State health to start inspecting massage, reflexology businesses

July 9, 2013 

The state Department of Health said massage and reflexology businesses will be inspected starting this month to identify unlicensed operations and illegal activities.

Foot and hand massage — or reflexology — practitioners now must be licensed under state law, and unannounced inspections of massage businesses are allowed, a health department news release said.

“According to the new section in the law, investigators can inspect businesses ‘within reasonable limits and in a reasonable manner.’ However, businesses can’t be shut down if violations are found. Possible violations could result in an investigation, which may lead to department action and/or a referral to local authorities,” the news release said.

The department said it anticipates about 150 inspections of massage and reflexology businesses annually.

Before the law was amended last year, inspections only could come after a complaint had been filed, the release said.

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