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  1. ofni.1508470069swen-1508470069rats@1508470069snikr1508470069epdet1508470069
    October 19, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

    Concordia neighbor and massage therapist Penny Hill emailed the Star with her concerns about a choice of words in this story. Her comments are below:

    I’ve got my professional massage therapist’s hat on today. I saw this article and have to make a few comments. As a profession, especially in Oregon – but nationally as well – massage therapists have worked diligently to separate the sex business from the perception of massage therapy. To turn it from something salacious in people’s minds to one of health care, healing, and relaxation.

    The term “massage parlour” is code for sex shop. And every time it is used our reputation is again linked to the sex trade. I don’t know who started this rumor, but it would be great if the phrase “massage parlor’ died out of common parlance. It has no more relevance to our profession than “nursing den” or “doctors dive” would be to those professions.

    So I want to make three things clear:

    1 – A sex shop disguised as a massage facility or lingerie shop, is, of course, illegal, so the neighbors need not fear it because it should be shut down by the police right away.

    2 – Anyone purporting to be a massage therapist must have a license and have it displayed prominently on site and the license number included in all advertising.

    3 – Most facilities that have massage on premise must also have a facility permit as well.

    Which is not to say that it never happens. So, neighbors can be in contact with the Oregon Board of Massage therapy here: http://www.oregon.gov/OBMT/Pages/index.aspx

    The Massage Board investigates these matters and I’m sure appreciates the public’s help in keeping these places from proliferating.

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