As a registered massage therapist (RMT), I highly applaud the Sept. 13 editorial The bylaw needs to be massaged. This article really hits the nail on the head.
How can it be that a registered medical professional gets confused with, basically, a prostitute? This is like assuming your gynecologist or urologist will perform a sexual act on you. This will never happen. And it will never happen with an RMT, either.
Yet in my five years in practice, I have been asked by men to perform "something extra." Each time I do take offence, but I also take the opportunity to politely educate the man on the massive difference between myself and a "masseuse" or a "massagist."
Each RMT trains a minimum of 2,200 hours, with at least 200 hours being hands-on. We learn every bone, muscle, joint, tendon and ligament from the head to the feet. We have ethics, morals and draping boundaries drilled into our heads from Day 1.
We do not date our clients and we do not cross the line. Period. The permits for these "massage parlours" are not currently being named for what they are, and it is confusing for those who do not know the difference.
The permits need to be renamed "adult entertainment" and have any reference to massage removed. Our massage therapy associations can only do so much to educate the public. RMTs need city council to step up and make this change to protect our profession.