Governor M. Jodi Rell today signed a public health bill into law that establishes criminal penalties for individuals who practice massage therapy without a state license, a measure intended to stem the growth of establishments that promote illegal activities under the guise of massage businesses.

“Those who try to deceive the public or run an illegal business they promote as legitimate will face jail time and costly fines,” the Governor said. “Simply put, if you don’t have a state health license that says you are a certified massage therapist, don’t tell the public you do. This law is more than just truth in advertising; it is sound health policy and ensures the public gets the highest standard of care.”

…The new law takes effect October 1, 2009.

–Stamford Plus, Stamford, Conn., June 29