PLEASANT HILL, California, USA by Lisa P. White for the San Jose Mercury News (03/26/12) — Stricter standards for massage therapists could help the city weed out businesses that offer more than a back rub.
Under the proposed rules, only massage therapists and practitioners certified by the California Massage Therapy Council could work in Pleasant Hill. The Legislature created the council, a private nonprofit organization, in 2008 as part of a law that established statewide standards for massage professionals.
Currently, massage therapists and practitioners who have a city-issued permit or state certification can work in Pleasant Hill. Applicants for the city permit must pass a criminal-background check and provide proof of training, certification from a national therapeutic massage organization or membership in a professional massage association. Permits cost $130 and must be renewed annually. About 30 massage parlors and 60 massage therapists are operating in Pleasant Hill, according to Lt. Dan Connelly.
“The biggest benefit for us is that we don’t have to deal with the certification process,” Connelly said of the proposed rules. “They get certified through the state and we don’t have to spend the manpower on the fingerprinting and the background checks.”
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