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October 28, 2010
The director Cameron Jamie has a sharp eye for the cryptic weirdness in everyday American and European life. At this screening, the new film "Massage the History" makes its L.A. debut alongside Jamie's trilogy of "BB," "Kranky Klaus" and "Spook House" that find the uncanny in suburban and urban life when we think nobody's looking. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Thur. Free. .
April 25, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
State lawmakers have come up with a way to help California cities deal with a proliferation of massage parlors with suspected links to prostitution and human trafficking. New legislation is aimed at fixing an inadvertent loophole created by a 2008 law that created a state-sponsored council to oversee the regulation of legitimate massage therapy businesses, such as spas and clinics. The loophole led to an explosion of massage parlors in many cities. For example, their number grew by nearly 500% to 75 in the city of Huntington Beach between 2009 and 2013.
September 9, 2010
Devotees of massage therapy know it's relaxing and feels good. But massage may also be an effective tool for maintaining good health. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported this week that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults. The researchers, led by Dr. Mark Rapaport, studied 29 healthy adults who received a 45-minute Swedish massage and 24 healthy adults who had a 45-minute session of light touch massage, a much milder exercise that served as a comparison to the more vigorous Swedish massage.
April 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Relax, breathe deep and head to Carlsbad, Calif., for pampering time devoted to women. The California coastal town launches its second Women's Wellness Weekends at six hotels this May. Check out the hotels and extras they're offering for a wind-down weekend. Note that rooms are subject to availability (some blackout dates apply, some offers are good beyond May), and prices exclude tax. -- Beach Terrace Inn , 2775 Ocean St.; (760) 729-5951; starts at $299 a night and includes an ocean-view room, breakfast, welcome food basket, yoga on the beach on Sunday morning and late 1 p.m. checkout.
June 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
An Orange County chiropractor was convicted and sentenced Friday for sexually assaulting a 28-year-old client during a massage therapy session, prosecutors said. Dennis Scott Durbin, 65, pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of sexual battery by fraud and was sentenced to 365 days in jail and three years of probation, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Durbin, a resident of Costa Mesa, will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender and agreed to have his chiropractor license revoked.
April 6, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If you're dealing with tired, sluggish kids who aren't able to listen or pay attention, try this quick mind-body trick. Called elephant ears, it is demonstrated here by Leah Kalish, founder of Move With Me Action Adventures, which specializes in yoga and movement education for kids. What it does The gentle massage around the outside of your ears stimulates the energy meridians in the body, Kalish says, waking up your senses, so you're less distracted and anxious and can hear and think more clearly.
February 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Patients at the end of their lives often receive their final care from hospice workers. Contrary to what the haven't-really-though-about-it-crowd might suspect, not all such care involves administering drugs. Hospice therapists in Florida team up to use a combination of music and massage to treat dying patients such as Bernard Michels, 98. He, for one, sees the merits. "It brings back memories of when I was a younger guy," he says in a South Florida Sun Sentinel story . The music-massage approach delivers more than a passing feel-good emotion.
March 10, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Kale is about as unlikely a food star as you can imagine. It's tough and fibrous. Bite a piece of raw kale and you'll practically end up with splinters between your teeth. Nevertheless, kale has become a green of the moment because, given a little special care, it actually can be made not only edible but delicious. You can cook it, of course, the lower and slower the better. But surprisingly, one of the most popular ways to use kale these days is in salads. Though kale leaves have always been found on almost every salad bar, it wasn't for reasons of edibility - it was for decoration, because this was one green so tough it would last forever without wilting.
July 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Short on vacation time? Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills doesn't want you to miss out. The hotel opposite the Beverly Center is offering a day spa package for $175 to $220 that starts with a massage in a private cabana at the rooftop pool and a Champagne toast. The deal: The Sofitel Staycation offers a 50-minute massage for $175 and an 80-minute massage for $220 at the hotel's LeSpa . You can spend the rest of the day lounging at the hotel' s pool, working out in the gym or unwinding in the steam room.
November 24, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here’s a soothing twist on holiday shopping: The Milliken Creek Inn and Spa in Napa Valley is offering a free massage with every reservation made on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The deal: The setting alone at this three-acre spread, with redwoods and quiet gardens, looks relaxing. The Serenity Special adds one 75-minute aromatherapy massage, valued at $160, to each reservation. Rooms at the inn start at $275 plus tax per night and include hot breakfast, wine reception, free Wi-Fi and other extras.
March 16, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Cities, counties and law enforcement officials across California are bristling at a 6-year-old law that they contend prevents regulation of massage parlors they suspect offer more than therapeutic bodywork. A profusion of massage parlors, often near schools and neighborhoods, creates blight, they complained at a legislative hearing. Local government officials told lawmakers last week that they're frustrated by a 2008 law that sought to regulate illicit massage parlors and support legitimate spas and other businesses.
February 6, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
Owners of massage establishments will now have to undergo criminal background checks and pay for a city-issued certificate to operate in Glendale. The City Council this week approved a new ordinance requiring massage establishment operators  - who own at least 5% of the business and are not already certified by the California  Massage Therapy  Council - to obtain and pay for a $521 massage establishment owner certificate, the Glendale News-Press reported. The Police Department will perform criminal background checks on massage business owners or operators before they are granted a certificate.
January 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles police detective has been charged with sexually assaulting three women working at massage parlors. The businesses fell under his jurisdiction of enforcing permits, prosecutors said Friday. Oris Pace, 48, was arrested Thursday after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged him with five felony counts of assault by a public officer and six counts of sexual battery by restraint. He was released on bond pending a Jan. 24 hearing. If convicted of the 11 felonies he could face nine years in prison.
December 20, 2013 | By James Rainey
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, recently accused by a former top aide of pressuring her for sex and retaliating when she rebuffed him, was the subject of a 2005 criminal investigation in which a Pasadena massage therapist said Huizar groped her, according to records and interviews. At the time of the complaint, Huizar was president of the Los Angeles school board and was running for City Council. The Pasadena Police Department recently released a summary of its investigation in response to a state Public Records Act request by The Times.
December 13, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
After you've spent a long day hunched over a computer, the muscles in your neck and shoulders can feel like steel cables. Here's a great self-massage move using yoga therapy balls (or tennis balls) to rub away the tension. Called the trapezius tamer, this massage technique is demonstrated here by fitness instructor Jill Miller, who uses it in the Rx Series classes she developed for Equinox gyms. What it does The balls roll and dig into the rhomboid and trapezius muscles and connective tissue, working out the kinks.
November 22, 2013 | By KTLA-TV
An Orange County massage therapist was arrested Thursday on suspicion of using his practice to sexually assault three women. Michael James Jackson, 52, was arrested at his home in Fullerton after a yearlong investigation, according to the Brea Police Department. Jackson, who operated a massage therapy business called On the Spot Therapy, allegedly committed the assaults during appointments at the victim's homes, Brea police said in a news release. The investigation was sparked after a 38-year-old Brea resident reported that Jackson had inappropriately touched her during a message appointment in her home in October 2012, Brea police said.
September 12, 1994 | RUSS LOAR
Is Fido feeling blue? Or perhaps uncharacteristically lashing out at loved ones? Fido may not be psychotic after all, just reacting emotionally to a host of undiagnosed aches and pains. Enter Dawn Eshelman, a 40-year-old pet-sitter who has become a specialist in the art of animal massage. After training as a sports massage therapist at the Institute of Therapeutic Studies in Santa Ana, Eshelman traveled to a Virginia school earlier this year to learn how to apply her art to animals.
Michael B. Epstein would like a little respect, please, not just for himself but for his chosen profession. He's a licensed, trained, experienced massage therapist, a practitioner of the healing arts. He works independently and with doctors to help knead the kinks out of injured muscles, restore movement to frozen joints, and melt away the effects of stress. He does not, however, provide sexual services to his clients.
November 1, 2013 | By Mary Ellen Monahan
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Inside the Cagaloglu Hamami, my masseuse, a short, paunchy woman of about 50, sings as she exfoliates me from head to toe with a rough mitt. The sweet melody contrasts with the gruff scrub job. Every few minutes, she douses me with a pail of warm water and off goes another layer of skin and, increasingly, my cares. At one point, she shows me the mitt as if for emphasis. I make a mental note to tip more. A slap on the leg signals me to turn over. I manage to flop onto my stomach, and she begins lathering me all over with soap - first hoisting one arm, then another.
October 26, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If you have knee pain, we've got a remedy for you. Called the kneady ball, this therapy ball (or tennis ball) massage developed by Jill Miller for the Rx Series class at Equinox gyms eases stiffness and soreness, allowing you to move like your old self again. What it does The rubber therapy ball digs into the suprapatellar pouch, massaging the area where the quadriceps muscles converge, loosening tightness and allowing the knee to track more smoothly. What to do Come down to the floor on hands and knees with a ball and a yoga block.
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