The most recent D.C. Register includes draft regulations that will expand the Department of Health’s authority to monitor and regulate massage and health spas, primarily with the intention of making it easier to crack down on places that are less rolfing and more rub&tug. Sports therapy, schools, physical therapy and other medical operations are going to be exempt from monitoring but everyone else is going to have to get licensed, follow fairly specific facilities guidelines, and file a fair amount of paperwork. Visitors to spas can expect to sign some consent forms that include details about the services provided and the spa will have to keep those records for three year.
And any of that naughty massage by pretty naked girls, even if there’s no bathing-suit-area touching? Forget it – section 207.1 says the massage therapist must wear clothing that “are fully opaque, and that do not expose their genitals, pubic area, buttocks, chest, or breasts.”
Bad news for the Washington Post’s sole source of ads in the sports section too: “No person or facility shall advertise or promote massage therapy or health spa services with nude images, images of scantily clad persons, vulgarity, or with any sexual overtones.” and “No person or facility shall advertise or promote massage or spa related services without the massage establishment or health facility’s name, address, telephone number, and license number on the advertisement.”
All told it’s 81 pages of regulation.