Massage Therapist Upset Over Adult Label, Fee

Speedway Classifies Massage Therapy As Adult Entertainment

A licensed massage therapist claims the town of Speedway is destroying her reputation by classifying her business as adult entertainment and charging a hefty fee as a result.

Elizabeth Aldora told 6News' Chance Walser that she has run a reputable massage therapy office, The Touch Therapeutic, out of a Speedway office complex for 12 years.

But she recently received a letter from the town saying that as an owner of an adult business, based on a previously unknown 1978 ordinance, she needs to pay an annual fee of $1,500.

"(The) ordinance covers bath houses, massage parlors, all kinds of massage, adult bookstores, adult museums and adult theater. I was offended," Aldora said.

Town Manager Barbara Lawrence told 6News that Aldora's business will be eligible for review and that it is possible her fee could be waived.

"Based on the fact that it's a 1978 ordinance and a lot of things have changed since then, perhaps that's not the best category to have it put in," Lawrence said.

Aldora said she will push to have the law changed altogether.

"It sets it all back that all massage therapists fall under that category," she said. "You know, I've worked hard to make sure massage therapy is seen as a legitimate business."

6News learned Monday afternoon that the town has agreed to review the classification of Aldora's business, a process that could take 60 days. In the meantime, the $1,500 will be waived.