How to stay safe when getting massages

New sexual assault allegations against Massage Envy spark questions of how to keep clients and massage therapists safe.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017 7:17 PM
Updated: Nov. 29, 2017 8:43 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Over 100 women are coming forward with sexaul assault allegations against the popular spa chain, Massage Envy. 

Minnesota requires massage parlors to post it's Bill of Rights for clients, to protect citizens against any unprofessional conduct. 

But how else do you ensure a safe massage experience?

Liliana is a massage therapist in Rochester. 

She said to always look for schooling certifications, active licenses, and even memberships to professional massage associations. 

Whenever in doubt, ask questions. 

"How many years in the profession, why do you do what you do? Do you really love giving massages?," she said. 

She also said it's improtant to ask how much training a massage technician has. 

"The more you train, the more you are serious, and the more you care," Liliana said. 

She also suggests having a conversation with a massage therapist before the service to discuss boundaries, going to a spa with a friend, and always trusting intuition about a spa. 

Liliana protects herself by only servicing women. 

Michael is the business owner of Tender Touch of Healing Massage Therapy in Rochester. 

He protects clients and employees by having an intake form in addition to the Bill of Rights for clients. 

He also vets potential clients over the phone. 

"Any kind of sexual remarks or advances result in the termination of the service, and enforcement will be called," Michael said. 

Both Michael and Liliana said not to be afraid to walk away from a service after any moment of concern. 

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