Our network

How to check your massage therapist's record | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

How to check your massage therapist's record

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - The spa experience is all about reducing stress, and just about everywhere you look -- from hotel resorts to strip malls -- new massage spas are opening up all over town.

"It really helps relax your muscles, and really just helps you feel great," said Xanthia Reeves, manager of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa on 4th Street North in St. Petersburg.

"That's why I think it's becoming more mainstream, because people are seeing the benefits of it," said Reeves.

But how can you keep from stressing over whether the massage therapist you're paying for is really legit? Reeves said every massage therapist in Florida is required to be licensed by the state.

"That means that they've had to go to school and they've had to take a test."

Customers can access their massage therapist's records by visiting the Florida Department of Health website, which will show the status of an employee's license and any complaints filed with the state.

"If they have something that someone has filed against them, it's going to be on their license. It's public information."

At Hand & Stone, Reeves showed us how every license is clearly displayed on the front wall. If a massage therapist can't or won't provide a copy of their license? "That's an absolute red flag," warned Reeves.

She said along with checking state records, consumers should use common sense. If a massage business doesn't look clean and inviting, chances are there could be problems. Also check for feedback from other customers online using searchable websites such as Google or the Better Business Bureau.

To check the status of a massage therapist's state license, or to file a complaint, visit the State Department of Health website here.

You may also like... 

Weird Florida: A look back at some of the strangest stories of the year

Miracle Baby: Tampa toddler has 5-organ transplant

Broke Bad: Contest winner busted in synthetic drug ring

Here kitty, kitty: Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary

Fake Cop: Man arrested 3 times for impersonating officer

Animal tragedy: Girl's miniature horse attacked by dogs

#ShortYellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights

Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children

Popular photo galleries:

Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers

Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos 

Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant

Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV ***warning graphic***

Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole

Popular Databases:

Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here

Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here


Pinellas County Deals

Pinellas County Businesses