Why are massage therapists getting so much attention from the mainstream media?
By now you’ve probably heard the story of the masseur who got fired from her job after a customer told her to strip for him.
It seems like this sort of thing happens all the time, but it’s actually more common than you might think.
In fact, it’s a growing problem across the country.
And for the past decade, it seems that the media has been trying to take a closer look at the industry.
According to a study by the American Bar Association, massage therapists have become the subject of much greater scrutiny than other professions.
“The perception that massage therapists are a sub-category of licensed health care professionals has become a national concern,” says American Bar Association President and CEO Jennifer Tilly.
She says the association’s research shows that there are far more concerns about massage therapists than massage parlors, but also a greater number of complaints from massage therapists themselves.
The problem is that most people don’t even know they’re doing anything wrong, Tilly says.
Many people have never heard of massage therapy.
For example, many people are unaware that a massage therapist can’t offer an appointment, nor are they aware that some types of massage therapies don’t allow clients to see their doctor or therapist.
These types of treatments are sometimes referred to as “self-therapy” (SST), a term coined by author Bryan D. Pritchard.
He told the ABC in 2013 that self-therapists are people who take their own personal medicine and don’t prescribe it for their clients.
But there are a lot of misconceptions about how the industry is viewed, and not enough research is being done about what actually goes on in massage therapy practice, Tillys says.
One of the most recent examples of this is Marmalade Therapies, a small, New Jersey company that specializes in treating pain and back issues.
Their clients include celebrities, athletes, and people who have chronic health issues.
Their website features testimonials from customers who have suffered from back pain, back pain related injuries, back injuries, and injuries related to chronic health conditions.
There are more than 100,000 people registered on the Mampalade website, including a few who say they’ve had their own massage therapists.
Mervyn Wiegand, a massage therapists partner at the company, says they are a unique company because they have an open, honest relationship with their clients, who have no hidden agendas.
Wiegand says they have a policy of having no conflict of interest with their therapists.
“The relationship is honest,” he says.
“I have no conflicts of interest because we’re not selling any products or services.”
He says they work with people who are comfortable and willing to open up about their issues, and that they have been asked to change the terms of their contracts.
At the same time, there’s also a concern among therapists that people who claim to be in a traditional therapy setting might be doing more harm than good.
Patients may not realize that the therapy they’re undergoing is an attempt to “cure” a chronic condition, says Mamalie L. Givens, a professor of massage practice and a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.
If the therapist isn’t honest with their patients, and doesn’t follow up with them when they’re having trouble, it might result in them not treating their patients as they should, she says.
“If a therapist is using a particular technique that they’ve seen on YouTube, or someone else has shared on Facebook or Instagram, they’re not going to treat you the way you need to be treated,” Givins says.
The media has also taken a keen interest in massage therapists, with several stories and features coming out about the issue.
Recently, ABC News interviewed two people who had been fired for asking a masseur to strip to show off their bodies.
Another woman had to leave her massage therapist because she felt uncomfortable when she didn’t have to touch her client’s penis.
This past week, NBC News interviewed a masseuse who said that a man told her that he felt like a slut when she asked him to massage her.
Some have been fired from their jobs for making comments about other people’s bodies or for performing other massage therapy services without a license.
So what does the industry have to say about all of this?
“A lot of massage therapists believe in open communication with their customers,” Mami Pascucci, the chief executive of Mara Spa, a California massage therapist, tells ABC News.
“When you work with your clients, you’re talking to them about everything.
You don’t make statements about your clients’ bodies that might upset them, and you never feel like you’re being judged for your choices.” Pascucci