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November 29, 2017 · OPINION

Molestation allegations cast pall over massage therapy

As a professional massage therapist for the last 27 years, I was dismayed to read in the national media news of massage therapists accused of molesting clients. When I graduated massage therapy school in 1990, I was told that as a male therapist, I may experience more difficulty gaining clientele, and it would be imperative to build an atmosphere of trust, particularly with female clients.

Over the years of my practice here in Warrenton, I have strived to make sure that respect, privacy and proper conduct are the pillars both for myself and for the therapists I provide at Center for Therapeutic Massage.

When the bottom line of the business is the dollar only, you find unsurprising outcomes. Massage Envy, the business cited in these allegations, is a great example of this. In addition to having a ridiculous and irrelevant name, it employs primarily new therapists fresh out of training. Paying fairly low wages, it attempts to provide walk-in services at strip mall locations in busier suburban/urban regions. They charge considerably less than most privately-owned and -operated facilities, and arguably fill a niche that therapists like myself cannot.

However, with behavior as has been reported, featuring therapists at multiple different locations with repeat complaints of impropriety, something is amiss. In their attempt to have enough therapists sitting around waiting for the next walk-in, perhaps background checks and other vetting processes need upgrading.

My own trajectory as a male massage therapist working in a small town environment hasn’t been easy, and I cringe every time I see sexual impropriety linked to my profession. Generally, this has been in the form as massage as a cover for prostitution. This is a very different story, to say the least.

As a father of four daughters, I’m outraged to realize they could be subject to this kind of behavior. As a husband of 26 years, I’m outraged to think my wife is possibly subject to this. As an employer of massage therapists, I can’t understand how you stand by in complacency. And as a therapist whose appointment calendar is about 65 percent female, I’m ashamed at the behavior of these therapists and the facilities that employ them.
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citizen observer · November 29, 2017 at 10:38 am
Well written and I hope you survive this mess.

Not too familiar with Massage Envy, but it sounds problematic in many ways. Could also be people have found a way to make a fast buck by suing them for allegations.

I'll stick to reputable local professionals when I need to get to straightened out.
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