Why do the movie industry, comedians and other media prostitutionalize Massage therapy?
I understand, massage is personal, I understand how good it feels. Massage is therapeutic, nurturing and sensual. Our profession is for healing the mind, body and spirit. It is not a ruse for prostitution! Our industry must do more to stop this rumor and prosecute those using massage therapy as a way to advertize to pray on lonely men and women.
I have been a massage therapist for over 15 years. As information about the benefits of massage therapy grows our profession is also gaining recognition for these newly discovered benefits. A true massage therapist is a healer. One who will listen to your complaints and offer help. We are not doctors or chiropractors, but we know body balance and want to help you realize what you need, to help you listen to your body by getting rid of some of the noise in your body.
I first started to practice massage therapy in a big city, that actually still allows “Massage Parlors”. They are distinguished, and known to be as, not the place to go to get a real massage. It is known not only by the appearance of the women who work there, but also by reputation. If law enforcement lets this go on every day, a law should be passed to legalize prostitution so they can name their services appropriately, and not disguise it as a health care profession.
This puts each and every legitimate massage therapist in danger everyday. These types of places, that are allowed to be in business, allowed to advertize as a place that practices the healing art of massage therapy but are true brothels, are the fuel to the media attention, the so called massage therapists allowed to post provocative ads on craigslist, I love craigslist, but they’re not doing enough to protect the integrity of their site in that category. I recently went to the “Therapeutic” section of craigslist hoping to recruit a Licensed massage therapist, only to find all the ads very provocative, not only by female advertisers but also males. Very disappointing.
Most of the practicing healers are independent , we have only one voice. We need to collect ourselves and unite to protect our profession from slander and degradation. I believe it is my responsibility to my profession to make it better. To help more people be aware of all the benefits massage therapy has to offer, so we can reach more people that need our services.
If you are a massage therapist who believes we need to do more, or you know one who is passionate for our profession, please pass this blog on, I want to hear from you. I am going to create an organization to protect our profession. Please contact me at Celisa@ProMassageNow.com. I will appreciate any help you can offer. We need to create a movement in our industry. We need to unite our profession.