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Thank you for your feature article “Smooth Operator” (11/30). I heartily applaud the efforts of David Dienstag and especially Lt. Diane Groomes to shut down International Body Concepts.

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I am a licensed massage therapist in the District of Columbia, in private practice here for 10 years. My colleagues and I have worked hard with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to establish strict standards for licensure for legitimate therapeutic massage in this city, both to distinguish ourselves from the sexual massage industry and to protect consumers seeking nonsexual massage.

Please let your readers know that those looking for a legitimate massage therapist in the Washington metropolitan area, or nationally, should contact a professional association, such as the American Massage Therapy Association at www.amtamassage.org, or 1-888-THE-AMTA(843-2682).

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