participation in the Sessions. I understand that it is my responsibility to, if in doubt, consult with a physician prior to and regarding my participation.
I hereby declare that I am fully aware and accept that my health and safety with respect to the Sessions are my sole responsibility. I acknowledge that the Sessions require physical exertion that can be strenuous and that my participation in the Sessions may result in any body injury, discomfort, purification effects, hyperventilation, increased heart rate, emotional releases, and emotional overload among other effects, up to and including – in an extremely rare case – my own death. My decision to participate in any of the Sessions is voluntary, and I agree to take on full responsibility for all risks associated therewith.
1.1. Embodiment Practices
I hereby declare that in full awareness and agreement, I choose to participate in the Sessions and I am aware and fully accept that the Sessions include and involve nudity, partial nudity, intimate bodily touch, genital massage (including inner vaginal massage for women and penis and testicular massage for men) and full-body touch, and I agree in advance to participate in all of the abovementioned activities.
1.2 Potential Risks and Side Effects of Massage
Massage benefits include pain relief, relaxation, blood pressure moderation, stress reduction, and anxiety relief. Unfortunately, there are some risks to massage therapy that you should be aware of before engaging.
- Blood Clots
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) cautions massage therapists about the risks of massaging a client with high blood pressure. The pressure exerted during a massage could potentially cause arterial plaque to rupture and release blood clots into the system. Though the risk is low for such an event, blood clots can travel to the heart or brain. Clients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition that causes blood clots to develop in the deep veins of the body, are especially at risk. Massage greatly increases the risks of a clot being released and traveling to the lungs.
- Nerve Damage
Some forms of massage, such as deep tissue massage and tantra massage, require the massage therapist to exert pressure past the skin layer in order to manipulate muscles and connective tissues. During tantra massage, if a participant does not communicate and does not give feedback to Aude Barras, this may bring about the exertion of too much pressure, resulting in temporary nerve damage to a participant.
- Infectious Skin Conditions
A number of infectious conditions of the skin can be transmitted during massage, despite the best efforts of Aude Barras to screen participants within reason. These include herpes, cold sores, shingles rashes, warts, and ringworm. Likewise, as in the case of warts, during tantra massage, people may unknowingly spread the contagion from one area of a person’s body to another or to themselves.
- Temporary Side Effects
Side effects, otherwise known as purification effects, may include temporary pain, soreness, discomfort, bruising, swelling, and a sensitivity or allergy to massage oils. Also, nausea, vomiting, temporary diarrhea, emotional expressions, and emotional release may exhibit, among other conditions.
1.3 When to Avoid Massage
Certain medical conditions may increase the risk of experiencing negative side effects from massage. These conditions include cancer, severe heart conditions, high blood pressure, fractured or broken bones, blood clots, burns, lesions, any forms of arthritis and osteoporosis, mysterious pain, skin rashes, and infectious diseases of the skin or sexually transmitted diseases. If I suffer from any of these conditions or another serious illness, I commit to inform Aude Barras when applying for any Session and to consult my physician before joining a session. Pregnant women are required to inform Aude Barras of their pregnancy before joining any session and to consult a healthcare provider before joining any session. All pregnant women are required to produce a doctor’s or midwife’s letter stating that mother and baby are in good health and that the pregnancy is not high-risk.
2. Declaration of Confidentiality and No Recording Policy
I hereby commit not to record (by means of video, audio, or any other means) any Sessions in which I participate. I am aware that if I breach this commitment, I may be expelled immediately from any Session with no refund or compensation and I may become the subject of legal action against myself as well as incur fines and legal/financial liability for copyright infringement.
I also hereby commit not to distribute any materials of The Intimacy Guide provided directly to me to anyone, regardless of whether that person/those people may have previously joined any Sessions, in any format – whether printed, digital, or based in social media or online content. Unauthorized distribution of materials of The Intimacy Guide will be considered a breach of this agreement, and perpetrators will be subject to legal repercussions.
Additionally, I hereby commit to keep all content of the Sessions in which I participate confidential and to respect the privacy of all participants. Therefore, I will not reveal the identity of other participants or the specifics of their experiences or statements during the Sessions to anyone in any form, including through social media or other public or non-public options.
3. Acceptance policy
I have been informed and accept that Aude Barras has the right to refuse the participation of myself or any person to any of the Sessions. Furthermore, I am fully aware and accept in advance, that Aude Barras reserves the right to expel, dismiss, or send home myself or any participant from any of the Sessions at any time for the following reasons:
1. Incompatibility/problematic behavior that disrupts harmony during the Session;
2. Breaking the rule that stipulates no recording of any kind;
3. Disregarding or breaking any of the other rules of conduct as explained at the start of the Session;
4. Aggressive or disrespectful behavior;
5. Any other disturbing, abnormal, or adverse behavior that negatively impacts the Session or other participants
Such decisions will not be made lightly. However, if made, these decisions will be taken at the sole discretion of Aude Barras will be final.
I understand and accept that in the case of my expulsion from any the Sessions, there will be no refund of any kind of my payments by Aude Barras at any time. I declare that I am fully aware of the no-refund policy in case of expulsion from a Session and I agree in advance to withhold any claims for a refund in such an event.
4. Payment policy
A deposit of 50% of the is required to secure your booking for a place in a Session.
Payment of the balance of Session must be received no later than ……… days before the commencement of the Session, otherwise you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and you will forfeit your deposit.
5. Cancellation policy
I understand that in the event that I need to cancel or change a scheduled Session, I must do so at least 48 hours in advance, otherwise I will be charged the full amount of the session.
In the event that Aude Barras cancels a Session for any reason, I will be entitled to receive a full refund.
6. Declaration of Waiver of Rights
In exchange for participating in the Sessions, I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators, and personal representatives, hereby knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive, release, discharge, and hold harmless Aude Barras from any and all liability for any and all injuries, including death, damages, or claims relating to or resulting from my participation in any Sessions, now or in the future, foreseen or unforeseen. Further, I will indemnify and hold harmless Aude Barras from and against any and all claims, rights, damages, liabilities, losses, loss of employment-related costs, and all other costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from or in connection with any injuries to other persons or damage to property caused by or attributed to me.
6. Declaration of Agreement to All Terms
I have read in detail and fully understand this Liability Waiver and Participation Agreement regarding my participation in any Sessions and specifically regarding the benefits, potential risks, and side effects associated with tantra massage, sexual organ massage and other bodywork done during the Sessions. I acknowledge that I have read and understood the release and indemnification provisions set forth in the preceding paragraphs as well as all other declarations, commitments, and statements within this document, and I agree to and accept all of the terms outlined within this document. By ticking the appropriate box on the relevant online document(s), I hereby apply my signature and confirm my agreement.