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Babies who need to relax after a long, hard day of eating, sleeping and crying can now unwind the same way adults do: by enjoying a soothing massage. "A lot of people ask, 'Why do babies need massage? They don't go to work, they don't have to worry about paying bills, they're not stressed out,' " says Cindy Charleton, a registered nurse and certified infant-massage instructor from Huntington Beach. "But infants need tactile stimulation, and this encourages parents to touch their baby."
August 2, 2004 | Daffodil J. Altan, Times Staff Writer
Massage therapist Shay Beider's clients are usually attached to gawky high-tech machines, intravenous tubes or seated in wheelchairs. Today, her 4 p.m. appointment is with David Johnson. The 5-year-old, who grabs at the netting around his bed and grunts softly, is relearning how to talk and walk after a hit-and-run accident in April left him in a coma. Beider rubs scented almond oil into her hands and closes her eyes.
September 3, 2007 | Monica B. Morris, Special to The Times
The slap, slap, slapping resounded through the air, punctuated by screams of pain and slightly hysterical giggling. It sounded like dozens of hands thwacking dozens of bare buttocks. Several rooms, each with 10 willing sufferers stretched out on chaise longues were being simultaneously tortured by nubile girls and agile boys. Where was this den of depravity? Were we in some ante room of hell -- or was it heaven? It was neither.
The first rule is: Don't rub the boss the wrong way. Following that rule, masseuse Donna Steinberg squeezed her way into a Century City high-rise last week to give 10-minute, $10 "stress breaks" to a group of attorneys and law office employees. Steinberg works for a fledgling company that offers quick massages to busy executives who are in a hurry to relax between meetings, phone calls and power lunches. Problem is, most bosses and office managers turn a cold shoulder to the service.
May 3, 2004 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to The Times
The knot in my upper right back had become as constant and loyal as a best friend. I blamed it on writer's schlump -- that slouchy way I sit at the computer and type my heart out on a regular basis. My chiropractor told me I have arthritis in my neck and shoulders; his adjustments helped, but the pain always came back. My yoga teacher said my posture wasn't centered; I leaned too far forward with my head, thereby straining the shoulder.
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.
November 16, 2003 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
In a bare corner on the fifth floor of St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Sister Marlene Panko calms the nerves of some of the hospital's most distressed souls -- its employees. Using a weekly, one-on-one prayer meeting, the 62-year-old nun and chaplain gives doctors, nurses, office staff and the occasional patient a jolt of faith to help them through a week often marked by stress, illness and despair.
September 30, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Terranea , never heard of it? Some Angelenos haven't, but here's a deal at the Palos Verdes Peninsula hotel and spa complex that could change all that. Terranea is offering a $150 day spa package that comes with a facial or massage plus a mini service. The deal: The Fabulous Fall Spa Sampler Package includes a 50-minute Relaxing Classical Massage or Skin Specific Facial (descriptions of each are on the treatment menu ) plus one "mini service" (polish refresh for hands or feet, brow shaping or scalp massage)
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.
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