Chicago Massage Therapist Calls For Boycott Of ‘The Client List’

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago massage therapist trying to organize a nationwide boycott of an upcoming TV series, which she feels puts her licensed, regulated profession in an unflattering light.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, the Internet trailer describes “The Client List” as the story of a Texas mom, who due to economic circumstances finds herself “working in a massage therapy place that gives a little something extra, if you will.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

Massage therapist Courtney Lewis, owner of The Rub Chicago at 948 W. Huron St. in the River West neighborhood, says the program demeans her licensed massage practice and her clients.

“We’re really hoping the whole community can come together here to support massage as a scientifically proven therapy,” Lewis said.

Lewis estimates here are 300,000 massage therapists in the country with 100 clients each. She believes if all 30 million clients were to write the Lifetime network and boycott the show, it would be removed from the air along with its taint on her profession.

Lewis says she rejects the term “massage parlor” and prefers the term “massage office,” and says the appropriate term is “professional massage” therapist instead of “masseuse.”

She notes that anyone who sets up a massage office without appropriate training and state certification, then starts offering illegal services is subject to prosecution.

She says she has nothing personally against prostitution but says in the massage therapy profession, “We don’t stand for that.’

The Lifetime cable show “The Client List,” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, is scheduled to premiere April 8.

  • Robin Doerr, LMT

    There is a FB group and there are several online petitions that call for a boycott of the show and its advertisers- Massage Therapists Against the Client LIst

    Thanks for covering this story!

    • Seriously?

      Its just a tv show… deal with it.

  • juju

    A little touchy are we?

  • John

    i love rub and tugs

  • jpc

    I love a story with a happy ending!

  • GO Southside

    She was rubbed the wrong way by the news article

  • Pop

    This new show seems to be causing alot of friction.

  • Rusty

    My daughter is a massage therapist licensed in Ohio, She agrees the series and movie are demeaning to the profession, she was nothing but a prostitute not a massage therapist.

    • Seriously?

      Your daughter is a prostitute? Based on your grammar skills, its not surprising ;)

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  • Smartenu

    By observing the stupid and infantile remarks left by others, they do not realize that they are making our point. The show isn’t even out yet, and people feel that we don’t have the right to complain. When men watch this show, assume that this is “Normal Behavior”, then ask/demand for sex, don’t get it, get violent, and hurt or kill the therapist, then these same people that are posting here will easily blame the Massage Therapist for “asking for it”.

    • Seriously?

      Wow, paranoid much? Seriously, lay off the caffeine. Maybe you could use a good lay, maybe you wouldn’t be so uptight..

  • Rick Still

    I am a firm believer in massages needing quality control. I am a chiropractor, and I have recently started providing my patients inLongview WA Massage with their chiropractic treatments. I feel like it is often a good compliment to their pain management. With the massage treatment being complimented and overseen by a doctor, I feel like the quality is high.

    • Seriously?

      Spammer, yes.

  • Rick Still

    I am a firm believer in the massage therapy industry needing quality control. As a chiropractor I feel like I provide Longview WA Massage with a high standard of quality. I am there to make sure that the therapists stay professional.

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