August 17, 1990 |
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.
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
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
April 4, 2009 |
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?
May 14, 2012 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1985 |
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.
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.
January 24, 2010
'The medium is the massage," quipped Marshall McLuhan, long before 24-7 cable, tweeting or iPhones. Cartoonists (whose own medium has changed little since cavemen drew on walls) are quick to exploit, extol or excoriate other media if the massage rubs us the wrong way. Bill Schorr's headline horseman broadcasted the Massachusetts election results the old-fashioned way. Mike Keefe's blustering, quaking radio ranter rushed to bad judgment. And Jeff Koterba's self-congratulatory corporate conspirators couldn't wait to disseminate free speech.
July 2, 1989
In his essay on Marshall McLuhan, Thomas Cahill states that "virtually everybody admits to not having finished any of his books. . . ." I certainly believe that Cahill is included. To refer to his most famous work, "The Medium is the Massage," as "The Medium is the Message" is to say very little regarding Cahill's undertaking of the work. Aye, there's the rub! S. R. GROSSLIGHT MANHATTAN BEACH