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Overweight woman denied massage because massage table might break

By Mason White 7:14 PM February 21, 2013
Woman gets a massage 

By: Debbie Gross
An overweight woman wanted to get a massage after she ran in a marathon.

Laura Smith went to the Natural Healing Center, in Colorado,
for a massage but she was denied services because of her size. She was told that she is “too fat” for a massage.

Smith wanted a massage to relieve the side effects of a marathon she ran the day before. She was looking forward to a relaxing massage.

Instead of leaving with her muscles relieved, the owner of the Natural Healing Center told Smith: “I’m sorry, but you’re too fat for our table. You’re probably going to break it and you’ll have to pay for it.”

Smith, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds, was surprised because she had received massages at other spas before.

Although the table is supposed to hold people up to 500 pounds, Penny Wells, the owner of the Natural Healing Center, said that the table has been broken in the past after a 165 pounds man laid down on it, which is why she was worried about Smith breaking the table.

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