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Good Feelings Toward Message Therapy

August 14, 1988

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.

MARILYN OSOFF

Pasadena

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