The North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy is considering new rules after a mandate by the state legislature aimed at combating human trafficking.
WSIC Advertising Partner Serenity Now Massage Therapy in Cornelius says that, as written, one of the rules would put them out of business.
Among the proposals is a requirement that treatment rooms for massage and bodywork therapy be at least ten feet by twelve feet with a minimum of three linear feet of open floor space around all sides of the table. Ten out of twelve rooms at Serenity Now do not meet the requirement.
Owner Danielle Ratliff writes in a message to supporters that she is in favor of most proposed rule changes, but would be required to close as they are now written. She’s encouraging individuals to share their feedback with the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork.
A comment period is open through May 14th. The proposed rules go into effect September 1st.