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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2009 | SANDY BANKS
It's been a PR campaign on overdrive, aimed at flinging open the doors of pricey spas to the belt-tightening Costco crowd. "The spa lifestyle is not only essential to maintaining one's health and well-being, but it's now available and affordable to everyone," claimed one of the Spa Week campaign's numerous e-mails, touting cut-rate spa treatments as the antidote for our wrinkle-creating economic worries. I started to hit delete, then thought: Can't we all use a little TLC right now?
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HEALTH
December 22, 1997
It's a doctor's visit with a difference at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, where traditional Western medicine and Eastern techniques, such as massage and acupuncture, come together. Above, Dr. Jun Liang Yu, with Dr. Ka Kit Hui, massages a patient who has symptoms of chronic fatigue. Yu--who is both physician and massage therapist--says the method is not designed simply to soothe and relax but to treat ailments such as chronic pain by applying pressure to specific points.
NEWS
August 17, 1990 | PAULA VOORHEES, Paula Voorhees is a regular contributor to Orange County View
Suzanne DeFranco reaches out and touches the stars on a daily basis. Naomi and Wynonna Judd, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, members of the band Little Feat and other heads of state, athletes and entertainers have benefited from the masseuse's educated touch. "We are a 'touch-deprived' society to start with," says the Laguna Niguel resident, who has been working as a masseuse for 14 years. "High technology of the '90s leaves little room, if any, for people-to-people contact.
TRAVEL
September 23, 2007
Please quarantine for a while the words "spa," "luxury resort," "pamper," "body wrap" and "massage," so those of us who travel to experience other cultures are spared such trivia. Michael Ludmer Los Angeles
NEWS
August 14, 1988
Our primary job, as certified massage therapists, is to provide a peaceful environment conducive to our client's relaxation, healing and regeneration. What people like Alice Kahn provide is a giant step backwards in the general public's acceptance and awareness of massage therapy. It is a valid and valuable skill which has a very important place in today's high-stress society. BEVERLY THOMPSON Sierra Madre
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1985 | Jane Galbraith \f7
Two women arrested on suspicion of prostitution at Coast Shiatsu massage parlor on West Coast Highway were released Friday on $1,500 bail each. Taken into custody at about 10 p.m. Thursday were employees In Hang Ma, 29, of Anaheim and Kwang Ok Newman, 39, of Santa Ana.
NEWS
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.
IMAGE
May 9, 2010 | By Kelsey Ramos, Los Angeles Times
This spa in the heart of Koreatown is as much about experiencing the community of Korean spa culture as it is about getting a massage or facial. While making an appointment even two days in advance was simple, the online menu had few treatment details (though prices were up to date) and the telephone receptionist couldn't answer my questions about the treatments. On a Monday morning, parking was easy to find and free with spa validation. The building's Korean retail stores and window-paneled facade give it the look of a corporate office, with only the driving range's big nets on Western Avenue alluding to the fitness center inside.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
In the unfolding scandal involving accusations against John Travolta, last week's salacious sexual-misconduct allegations had given way Monday to a boatload of I-said-he-said, heck-no-I-never-said, and let-me-clarify-what-you-think-I-said minutiae. Fabian Zanzi, the cruise-ship crew member who last month accused Travolta of inappropriate sexual behavior on the high seas, has spoken up again - this time in English - repeating allegations that while he was on the job several years ago, the actor asked him for a massage and a chat, then disrobed, gave him a naked hug and offered $12,000 in exchange for sex. After reporting the 2009 incident to his Royal Caribbean supervisors, Zanzi received a written warning for fraternizing with a passenger, according to personnel papers obtained by TMZ. The document noted that the VIP attendant's self-reporting had been considered as a mitigating factor in determining disciplinary action.
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