I want to comment on the article mentioning the arrest of the ‘masseur’. First off, kudos to Shelton Herald for using the proper terminology. For clarification, anyone practicing in the State of CT as a Massage Therapist uses the title, Massage Therapist, and more correctly so, Licensed Massage Therapist or LMT for short. It is considered that individuals practicing without a license are referred to as masseurs or masseuses, but even more so, these individuals are not really practicing massage therapy because most have not even attended Massage Therapy school. I know the distinction quite well since I have been an instructor for over 15 years at a vocational school here in CT that teachers Massage Therapy. These individuals work hard for their licensure which includes not only hands-on massage technique classes, but at least 350 clock hours of sciences, including pathology. In order for this individual to practice without a license, he was either working under another therapist’s license, or completely illegally, and in any event, Coco Spa was very much aware of the situation. Currently the state of CT does allow individuals to work under another licensed therapist, but it requires paperwork that is submitted to the state, proof of schooling, proof of being a CT resident and is only temporary. The bigger concern here is how many of these “spas” are employing unlicensed individuals, whether performing massage, or manicures, or facials? Licensure requires background checks and ethical standards. How many of the spas here in Shelton, and other neighboring towns bring people over from NY to work for the day, for minimal pay, and are not licensed in their field of practice? Massage Therapists have worked hard for years to gain respect and to prove the efficacy of what they do. Massage Therapy, although known for stress reduction and relaxation, is so much more. It has been used to help individuals with all sorts of health conditions, including cancer, fibromyalgia, M.S., HIV, depression and more. It has been used to assist in recovery and prevention of injuries from professional sports players to the weekend warrior. The list goes on and on. Any spa that employs individuals that are unlicensed and lack the full required schooling (minimum of 500 clock hours) should be, at least fined, if not closed permanently. Again, I am grateful to Shelton Herald for making this story public and to the Shelton P.D. for their investigative work. But I believe that if Shelton P.D. looks a bit deeper at some of these spas in Shelton, they may see this is a very consistent practice and may find themselves at the forefront of a statewide issue, enabling them to be the first to bring this illegal practice to light.