I really take offense at Alice Kahn's column belittling the professionalism of licensed massage therapy ("Taming Fear of Massage: There's the Rub," July 31). Referring to these healing individuals as "not the most articulate people" reflects her limited exposure, if you will, to competent, well-versed therapists who do not parade nakedly around, as an Esalen environment might provide.
I am physically handicapped. After numerous operations, physical therapy and years of limitations, my horizons have been expanded this year by massage therapy. Biased, cutesy articles like Kahn's are a roadblock to those of us who respect our medically oriented, concerned therapists, who deserve the right to practice their art without defamation.