It May Soon Be Illegal to Get a Massage at Night in Florida

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Hopefully you don't have a midnight massage habit, because the state of Florida may limit the hours massage therapists can work from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bill recently passed a state House subcommittee, and if the whole House passes the law, it could go into effect as soon as October 1.

Now maybe you're surprised that our anti-regulation, "pro-business," Republican-heavy legislature would actually get into the business of placing time restrictions on private businesses.

Though, in news that may shock the most naive and sheltered among us, there's a certain segment of massage therapists that do more than just work out that kink out of your back. They tend to get in the pole position. Really work the stress out of your groin muscles. Make sure the massage session ends happily. See, sometimes they are actually basically hookers.

Tallahassee has apparently just learned of the fact that sometimes these so-called massage studios and spas are basically just brothels. And, as a way to curb prostitution and the sex trafficking often involved with it, they think that limiting the hours you're allowed to get a massage would cut down on these rogue handjob factories masquerading as spas.

Of course, legitimate massage therapists don't like the idea of having limits placed on their business as a result.

"Personally, as a licensed professional, it's hard to accept that I'm being limited on the hours I'm allowed to work," masseuse Alex Spassoff told the subcommittee according to The Sun-Sentinel.

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association points out that there are plenty of late night customers looking for legitimate services like airline pilots and theatrical performers.

By the way, don't worry ladies. The use of "personal massage devices" would not be limited.

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PlanetMassage
PlanetMassage

More than a little upset about this.  As a legitimate massage establishment,  licensed by the board of health, I do see a problems with limiting hours of work.  Even though we don't operate between 10 and 6, for those of us who do, I feel they should be allowed to.  Legitimate therapists are the ones being made to jump though hoops to help fight prostitution.  If Tallahassee wants to fight prostitution, do so, but not by continuing to drag our profession though the mud.  This is unheard of in any other industry. 

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leoleoleo
leoleoleo

America is NOTORIOUS for having stupid, meaningless asinine laws about stupid things like this. I can get a message except between the hours of 10pm and 6am? Why????  Uh, because prostitution is more common at night? Really?

Are there going to be cops busting down doors busting back rubbers at 10:15?

Here is an idea, government.....LEAVE US THE F**K ALONE. Leave us alone. How dare the government regulate what I do sexually with adults and how dare there regulating what I can ingest. If I want a $10 blowjob while smoking a fattie, that's my choice. 98% of laws are there so lawyers, judges, the prison industry and dickless cops with little mustaches have something to do. They would be out of work and would have to get a real job. So we are stuck with crap like this.

juststeve
juststeve

guess there may not be a "happy ending" to this bullshit.....

WellnessPractitioner
WellnessPractitioner

Many states regulate massage therapy as a health profession. Massage therapy is used increasingly in hospital settings for stress and pain management and post surgical rehabilitation and is effective in treating the symptoms of a huge range of health conditions, from cerebral palsy to fibromyalgia to pediatric asthma. In fact, the nation's largest massage research program, the Touch Research Institute, is housed at the University of Miami Medical School.  

In large cities such as Miami, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, trafficked women and girls are advertised as "masseuses" because, let's face it - it's convenient. What's less convenient is spending 10K-14K on a professional education, submitting to a background check, passing a state licensing exam, paying for liability insurance and continuing education classes required for license renewal. You won't find many prostitutes doing that. Licensed massage professionals deserve the same respect under the law and in the public eye as members of any other licensed profession.

Laws limiting the hours of operation make politicians look good but do nothing to stop the problem of human trafficking, which is very real. Smearing the massage profession helps no one.

horace_schitt
horace_schitt

Ummm yaeh... That all makes sense because people are only horny at night.O_o

brenda1137
brenda1137

This article is extremely insulting, not only to me as a MASSAGE THERAPIST, but To me as a woman as well.  To be lumped in with prostitutes is absolutely ludicrousness  I spent 1000's of dollars to learn my profession  I am a HEALTH PROFESSIONAL not a prostitute.  The last line referring to "personal massage devices" is even more insulting to me as a woman as well as totally uncalled for.  This article shows a lack of maturity and intelligence.  It also shows someone who has no real knowledge of what we do and sets us back 100's of years.  This is the year 2013 not 1813.  Grow up and learn the difference between Professional Massage Therapy and prostitution.  They didn't go to school to learn what they do for 750 hours as I did!  SHAME ON THE AUTHOR , EDITOR, AND BLOG FOR ALLOWING THIS TO GO FORWARD.  

bluemoo427
bluemoo427

The term masseuse used in this article is more insulting than the article itself.

desmondlmt
desmondlmt

Fu king rediculous. As a lmt, most of us do not work past those hours as is. However, some athletes and Cirque de' sole performers use on call therapists to help them recover from injuries or a hard work day. This "journalist" sounds just as ignorant as the politicians. Massuse sounds more like a cinemax character then what we are. MASSAGE THERAPIST. Get it right. Fl has already taken away are ability to bill pip insurances, now you're trying to limit how long we can work?! Disgraceful. I guess the almost 40k lmts here arent needed to help keep the economy floating in that state. They just want to charge us for everything and give less in return. Thanks tallahassee.

Todd Jenkins
Todd Jenkins

Come on Tallahasse, Don't we have more important things to deal with?

Pau Lina
Pau Lina

sorry Calie Rodriguez :(

Ked Killjoy
Ked Killjoy

how will cutting hours help this ? this wont do a damn thing.

Em Azin
Em Azin

id be pissed as FUCK if i was a legit licensed professional. how the hell can they control HOW MUCH YOU WORK?! forget the gun laws... this is BEYOND ridiculous!

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

yes...this is definitely what our legislators should be spending their time on...

blckstoneman
blckstoneman

@brenda1137 don't get your panties in a bundle. You would think that the writer walked up to you, pulled your bra out of the fire and slapped you with it. Back 100 years lmao!! Health professional. Jeez I cannt wait to share that with apple geniouses lol

RaptorJesus
RaptorJesus

@brenda1137 "sets us back 100's of years" yeah it takes us right back to the bad old days of massage therapist slavery, when thousands of masseurs were dragged to work in the cotton fields in chains - ripped cruelly from the embrace of their families, only to die thousands of miles away in the dirt, fatigued and diseased, nothing more than another "backrubber" in the fields, just a statistic among so many innocents.

I'm hilarious. By the way, prostitution is a much older and well-established profession than your stupid pseudo-medical "job". YOU ARE NOT A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BY ANY DEFINITION WHATSOEVER.

cholloway214
cholloway214

@brenda1137  You do realize that like 90% of businesses that just have an LED sign that says "MASSAGE" on them is just a front to get a hand job right? And why be upset at the author, editor and blog? You left out the florida government. You know, the people that actually pass the laws that affect you. Don't shoot the messenger. And btw, if all you are is a "massage therapist", not even a chiropractor, then no. You are NOT a "Health Professional".

mmortal03
mmortal03

@abrahamdrimmer According to the definition, theatrical performers may actually need the services of a late night costumer every so often, so the article may not be so far off, *facepalm*: "A person or company that makes or supplies theatrical or fancy-dress costumes."

brenda1137
brenda1137

@cholloway214 @brenda1137  Massage Therapy affects, pain, circulation, flexibility, anxiety, nervous tension, depression,   and many others things about your body and your health.  While no it not the same as a doctor, it does as much good and sometimes more than a doctor can do and that is a Health Professional..  I think your statistics are inflated. I am upset at the author for portraying Massage Therapy as prostitution.  It is not.  There is a big difference,  It is the media as well as the government that is responsible for this type of public damage to my profession.  His last line about "personal massage devises" was a direct link of sex to Massage Therapy.  Massage Therapy HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SEX!!!!!   PROSTITUTION DOES!!!


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